Now serving Cowichan Valley for the first time!

For Youth ages 11-14 (middle school) who are self-motivated to participate in a supportive group counselling environment to take charge of the way anxiety and worry is impacting their lives.

New Roots is a nature-based wellness program for youth who are looking to develop healthy strategies to cope with stress and anxiety. Within a supportive group of peers, youth will have the chance to pause from the hectic demands of life to reconnect with their Self and the natural world. Participants will have the chance to play games, nature-inspired art, team initiatives, mindfulness, environmental restoration, nature connection and learn effective tools for cultivating a peaceful state of mind. Each week we will aim to integrate an expressive art activity, inspired by the beauty of nature around us! We will expand on the youth’s resources to take charge of anxiety and worry, and redefine its impact on their life. Following involvement in this group, youth will have a rich understanding and appreciation for their strengths and resources, along with specific strategies for overcoming difficulties.

Parent/guardian support evenings:

We are excited to be able to offer 2 evening sessions for parents/guardians to gather together in community to learn strategies for best supporting their youth as they navigate through life. We value a family systems approach to well-being, where parents/guardians are learning the same tools as their youth, and can be on the same page in tackling stress and anxiety (which us adults often experience too). Each session will be tailored to the needs of that group of parents, and will present on topics such as understanding anxiety and how it impacts our nervous system; the avoidance cycle; strategies for connecting with your youth, and helping them take charge of anxiety. Our request is that at least one parent/guardian are able to attend these sessions, but more are welcome and encouraged.

Parent/guardian support sessions, via Zoom

Tuesday, October 11th, 7:00-9:00PM; Tuesday, November 1st, 7:00-9:00PM

  • Intake for spring session starting now! Contact [email protected]
  • People of all genders, sexualities, bodies, ancestries, cultures, and abilities are welcome. Maximum of 10 participants.
  • Covid safety policies are in place to manage a safe group outside, physical distancing will be expected, and activities modified to meet these needs.

Program Information


September 28th - November 9th, 2022


Wednesdays, 3:45 - 5:45pm


Cowichan Valley

Program Facilitators

Sarah Duncan, MA, RCC & Tensley Koontz, MEd, RCC


The full cost for this program is $300, however it is important that this program is accessible to all youth who are interested. So the fee is ‘pay what you can’, and a lack of financial means will NOT be a barrier to participation. At registration, please let us know what you can afford.

Registration Information

To Register to this program, please contact:  [email protected].

To complete registration we require a brief intake meeting with youth and parent/guardian over Zoom.

If you want to contribute to keeping New Roots accessible to all, donate here.