OUR FOUR LEARNING PATHWAYS
1) Connection with nature
2) Practices for mind+body+spirit
3) Family bonding, social support and play
4) Time for reflection
Families are given the opportunity to relax in nature and playfully explore each pathway. A coach is available to help each family reflect on what practices work best for them and what long-term actions support health, wholeness and joy at home.
1) WHY CONNECTION WITH NATURE?
Extensive research spanning four decades documents the benefits of spending time in nature including reductions in depression, anxiety and stress, as well as greater calm and optimism, and increased social connections.
Large benefits to mood and self-esteem can occur from even short visits in nature, with the greatest change observed in youth.
Just a weekly ‘dose’ of nature for as little as 30 minutes is linked to significant improvements to mental health and relationships.
PRACTICES FOR MIND+BODY+SPIRIT
2) BENEFITS OF MIND+BODY+SPIRIT PRACTICES
Mindfulness-based techniques including body movement, are wonderful practices for increasing strength, energy, calm and optimism.
Research has found that these practices can help to significantly reduce stress, anxiety and depression, as well as, improve mood and sleep quality.
FAMILY BONDING & SOCIAL SUPPORT
3) FAMILY BONDING, SOCIAL SUPPORT AND PLAY
Family bonding and social support are essential to coping and growing from the challenges of a serious family illness. Greater family bonds are significantly associated with better child health outcomes and can provide a sense of belonging, support, personal empowerment, improved coping abilities and a reduced sense of isolation.
That's why play is a big deal around here. Play offers a joyful way to build strong child-parent bonds and is integral to the development of healthy coping, self-expression and communication skills in children and youth.
TIME FOR REFLECTION
4) ADVANTAGES OF REFLECTION TIME
Daily reflection encourages positive solutions to complex family issues and can help family members to better understand their own feelings and needs and the feelings and needs of others.
Through the process of reflection, new awareness, insights and ideas are discovered to foster long-term practices for nurturing family health, wholeness and joy.
OUR PROGRAM OUTCOMES
We expect families to achieve:
1) Stronger family bonds and communication,
2) Improved stress management and increased calm and connection,
3) Greater optimism,
4) Connections with a larger support network of families facing similar challenges,
5) Greater knowledge and skills for integrating health and wellbeing practices at home,
6) Improved individual and family health, wholeness and joy.