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Fri, Sep 20


Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Slowing Down in the Wild - Fall Women's Backpacking Trip

Mark the autumnal solstice with us on a mindful Slow Forest Bathing Backpacking Trip through the Caledonia State Forest in Pennsylvania to experience first-hand what nature teaches us about hope and spiritual resilience.

Slowing Down in the Wild - Fall Women's Backpacking Trip
Slowing Down in the Wild - Fall Women's Backpacking Trip

Time & Location

Sep 20, 2024, 2:00 PM EDT – Sep 22, 2024, 2:00 PM EDT

Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 1100 Pine Grove Rd, Gardners, PA 17324, USA

About the event

SLOWING DOWN IN THE WILD: A backpacking adventure for those who want to take their time and sink into the natural world.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Beth Jones, Executive Director of Deep Green Journey, and long-time Center partner, will lead this quiet and spacious experience in the beautiful Caledonia State Forest (about 2 hours from DC). We will meet on Friday at Pine Grove Furnace State Park and spend the night in tents, then begin our backpacking adventure from there on Saturday morning. Over the course of two days, we will walk 5-6 miles with some elevation gain and occasional wet, uneven ground. Saturday evening we will camp on the trail before returning to the trailhead no later than 2:00 pm on Sunday.

Beth Jones has over 20 years of experience guiding backpack trips and will use her certification in nature and forest therapy to lead us in spiritual engagement and a deep slowing as we walk gently and contemplatively across the ridges and wrinkles of the mountains.


  • This program is open to those who identify as women in a way that is important to them.
  • No experience in backpacking is necessary.
  • All equipment and food will be provided.
  • We will provide water for Friday night and Saturday morning, and gather/filter water for the rest of the journey as we go.
  • We will be carrying packs weighing approximately 25 lbs. and hiking slowly from 2 to 3 miles a day, on well-maintained trails that are at times muddy and hilly.


  • We will follow all federal, state and local Covid-19 guidelines in place at the time of the gathering.


To ensure this trip is accessible for all, while also providing for the Center's expenses for this backpacking experience, we have 3 price tiers:

  • Full price - $495
  • Reduced - $395
  • Scholarship - $295

To access the "Reduced" tier use the coupon code in the ticket description below. Click the "more info" link on the ticket to see details. Contact to inquire about a scholarship ticket or with any questions. 

This trip typically fills quickly. 


  • All fees will be fully refundable until August 1, 2024.


  • Full Price

    For a Reduced Rate ticket use code "FALL24". Please contact to inquire whether a scholarship ticket remains available.




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