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Public ferry service to Georges Island has been temporarily suspended due to water pressure disruption on the island starting on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Ferry service to Spectacle Island remains available.

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Half-day Ocean Therapy Retreats

Take some time to slow down and awaken your senses for a few hours on an Ocean Therapy Retreat with Toadstool Walks at Webb State Park!

Slow down and awaken your senses on a 3-hour guided therapeutic experience in the unique urban wilderness areas of the Boston Harbor.

Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration that supports health and healing for all beings. From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, come discover for yourself what happens when we unplug, slow down and open our senses to notice more of our natural surroundings. Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization. All the prompts, invitations, sharing and ways of participating are optional and open to interpretation.

Tam Willey (they/she/he) is a certified forest therapy guide, trainer, mentor and teacher with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is the founder of “Toadstool Walks,” a small guiding practice based in Boston, Massachusetts. Tam has guided Forest Therapy in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more. Tam designs and runs immersion retreats with organizations such as Boston Harbor Now and The Venture Out Project and has been mentoring and serving LGBTQ Youth through various programs in Boston for the last decade. Tam is passionate about the ways that forest therapy can build our collective empathy and compassion, broadening and healing relationships, human and beyond, supporting our remembering that we are not only in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature. For more information about Tam, check out ToadstoolWalks.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Covid-19 Protocol: All participants are required to bring and wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between the instructor and other parties. All participants will be expected to abide by these rules during the walk and expected to sign an agreement before the walk.

  • This event will be limited to 12 participants
  • Do not attend if you are exhibiting symptoms or aren’t feeling well within two weeks before the event
  • Anyone who develops symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19 within two weeks after the event, must agree to inform the guide as soon as possible (see liability & release form below)
  • If you have travelled outside Massachusetts, you must agree to abide by the most up to date state Travel Advisory guidelines

Ages: This program is geared toward adults (18+)

Arriving and Parking: There is free parking in a small lot at Webb Memorial State Park. Please arrive early to ensure you are able to find a spot.

Restrooms: There are free public bathrooms at Webb Memorial State Park.

What to bring:

  • REQUIRED: A printed and signed liability & release form. If you do not have access to a printer, you may email your form to [email protected] within 24 hours of the event.
  • REQUIRED: A mask or face covering (you will not be able to participate without a mask, even if you have been vaccinated)
  • Something to sit on such as a light camp chair, blanket, towel or small tarp. We will be sitting and the ground may be wet or cold.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothes with an extra warm layer. Be prepared for cooler temperatures and possible rain. This is a rain or shine event, but could be cancelled in the case of severe weather.
  • Water bottle, bug repellant, & sunscreen
  • A light bag or backpack for your possessions to keep your hands free

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