This small group program is for female-identifying and non-binary or gender-diverse youth, ages 8-11.  Our group container holds 6-8 participants, and focuses on building confidence and self-esteem, positive peer connections, mental well-being, and the exploration of coping skills and emotional regulation tools for the stressors and worries of life.

Our facilitation style emphasizes land-based and human connection, awareness, deep listening, and cultivating group safety.  Within our connected group container, participants will be supported to expand their comfort zones, to explore new and empowering vocabularies of nature connection and expressive arts play, and to deepen into a sense of belonging in community.  Each program day will involve wanders and play in nature.  Our focus activities require zero previous experience, can attune to group interest, and may include kinetic or quiet and mindful adventures, painting and drawing, hikes or games, ink-making, carving, clay and nature sculpture, shelter and fire skills, bird or plant connection, wild tea-foraging, weaving, and play with song, story, or movement.

Lynx Trax takes place in the outdoors for 4 hours rain or shine, so youth should be prepared to explore in the elements and develop a deeper connection with nature! 

  • 6 program days, 4 hours each
  • In beautiful Nature setting of Witty’s Lagoon, exploring forests, river, lagoon and beach landscapes!

Our Facilitators: Teresa Winter, RTC & Cilla Holmes, RTC


Registration Process:

1) Complete our referral form on the right, and the Program Manager will be in touch to confirm if there are still spots available, and connect you with the facilitators.

2) Interested participants and a guardian will attend a brief intake meeting over Zoom with a facilitator to review their goals and interest in the program and ask any questions about what to expect.

3) Send payment to confirm and hold your spot in the program (see policy below)

This program is subsidized thanks to the generous support from the Courtnall Foundation.


Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Full payment for the group program is due upon registration. If this is not possible, we offer payment plans. Just contact our Program Manager, Zahura, for more information at [email protected]!

Sliding Scale rates are available to ensure that this program is available to all youth who are interested. Please inquire!

Your program spot is reserved just for you. A late cancellation or a no-show leaves a hole in the program that another client could have filled.

  • Any cancellations made up to four weeks ahead of the program start date will receive a full refund.
  • Any cancellations made within the four weeks ahead of the program start date will receive a 50% refund, unless the spot can be filled, in which case, a full refund minus a 5% administration fee will be offered.
  • No refunds will be made for missed days after the program has started.

Please note that the Lynx Trax programs are highly in demand. Every fall, we prioritize new youth to take part in the program to give them a chance to experience it. If you have already taken part in Lynx Trax and would like to take part again, please let us know and we will add your name to our list for interest; however, we cannot guarantee that you will be given a spot in the program.

For further questions about our Group Programs, please contact Zahura at [email protected].

Program Information


Friday afternoons: September 20, October 4 & 18, November 1, 15, 29, 2024


12:30pm - 4:30pm


Witty's Lagoon, Metchosin; potentially other locations

Program Facilitators

Teresa Winter, RTC & Cilla Holmes


$600; Commitment to all 6 sessions required. *Subsidized rates are available based on household income. See our Counselling Services page and email us for more information. Nobody is turned away for lack of finances.

Registration Information

Lynx Trax Referral Form

General referral form for expressing interest in participating in the Lynx Trax program

Name of person submitting referral
Lynx Trax will be offered on Fridays, bi-weekly, from 12:30pm-4:30pm, for 6 sessions. Can the youth commit to all 6 sessions?