Adult Opportunities

Wellness Retreat

Find stillness in nature with a day of self care.

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Focus on your wellness and spend the day immersed in nature on the peaceful grounds of The Morton 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 tai chi, meditation, yoga, and mindfulness workshops.

Light morning refreshments and lunch are included. Registration closes Monday, June 3, 2024. Register early to reserve your spot.

Retreat Sessions

The Power of Intention Setting

Begin the day with a licensed clinical professional counselor to explore ways to slow down and live more intentionally. Intention setting brings meaning and mindfulness to everyday moments and larger elements of life. Find out how to incorporate this practice and live with purpose. Together, we will set intentions for a fulfilling retreat experience and explore the goals and desires you have brought with you. We’ll create new intentions to enhance your well-being and guide you on your wellness journey. It’s a time to reflect, connect, and set the tone for a meaningful and transformative retreat and for the days to come.

Arboretum Yoga

Yoga can help release stress and improve your health and well-being. Participants will practice poses, breathing, and meditation while connecting to nature in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum.

Forest Therapy

Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of shinrin-yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. During this mindful walk, experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses, cultivate presence, and invite healing interactions between people and the natural world. End with a ceremonial tea made from plants foraged from the forest.

Self-Care Techniques

Strengthen virtues such as gratitude, appreciation, and kindness as a practice and heart opening workout. Increasing these attitudes naturally balances the mental, physical and emotional systems, positively influencing those around you. Try earthing, or connecting to the earth using bare feet, a practice that can reduce stress, pain, fatigue, and promote many other health benefits. Learn belly breathing to help calm the nervous system. This session will also have a focus of somatic listening, using the body as a compass to achieve more grounding and balance in your life.

Meditation with Essential Oils

Explore meditative and self-nurturing yoga poses with the use of plant-based essential oils to restore and rebalance the mind and body in the tranquil setting of The Morton Arboretum.


This program meets in person at the Arboretum.


Kristy Belton, certified nature and forest therapy guide, Prairie Pathways; Laura Jamarillo, licensed clinical professional counselor, Laura Listens, LLC; Natalie Schilke, certified yoga instructor; Marie Zubinski, wellness instructor

Age: 16 and older

Course number: WELL300


Kristy Belton, certified nature and forest therapy guide, Prairie Pathways

Kristy A. Belton is a certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guide, a native plants enthusiast, and an Illinois Master Naturalist. She loves engaging in earth-centered practices, whether through gardening, volunteering for the DuPage Forest Preserves, or guiding people in forest therapy and outdoor yoga practices. She is the founder of Prairie Pathways, an organization that offers rewilding practices to reconnect people to the land they live upon. Belton holds a PhD in political science and has more than twenty years’ experience in higher education, serving in diverse roles. Learn more at Prairie Pathways.

Laura Jaramillo, licensed clinical professional counselor, Laura Listens, LLC

Laura Jamarillo is a licensed clinical professional counselor and she hopes that the work she does in this world will allow people to fully love and accept themselves. She specializes in working with a variety of different anxiety disorders including eating disorders. She is a tree hugger, a mom, a yogi, a lighthouse, a friend, and always a student. Learn more at Laura Listens.

Natalie Schilke, certified yoga instructor

Natalie Schilke has been practicing yoga since 2010 and blends her love for nature and wellness into all of her teachings. She is a registered yoga teacher and also holds a certification in children’s yoga, aerial yoga, and horticultural therapy.

Marie Zubinski, wellness instructor

Marie Zubinski believes everyone deserves peace in all areas of their lives. Through body and earth connecting practices, she offers a wide range of classes and services such as Cranial Sacral Therapy, Forest Bathing, Garden Therapy, and Intuitive Dance. In the summer she teaches Paddle Board Yoga, and in the winter she teaches Snowga (outdoor yoga in the snow!). You can often find her making nature mandalas at the beach or tending to her medicine garden.

What to Know

This program meets indoors and outdoors. Check the forecast and dress for the weather.

Light morning refreshments and lunch are included. Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Please bring the following with you: Something to write in and with, a yoga mat or blanket, a water bottle.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Be prepared to walk on wood-chipped trails and in grass.

Program Schedule

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Arbor Room, Thornhill Education Center


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