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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. 

All sessions take place at the Bow Valley Ranch area of Fish Creek Provincial Park.


PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER; sessions with no one pre-registered will not run, as we cannot ask our instructors and volunteers to show up for a class when no one has signed up.  Registration links for each of our offerings are found below.

If you do not register and choose to drop in, the program fee will be $15 per session (or an extra $5 added to the ticket price for our Saturday workshops).  Please note that if you decide to drop in, you risk showing up to a class that has been cancelled due to lack of on-line registration.


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 from this week’s programs will be donated to the Red Cross.

Purchase our Wellness Pass today!  For only $50, you’ll receive 6 sessions for the price of 5 (applies to all programs, excluding our Saturday Wellness Workshop Series).

Get yours today through Eventbrite!


This Season’s Programs!

Yoga in the Park

Join the Friends of Fish Creek to relax, revitalize and restore body and mind while connecting with the earth in the beautiful setting of Fish Creek Provincial Park. Raja yoga incorporates all eight limbs of yoga and emphasizes the connection between the union of body, energy and mind through postures, meditation and breathing techniques. Instructors Gwen and Naomi return for their 7th year of teaching for the Friends!

Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm from June 18 to August 27

$10/session – Register through Eventbrite

We’re sorry, the August 13 session has been cancelled due to rain and thunderstorms in the forecast

 

Good Morning Yoga

Join instructor Diane Smith and the Friends of Fish Creek for a morning of gentle yoga with a focus on opening joints and becoming more limber.  These sessions are perfect for those experiencing chronic pain, stress or who are new to the practice of yoga – or for anyone who wants a refreshing start to their day!

Tuesday mornings, 9-10:30am from June 28-August 27

We’re sorry, this program has been cancelled.

 

Blending Yoga & Qi Gong

Diane Smith is back for this gentle blended practice of yoga and Spring Forest Qi Gong.  These sessions can help to reduce stress, improve immune function and contribute to overall wellness.  Take some time out of your busy day to unwind in the beautiful setting of Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8pm from June 19 to August 28

We’re sorry, we are no longer able to offer this program in 2019.

 

Postural Pilates

These sessions will provide the opportunity for you to learn how to unwind old compensation patterns and establish a more optimal posture.  The back drop of Fish Creek Provincial Park adds an additional element of beauty, relaxation and connection with nature.

Thursday evenings, 5-6pm from June 20 to July 11

$10/session – Register through Eventbrite

 

Nature Babes: A Gentle Stroll for Moms and Babes

Mothers with babies in strollers will join instructor Carina Huggins for a gentle stroll and a brief topic of discussion centered around positivity and thriving in early motherhood. Carina will share coaching insights and tools designed to support new moms at this sometimes challenging stage of life.. The group will be provided with a question/topic to explore as they walk and connect with each other, stopping along the way for mindfulness and nature reconection exercises.

Thursday mornings, 9-10am from July 4-25

$10/session – Register through Eventbrite

We’re sorry, the July 17 session has been cancelled due to lack of registration

 

Success Without Stress! A Special Meditation Series

This series will explore one unique topic per week over five weeks to help us better understand our stress triggers and learn simple yet effective coping mechanisms to manage stress and anxiety on the go.  Participants will have the opportunity to equip themselves with strategies and tools to bring in balance and happiness in their lives.  The pleasant backdrop of Fish Creek Provincial Park will offer an added dimension of calm and connection with nature. Sign up for one session or all five!

Thursday evenings, 7-8pm, from August 1-29

$10/session – Register through Eventbrite

We’re sorry, the August 8th class has been cancelled due to lack of registration.


NEW in 2019! Saturday Wellness Workshop Series – Join us for one of these amazing new workshops!

June 22, 10-12:30pm – Dealing With Grief Through Nature & Spring Forest Qi Gong

This participatory workshop will focus on dealing with grief through the healing benefits of nature, combined with the beautiful practice of Spring Forest Qi Gong. You will be integrating breathing, visualization, simple movement and sound to help you heal your physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual body. Any age and all abilities can participate in this fully empowering workshop lead by instructors Diane Smith and Susanne Heaton.

 

August 10, 9-10:30am – Get Fit and Keep Fit with BungyPump!

Developed and manufactured in Sweden, BungyPumps are unique training poles that have 4, 6 or 10 kg of built-in resistance. The built-in resistance means that walking with BungyPumps adds an upper-body component to regular walking, increasing calorie burn by up to 70%, engaging 90% of your body’s muscles and giving you a full-body workout just by walking.  They are perfect for all ages and fitness levels and are great for getting in shape, keeping fit, endurance and strength training, and rehabilitation.  This workshop gives you an opportunity to walk in Fish Creek Provincial Park with BungyPumps and decide if you would like to add them to your workout routine!  BungyPump poles will be provided for these sessions.

$25 per person – Register through Eventbrite

 

July 13, 1-3pm – Rainbow Wellness

Enjoy this symbolic journey through your own internal rainbow! The intention is to reconnect us to our inner child through colour, discussion and movement. After this workshop, you will have the tools to help connect you to your body through movement, habit and affirmation. Good for ages 14 to 99!

$30 per person – Register through

We’re sorry, this class has been cancelled due to lack of registration 


With thanks to our amazing Instructors!

Gwen Draude received her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification in 2012 from Sunshine Yoga Academy in Calgary.  Yoga continues to teach her the fundamentals of slowing down, being present, breathing deeply, and learning to let go of meaningless worries or thoughts.

Naomi Parker, of Elemental Wellness, is a Certified Fairy Intuitive Healing Practitioner, Reiki Master, Registered Yoga Teacher, Mudra Therapist, and Spiritual Response Therapist (SRT). She grew up in Northern Alberta where, surrounded by wilderness, grew a fondness for the Earth and its elements. She has been practicing yoga for over 10 years.  You can find out more about Naomi’s practice and services offered through Elemental Wellness at www.elementalwellnessandyoga.com

Diane Smith is a passionate teacher and student of Qi Gong and Yoga. While practicing these meditation forms, Diane experienced a profound shift in her life and is now passionate about sharing how Qi Gong and Yoga as practices can positively influence health and well-being. Diane teaches Qi Gong and Yoga in Calgary and can be reached at energybalancing.diane@gmail.com.

Corrina Anne-Poss has been teaching, practicing, and guiding those who have made the decision to get out of pain, stay out of pain, and have a better sense of balance, for over a decade. After studying massage therapy, trigger point and active release therapy, she wanted to learn more. She has achieved certification in Iyengar Yoga levels 1&2, Stott Pilates (ISP) and Neuromuscular Redcord Active Training. She has also studied massage, trigger point and active release therapy, energy rebalancing, Qi Gong and shamanism.

Susanne Heaton took a leap of faith from over 11 years in the corporate world doing team building, public speaking, negotiating, marketing and sales, to starting her own business.  She is passionately curious about nature and all the gifts that she can teach us with such ease and grace if we just take the time to slow down, look and listen. She is now an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator and fundraiser. Susanne is Motivated by Nature! www.motivatedbynature.com

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.

Carina Huggins is a professionally certified life and leadership coach who has worked with hundreds of clients, from Olympic athletes to doctors, to new mothers and university students. A mindset and personal development expert, she is deeply aware of the demands modern life puts on us. She is the founder of NatuREimmersion, a unique format of life-coaching which extracts her clients from the noise and rush of city life and reacquaints them with the peace of nature.

Lisa Smithwick is a yoga instructor, Rieki healer and kids’ movement teacher. She has a BA in Communications with a minor in Religious Studies. She loves to travel and be in nature.

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.


**Program Cancellations: Please note that these outdoor programs may be cancelled due to poor weather.  If you have registered, we will email you within four hours prior to the start of your program to let you know of cancellations (or the evening before if it is an early morning program).  Cancellations will also be posted on this page.  If you choose to drop in to a class, we have no way to inform you if it has been cancelled or not, so this page is the best place to check for updates.


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 shana@friendsoffishcreek.org

Photo Credit: Ronnel Chua