Human-Nature Counselling Society


Family Roots – Adventure Therapy Group

Delivered and generously funded through Power To Be, the Family Roots program uses outdoor recreation and the power of nature to increase the well-being and resiliency of local youth and their families.
Starting again at the end of May 2021!!
Power To Be, Prospect Lake, Highlands BC
This program is subsidized through the ongoing and generous support of Power To Be

We are excited to announce that the 13th year of the Family Roots program will be offered in partnership with Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society in the aim of supporting families.

Who can attend the program?

Families living in the Greater Victoria region who:

  • Have children ages of 8 to 14
  • Are not currently involved in family counselling

Families who are looking for support in coping with:

  • Parent-child conflict and power struggles
  • Feelings of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem
  • Difficulties functioning in school, social skills
  • Grief and loss, past trauma
  • Families in transition (e.g., separation/divorce, loss of family member, etc)

“The Family Roots program gave our family the opportunity to connect in a meaningful way and face many of our challenges. It was such a gift to be supported by such an open and giving group of people. I can not recommend this program enough. ”  mother, FR participant, 2014

What activities will we do?

A group of about 5 single-parent families will meet once per month to share in play and adventure over the course of 5 months (May to September). The adventure weekends will include activities such as:

  • kayaking
  • voyager canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Games and team initiatives
  • art
  • nature connection
  • psycho-education
  • play

Each month will also include a “Parents Together” support session held on Zoom. This parent-only meeting will be facilitated by a Registered Clinical Counselor.  These meetings will provide an opportunity to build a community of support, provide information on various mental health and wellness topics, allow a safe space for discussing the adventure of parenting, and expand resources. 

What will our family learn?

  • Bonding and community building
  • Communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Trust and leadership
  • Emotional literacy
  • Self-regulation skills
  • Tapping into our personal resources and strengths

“It really is hard to wrap up how much fun, how much bonding, talking, thinking, introspection, discussion and quiet times affected us so profoundly. So much so that it continues to be present in our every day lives months after the program is finished. We are a better family because of the program. The program is as good as it is because of the people, that really made the difference. Supportive, kind, non judgemental, helpful, incite full, intelligent brave souls who gave so much of themselves and their time to all of us. Thank you doesn’t seem like enough.”  Father, FR participant

How do we apply?

Please visit our community partner Power To Be’s site for more information about registration:

For any additional questions about the program please contact Sylvia Storry at [email protected]