Residents and staff at re-root through nature

10 October 2023

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often find ourselves disconnected from the world around us and, more importantly, from our own well-being. But what if there was a way to reconnect, to re-root ourselves in nature, and to cultivate meaningful connections? Enter Re-Root Through Nature, an inspiring new program developed by the Health and Wellbeing team at the YMCA that aims to do just that.

The Birth Of Re-Root Through Nature

The idea for Re-Root Through Nature was born during a brainstorming session, where a YMCA resident named Max suggested the project’s name. Max’s idea resonated deeply with the essence of the program, as he explained, “Why don’t we call it RE-Root Through Nature, because it’s all about grounding yourself and gives you the opportunity to redirect yourself to do better things.” And so, Re-Root Through Nature was born.

Cultivating Connections

At its core, Re-Root is all about cultivating connections. Connections with people, connections with nature, and most importantly, connections with oneself. It’s a program that recognizes the therapeutic power of nature and the importance of human relationships in fostering well-being.

Ann from Wellness without Walls, a passionate advocate for ecotherapy, also plays a significant role in the program. Her ecotherapy sessions provide participants with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the healing embrace of nature. Through mindful practices and guided experiences, participants learn to appreciate the natural world in a whole new way.

Re-Root Through Nature: Every Friday, 1 pm – 3 pm

The heart of Re-Root beats every Friday, from 1 pm to 3 pm, at the beautiful Wilmorton Community Gardens. It’s a place where residents and learners are invited to come together and rediscover their sense of self and community.

The program offers a wide range of activities to cater to various interests and needs. From carpentry to art, nature walks to gardening, and even meditation sessions, there’s something for everyone. And of course, no gathering at the gardens would be complete without sharing stories and laughter over cups of tea around a crackling fire.

Life-Changing Experiences

The impact of Re-Root Through Nature has been nothing short of remarkable. Many residents have found solace, inspiration, and a renewed sense of purpose through these Friday sessions. Among them are Richard and Andy, two YMCA residents who have not only benefited from the program but have also become leaders within it.

Richard and Andy have taken the skills they’ve learned through Re-Root and are now running their own sessions. Their journey from participants to leaders is a testament to the leadership opportunities that Re-Root Through Nature provides, empowering individuals to thrive and make a positive impact in their community.

In Conclusion

Re-Root Through Nature is more than just a program; it’s a lifeline to well-being, a sanctuary of connection, and a source of growth. Through its diverse activities, nurturing environment, and the dedication of individuals like Max, Ann, Richard, and Andy, it offers residents, learners, and the wider community a chance to re-root themselves in nature and redirect themselves towards a better, more fulfilling life.

So, if you’re seeking a path to well-being, connection, and personal growth, look no further than Re-Root Through Nature. Join us every Friday at Wilmorton Community Gardens, and let nature be your guide on this remarkable journey of rediscovery and self-improvement.

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