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July 23 @ 10:00 am 12:30 pm PDT

Location: Stanley Park Pavilion

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Spending time connecting with plants and nature is one important way we can all look after ourselves and feel better for it. Join Registered Horticultural Therapist Cliff Thorbes for a guided therapeutic nature walk in Stanley Park where we will focus on nourishing our body, mind, spirit, and senses while spending time connecting mindfully with plants and our environment. We will be starting at the Stanley Park Pavilion and ending at the junction between Tatlow and Lees trails in Stanley Park. Please note the accessibility information below. Ages 16+.  



Cliff Thorbes is a Registered Horticultural Therapist, Certified Career Development Practitioner, Mental Health Educator, and Expressive Artist. He works with individuals and groups providing Horticultural Therapy – the formal practice that uses plants, horticultural practices, gardens, and natural landscapes to promote well-being. You can find out more about Cliff’s work at cliffthorbes.com.  



Accessibility note: This program requires moving at a moderate pace with moderate inclines on some uneven surfaces  for up to 2.5 hours. There are limited accessibility features in this program. If you have any questions, please email Anna at publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca.   


Please dress appropriately for the weather including wearing comfortable shoes for walking, sunscreen, hat, and wearing or packing a waterproof coat and umbrella.Please pack any medications you take in case of an allergic response to plants or insect bite or sting.  


This program will meet at the Stanley Park Pavilion (located near the Stanley Park Bus Loop and Rose Garden) and end at the junction between Tatlow and Lees Trail in Stanley Park. Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete a health check. Please allow yourself time to walk back from the end point location. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) 



Terms and conditions 

(1) COVID-19 protocols – By purchasing a ticket, you are confirming you agree to filling out this health check on the day of your program. 


(2) Registration required –NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED.  Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay! 


(3) Weather dependent –Please check your email 12 hours before the program date and time to confirm it has not been cancelled due to inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rain, or extreme heat. 


(4) Program Availability – Program full or you cannot attend this day or time? Sign up here to be notified when the program runs in the future. 

(5) Cancellation policy – We refund cancellations due to illness to keep everyone healthy, but the number of recent cancellations is impacting our capacity to run these programs. If you must cancel, please let us know if you need a refund or if you are able to help us offer affordable programs for the public by donating your registration fee. (This is one way we can all subsidize programs in this changing economic climate and ensure these programs are available on a sliding scale.)   


We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples. 

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