Restore & Reconnect

forest bathing and nature meditation to engage the senses

All outings and other in-person programs have been cancelled until further notice.

Please see our COVID-19 message to learn more.

A healthy dose of nature for the body and mind

​Nature has the ability to calm, inspire, and restore us, free of charge, and in all seasons. RPA's Community Forests were established to serve you - our community members - in every way possible. Mindful walks are led by Community Engagement Manager Molly Freiberg. Let Molly help you to connect to the forest and your own sense of peace and well-being. Molly will offer Mindful Nature Walks on a monthly basis, making use of her training as a Kripalu Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide.




We've decided to exercise an abundance of caution and CANCEL Sunday's Mindful Nature Walk
to help slow the spread of COVID-19. So sorry for the change, and we hope you are able to get out into nature
to unwind and give your immune system a boost. Stay safe, and we will see you out on the trails again soon.


March Mindful Nature Walk 

Sunday, March 15, 10am-12:30pm

Chestnut Hill Preserve

187 Brainard Road, Averill Park NY 12018

Join Kripalu-certified Mindful Outdoor Guides

Molly Freiberg and Moriah Cutro-Kelly

for RPA's March Mindful Nature Walk.

Bundle up in your warm winter layers...then add another or 2 more!

We will be walking slowly, sometimes sitting, to take in the forest atmosphere, so we will not be building much heat. Please no cotton layers as these will not keep you warm. Wool or outdoors synthetics will keep you warm even with perspiration. 

Wear boots with good tread or microspikes. Tight shoes will make you colder, so wear your roomy boots with extra socks. We will enjoy hot tea together at the end of the walk as we share about our favorite parts of the morning, full of gratitude for time in nature during winter!

Please contact or 978-239-8105 to register to be notified of a weather-related cancellation (drop-ins also welcome!) and get in touch with any questions or thoughts. Ages 12 and up.


$5 - $10 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Upcoming Walks

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.

-Rachel Carson, Silent Spring


Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, Inc.

Conservation Through Community

(518) 712-9211 |

Postal: PO Box 790, Averill Park, NY 12018

Office: 17 Old Route 66, Averill Park, NY 12018

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