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Fri, Sep 22


Harvest Preserve

Autumnal Equinox: A Holistic Gathering

Unleash your creativity by crafting and floral headpiece and enjoying the serenity of nature.

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Autumnal Equinox: A Holistic Gathering
Autumnal Equinox: A Holistic Gathering

Time & Location

Sep 22, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Harvest Preserve , 1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

This enchanting class offers a unique opportunity to craft an exquisite floral headpiece of natural materials and then immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the forest.

Under the guidance of skilled artisans, you’ll begin your journey by learning the ancient techniques of floral arranging using foraged blossoms, leaves, and twigs to create a stunning, personalized headpiece that reflects your individual style.

Adorned with your flower crown, you will then enjoy a guided forest therapy session, where you'll engage your senses and connect with the tranquil surroundings, allowing nature's healing energy to wash over you.

Forest therapy is a guided immersion in natural environments that promotes the well-being of people and the land. Research shows these numerous therapeutic benefits:

  • Reduces stress, anxiety, depression, anger and pain.
  • Improves cognitive functioning, sleep, mood and creativity
  • Boosts the immune system, regulates blood pressure, improves relationships and increases feelings of gratitude.

Embrace the harmony of nature and your own creativity in this captivating outdoor event designed to soothe your soul and adorn you with a natural masterpiece.


  • Dress for the weather and for being outdoors for a few hours. If it is chilly, dress extra warm and bring a blanket. If it is wet or rainy, wear clothing to keep you warm and dry. 
  • Meaningful items you'd like to include in your celebratory ritual.
  • Water bottle.
  • Good shoes for being outdoors.
  • Walking or hiking pole.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Anything else that might help you feel comfortable being outdoors.


Sliding scale fee: $50 - $15, based upon your access to resources. (A $10 materials fee is added to the price.)

Harvest Preserve and Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator of your class.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Emelia Sautter is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. She is the foundress of Good Medicine, Nature and Forest Therapy Practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Anne Ventullo, is an eco-therapist, death doula and ritualistic guide. 


Harvest Preserve main entrance.

1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City, IA


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners and was funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please  frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of  time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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