There are many health benefits associated with spending time in the outdoors, and Fish Creek Provincial Park is a perfect venue to take part in activities that support a balanced, healthy lifestyle. The Friends’ Wellness Program offers many different opportunities for park users to recreate in ways that foster overall personal wellness.
Please be sure to register prior to attending our programs; registration links associated with each of our offerings are found below.
Good Grief: Nature Walking Through Grief and Loss
Being outdoors provides many healing benefits; it allows us to breathe, reflect and connect with our natural surroundings, and while we may not even be aware of it in the moment, the benefits are there. In fact, research conducted by Alberta Environment and Parks and Mount Royal University has shown the healing benefits of nature for people experiencing significant loss or transitions in life. Death and loss so often bring us to parks and natural places; favorite places to remember and sites simply to let grief be, just as it is – natural. Parks and nature also connect us to the cycles of life and death, reminding us of endurance, beauty, and the only constant – change.
As a way of supporting people who may be on this journey, the Friends of Fish Creek have created Good Grief: Nature Walking Through Grief and Loss. This 8-week series of gentle walks brings together people moving through the shared experience of loss with the intent that they will find support from each other, their community and their time in nature.
All walks are between 1.5 to 2km round trip on relatively flat, paved pathways in Fish Creek Provincial Park, and routes change each week to offer varied experiences in the park. The program is not intended to be a counseling experience, but simply a time to walk in nature with others who are experiencing a shared path of transition.
Walkers can register for either group:
- Tuesday evenings from May 7 to June 25, 6:30-8pm
- Thursday mornings from May 9 to June 27, 10-11:30am
Only $25, space is limited to 15 walkers per group
Our thanks to Sonya Jacubek from Mount Royal University for her support and direction in creating this program.
Wellness Program Kickoff Week! June 17-21 – Join the Friends throughout the week as we kick off an exciting season of Wellness! A portion of the registration fees will be donated to the Red Cross.
Check back for more information on this year’s offering and registration information.
We are continually looking to expand our Wellness Program are looking for people with a deep connection to Fish Creek Provincial Park who might be interested in teaching activities that can promote personal wellness by engaging people in the outdoors.
If you have an idea that could help to expand this program, please contact Shana Barbour, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Credit: Ronnel Chua