Canada Healthy Communities Initiative Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Individualized Funding Resources Centre in partnership with EcoWisdom and Technology for Living has received a Canada Healthy Communities Initiative Grant to promote EcoWisdom’s Accessible Nature Wellbeing Programs (ANWPs).

This financial support from the Federal Government of Canada has enabled us to launch EcoWisdom’s Nature and Forest Therapy Guide training program. We are also able to provide three free public ANWPs. Our training and public programming are designed to be inclusive of people living with significant levels of physical disability and/or chronic illness.

This is a tremendous recognition of our efforts to ensure that the many health benefits of nature connection can be made available to people who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our programs not only foster individual resiliency while building community capacity, but also inspire social and environmental engagement.

Nancy Lear Scholarship

To celebrate our dear colleague, Nancy Lear, and to recognize the enthusiastic energy she brought to our Accessible Nature Wellbeing Programs, we are establishing a scholarship in her memory. As the Peer Support Facilitator at Technology for Living, Nancy understood the value of the ANWPs as a powerful form of peer support among those living with a disability. She witnessed the many ways that ANWPs were able to foster individual resiliency and build community capacity.

In recognition of all that Nancy contributed to EcoWisdom programming and leadership, we wish to offer free course tuition to a member of the disability community in British Columbia as a way to encourage the use of ANWPS as a form of peer support. We will start accepting applications on July 30th for our next training program starting December 1st, 2022. If you are interested, you are encouraged to contact us at well in advance of this deadline.

What is EcoWisdom?


EcoWisdom provides virtual and onsite services that facilitate human’s embodied understanding of their connection to the natural world. Through activities such as forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) and nature-based mindfulness, meditation, contemplation, and education, in addition to a range of creative activities, participants can receive Individual and collective benefits while supporting the health of their bioregion.

Ultimately, we believe that what is good for us as a human species is that which nourishes our home, Mother Earth. By fostering a deep relationship with creation, we hope to support bringing humans back into a state of balance within themselves, their communities, and as a part of the earth’s ecosystem.

The EcoWisdom Forest Preserve is comprised of 200 acres of land with forests, wetlands, streams, and a river. Located close to Algonquin Park, it is an important animal habitat for moose, wolves, lynx, deer, elk, and bear. The goals of the EcoWisdom Forest Preserve are to:  

  • Protect the forest and its plant and animal biodiversity
  • Offer nature contemplation/appreciation activities
  • Provide environmental education

Our work integrates the sociological, psychological and spiritual with the biological and ecological. The EcoWisdom approach values the wisdom that exists within natural systems such as rewilding/natural regeneration that can help restore equilibrium and equanimity.

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