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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. 


We have a great season of Wellness programming this year, and look forward to sharing it with our park community!  With the support of four incredible Instructors this year – some returning, and some working with us for the first time – there is a great diversity of both in person and online offerings to choose from, each of which provide unique opportunities to connect with nature and your inner self. 

All sessions have been planned to run as small groups, to ensure we are able to support and comply with the province’s COVID-19 regulations for outdoor recreation programming.  Please note that as these regulations change, there may be a need to postpone or cancel sessions (or conversely, we may be able to open up a few more spaces if we can begin to work with larger groups!).


 

Upcoming Wellness Programs

The Mindful Pause, with Divya Singh (online)

This 12-session wellness series is designed to equip you with a self-care toolkit to succeed at life! Every week, we’ll unravel a new layer of our being and build inner strength to deal with whatever life throws at us.  You will learn how to decode your stressors, gain more resilience, reduce stress and combat anxiety, and learn to practice gratitude and self-compassion.  So, take a break every Wednesday with wellness expert, Divya Singh, as she guides you with strategies and practices to become the best version of yourself.  Register as soon as possible, so you can benefit from as many of the sessions as possible!

Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-7:00pm, from June 16 to September 1 (Zoom info will be sent upon registration)

$30 (for the 12 week series) – Register through Eventbrite

 

Get Fit with BungyPump!, with Diana Young (outdoor)

BungyPump are unique training poles that have 20 cm of built-in suspension as well as 4, 6 or 10 kg of built-in resistance; this resistance can activate up to 90% of your body’s muscles for a full-body workout that can strengthen your core, tone your arms, build overall stamina and increase calorie burn. And all just by walking! Meet at the Cookhouse at the Bow Valley Ranch for these weekly walks and have fun exploring the beauty of Fish Creek Provincial Park!

Thursday evenings, 7:00pm-8:00pm, starting on June 17

$10/session – Register through Eventbrite

**Please note the September 2nd session has been cancelled.

 

Nature and Forest Therapy Walks, with Amarin Dawn (outdoor)

Nature and Forest Therapy walks are a slow guided experience in natural landscapes that provide opportunities to connect to others, self, and the More than Human World – plant, animal, rock, air, waters, the visible and the invisible. Guides hold the space for the connection to happen.  Nature is the therapist, the guide opens the doors by inviting you to experience your surroundings with a variety of sensory invitations.  Join us for these gentle, guided walks, in Shannon Terrace, Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Thursday evenings: August 19 and September 16 – 6:30-8:30pm

$20/session – Register through Eventbrite

**Please note that registration for these walks ends 36 hours prior to each walk.

 

Mindful Running: Maximizing Fitness and Well-Being, with Annette Ng (outdoor)

What if you took running and incorporated aspects of meditation? Leave the earbuds at home and discover how being more aware of your breath, body and senses can hone your focus, help you run further, and increase the enjoyment of your runs. You will be guided through a series of cues, each followed by a two minute jog along the Stream Changes loop at the Bow Valley Ranch.  

Monday, August 23 and Monday, August 30, from 7:00pm-8:00pm

$10/session – Register through Eventbrite

 

Past Wellness Programs

Hiking 101: A Beginner’s Guide, with Annette Ng (online)

Hiking is an uplifting and grounding experience, yet can seem daunting for the novice.  Pre-trip planning, what to pack, wildlife and safety considerations will be covered in this webinar. Join us virtually so that you are prepared for a safe season of hiking in 2021!

Monday, June 14, 7:00pm-8:00pm (Zoom info will be sent upon registration)

Only $10 – Register through Eventbrite

 

Hiking 101: Practical Tips, with Annette Ng (outdoor)

Interested in hiking this season but looking for some practical tips to elevate your experience? Let’s go for a walk! We will head outdoors and cover how to pack and items to bring for safety. In addition, we will try out techniques on how to efficiently use hiking poles as well as ascend and descend hills.  This session takes place at the Bow Valley Ranch.

Monday, June 21 and Monday, June 28, 7:00pm-8:00pm

$10/session – Register through Eventbrite

 

Map Reading Basics: A Virtual Guide to Finding Yourself!, with Annette Ng (online)

Hiking often leads to being lost in thought but how to avoid being physically lost? This online webinar guides you through the basics of using a map. Learn how to use a topographic map as a route planning tool: interpret contour lines, identify features, scale and distances.

Monday, July 5, 7:00pm-8:00pm (Zoom info will be sent upon registration)

$Only 10 – Register through Eventbrite

 

Compass Basics: A Guide to Finding Yourself, with Annette Ng (outdoor)

Hiking often leads to being lost in thought but how to avoid being physically lost? This outdoor workshop guides you through the basics of using a compass. This session takes place at the Bow Valley Ranch, where you will learn how to take bearings on a map, follow a bearing and take a bearing in the field. GPS will not be covered in this course.

Monday, July 12, 6:30pm-8:00pm

$10/session – Register through Eventbrite

 

 


Meet our Instructors!

Divya Singh is an experienced business development professional, well-being coach and meditation instructor with the Art of Living Foundation. A deep desire to make a difference to people and the community is what motivates her to share the gift of meditation with one and all. She has volunteered to teach meditation programs for over 8 years in India and Canada, and has a warm and engaging personality that endears her to anyone who meets her. Divya has been teaching meditation sessions for the Friends since 2017.

Diana Young was introduced to BungyPump walking while vacationing in Sweden. She found it to be an exercise regime that ticked all the boxes – suitable for all ages and fitness levels, no gym membership required, can be done wherever and whenever, and most importantly, is effective, easy and fun. A year ago, Diana became a certified BungyPump instructor and since then is actively promoting BungyPump walking for health.  As a health coach focusing on healthy aging, Diana believes in the lifelong benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.  Check https://bungypump.ca for more information on BungyPump poles. This is Diana’s third year working with the Friends.

Annette Ng is an Apprentice Interpretive Hiking Guide who is also working towards certification as a Fitness Instructor Specialist.  A nature enthusiast, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the outdoors with you!  Annette has also been involved as a Tour Guide with the Friends, and also volunteers as a Park Watch Steward; this is her second year as a Wellness Program Instructor.

Amarin Dawn is a guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, a certified Mindfulness Meditation & Yoga Teacher, Outdoor Council of Canada  hiking guide and apprentice guide with Interpretive Guides of Canada, Wilderness Medic.  Most importantly, she is a lover of the natural world and inspires a remembrance of ones true nature and deep connection within the tapestry of life.   She lives, works and plays at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, respecting these are Treaty 7 lands.   Amarin is a founder of The Heart of Bragg Creek, Cafe & Yoga Studio, as well as the not for profit organization, Experience Journeys, which seeks to create accessible learning and outdoor experiences that heighten awareness and nurture compassion for all life on Earth. 

            Experience Journey

 


We are continually work 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. 

For general Wellness Program and schedule inquiries, please contact Julia Schneider, Program & Stewardship Coordinator, at julia@friendsoffishcreek.org

If you are interested in becoming one of our Wellness Program Instructors and are a certified professional in your field, please contact Shana Barbour, Social Enterprise & Stewardship Coordinator, at shana@friendsoffishcreek.org