The benefits of getting outside and connecting with nature are scientifically well-documented, including numerous positive impacts on physical and mental health and well-being. 

Eco-mindfulness team talks about an outdoor art activity

Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel has started putting a team together, made up of experts who work with youth and promote or implement mindfulness in a variety of ways, some of which incorporate nature as a primary focus. We have invited local educators, faith leaders, school board members, outdoor educators, mindfulness practitioners, yoga instructors, conservation experts, youth leaders, meditation experts, mental health practitioners, indigenous experts, and other disciplinary experts to help us share, develop and pool eco-mindfulness resources.

Eco-mindfulness group takes an educational foraging hike

We helped facilitate a one-day workshop for our team, where we took each other through different activities currently done with youth or other groups related to eco-mindfulness, followed by group feedback and discussion. The next step is to get these and other activities into a standard template so we can start to share this catalogue of information and train implementors how to lead and grow these activities. Our team is really motivated to promote and support these activities so that youth can benefit from the number of positive impacts resulting from mindful connections with nature.

If you are interested in participating in this process as an expert or potential implementor, please get in touch with us at haltonpeel@faithcommongood.org.

Eco-mindfulness team group selfie