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Intro to Backpacking for Mental Health & Wellbeing




Oct 27, 2023


3 Days


4:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Appalachian Trail

About the Program

Immersive nature experiences have been shown to increase creativity and “clean off the mental windshield.” Join our team of expert therapists and outdoor leaders on a two-night backpacking trip full of tools to assist you in connecting with the natural world around you and increasing self-awareness, all in the company of a supportive community. No prior backpacking experience is required.

There have been numerous scientific studies that show the mental health benefit of hiking. Backpacking enhances those benefits even more. Getting away from the masses, being surrounded by the forest, and experiencing full nature immersion can be a life-changing experience. Spending two nights in the wilderness and hiking miles of forest trail with a pack on is an immense confidence booster. However, it’s wise to embark on such a journey in the company of experienced, first-aid trained therapists who will keep you safe and ensure your personal growth through mind, body, and spirit connection to self, others, and the more-than-human world. Say “yes” to being transformed, with our adventure therapy program for adults in Towson, Monkton, and Owings Mills. If you have fears and worries about being in the wilderness, that’s part of the adventure. You will be invited to a phone conversation to walk through all the details and process any fears.

Your Instructor

Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D. LCPC

Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D. LCPC

Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC, is a successful psychotherapist, the Executive Director of Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative and founder of Center for Nature Informed Therapy, a sought-after international speaker and trainer. She is also the author of the popular book Taming the Anxious Mind – A Guidebook to Relieve Stress & Anxiety.

Eliane Coates

Eliane earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She has several years of experience working with adults, adolescents, children and families. Prior to pursuing her counseling degree, Eliane worked in outdoor education and fully believes in the healing powers that come from being in nature.

Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D. LCPC
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