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Meetings and Retreats

Fernwood offers facilities that are ideal for corporate shareholder meetings, corporate retreats, business workshops, private meetings, lectures, and special events of all kinds. Facilities are available Tuesday through Sunday during our normal business hours. Rental fees include setup of tables and chairs as desired by your group, admission to the grounds, and if desired, a brief welcome and introduction to Fernwood. The following can be arranged at additional cost: educational programs, walking tours, and use of audio-visual equipment. Catering provided by Chef Tim Carrigan. You can choose from the following indoor venues.

The Clark Gallery is conveniently located in the Visitors Center and is fully accessible. It features art exhibits that change seasonally. The Gallery is our best space for audio-visual presentations. It is available year-round and accommodates 135 people with lecture seating and 100 for business receptions.


The Chase Classroom also is located in the Visitors Center, is fully accessible, and has a beautiful view of the gardens. It is available year-round and accommodates 35 people for lectures and 25 for workshops.


Summer House Front   Summer House Back

The Summer House is popular because of its secluded location and scenic views of our woodland preserve. It is available from mid-April through mid-November and is about 200 yards from the Visitors Center. The Summer House provides workshop/reception seating for up to 50 people. Parking is available at the Visitors Center.



Meeting House Outside   Meeting House

The  Meeting House is a short walk from the Visitors Center and has nice views of the woodland and gardens. It has a large, open room that accommodates varied seating arrangements and groups of up to 70 people. The Meeting House is available year-round. Parking is available at the Visitors Center.


Wellbeing
Wellbeing Workshop

All of the programs below can be facilitated on-site in the gardens or travel to your location and customized to your unique context. They can include some combination of sensory awareness, movement and guided meditation or other wisdom practice using nature as a catalyst for our human potential.


Contact instructor, Deirdre Guthrie, to set up a free consultation at dguthrie@fernwoodbotanical.org.

YOGA AND MOVEMENT
Ongoing weekly classes accessible to all levels that combine yin/yang elements to both strengthen and restore the body-mind-spirit! Look for special outdoor seasonal “wellbeing festival” events that include guest instructors, live music, massage tables, vendors and more!

SEASONAL CONTEMPLATIVE RETREATS
These workshops incorporate mindfulness and reconnection to our own inner nature as we engage in sensory walks, explore micro-environments, create collages and poetry inspired by natural elements, and allow ourselves to be guided in meditation. Two retreats are offered each season: winter, spring, summer and fall.

CIRCLE PROCESS
Circles are an ancient way of gathering together to restore our profound interconnection. We may need to repair harm that resulted from some unmet need, strengthen our connection to community or tell our own stories in a safe container. Examples of groups: men/women, youth/teens, parents, seniors/retirees, peers/colleagues, cancer survivors, those living with chronic illness/pain, healing from addiction support.  

RITUALS
Customized to acknowledge the power and meaning of our collective life transitions and celebrations (births, divorce, grieving, anniversaries, weddings/unions, house/barn blessings), Deirdre will work with you to co-create a ritual to honor these sacred times in our lives.

CUSTOM “CONTEMPLATION IN NATURE” WORKSHOPS

Adults/General Public
- The Science of Awe and Beauty

- Embracing impermanence  
- Storytelling and the cycles of life
- The web of our interconnection  
- Sustainability of self (self-care practices) and our environment

Workplace
- Compassionate, Embodied Leadership
- Harnessing states of Flow (enhanced focus, engagement, absorption, pleasure)
- Team building


Kids/Teens
- Kindness Practices
- Technology Detox


What people are saying...

“Deirdre came to our barn before the commitment ceremony and created such a beautiful yoga practice for us to share before the big day. She really listened during the consult and prepared such a sweet closing meditation for our group, celebrating love and our friendship!”  
- Molly, bridesmaid

“I absolutely loved the spring retreat and found it to be very nourishing and healing for my soul! Thank you so very much for your time, attention, and planning. I had looked forward to the retreat for weeks, and am so appreciative, and grateful for the gift of peace, comfort, and refreshment.”
- Christine, teacher



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