What we're about

This is a group for anyone who would love to meet new people, get fitter, enjoy the outdoors and feel more relaxed and happy. Most of our members are over 40, and we all love Nordic Walking.

For those of you who have Nordic Walked before: We have Nordic Walking classes almost every day of the week in South East London. Once a month we have a longer walk, which we call our monthly Explorer. Those Explorer walks can be joined by Nordic Walkers or walkers without poles, so they are an excellent opportunity to meet some of our other members.

Nordic Walking is a fun activity for people of all ages and abilities. It is soft on the joints and knees and helps with back and shoulder pain. You use 90% of your muscles and up to 45% more calories compared to walking without the poles. All in all, a super fun and effective way to get fit, happy, healthy and to meet new friends!

If you haven't tried Nordic Walking before, we offer regular taster sessions in Southeast London. Those sessions are free, and designed to give you the best idea what Nordic Walking is all about and why we all love it so much.

We also regularly offer 4-week Learn to Nordic Walk courses. If the taster session gave you a taste for more, you can sign up for one of those. If you can't find a time or date you are looking for, please don't hesitate to get in touch, we might be able to set one up at a time more convenient for you.

Feeling adventurous? We also organise holidays and weekends away, and sometimes we offer kayak coaching or paddleboarding classes.

Our trips and meetups are all about getting fitter and making you feel good!

Come on, sign up for a free taster, we are sure you will love it!

Upcoming events (4+)

Dulwich Park Nordic Walking

Pavilion cafe Dulwich Park

£10.00

Ready to get outside? Our Thursday morning session in Dulwich park is back!

At this moment we can meet with up to 30 people (of more than two households) to do outdoor exercise and walks. However, i like to keep our exercise groups small, so I have set the maximum participants at 12.

For now this walk is for our experienced Nordic Walkers only, who already used to Nordic Walk with us regularly before Covid 19 kept us indoors, and who have their own Nordic Walking poles.

As this session is outdoors, we will not ask you to wear a face mask, but we do ask you to keep 2 meters apart. Some of our walkers might be immune compromised or more at risk, so please help us keep everyone safe!

Please do not come to the session and stay at home if:
- you know you have been in contact - in the last 2 weeks- with someone with symptoms of possible Covid, or if you have been in contact with someone who tested positive.
- you have any of the following symptoms: (new) Loss of smell/taste, Persistent cough, Fatigue, Loss of appetite, Skin rash, Hives, Fever, Severe muscle pain, Shortness of breath, Diarrhoea, Delirium, Abdominal pain, Chest pain, Hoarse voice, Eye soreness, Sore or painful throat, Nausea or vomiting, Headache, Dizziness or light headedness

We meet by the cafe in the middle of the park.

Session Price: £10 per session, £89 for a 10-session card or £70 unlimited sessions per month. Session cards and pay Monthly can be used in any of our outdoor walks or indoor Zoom classes sessions (except for the Parkinson's sessions).

Pay What Works:
The price shown above is the “true” value of the session that best reflects the work I put into preparing and leading your session. However, I understand that not everyone can afford to pay full price, and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us.

In an effort to find a balance between more financial accessibility and sustainable pricing, I now offer a “Pay What Works” model. This allows for financial flexibility while still valuing and respecting the work and energy I provide in creating and delivering these classes.

Then send an email to [masked] with the heading “INVOICE please”- followed by “FAHO 1” to pay full price as quoted below, “FAHO 2”, for 20% off, or “FAHO 3” for 50% off.

Pllease do tell me if you want to pay for 10 sessions, or if you’d like to pay monthly.
I prefer payment by bank transfer, but if that is not possible you could pay in cash. No cheques please, the queues by the banks are just too long.

We walk in all safe weather conditions – if a walk is cancelled, we will contact you to let you know. Please check for text messages or Meetup messages before leaving home!

Stay fit with Parkinson's (Zoom class)

Online event

£15.00

Exercise can slow down the progression of Parkinson’s, and Covid 19 Quarantine is no reason not to move! Join our fun outdoor class and stay fit and healthy.

Our ‘Nordic Neuro Magic’ is a new exercise class designed for people in the early stage of Parkinson’s and their friends or partners who can walk, are at a low risk of falls and have no major other health concerns .

Our exercise classes can really help improve your gait, balance and posture. They are also an excellent way to get fitter and stronger.
Inspired by PD Warrior, we run these especially designed classes, full of fun exercises, designed to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s.

Our members love it, and we can really see the difference in the members who have been with us for a while!

The classes are based around 7 key principles:
o Powerful
o Complex
o Frequent
o High effort
o Meaningful in daily life
o Specific to symptoms
o Fun!

New to Fit and Happy Outdoors? Please email me on [masked] or send me a personal message through Meetup at least 24 hours before the session you would like to join.

That will give me enough time to get back to you and discuss your needs and find out a bit more about you.

Once signed up we will send you a link to our Zoom meeting, as well as the password.

Cost: £150 per 10 sessions or £90 per month for unrestricted access to all our classes. Your partner can join your session for free.

Pay What Works:
The price shown above is the “true” value of the session that best reflects the work I put into preparing and leading your session. However, I understand that not everyone can afford to pay full price, and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us.

In an effort to find a balance between more financial accessibility and sustainable pricing, I now offer a “Pay What Works” model. This allows for financial flexibility while still valuing and respecting the work and energy I provide in creating and delivering these classes.

Then send an email to [masked] with the heading “INVOICE please”- followed by “FAHO 1” to pay full price as quoted below, “FAHO 2”, for 20% off, or “FAHO 3” for 50% off.

Please do tell me if you want to pay for 10 sessions, or if you’d like to pay monthly.
I prefer payment by bank transfer, but if that is not possible you could post me a cheque, made out to Ailien Rhijnsburger.

Fit and Happy Outdoors gets crafty Indoors

Online event

(attention: Log-in details have changed! link below is the new link!) Bored of being home alone? Love Knitting, Quilting, Crocheting, Embroidery, Handweaving, Painting or basket weaving? Care for some company?

Why not settle in front of your laptop, Pc, tablet or phone with your crafty project and a drink of choice and/or a snack, and join us for some chat and laughter.

We are meeting every Thursday evening at 7 pm to share our love of crafts. Bring your project and work on it while we socialize via Zoom. Whatever you like to work on, as long as it is not too loud, and you can do it in front of a screen. Show us what you are working on, and share tips, patterns, ideas, and whatever you want to chat about!

I set up a weekly Zoom meet for Thursdays 7-10 pm. I am open to suggestions for different or more times.

Would you like to join us? Once you sign up, we will send you a link. If your link doesn't work you can text me on[masked].

These evenings are free. It is not a course, but a social event. Everyone can share their top tips, of course!

Want some more personal knitting help with a project or skill? Get in touch to discuss options for a private session or group workshops. Feel free to share this with your friends.

We are based in Southeast London, but the beauty of Zoom is that you can be anywhere. Some even join us from France, California and Scotland! We love to get inspired by people of all colours, nationalities, cultures and cities, and by people of all ages.

You are most welcome if you do too! Warm regards, stay safe and keep crafting! Ailien

Nordic Walking Brockwell Park

Blackbird Bakery

£10.00

Ready to get outside? Our Friday morning Nordic Walk in Brockwell Park is back!

At this moment we can meet with up to 30 people (of more than two households) to do outdoor exercise and walks. However, i like to keep our exercise groups small, so I have set the maximum participants at 12.

For now this walk is for our experienced Nordic Walkers only, who already used to Nordic Walk with us regularly before Covid 19 kept us indoors, and who have their own Nordic Walking poles.

As this session is outdoors, we will not ask you to wear a face mask, but we do ask you to keep 2 meters apart. Some of our walkers might be immune compromised or more at risk, so please help us keep everyone safe!

Please do not come to the session and stay at home if:
- you know you have been in contact - in the last 2 weeks- with someone with symptoms of possible Covid, or if you have been in contact with someone who tested positive.
- you have any of the following symptoms: (new) Loss of smell/taste, Persistent cough, Fatigue, Loss of appetite, Skin rash, Hives, Fever, Severe muscle pain, Shortness of breath, Diarrhoea, Delirium, Abdominal pain, Chest pain, Hoarse voice, Eye soreness, Sore or painful throat, Nausea or vomiting, Headache, Dizziness or light headedness

We meet by the Blackbird bakery in Herne Hill, between the station and the park.

Session Price: £10 per session, £89 for a 10-session card or £70 unlimited sessions per month. Session cards and Pay Monthly can be used in any of our outdoor walks or indoor Zoom classes sessions (except for the Parkinson's sessions).

Pay What Works:
The price shown above is the “true” value of the session that best reflects the work I put into preparing and leading your session. However, I understand that not everyone can afford to pay full price, and I don’t want that to stop you from joining us.

In an effort to find a balance between more financial accessibility and sustainable pricing, I now offer a “Pay What Works” model. This allows for financial flexibility while still valuing and respecting the work and energy I provide in creating and delivering these classes.

Then send an email to [masked] with the heading “INVOICE please”- followed by “FAHO 1” to pay full price as quoted below, “FAHO 2”, for 20% off, or “FAHO 3” for 50% off.

Please do tell me if you want to pay for 10 sessions, or if you’d like to pay monthly.
I prefer payment by bank transfer, but if that is not possible you could pay in cash. No cheques please, the queues by the banks are just too long.

We walk in all safe weather conditions – if a walk is cancelled, we will contact you to let you know. Please check for text messages or Meetup messages before leaving home!

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