Mental Wellness and the Green Lift

Posted on March 12, 2015

Mood Walks Summit

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

YWCA Elm Centre 

Mood Walks presents a one-day knowledge exchange and networking summit to share the exciting strides taken in its pilot year creating a province-wide program of greenspace walking groups for people living with mental health challenges. The Mood Walks Summit will enable dialogue among its community of practice, and map new partnership paths that support mental wellness through the “green lift” of nature-related programs.

Morning panels will present current program leaders, participants and our partners, Hike Ontario and Conservation Ontario, discussing how Mood Walks programs have been serving older adults living with mental health challenges. We will launch the Public Report and share evaluations of Mood Walks groups being run in both natural and urban greenspaces.

In an afternoon roundtable, we will widen the conversation to learn about related ecohealth initiatives, including the Back to Nature Network and the David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Challenge. We will offer both a small-groups “Global Café” to troubleshoot barriers to running outdoor walking programs, and invite embodied participation in a workshop on noticing natural sound. By integrating varied perspectives on the vital health lifts of being in greenspaces, the Summit will be a networking opportunity among existing Mood Walk groups and an exciting knowledge generator for new Mood Walks programs focused on youth at risk, people with lived experience of mental illness, and marginalized communities in urban centres.

Space is limited. Please reserve your spot.

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