Winter in the Woods

Brown County is beautiful in winter white. Come experience it for yourself!

Winter is magical in Brown County! Join us and spend your Winter in the Woods to recharge and relax after the holidays! Brown County doesn’t stop being beautiful and charming when wintertime rolls in—it actually looks and feels great in winter white. It’ll be simple to make winter in Brown County an outdoor experience you won’t soon forget.

Upcoming & Ongoing Winter Events:

These hikes go off-trail and off-grid, taking you to mysterious places in the park that you’d never see otherwise! Far from ordinary, you’ll discover new sights and sounds, all while getting some fresh air and exercise during the Mysterious Hills Winter Hike Series.

The Sippin’ Trip will treat your tastebuds to some of Brown County’s best beverages! Transportation and lunch is provided on this tour to four of our local wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Currently tours are running every other Saturday through March.

January 30 — Erica Weddle of Simply Fitness and Leah Craig of Roots of Healing Acupuncture combine their talents to provide you an evening of exploring gentle yoga and acupuncture. Limited to 8 participants.

February 14 – 16 — WinterBliss is an extraordinary 2.5-day retreat dedicated to renewal, restoration, and winter dreaming in the Brown County State Park. Offerings include yoga, meditation, sound healing and more. Besides workshops, there are cozy spots by the fire, woodland walks, a healing room, and a heated indoor pool on site.

There are two free events during this retreat open non WinterBliss ticket-holders to check out as well. On February 15, explore the rhythm of winter using dozens of drums/percussion instruments onsite during the “Stargazing and Winter Rhythms Drum Circle” from 7-9pm. Then, from 8-9pm, unwind with a nature and love-themed concert “Love Songs to Mother Earth” featuring regionally beloved recording artists Janiece Jaffe and Curtis Cantwell Jackson.

This weekend retreat will be an opportunity to relax, restore, learn, and grow – and, most importantly, heal. The retreat offers you a chance to learn about and experience various healing modalities such as acupuncture, reflexology, therapeutic massage, and chakra healing, as well as developing or deepening your meditation practice.

Yoga Sessions at Simply Fitness

Mondays: Slow Flow Yoga — 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

This class is geared towards any fitness level or experience in yoga, beginners welcome. You will start with breath work while gently moving into postures that pair breath and movement, all the while progressing into a fluid pattern, with modifications as needed.

Wednesdays: Yin Yoga — 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

In this class, you’ll be tapping into the meridian lines with yin style yoga, targeting connective tissues, the bones, muscles and ligaments. Nourishment occurs when holding poses for a longer duration. You’ll also gain knowledge of the yin/yang theories in the Meridian clock.

Wednesdays: Restorative Yoga — 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

This class is made up of blissful, therapeutic, restorative yoga poses. Props are used to support the body and allow you to gently relax. Restorative yoga is perfect for anyone who leads a stressful life, looking for a little rest and relaxation. Open to all levels.

Past Winter Events:

Mix yourself a warm drink and enjoy a make-your-own trail mix buffet. Drinks in hand, you’ll venture out into the woods to find some lost lumberjacks with the classic adventure call, “Hootie-Hoo!” Once the lumberjacks are found, there will be a brief campfire sing-a-long before hiking back to the Hill!

January 18 — This winter wellness experience is all about getting moving, living well, and having some frosty fun in Brown County. Enjoy a full slate of winter activities, including a 5K extreme trail run, heated yoga on the Back 40, the Pirate Rum Run Fun Run, sledding, the Mindfulness & Mixology Apothecary’s Tent, sports and wellness vendors, food, drinks, and more!

January 18-20 — The annual Purdue Outing Club Adventure Race (POCAR) is a 48 hour orienteering race for teams of 4-6 players. Rough it in the great outdoors, as you camp by night and race by day.