We are thrilled to be chosen for the #TrailblazerAwards2022 in recognition of Mindfulness in Nature's contribution to culture change in aging Canadians, and to our community.
Mindfulness in Nature is more than a video series. It is crafted as a nature-based program to help seniors connect with the natural world via an online program. It is designed to give access to the forest, lakes and mountain tops; to the changing seasons; and the fauna and flora that transitions throughout the year. It supports wellness in the familiar setting of a slow-paced nature walk. Each film is filled with the sounds of the natural landscape; photos and films of life within the forest; invitations to notice and reminisce of times spent in nature; and it is accompanied by soothing music. A Sensory Kit can be part of the experience, including wild-foraged tea, a scent stone, mindfulness invitations, and a snack that corresponds with each monthly walk. The goal is to offer an accessible sensory experience that fosters the plethora of benefits that have been scientifically proven to nourish the body, mind and spirit. Nature allows a person to be their authentic self, with acceptance and grace. The program fee is very low in hopes that many seniors, senior living communities, caregivers and others will participate. This program was designed, during the pandemic, by a certified Forest Therapy Guide, Senior Living Experts and a group of Seniors living in a retirement community.
A special thank you to the sponsor of this award:
The Brenda Strafford Foundation
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and
Capital Care Group