Interbeing 03: Embodying Abundance

Saturday, June 24, 2023
10 am – 8 pm

@ Silvae Spiritus Northwoods Nature Retreat
68441 Rhine Lake Rd Finlayson, MN 55735


A single-day guided retreat featuring forest bathing, ambient audio immersion / sound bathing, plant wisdom / herbal medicine, and thermic cycling: sauna + cold plunge. Designed to guide the body, mind, and spirit into our fullest expressions; all are welcome.

Retreat Agenda:

10 AM: Guest Arrival

10:15 AM: Welcome + Orientation

10:30 AM: Opening Circle

11:00 AM: Guided Forest Bathing on 30 acres of private woodland and meadow trails

1:00 PM: Light Lunch (An assortment of small bites, including cheeses, crackers, meats, fruits, veggies, & sweets ~ including gluten-free & dairy-free options)

2:00 PM: Ambient audio immersion / soundbath

3:00 PM: Circle

3:30 PM: Break

4:00 PM: Herbalism Workshop with Black Spruce Herbals

5:30 PM: Closing Circle

6:30 – 8 PM – Thermic Cycle: Sauna + Cold Plunge

Guests should dress in comfortable clothing and wear layers appropriate for the weather, as we’ll be spending time both inside and outdoors rain or shine. Bring a water bottle, towel, flip flops, and bathing suit for the sauna, hot tub and cold plunge session, and a yoga mat or blanket for lounging during the sound immersion.


Emma Day is a Clinical Herbalist & Educator, Radical Birthkeeper, Postpartum Care Provider, Ceremonialist, Mother, and Creatrix of Black Spruce Herbals. Emma works with the energetic, spiritual dimension through song, incantation, myth, flower essences + homeopathy, prayer, energy work, and all other intangible methods of folk healing.

Leigha Horton is a communicator by training and by trade, who has spent over 20 years as a professional voiceover, screen, and stage actor. Also certified as a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide, she inspires others to experience their own reconnection with the natural world.

Travis Norman is a certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and explorer of ways in which sound and frequency can help welcome us into the home we call the present moment.


All are welcome, registration required no less than 24 hours prior to event start.
$149 per person; light lunch, snacks, coffee + tea provided


We focus on the wisdom at the center of the circle:

At Silvae Spiritus, we embrace a philosophy of personal awakening and development within a context of “progress, not perfection” – an attempt to meet people wherever they are on their journey, and an acknowledgement that each step along that path is necessary and can be offered spaciousness.

Our Interbeing Events give participants an opportunity to slow down, shift from your everyday routine, and re-focus your attention toward yourself in relation to community. In contrast to the vast majority of wellness events, ours are a more interactive experience: rather than solely absorbing what we and our guest facilitators offer, participants are invited to contribute their own insights and unique gifts, thereby co-creating a more richly nuanced and memorable experience for everyone.

One of our foundational beliefs is that when we come together to immerse ourselves in shared authenticity, a deep wisdom may be accessed; one which emanates not from any particular individual, but arises from the center of the circle: the point of intersection which joins each perspective and coalesces into something greater than, and more true than, any individual would be capable of on our own. We don’t come with any answers or prescriptions for how to best navigate these complicated times, but we are honored to hold space for the conversation to unfold.

We believe effective ecology starts with love:

Hand holding a stone covered in moss.

One of the most simple and accurate definitions of the word “love” is the expansion of self to include another. Within the context of deep ecology, the term “ecological self” describes how a natural maturation of the human is toward ever-widening fields of relevance and caring, as your self-interest expands from being just what affects you (constrained by long embedded notions of yourself as a discrete and isolated entity) to encompass your family or community or country, to eventually include what happens to Earth.

People protect what they love.

The levels of energy, buoyancy, optimism, and compassion available to a person actively enraptured in the process of falling in love are unequaled in the vast scope of human experience. This abundance is just what we will need to meet the challenges ahead. Join us at an Interbeing Event as we remember how to fall in love with Earth.

We encourage nourishment for body + mind:

All Interbeing Events at Silvae Spiritus include Nature as an active participant, not just a setting. Whether Forest Bathing, thermic cycling through the practice of Sauna + Cold Plunge, Star-gazing, Bonfire-sitting, or immersing in an ambient sound exploration, we believe an embodied interaction with the community of flora and fauna are what supports full, grounded wellness.

Physiological benefits include:

  • Boosted immune system
  • Decrease in stress hormones
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Enhances activity of anti-cancer proteins
  • Increases parasympathetic (rest & restore) nervous system
  • Improves respiratory functions
  • Improves cardiovascular functions
  • Improvement of sleep quality

Psychological benefits include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Easing of depression
  • Improved mood / overall sense of wellbeing
  • Clarity of intention
  • Accelerates attention fatigue recovery
  • Decrease in rumination
  • Heightened sense of community
  • Enhanced empathy
  • Boosted creativity

What to expect when you arrive at an Interbeing Event:

A small teacup filled with tea in the foreground, several more teacups and a teapot in the background. The setup is outside, and lush greenery surrounds the scene.

Whether you’re new to the practices and modalities on offer, or an experienced enthusiast, and whether the totality of your experience with nature is a houseplant or you’re a lifelong wilderness backpacker, we believe that nature is for everyone and all are welcome here.

Upon arrival you will be greeted, checked-in, and given an agenda and an overview of the land and available facilities. Coffee, tea, water, and healthy snacks are always provided.

We’ll fully communicate with you to ensure you arrive prepared and have anything you might need to comfortably participate.

Questions? Contact us anytime.

“In ecology, we understand that the wellbeing of one is inseparable from the wellbeing of all… In the story of Interbeing, life is a gift. The world and everything in it is a gift.” 

— Charles Eisenstein