Bonne et Belle
where life is good and beautiful
Mini Retreat $80 (for 1-10 Participants)
For groups larger than 10, please contact us for pricing.
This guided nature & forest bathing experience is a slow walk through the fields, woods, and water features at Bonne et Belle and concludes with a tea ceremony and a light snack.
This is not a hike. It’s a relaxed amble within a 1/4-1/2 mile area.
The paths will be some blend of pavement, lawn, cow trails and footpaths on mostly even terrain.
During the walk, your guide will offer a series of invitations, prompts of a sort, for interacting with the natural world through your sense of sight, sound, touch, smell, and sometimes even taste.
These invitations typically last 10 minutes each. Following each invitation, the group will gather for the opportunity to share or simply listen to others’ sharings.
Pace and activities are adapted to accommodate the ages of participants.
Most American kids between ages 8 and 12 spend an average of 4 to 6 hours per day looking at screens, while teenagers may spend as much as 9 hours per day.
“ A very large 2018 study found that teens who used screens for 7 or more hours per day were twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety, compared with those who used screens for less than one hour,” as reported by Insider.com.
In addition to anxiety, excessive screen time can be linked to obesity, impaired vision, back and neck issues, irregular sleep, disconnection with family, impaired academic performance, poor body image, depression, and fear of missing out, according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychology.
Although the range of “optimal outdoor time” suggested by experts ranges greatly— from 20 minutes a day to 3 hours a day or more—all agree that spending time in nature is essential to a child’s health and happiness.
Studies show that tweens and teens who spend time outside show more creativity, increased happiness, better school performance, higher physical fitness, better sleep, less depression and anxiety, stronger bones, improved eyesight, and a longer, healthier life span.
And of course, the adults who accompany them in nature reap all of these benefits as well!
This experience is adaptable to all ages 13+.
Just let us know the ages of your group and we will customize an experience just for you!
Mini Retreat (1.5 Hours)
Pricing includes a private guided nature bathing walk on the secluded grounds of Bonne et Belle, a tea ceremony and a light snack.
Please note, a 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve the space, date and time for your session.
Check-in is at the White Barn, where a bathroom is available for you at the beginning and end of the walk.
Anita Webster is a nature therapy guide, certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and she’s the owner of Bonne et Belle. She has grown up on this land and has climbed the trees, waded in the creeks, explored the swamps and fields and can vouch for their awesomeness.
Anita is the mother of two teenagers and has also spent most of her adult life teaching kids of all ages, even kids-at-heart, and pretty much thinks kids are the best thing ever.
Schedule a tour of the White Barn to plan your private event. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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