2020 Adult Therapeutic Walking & Hiking Groups

“When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free”
-Wendell Berry, The Peace of Wild Things

Coronavirus Coping & Reintegration Walk/Hike Group:

When it is deemed safer and with social distancing/cleanliness protocols, I am offering a bi-monthly walk/hike group for reintegrationcoping tools and community support. We have been on a cultural rite of passage world and nationwide. My intention is to guide us through a supportive inner and outer natural journey to reflect, reward and replenish our souls. This will be offered on Fridays and will be 30$ per person/2-3 hours.

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For this group, we will have low intensity walk/hikes in local parks and on trails which may also include time sitting in nature for rest and contemplation. A description of each walk/hike will provided beforehand.

Nature Lovers with Loss Hiking Group:

When it is deemed safer and with distancing/cleanliness protocols, I am offering a bi-monthly walk/hike group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. I will be providing grief and loss coping tools, psychoeducation and mindfulness practices. Also, guidance on how to connect to the natural world for remembrance, renewal and much more. We will be also learning to ID plants, birds, animals tracks and sign! Wild places can become allies for our life path and especially during our healing journey. This will be offered on Fridays and will be 30$ per person/2-3 hours.

“Wisdom grows in the woods”

For this group, we will have low, medium/high intensity walk/hikes in local parks, trails and sometimes hilly locations. We will be incorporating naturalist skills which may also include time sitting in nature for rest and contemplation. A description of each walk/hike, intensity and gear will provided beforehand.

Details and Registration:

LOCATIONS: Greater Seattle Area-King/Snohomish Counties. We will have rotating locations for all to join. This is an OPEN group that I will limit to 10 per day. Registration, questionnaire, release and payment in advance is required (Its short, sweet and all online so low hassle!).

SAFETY STATEMENT: Starting date with be determined by recommendation from WA Department of Health, CDC and local counseling and outdoor recreation ethics boards. I will ask all participants to strictly abide by these recommendations while and if I run these groups. I will NOT run these unless I have multiple recommendations that this is a safe activity to do. SO the date and times are very much TBA :>)!

TO BE ADDED TO MAILING LIST FOR REGISTRATION:

Please email me your full name, email, a contact phone number* and which group you are interested in to lindsayhuettman@soulstewardscounseling.com to be added to the list.

(*We will have a short phone 15 min consultation before group to make sure this is a good fit for you)

Wilderness Guide Qualifications: I am a certified Wilderness First Responder with over 20 years of wilderness, whitewater guiding and naturalist mentoring experience in the outdoors.

Looking forward to creating a healing community with you for all to be nourished and rejuvenated in nature!

Lindsay L. Huettman, MA LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)

Wilderness Guide, Naturalist and Ethnobotanist