Wellness and Wisdom in the Woods

By Detweiler Park (other events)

Saturday, October 21 2023 10:30 AM 12:00 PM EST

Wellness and Wisdom in the Woods
Saturday, October 21                       10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Detweiler Park                                  $15 per person

Explore both the wellness benefits along with the gifts of wisdom offered when spending time in a natural environment. Legends, lore, and myths have recorded the symbolic connections linking the natural world to wisdom. This slow and gentle walk will reflect on the various dimensions of wellness connected with personal health and well-being.

Note:  In the event of heavy rain or severe winds, this program will not be held. In the event of light rain, the class would proceed as scheduled. You will be notified via email if a weather cancellation is necessary. If the program is canceled due to severe weather conditions, you will be provided a full refund. 

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the event in order to sign in. Reminder communications and any changes due to weather will be sent to the email address you provide when registering. 

What should I bring? 

  • Personal drinking water and a light snack.
  • Wear UV-safe sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen to apply on any skin that is exposed to light. It is also good to use a lip balm to protect your lips.
  • You may wish to bring a light cushion for your comfort if you choose to sit on the ground.
  • Insect/Tick Repellent
  • Hat

What should I wear?

Any outdoor adventure requires dressing in layers. The mornings can be damp and chilly with warmer temperatures arriving as the day progresses. The daily changes in the weather can be unpredictable.

Plan on adding and removing layers as needed. As you warm up, take off a layer or two. When you stop to rest, put on one or more layers of clothing. Don’t let yourself get too cold or too hot. Outdoor activities are safer and more enjoyable when you are comfortable, so don’t hesitate to stop and adjust your layers.

Footwear: Look for comfortable, sturdy shoes/boots. Flip flops/sandals will not provide safe footing.

We love animals, but only service animals are permitted as part of this program.

This program is part of the Park Rx series of programs sponsored by Highmark Blue Shield. A portion of the program costs for this class has been funded by this sponsorship.

This is a non-refundable program. If you register and are unable to attend, we're happy to substitute the name of a friend or relative to take your place. Just contact us directly for personal assistance. 

About the Presenter – Suzann Schiemer:

Certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, Guides and Programs Forest Therapy Guide
Certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, Guides and Programs Place-based Forest Therapy Guide 
Certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist
Certified Wilderness and Remote First Aid & CPR
Guided numerous walks in Pennsylvania state parks, county parks, and private lands. See the listing below.

Sinnemahoning State Park (Women in the Wilds), Nescopeck State Park, Ricketts Glen State Park, Black Moshannon State Park (Women in the Wilds & PA Wild Child), Dauphin County Parks and Recreation, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Endless Mountain Zendo, Douglas Farm B&B, Pump House B & B, Branch Valley Fish, Game, and Forestry Association (Women in the Outdoors) and Kocher Park

Provided a number of Forest Bathing presentations at universities, conferences, state parks, and an ANFT Training held in Puerto Rico. See the listing below.

Bucknell University Institute of Lifelong Learning, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, Bloom Naturally Gourmet Store, Slippery Rock University, Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Forest Landowners Conference - Penn State University, Nescopeck State Park, Bloomsburg University, and an Association of Nature & Forest Therapy, Guides and Programs Training in Puerto Rico.


A waiver is required for participation in all physically active programs with Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Department. Please review the waiver for participation as part of your registration process.  If the participant is under 18 years of age, the waiver needs to be accepted by the parent or guardian. 


Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Contact: Nancy Gates | Assistant Program Manager | 717-599-5188, ext. 2113 | [email protected]

Detweiler Park

Mailing Address

100 Fort Hunter Road Harrisburg, PA 17110