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Nature’s Way to Healing the Heart: A Trauma Informed Retreat




Oct 15, 2023


6 Hours


9:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117, USA

About the Program

About the Event

An experiential, outdoor retreat for adults 30 and older impacted by traumatic injury including:

  • Relational or Family Neglect and Abuse

  • Sexual Trauma

  • Life Threatening events resulting in Post-Traumatic Stress

  • Loss of a loved one, a relationship, a life vision or career dream, physical capacity and wellness, a home, or companion animal.

Co-Facilitated: Dr. Heidi Schreiber - Pan, Ph.D., LCPC. Founder of the Center for Nature-Informed Therapy and Mary Sue McCarthy, LCPC. Certified EMDR Trauma and Addictions psychotherapist and Trauma-Informed Equine Assisted Psychotherapist Together, Heidi and Mary Sue have more than 20 years of expertise in the trauma recovery field. Their mutual belief is that by connecting to and accessing the power of our natural environment, we open new avenues for traumatic healing not usually experienced in an office setting. Heidi and Mary Sue have designed this retreat to offer a deeper understanding of traumatic injury, what our brains and nervous systems do to protect us and how elements of the outdoors are resources for “natural” emotional balance. Participants will NOT be invited to, expected to, or encouraged to share about personal trauma. All privacy and confidentiality will be respected. The retreat is limited to 12 attendees. Need-based scholarship is available. Agenda: 9:30am

  • Welcome, Introduction and context setting, creating safety and guidelines

10:00 am

  • The many faces of trauma

  • Nature as your co-therapist

10:45 am: break

  • Window of Tolerance and guided somatic experience

11:30 am: Small Groups

  • Tools for balance and self regulation

12:15 pm Lunch: Alone or with others

1:15 pm

  • Mindfulness Walk

  • Playtime in Nature

3:30 pm: Closing

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.

Mary Sue McCarthy, LCPC.

Certified EMDR Trauma and Addictions psychotherapist and Trauma-Informed Equine Therapy

Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D. LCPC
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