Hundred Acre Farm, just outside of beautiful Madison, Georgia, is proud to offer the first certified Forest Therapy Trail in the United States. Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan, it is called “shinrin yoku,” which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. The walks progress slowly, stopping often, even sitting for periods of time, so it is a very low-intensity activity.
There are several options available to enjoy the Trail. The Self-Guided Walk is $5.00 per person for 2 hours (fee waived for guests at The Farmhouse Inn). A brochure is provided to help you get the most benefit from your walk. Reservations can be made by contacting The Farmhouse Inn by phone (706.342.7933) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Introduction to Forest Therapy Walk has a trained Forest Therapy Guide that will take you on a 1-1.5 hour walk and guide you through activities to help you connect with the surroundings. Please call for pricing.
The Deep Immersion Forest Walk is an experience with a professionally guided walk for 3.5-4 hours, meditating and soaking in the deep, calming benefits the Trail has to offer. A ceremonial tea activity is included. Please call for pricing.
The Introduction Walk and the Deep Immersion Walk are group walks and are scheduled through an Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guide.
For more information, visit their website at www.natureandforesttherapy.org. You can also click the link on this page to see if a local guide has a group walk scheduled.
Some things to know:
* Reservations and a signed waiver are required.
* This walk is designed for adults or older teens
* Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the season and temperature.
* Forest Therapy walks continue in light rain unless the threat of lightning or hypothermia is present. Bring rain gear and an umbrella if rain is in the forecast, including waterproof shoes. Splashing in puddles is fun!
* Bring water, insect repellent, a hat/cap, and a day pack large enough to carry these items.
* Maximum 10 people per group
* There are no water sports, wheeled vehicles, smoking, alcohol, or pets permitted on the Trail.
* Please keep electronic devices on vibrate in order to preserve the sanctity of the space.
One of the most pleasant times of the year, spring sees the return of several animals from their winter hiatuses, including majestic blue herons and cranes. Regular visitors, such as the many songbirds and shy beavers, are of course as abundant as ever. The vibrant beauty of the land makes a roaring comeback from the more subdued hues of winter over a span of just a few weeks, making for an inviting time to dust off your golf clubs to mark the Masters, less than 90 minutes away, or lace up your walking shoes for the Madison Spring Tour of Homes, right in downtown Madison. The first few weeks of March, however, with off-season room rates and rapidly improving weather, flora, and fauna, may be the most opportunistic time of all to visit the inn.
It may be warm, but summer at the inn is a bird watcher’s paradise. Those types that are most prevalent from June through August include birds ranging from hummingbirds to egrets to osprey and just about everything in between. And for the Fourth of July, we can’t think of any more relaxing way to celebrate than enjoying the evening from a rocking chair on our expansive porch. Our reduced rates from mid-July through August are also a great time for young families to give their children a taste of farm life.
Our busiest time of year, and for good reason. With the trees transitioning to their autumnal colors, it’s all but impossible to find a more beautiful season here at the farm. Plus, from mid-October, the weather always seems to be in that sweet spot where the days are just warm enough and the nights are just cool enough. College football fans will be pleased to know that we are a short 30-minute drive from Sanford Stadium, home of the Georgia Bulldogs and SEC football. Animal lovers, meanwhile, will find pleasure in the arrival of Canada geese, the return of sand hill cranes, and – if you have sharp ears – the sounds of owls.
For those looking to get away from the chaos that often seems to engulf the holiday season, winter can be a time of respite here at the inn. Great rates, mild crowds, and the promise of an unexpectedly warm day makes this season a great time to visit. The majority of our wildlife is still out in force; there are several species, including many varieties of finches and the aforementioned Canada geese, that are most prevalent in the winter months. History aficionados will want to make note of the Madison Holiday Tour of Homes, an annual event on the first weekend of December.