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Eternal Forest Conversation with Kari Krogh of EcoWisdom Forest Preserve

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We can experience wholeness and wellness when we live in a manner that honours our reciprocal relationship with the natural world. In this Eternal Forest Conversation program, participants will be guided in meditative, contemplative, and creative practices that support a deepening relationship with nature while recognizing our place within it. These “still-point moments” may offer emotional and physical healing as well as insight and the resiliency required to live with a commitment to conservation.

Kari will weave opportunities for individual practice into the telling of her personal story, a story that begins with her life as an academic health researcher and moves to one of acquiring a severe disability that required her use of a wheelchair for years. Kari will guide you in practices that she has used to become receptive to deep listening and healing in nature. She will share photos and a video clip from the beautiful landscapes of the EcoWisdom Forest Preserve, located on the traditional territory of the Algonquin (Anishinaabe) Peoples, where she lives gently upon the earth with reverence and gratitude.

This program will include a plant meditation, a heart-connection river practice, an earth-based movement prayer and a contemplative photography activity. We will have a chance to share an insight or highlight within small groups before engaging in a brief Q & A session. We will conclude with a cedar tea ceremony to honour the earth. Participants are invited to bring a houseplant to the program as well as a thermos of herbal tea for the concluding ritual. There will be an opportunity to enter into a green space (indoors with houseplants, stones and shells or outdoors in a backyard or on a patio) for a 10-15 min nature-connection practice.

Kari is a nature-print artist, photographer, writer and contemplative who lives in an off-grid cabin on the EcoWisdom Forest Preserve. She draws upon her own experience of dramatic healing on the land as well as her training as a spiritual director, nature/forest therapy guide, and mindfulness meditation teacher in offering nature-connection programs and individual nature-based spiritual accompaniment.Kari completed a PhD in psychology, conducting a dissertation on the meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities in community development partnerships with an analysis of power, culture and values. In addition to giving voice to water and forests, she is interested in promoting health-equity by advocating for accessibility within urban parks and their programs. She supports the EcoWisdom team of facilitators in creating inclusive, compassionate, and caring program environments that offer participants an opportunity to experience the transformative power of nature-connection. 

Kari Krogh and her partner David Gordon established the 200-acre EcoWisdom Forest Preserve which is a protected home for wild-roaming wolves, bear, moose, and lynx as well as thousands of trees. Here, Kari and Dave live sustainably, growing food, collecting rainwater (melting snow in winter) and utilizing solar power. They are excited about building community among like-minded and like-hearted people through immersive nature appreciation and environmental education programs.

PAST EVENTS

Nature Wellness Program #3: Nature, Neuroscience and Resiliency

Nature, Neuroscience and Resiliency: Bringing Forest Bathing to Urban Parks

Funded by a TD Park People Grant

Saturday September 18th 2:00 – 4:30 Pacific Standard Time

This is the third in a series of three innovative and accessible nature-connection programs. This free, public program is specifically designed to be accessible to people who live with physical disabilities. 

Engaging in a regular practice of nature mindfulness and shinrin-yoku/ forest bathing can result in beneficial and long-lasting changes to the brain. We will explore the neuroscience of nature connection during an online 2.5 hr program using zoom, with participants being guided in enjoyable and relaxing nature-connection practices. Afterwards, participants will be encouraged to use these practices onsite at the Beaver Lake Trail (or an alternative greenspace/park that is more accessible or covid-safe to access). 

• Do you find that spending time in nature, or gazing upon nature images, brings you a sense of calm? 

• Would you like to understand the science behind the practice of shinrin-yoku/forest bathing, a wellness practice used by 75% of the Japanese Population? 

• Are you seeking new ways to experience stress reduction and wellness? 

Please join Kari Krogh and her EcoWisdom team in exploring nature-based mindfulness practices using nature images, nature videos, and direct contact with nature in an environment of your choice (indoors or outdoors). Kari is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide who lives with a disability. 

Space is limited. 

This project arose from a collaborative partnership between Individualized Funding Resource Centre (IFRC), Technology for Living (TFL), and EcoWisdom Forest Preserve. Together we have established “Accessible Nature Wellness Programs” as a Park Group. We thank TD Parks People Grant, Park People, and TD Ready Commitment for making this program possible.

This is the third in a series of three innovative and accessible nature-connection programs. This free, public program is specifically designed to be accessible to people who live with physical disabilities. 

Engaging in a regular practice of nature mindfulness and shinrin-yoku/ forest bathing can result in beneficial and long-lasting changes to the brain. We will explore the neuroscience of nature connection during an online 2.5 hr program using zoom, with participants being guided in enjoyable and relaxing nature-connection practices. Afterwards, participants will be encouraged to use these practices onsite at the Beaver Lake Trail (or an alternative greenspace/park that is more accessible or covid-safe to access). 

• Do you find that spending time in nature, or gazing upon nature images, brings you a sense of calm? 

• Would you like to understand the science behind the practice of shinrin-yoku/forest bathing, a wellness practice used by 75% of the Japanese Population? 

• Are you seeking new ways to experience stress reduction and wellness? 

Please join Kari Krogh and her EcoWisdom team in exploring nature-based mindfulness practices using nature images, nature videos, and direct contact with nature in an environment of your choice (indoors or outdoors). Kari is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide who lives with a disability. 

Space is limited. 

This project arose from a collaborative partnership between Individualized Funding Resource Centre (IFRC), Technology for Living (TFL), and EcoWisdom Forest Preserve. Together we have established “Accessible Nature Wellness Programs” as a Park Group. We thank TD Parks People Grant, Park People, and TD Ready Commitment for making this program possible.

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EcoWisdom is thrilled to be partnering with IFRC and TFL to offer three virtual Accessible Nature Wellness Programs funded by TD Park People. We aim to support the engagement of people with disabilities in parks and greenspaces.

 

To register, please find the corresponding link below:

1.  Improving Physical and Emotional Wellbeing Through Shinrin-Yoku/ Forest Bathing 

(Saturday May 15 2:00 – 4:30 Pacific Standard Time)

2. Nature Mindfulness: Finding Refuge in Urban Greenspaces 

(July 17th 2:00 – 4:30 Pacific Standard Time)

3. Nature, Neuroscience and Resiliency: Bringing Forest Bathing to Urban Parks 

(Saturday September 18th 2:00 – 4:30 Pacific Standard Time)

Accessible Nature Wellness Program to Support Physical and Emotional Health

Online

Saturday May 15 2:00 – 4:30 Pacific Standard Time

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Or email: pathways@technologyforliving.org

Accessible Nature Wellness Program #1:

Improving Physical and Emotional Wellbeing Through Shinrin-Yoku/ Forest Bathing

Do you find that spending time in nature, or gazing upon nature images, brings you a sense of calm?

Would you like to understand the science behind the practice of shinrin-yoku/forest bathing, a wellness practice used by 75% of the Japanese Population?

Are you seeking new ways to experience stress reduction and wellness?


Please join Kari Krogh and her amazing EcoWisdom team in exploring nature-based mindfulness practices using nature images, nature videos, and direct contact with nature in an environment of your choice (indoors or outdoors). Kari is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide who lives with disability.

This public program is specifically designed to be accessible to people who live with physical disabilities.

A series of three unique nature wellness programs are being offered for free, thanks to the financial support received from the TD Park People Grant Program.

If you have questions, please contact Paul Gauthier (IFRC) at pathways@technologyforliving.org or Nancy Lear (TFL) at 604-326-0175 for more information.

For more information on inclusive and mindful nature connections, see:

https://www.instagram.com/contemplative_forest_bathing/