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April 16 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 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 exercising 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 Ferguson Point or Third Beach, please note the accessibility information below. Ages 16+. 


Cliff Thorbes is an expressive artist, Registered Horticultural Therapist, Mental Health First Aid Canada Facilitator, and more. He has worked with individuals and groups, training, and guided walks focusing on 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, on some uneven surfaces and moderate inclines, for up to 2 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, and wearing/packing a waterproof coat and umbrella. 

This program will meet at the Stanley Park Pavilion (located near the Stanley Park Bus Loop and Rose Garden) and end at either Ferguson Point or Third Beach. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete a health check. Please allow yourself time to walk back from the end point location. 

Masks are mandatory for indoor programs and strongly suggested for outdoor programs.  

*By purchasing a ticket, you are confirming you have read, understood, and agree to follow all COVID-19 protocols found here. 


**All participants must pre-register for this program – NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED.  Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay!      


***This program is weather dependent.  Please check your email 12 hours before the program date/time to confirm it has not been cancelled due to inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rain or extreme heat.        


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*****Cancellation policy – We are accommodating refunds for 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 (we will continue to seek ways of subsidizing programs in this changing economic climate as well!)        


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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