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Let Nature Rejuvenate You...

Humanity depends on nature's ecosystems such as flowers, forests, and coral reefs for clean water, food, fuel, fertile soils, minerals, storm protection and flood control. Aesthetically pleasing, visions of a butterfly's wings kissing the sun, a honeybee's gentle flower caress or a proud forest standing silently guarding over a river generates peaceful smiles. These everyday sights of nature bring us joy, wonder, and comfort. Connecting to nature has long been associated with being mindful and meditative, but only recently has the scientific and medical communities released research and academic studies reinforcing the overall health benefits of outdoor immersion.

Nature provides "Green therapy," also known as Ecotherapy, or Nature therapy which is gaining the attention of international medical researchers, nature enthusiasts, and practitioners in search of reducing the risk and alleviating symptoms of developing health problems. Studies reveal nature's positive impacts on our physical and mental wellbeing by becoming involved in overall green space activities i.e. gardening, outdoor meditation, yoga, environmental conservation work, walking and more ...just breathe

The Benefits of Nature Revealed:

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones
  • Impact how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working
  • Reduces anger and fear
  • Change your mood
  • Medication cost savings
  • Reduce Nature Deficit Disorder/Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Could help prevent mental health disorders
  • Increase physical activity and social connectivity
  • Could boost energy levels
  • Results could increase resistance to physical illnesses
  • Reduce depression and anxiety
  • Improves self-esteem and motivation
  • Boost overall well-being and mental health

We are pleased to introduce the growing role of nature as a healing and wellness environment. Our education forums provide gardens guests with intimate interactions with nature that compliment teachable moments and knowledge building. Our certified practioner team are available for consultation and group workshop planning.


Introducing Lori Haskings-Barber
Whistling Gardens
Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

"Discover your secrets! People walk labyrinths to celebrate, to grieve, to slow down, to seek insight, to find stillness and compassion and for many health benefits."

Lori walked her first labyrinth taped on the floor of a church. She was then invited by a relative to explore a labyrinth walk at Five Oaks with Lauren Artress, a spiritual pioneer, author of three books and leading force in popularizing the Labyrinth in the US and around the world. It was the most profoundly moving and enjoyable experience of her life! From that time forward she took time in her everyday life to walk a labyrinth to experience the benefits any chance she could get. In October 2011, Lori once again met with Lauren Artress and completed an intensive training program to become a Trained Labyrinth Facilitator. In the months following her training, Lori's journey moved forward, as she took the steps and followed her path to become a certified Labyrinth Facilitator. As a certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Lori has both the training and experience to educate others on the labyrinth and its' rewards.

In June 2012, Lori continued on her path again and met up with Lauren Artress, Christine Downing and Kayleen Asbo in Chartres, France and advanced her learning and growth on this circuitous path. Visiting one of the oldest known labyrinths and most sacred places in the world was a profound experience for Lori that lends itself to her experience as a facilitator and willingness to help others.

Harvard Medical School's Mind/Body Institute - Research and Wellness Benefits of Labyrinth Walking http://gliderrider.com/easi-chi/functionalpath/labyrinth.htm
What is a labyrinth? www.veriditas.org/aboutlabyrinth

Learn more: Contact Lori Haskings - Barber at 519-209-2529 or email: Lorihb38@yahoo.ca


Group Labyrinth Retreats in the Gardens
With Lori Haskings - Barber

Come learn about a labyrinth, a life changing experience for so many! This in-depth, interactive program will provide participants with 'life changing' knowledge and techniques to: lower blood pressure and breathing rates, reduce incidents of chronic pain and insomnia.

Please bring comfortable walking shoes, dress for weather, sun hats and sun block, blanket, journal or introspective tools such as tablet or ipod.

Group Bookings Only: Minimum Group Size 5 participants, Maximum Group Size 12 participants
Length of Program: Each program is approximately 1½ hours
Cost: $18 per person (HST included) which includes a botanical gardens day pass.

Bring your friends and have a private group Labyrinth in the Gardens subject to Garden Availability and Facilitator availability Contact Lori with your desired dates and times.

To pre-register a Labyrinth In The Gardens group session contact Lori Haskings - Barber
P: 519-209-2529
Email: Lorihb38@yahoo.ca


*Credits:

Benefits Of Ecotherapy: Being In Nature Fights Depression, Improves Mental Health And Well-Being - Lecia Bushak
www.medicaldaily.com/benefits-ecotherapy-being-nature-fights-depression-improves-mental-health-and-well-being-261075

Research: University of Essex
www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/new-research-shows-benefits-of-ecotherapy-for-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Leeds Beckett University, Steve Taylor P.h.D. Psychology
www.psychologytoday.com/blog/out-the-darkness/201204/the-power-nature-ecotherapy-and-awakening

Study: Journal of Environmental Psychology
www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494409000838

University of Minnesota
www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing

WebMD
www.webmd.com/balance/features/nature-therapy-ecotherapy

https://mesothelioma.net/gardening-therapy-cancer-patients/

Disclaimers* Nature Wellness Workshops, Green therapy/Ecotherapy/Nature therapy are offered for educational and recreational purposes only.

*Research has not proven that spending time in nature can prevent, treat, or cure any particular condition.


Introducing Rosemary Lee
Whistling Gardens
Wellness Practitioner

I would like to introduce myself, I am Rosemary Lee.

Growing up in a small rural community, having nature surrounding me not only taught me the importance of connecting with nature but also preserving it. Studies have proven walking barefoot connects us and grounds us, helping to create balance in our systems, physically and energetically.

Working in allopathic medicine for many years created the scientific knowledge for the path I eventually turned onto, realizing the benefits of holistic modalities.

Having some medical concerns personally, I need to seek non-pharmaceutical options for certain health conditions. Starting with reiki, then moving into reflexology, I have discovered how to restore my health in a nurturing way. I have continued to study other modalities and have an insatiable appetite for learning.

I was introduced to yoga at the age of five and continued to return to those roots for many years, deciding ten years ago to share my knowledge with others becoming an instructor.

In 2015, I chose to become an ordained minister of metaphysics, enhancing a lifelong study so I could share it with my clients. I strive to not only create individual service for my couples creating a union but also in those families honouring their family member in a time of loss.

Living in Brantford, Ontario with my two golden doodles, living life one breath at a time.

Registered Yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist with Reflexology Association of Canada, Reiki Master/Teacher, International Reiki Association. Reverend, Bancroft Centre for Spiritual Growth. Owner Body Balanced Centre - http://www.bodybalanced.ca/

Yoga Classes In The Gardens
Meditation Classes In The Gardens

A gentle yoga suitable for all levels of ability.

Meditation and mindfulness will help you achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.

Cost: $22.00 (includes taxes) which includes a Play & Stay botanical garden admission
Length of Program: 1 ¼ hours
Group Size: Minimum 5 participants

Participants are reminded to bring their yoga mat, bottled water, or any accessories to ensure their comfort in an outdoor environment and required to sign a release form. Physical distancing and safety covid-19 measures are in place.

Pre-registration is required by phone P: 519-865-3302 or email contact Rosemary Lee roz@execulink.com


Reflexology for Partners
A fun interactive class to experience giving and receiving basic foot reflexology. A relaxing modality to share with someone you care about.

Cost: $50.00 per couple (includes taxes) which includes a Play & Stay botanical garden admission
Length of Program: 2-2 ½ hours
Group Size: Minimum 4 Couples

Participants are reminded to bring their yoga mat, or blanket, bottled water, or any accessories to ensure their comfort in an outdoor environment and required to sign a release form. Physical distancing and safety covid-19 measures are in place.

Pre-registration is required by phone P: 519-865-3302 or email contact Rosemary Lee roz@execulink.com


Reiki Level One
Learn the ancient Japanese Healing Art, in nature.

The first level teaches awareness of energy and how to work with it for self healing. This beginner level allows one to experience the many benefits of unblocking energy in the body with the possibility of increased relaxation, sleep and well-being.

Cost: $150.00 per person (includes taxes) which includes a Play & Stay botanical garden admission
Length of Program: 9am – 5pm
Group Size: Minimum 5 participants

Participants are reminded to bring their yoga mat or blanket, bottled water, or any accessories to ensure their comfort in an outdoor environment and required to sign a release form. Physical distancing and safety covid-19 measures are in place.

Pre-registration is required by phone P: 519-865-3302 or email contact Rosemary Lee roz@execulink.com


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