Events

 

Humans in Nature Wellness Services Inc. is pleased to offer custom programs to individuals, groups and businesses. Please contact us to discuss potential programs, events and retreats. 

For programs open to the public, please see our upcoming events listed below. Our community events are also detailed on this page. New events are added regularly so check back in again soon! 

Upcoming Public Events

 

Summer Solstice Shinrin-Yoku

Huron Natural Area, Kitchener, ON
• Wednesday June 21, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

This program is now full. You are welcome to request to be added to the waitlist.

Celebrate the changing of the seasons with this evening walk led by a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and mindful walk where we get to explore Huron Natural Area by sunset and observe the seasonal changes.

This program is for adults and is being offered free of charge in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Registration is required. To be added to the waitlist, please email: knap@kitchener.ca

This program is open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

Jun 21

7:00-9:00pm

June,
July &
August

2017

Yoga in the Park

Huron Natural Area, Kitchener, ON

• Wed. July 12, 2017 from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm

• Wed. August 16, 2017 from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm


Enjoy a lunchtime yoga break in the beauty of Huron Natural Area. This outdoor yoga session will be led by a certified Yoga Instructor and is suitable for all skill levels. Participants are welcome to come and go during the program to suit their schedules.


Please bring your own mat or blanket as well as water and sun protection. We will meet on the lawn by the main entrance and parking areas.


This program is for adults and is being offered free of charge in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Yoga sessions are drop-in and no registration is required. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, please contact: info@humansinnature.com


Follow us on twitter for program updates @HumansinNature


These programs are open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

Shinrin-Yoku Guided Walks 

Huron Natural Area, Kitchener, ON

• Sat. July 22, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am

• Sat. August 19, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am

Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a walk through the woods and experience some of the benefits of spending time in nature. This guided hike through Huron Natural Area’s trails will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you release stress and rejuvenate! The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle, mindful and engaging hike. Please come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

This program is for adults and is being offered free of charge in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Registration is required. Please register by emailing: knap@kitchener.ca, or calling: 519-741-2600 ext. 4177.

These programs are open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

 

July
&
August

2017

June
to
September

2017

Yoga in the Park

Terra Cotta Conservation Area, Halton Hills, ON

• Sunday June 18th, 2017 from 9:30-10:30am

• Sunday July 23, 2017 from 9:30-10:30am

• Sunday August 20, 2017 from 9:30-10:30am

• Sunday September 24, 2017 from 9:30-10:30am

Bring your yoga practice to Terra Cotta Conservation Area for a classical hatha yoga program in the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. This yoga program is suitable of all skill levels and will guide you through a series of yoga postures as well as breath awareness. Come enjoy the yoga, fresh air and scenery!

This program is suitable for ages 16 years and up. Bring your own mat, blanket or towel as well as a hat, sun protection and water.

Cost is $14 per person per date, plus HST. Fee includes park admission. Registration is required.

In inclement weather, programs may be relocated to a shelter or indoor location at Terra Cotta Conservation Area at the discretion of the instructor. Cancellation due to weather will be announced 24 hours in advance to registered participants. Full refunds will be issued for any cancelled programs.

Register here

 

Yoga in the Park

Belfountain Conservation Area, Caledon, ON

• Saturday June 17th, 2017 from 10:00-11:00am

• Sunday July 30, 2017 from 10:00-11:00am

• Sunday August 13, 2017 from 10:00-11:00am

• Sunday September 17, 2017 from 10:00-11:00am

Bring your yoga practice to Belfountain Conservation Area for a classical hatha yoga program in the natural beauty of the Credit River and gorge. This yoga program is suitable of all skill levels and will guide you through a series of yoga postures as well as breath awareness. Come enjoy the yoga, fresh air and scenery!

This program is suitable for ages 16 years and up. Bring your own mat, blanket or towel as well as a hat, sun protection and water.

Cost is $14 per person per date, plus HST. Registration is required. Fee includes park admission, but does not include parking. A parking fee of $10 is to be paid at the park gate.

In inclement weather, programs may be relocated to a shelter or indoor location at Terra Cotta Conservation Area at the discretion of the instructor. Cancellation due to weather will be announced 24 hours in advance to registered participants. Full refunds will be issued for any cancelled programs.

Register here

 

June
to
September

2017

Past Public Events

Yoga in the Park

Huron Natural Area, Kitchener, ON

• Wed. April 26, 2017 from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm

• Wed. May 17, 2017 from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm

• Wed. June 7, 2017 from 12:00pm (noon) to 1:00pm


Enjoy a lunchtime yoga break in the beauty of Huron Natural Area. This outdoor yoga session will be led by a certified Yoga Instructor and is suitable for all skill levels. Participants are welcome to come and go during the program to suit their schedules.


Please bring your own mat or blanket as well as water and sun protection. We will meet on the lawn by the main entrance and parking areas.


This program is for adults and is being offered free of charge in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Yoga sessions are drop-in and no registration is required. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, please contact: info@humansinnature.com


Follow us on twitter for program updates @HumansinNature


These programs are open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

April,
May &
June

2017

Thursdays
April 27
to
June 1

6:30-8:30pm

Shinrin-Yoku for Teens - 6 Week Series of Nature Walks 

• Huron Natural Area
• Weekly Starting Thursday April 27, 2017
• 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Immerse yourself in the great outdoors in this series of guided nature walks that will allow you to connect with nature and deepen your outdoor experiences. Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”, is a Japanese term that translates as "taking in the ambiance of the forest", or spending time in nature in a calm and relaxed way. This 6-week series will promote healthy habits, wellness and happiness by increasing your nature awareness, being part of a forest community and experiencing the many wonders of Huron Natural Area.

This program is for teens (13-19 years) and is being offered in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Registration is required and there is a fee of $45 for 6 weeks. Please register through the City of Kitchener's WebReg webpage: https://eclass.kitchener.ca/Start/Start.asp. Program registration barcode: 235739

This program is open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.
 

Shinrin-Yoku Guided Walks 

• Huron Natural Area, Sat. April 8, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am - FULL

• Huron Natural Area, Sat. May 13, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am - FULL

• Huron Natural Area, Tues. May 23, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm - NEW DATE!
• Huron Natural Area, Sat. June 3, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am -FULL

Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a walk through the woods and experience some of the benefits of spending time in nature. This guided hike through Huron Natural Area’s trails will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you release stress and rejuvenate! The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle, mindful and engaging hike. Please come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

This program is for adults and is being offered free of charge in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Registration is required. Please register by emailing: knap@kitchener.ca, or calling: 519-741-2600 ext. 4177.

These programs are open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

 

April,
May &
June

2017

Earth Day
Sat April 29
1:00 - 4:00pm
Huron Natural Area

Earth Day

• Huron Natural Area, Saturday April 29, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate Earth Day at Huron Natural Area and join Humans in Nature on an introductory shinrin-yoku walk or mini forest yoga session. Humans in Nature guide, Kaitlin Powers, will be available to answer questions about our services and share information about the benefits of spending time in nature. It's a great way to explore Huron Natural Area and enjoy the many activities and exhibits celebrating Earth Day.

This Earth Day celebration is hosted by the City of Kitchener and offered for free to the community.

Spring Equinox Shinrin-Yoku

• Huron Natural Area, Monday March 20, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

This program is now full.

Celebrate the changing of the seasons with this evening walk led by a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and mindful walk where we get to explore Huron Natural Area by sunset and observe the seasonal changes.

This program is for adults and is being offered free of charge in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Registration is required.

***Please note that washroom facilities will not be available for this event***

This program is open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

Mar 20

6:30-8:30pm

Dec 21

6:30-8:30pm

Winter Solstice Shinrin-Yoku

• Huron Natural Area, Wednesday December 21, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Celebrate the changing of the seasons with this evening walk led by a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and mindful walk where we get to explore Huron Natural Area by moonlight and observe the seasonal changes.

This program is for adults and is being offered free of charge in partnership with the City of Kitchener. Registration is required.

***Please note that washroom facilities will not be available for this event***

This program is open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

6-Week Nature Therapy Immersion

Bechtel Park, Waterloo, ON
• Option 1: Wednesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm starting Oct 12 and ending Nov 16
• Option 2: Thursdays from 10am to noon starting Oct 13 and ending Nov 17

Join Humans in Nature this fall for a 6-week nature therapy immersion experience. Nature therapy stems from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. It is the practice of spending time in nature with the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. This six week program will help you experience new ways of interacting with the natural environment while you de-stress, rejuvenate and deepen your connection with nature. With the integration of mindfulness practices you will experience nature in new, wondrous ways. These walks have a slow, gentle pace with time spent as a group as well as independently. Come observe the seasons change and see all that the forest offers during this time of year.

 

Oct & Nov

2016

October 22

9am to 12pm

Shinrin-Yoku Immersion 

• Huron Natural Area, October 22, 2016 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a nature immersion experience at Huron Natural Area. This walk will follow the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”, and will provide participants with the opportunity to deepen their connection with nature. This walk is an extended version of other Shinrin-Yoku walks offered at Huron Natural Area with additional time for quiet contemplation, personal reflection and nature immersion. This will be a gentle and sensory engaging hike with wellness-promoting activities such as mindful breathing and gentle stretching. Come explore the depths of the woods with us!

This program is offered in partnership with the City of Kitchener and is open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

Shinrin-Yoku Guided Walks 

• Huron Natural Area, October 29, 2016 from 9:30am to 11:30am

• Huron Natural Area, November 5, 2016 from 9:30am to 11:30am

Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide for a walk through the woods and experience some of the benefits of spending time in nature. This guided hike through Huron Natural Area’s trails will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you release stress and rejuvenate! The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and engaging hike with health-promoting activities such as mindful breathing and gentle stretching. Please come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

These programs are offered in partnership with the City of KitchenerRegistration is required.

These programs are open to Kitchener as well as non-Kitchener residents.

 

Oct & Nov

2016

September 24

9:30am to 11:30am

En Plein Air Yoga 

• Breithaupt Park, September 24, 2016 from 9:30am to 11:30am
Program code: 221334

Take your yoga practice outside and learn about the benefits of spending time outdoors. This workshop will introduce you to current research findings on the benefits of exercising outdoors and will include a 75min yoga session outside, led by a certified Yoga Instructor. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Bring your own mat.

This program is offered in partnership with the City of Kitchener

 

Family Forest Walk 

• Huron Natural Area, October 8, 2016 from 9:30am to 11:30am

Bring your family out to discover new ways to enjoy nature together. This program will be led by a certified Nature Therapy Guide who will show you new ways of experiencing the benefits of spending time outdoors while encouraging and enriching your quality time spent as a family. This will be a gentle and engaging hike through Huron Natural Area. Time will be spent sharing experiences, both as a larger group and within individual families.

This program is offered in partnership with the City of Kitchener

 

October 8

9:30am to 11:30am

Sept & Oct

2016

Friday Adult Wellness Nature Series

Breithaupt Park from 9:00am to 11:00am
• Friday September 23, 2016
• Friday September 30, 2016
• Friday October 7, 2016

Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide and Yoga Instructor for a walk through the woods or stretch in the park and learn about some of the health benefits of spending time in nature. This 3-week series will introduce you to a variety of rejuvenating practices all hosted within the beautiful meadows and forests of Breithaupt Park. Week one will introduce you to current research findings on the benefits of exercising outdoors and will include a 75min yoga session outside. Week two will be a stride and stretch program where we will have a moderately paced walk through the woods with stops along the way to stretch our different muscle groups. Week three will be a Shinrin-Yoku walk, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and engaging hike with wellness activities such as nature observation, mindful breathing and gentle stretching.

Please come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

Join us for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions!

• Week One – En Plein Air Yoga
Breithaupt Park, September 23, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am
This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Bring your own mat.
Program code: 221427

• Week Two – Stride and Stretch
Breithaupt Park, September 30, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Program code: 221428

• Week Three – Shinrin-Yoku Walk
Breithaupt Park, October 7, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am
Program code: 221429

This program is offered in partnership with the City of Kitchener

 

Friday Youth Wellness Nature Series

Breithaupt Park from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
• Friday September 23, 2016
• Friday September 30, 2016
• Friday October 7, 2016

Join a certified Nature Therapy Guide and Yoga Instructor for a walk through the woods or stretch in the park and learn about some of the health benefits of spending time in nature. This 3-week series will introduce you to a variety of rejuvenating practices all hosted within the beautiful meadows and forests of Breithaupt Park. Week one will introduce you to current research findings on the benefits of exercising outdoors and will include a 75min yoga session outside. Week two will be a stride and stretch program where we will have a moderately paced walk through the woods with stops along the way to stretch our different muscle groups. Week three will be a Shinrin-Yoku walk, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and engaging hike with wellness activities such as nature observation, mindful breathing and gentle stretching. Programs are for participants ages 16-24.

Please come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

Join us for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions!

• Week One – En Plein Air Yoga
Breithaupt Park, September 23, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Bring your own mat.
Program code: 221435

• Week Two – Stride and Stretch
Breithaupt Park, September 30, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Program code: 221436

• Week Three – Shinrin-Yoku Walk
Breithaupt Park, October 7, 2016 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Program code: 221437

This program is offered in partnership with the City of Kitchener

 

Sept & Oct

2016

June 20, 2016

Summer Solstice Self-Guided Celebration

We invite you to set aside some time for yourself on Monday June 20, 2016 to celebrate the changing of seasons, the Summer Solstice!

Who: Everyone!

Where: Any outdoor location you enjoy! Visit your local park or enjoy a view from your home.

When: Sunset will occur just after 9pm and we suggest finding a nice spot to sit and watch the shadows grow longer. You may find optimal colours and shadows between 8:30-9:30pm. If this time doesn't work for you than feel free to select a different time to watch the seasons change. 

 

 

 

En Plein Air Yoga

Breithaupt Park (splash pad location), Kitchener, ON. June 11, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am

Take your yoga practice outside and learn about the benefits of spending time outdoors. This workshop will introduce you to current research findings on the benefits of exercising outdoors and will include a 75-minute yoga session outside, led by a certified yoga instructor. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Bring your own mat.

For more information and to register, visit the City of Kitchener's website

This program is offered in partnership with Nature Connect and the City of Kitchener.

 

June 11, 2016
9:00-11:00am

June 4, 2016
9:00-11:00am

Shinrin-yoku Walk 

Huron Natural Area, Kitchener, ON. June 4, 2016 from 9:00am to 11:00am

Join a certified nature therapy guide for a walk through the woods and experience some of the benefits of spending time in nature. This guided hike through Huron Natural Area's trails will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you de-stress and rejuvenate! The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, also known as "forest bathing." This will be a gentle and engaging hike with health-promoting activities such as mindful breathing and gentle stretching. Come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

For more information and to register, visit the City of Kitchener's website.

This program is offered in partnership with Nature Connect and the City of Kitchener.

 

Family Forest Walk 

Huron Natural Area, Kitchener, ON. May 14, 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Bring your family out to discover new ways to enjoy nature together. This program will be led by a certified nature therapy guide who will show you new ways of experiencing the benefits of spending time outdoors while encouraging and enriching your quality time spent as a family. This will be a gentle and engaging hike through Huron Natural Area. Time will be spent sharing experiences, both as a larger group and within individual families. Meet outside the yellow portable.

This program is offered in partnership with Nature Connect and the City of Kitchener.

*Program cancelled due to inclement weather. Check back for dates offered Fall 2016.

 

May 14, 2016

10:00am-12:00pm

May 7, 2016

10:00am-12:00pm

Shinrin-yoku Walk 

Huron Natural Area, Kitchener, ON. May 7, 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join a certified nature therapy guide for a walk through the woods and experience some of the benefits of spending time in nature. This guided hike through Huron Natural Area's trails will introduce you to a variety of practices that will help you de-stress and rejuvenate! The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, also known as "forest bathing." This will be a gentle and engaging hike with health-promoting activities such as mindful breathing and gentle stretching. Come out and absorb all the benefits the great outdoors has to offer!

This program is offered in partnership with Nature Connect and the City of Kitchener.