Become an expert woods walker.
An increasing number of people are heeding the call of nature. They are inspired by the beauty they see and curious about the animals, plants and fungi that live in the forest community they are a part of.
However, there are roots that stick out from under the ground, slippery rocks, crevices, branches, insects, inclines, your balance, pain and stiffness, low energy, etc. to deal with that can take away from the joy of being in nature.
To help walking in nature be a wonderful experience, we offer a program that helps you become a competent woods walker.
Woods Walks are a once a week, 10-week program designed to help you learn to walk to
- keep safe by knowing how to minimize accidents and injury, slips and falls,
- cope with your pain,
- prevent pain from surfacing,
- conserve your energy,
- increase your endurance
- minimize your impact on the natural world you are entering.
With this knowledge, you just may want to get out and walk in the woods more.
We live in an amazing and complex nature community and it is essential to get to know, value and respect the animals and plants that live there with us and then want to connect with them. To do this, the first thing we need to know is how to walk in this world.
If we are reluctant to go out in the woods, we will never know nature and we will therefore never care about nature and we need to protect and support nature thriving. Together, they keep Earth livable.
The benefits of woods walking that you receive are numerous: improvements to your whole fitness and health: calmer, more focused, better circulation, improved brain and heart function, stronger muscles, greater flexibility, stamina and more.
As part of this once a week program, we teach you to be confident, practiced woods walkers. As you learn, the trails you practice on get more challenging according to group needs.
We will be using slightly increasingly difficult trails in the Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth Regions and along parts of the Bruce Trail to challenge you to improve your skills.
You are offered individual attention as you learn and as you feel you need it.