New Roots Program
We are SO excited to be offering this new program for youth, ages 14-17
(Winter and Spring 2019 sessions will be offered to middle school students, ages 11-14, so still get in touch!)
New Roots is a nature-based wellness program for youth who are looking to develop healthy strategies to cope with stress and anxiety. Find peer support and mentors who will help you explore new strategies in a fun, no-pressure, safe, and supportive outdoor setting. Youth will have the chance to pause from the hectic demands of life to re-connect with their Self and the natural world. Situated in beautiful local parks, youth will have the chance to participate in yoga, hiking, invasive species art project, nature connection, team building, mindfulness and effective tools for cultivating a peaceful state of mind. Parents/guardians will also have the opportunity to attend 3 parent-only evening sessions, with a focus on supporting youth and personal wellness.
Victoria Location: ** start date pushed back one week, spots available
Where: Government House Gardens
When: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
Dates: October 3rd to November 21st
plus closing celebration event (includes families) on Sunday, December 2nd from 9am-1pm; hosted by Power To Be at their beautiful Prospect Lake nature site. (paddling, forest exploration, campfire)
Parent/guardian session dates: Oct 4, Oct 25, Nov 15th; 7-9pm @ Crystal Pool and Fitness centre
Facilitators: Sean Frey, RPC; Sarah Duncan, MA; and awesome volunteer
Where: Beaver Lake Park
When: Thursdays, 3:45-5:45pm
Dates: September 27th to November 22nd
plus closing celebration event (includes families) on Sunday, December 2nd from 12pm -4pm; hosted by Power To Be at their beautiful Prospect Lake nature site (paddling, forest exploration, campfire)
Parent/guardian session dates: October 4, Oct 24, Nov 15; 7-9pm @ Saanich Commonwealth Place
Facilitators: Katy Rose, MA RCC; Robin Fagnon, youth worker; Jacquelyn Boychuk, MA candidate
* This program takes place entirely outdoors, rain or shine! Youth are expected to show up with appropriate clothing for our West Coast weather. We will only cancel in the case of extreme wind/rain. Also, due to daylight savings time, the last 3 weeks will take place partially in the dusk – but we will take full advantage of fun evening activities.
**People of all genders, sexualities, bodies, ancestries, cultures, and abilities are welcome.
To apply to this program, please contact:
For Victoria contact Sean: email@example.com; call or text 250-896-9639
For Saanich contact Katy: katy@humannaturecounselling ca; call or text 250-857-6017
- After your expression of interest we will email you an intake form and detailed program information. We will then set up a time to meet briefly with each youth at your location of preference – either at or near your school or at the Recreation Centre (Oak Bay, Crystal Pool, Commonwealth Place, Panorama).