Camp Wellness: Healthy By Nature

Join ‘Nature and Forest Therapy Guide’ Heather for forest bathing and other nature themed activities. These sensory based mindfulness sessions, including crafts, games and forest bathing, were developed to enhance your well-being, improve health and increase sense of connectedness. Spending time in nature has been shown by research to:

  • improve mood, sleep, confidence, self-esteem, cognitive functioning, and immune functioning
  • increase patience, life satisfaction and motivation
  • reduce symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, and addiction

Come play and get natured!

Forest Bathing

Date: Tuesdays January 9th – June 4th
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Oshawa Campus, please register for meetup location

Join for an hour of play in the woods. Forest Bathing is a practice that supports health and wellness through guided immersion in nature to promote the well-being of both people and the land. Inspired by Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of “Forest Bathing”, combining the sensory-based exploration of Nature and Forest Therapy. Come get grounded in the forest!

Nature Play


Date: Tuesdays January 16, 30, February 13, 27, March 26, April 9, 23, May 7, 21, June 4
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Oshawa Campus, please register for meetup location

Like arts + crafts? Enjoy playing capture the flag, bird watching and scavenger hunts? Join for sensory-based exploration and creation in nature! Different activities each week to help slow down, allow the senses to open, and experience the environment to deepen the reciprocal relationship with nature. PLUS meet some new friends, be social and have fun! Come create and play in nature!

Mindful Farm Friday (Whitby Campus)


Date: Fridays January 12, 26, February 9, 23, March 8, 22, April 5, 19, May 3, 17, 31
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Whitby Campus, please register for meetup location

Join for mindfulness in the garden and other nature based experiences to cultivate a heartfelt, embodied relationship with nature and sense of wellbeing. Come rejuvenate on the farm!

Health Hikes

Date: Wednesdays January  17, 31, February 14, 28, March 27, April 10, 24, May 8,  22
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Oshawa Campus, please register for meetup location

Interested in hiking but don’t know where to start? Join us for Hiking 101 – an introduction into walking in the woods completing a 2km hike together! We will discuss trail safety and ways to keep safe in the forest while we bird-watch and explore the beautiful conservation area beside campus. This is a great opportunity for both seasoned trailblazers and students who grew up in more urban settings new to exploring the forest! Combining the therapeutic principles of nature and physical movement this is a great opportunity to feel stronger, have more energy, improve sense of balance, reduce stress, boost mood and immune health, and improve sleep. Join for a health hike to support academic success!