Group Outting and Experiential Workshop
Guelph Outdoor School's expertise is connecting people to nature. Join in this amazing event for tools, skills and inspiration to grow your relationship to the outdoors!
ActiveDays is teaming up with Guelph Outdoor School to help you bring your Nature Awareness to the next level! Start the day off with a nature connection hike at Eramosa River Park and spend the afternoon in an immersive experiential workshop on Nature Connection.
- Ancient Fire Making
- Natural Weaving
- Wildlife Tracking
- Seminar by the founder of Guelph Outdoor School on Nature Awareness and Resilience
(above photo by: Durgesh Gidwani)
8:00am - Depart 34 Asquith Ave (near Yonge and Bloor)
9:30am - Arrive at Trailhead
9:30am - 11:30am - Guided Nature Connection hike in Eramosa River Park. This is part hike, part full of group activities to help us connect to nature. Guided by Carly Joynt of Parkbus.
Please note there are no washroom facilities until we reach the Guelph Outdoor School.
11:30am - 12:00pm - LUNCH. Lunch is not provided. Please pack yourself something delicious to have on the trail
12:00 - 3:00pm - Guelph Outdoor School Experiential workshop on Nature Connection. Participants take part in the opening circle and then split off for a focused 2 hour workshop on one of the following
- Ancient Fire Making (No Matches/ No Lighters)
- Weaving and storytelling (Come learn to weave a bag out of grass while taking part in the art of storytelling)
- Tracking and the art of questioning. Learn how to trail animals through the woods and ask good questions while doing it.
- Seminar on Nature Connection as Resilience (facilitated by the founder of Guelph Outdoor School)
The people facilitating these workshops are passionate and highly skilled survival skills and nature connection mentors. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn from these inspiring folks.
3:00pm - Return to Toronto.
THE GUELPH OUTDOOR SCHOOL
The Guelph Outdoor School provides dynamic, experiential programs to people of all ages focused on supporting relationships between people and nature. Their staff are incredibly dedicated and inspiring individuals. To find out more visit their website HERE.
WHAT TO BRING
Lunch: Lunch is not provided
Comfortable footwear- Please wear something you can hike in and that will keep you warm!
Water (at least 1.5L)
Weather appropriate clothing- We recommend layering up!
Whatever else you need to have fun on the trail :)
WHATS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS EVENT
ActiveDays is known for its group hikes. People often come for the gorgeous views, time in nature and community. This program is a bit different in that it is a guided experience aimed to help people grow in their connection to nature. You will be sharing tools, practices and skills that you can take home with you and bust out on your own hikes or even in your backyard! You are more than welcome to participate in the way that feels good for you. You will be invited into games, sensory awareness experiences, challenges, movement activities and more!
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH ACTIVEDAYS
To us, facilitating this event is about creating an environment that you can engage with in your own way. This is your experience and everyone has their own relationship with the outdoors and their bodies. We want to meet you where you are at. There may be a number of groups hiking at various speeds for you to take part in, or the option to explore o your own.
Active Days is also a community. This is an inclusive space to meet new people, share stories and have fun! To us, there is no better place to get to know someone than the outdoors. We all share a desire to get out, explore and move.
All ActiveDays participants are required to sign a waiver. We will bring printed copies of the waiver to sign on the bus. You can find a digital copy of a sample waiver HERE
Meet Your Guide
Carly Joynt is the Toronto Coordinator of Active Days Program. She is a passionate mentor who loves connecting people with nature through the senses! Carly's favourite Parkbus route is to see the waterfalls of the Dundas Valley and her most memorable nature moment was tracking a Great Horned owl through a cedar forest!
ActiveDays is made possible with the support of our partners Mountain Equipment Coop