Finding Calm in Nature


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The Therapeutic Hiking program was designed to help clients better identify and manage their emotions, while connecting with nature and finding a sense of calm in their day-to-day lives. During the program clients spend as much time as possible in the wilderness, learning to be mindful in any activity, and getting to know nature just as we would get to know another person.

Out at Widow Maker on the Kananaskis River, clients spent some time discovering land formations and talking about how they might affect a river’s flow. The group was lucky enough to arrive at the river before the dam opened, allowing them to see formations while the water was very low. Soon after the group arrived the dam was opened.  The group was so excited  to observe the changes in the growing river!

Squashing barriers at Grow Calgary

Planting, watering, weeding and harvesting have filled our days as we work hard to grow healthy food.  Participants in Prospect’s Horticulture program work alongside Paul Hughes and the staff and volunteers of Grow Calgary to produce healthy food that is then harvested and donated to help support Alberta’s vulnerable populations.  The responsibility of caring for our garden helps participants to improve concentration and attention capacity, develops fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and teaches task initiation and completion.  Participants are filled with pride and a sense of accomplishment as we work to give back to the community, and improve the lives of people in need!

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Update: On August 8, 2017 the Horticulture group harvested 24 giant squash, 40 beets, a dozen tomatoes and carrots, and more beans than we could count!  We were so excited about what our garden produced, and even more excited to donate it to people in need!  After we finished our day at the garden we drove right over to Inn from the Cold to donate what we had!



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