Adult Programs

One-Day Wellness Retreat (in person)

Focus on your wellness and spend the day immersed in nature on the peaceful grounds of the Arboretum.

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Focus on your wellness and spend the day immersed in nature on the peaceful grounds of the Arboretum. During this one-day retreat, attend to your mind and body with gentle movement, meditation, and reflection.

Research shows that time spent among the trees has clear benefits for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Set aside the rigors of your daily routine and take time for yourself with sessions of forest therapy, meditation, yoga, and nature journaling.

  • 9:00 a.m. Arboretum Yoga (1 hour)
  • 10:00 a.m. Nature Journaling (2 hours)
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch On Your Own (1 hour)
  • 1:00 p.m. Meditation (1 hour) 
  • 2:00 p.m. Forest Therapy (2 hours)

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COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines

This class will take place mostly outdoors. Bring a yoga mat, a journal, water, and snacks. Lunch is on your own; either bring your own or visit the restaurant. Limit 35.

Instructors: Natalie Schilke, Carrie Carlson, Retta Hennessy, Jeanne Iovinelli

Natalie Schilke has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and blends her love for nature and wellness into all of her teachings. Natalie is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-500) and also holds a certification in children’s yoga, aerial yoga, and horticultural therapy.

Carrie Carlson earned an MFA in scientific illustration at the University of Michigan and an MA in Printmaking from Governors State University. She is a full-time high school art teacher. In her free time, she loves to fill up travel sketchbooks and grow a rowdy garden.

Retta Hennessy is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, completing her training at The Morton Arboretum in 2017. Retta has been on staff at The Children’s Garden as Program Assistant at The Morton Arboretum since 2008.

As a long-time early childhood educator, with a Master’s in education, and as a Master Naturalist, the Arboretum has allowed Retta to share a love of teaching and nature with people of all ages.

“I believe the Arboretum provides a path for everyone to experience the beauty and healing opportunities that nature offers.”

Jeanne Iovinelli became a Certified Forest Therapy Guide in January 2019. She was trained under Amos Clifford, the found of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood, CA. She has enjoyed nature throughout her life and has been visiting The Morton Arboretum since early childhood. She is also a volunteer at The Morton Arboretum with Tuesday’s in the Tallgrass.

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