What we're about

As the new "leader" of this group I want to start by letting everyone know that I believe in the servant form of leadership.

To help me help you you're welcome to take a moment and express your opinions here please: https://www.meetup.com/Ottawa-Hike-To-Heal/ (https://www.meetup.com/Ottawa-Hike-To-Heal/polls/%C2%A0)...;

This is still YOUR group - not mine :) Like me, you joined the specific group for a reason and I will do my best to honour your initial intent by arranging and providing events that are hiking-healing focused.

Please note: I am a NOT a Certified Hike-Ontario Leader. (Although this groups was initially started by one)

I too however am also looking to make a difference for people who just need to get out of the rat race, or the city, or even your own home for a few hours (and that includes me!).

Hiking can be great exercise, but have you ever wanted just to have a hiking experience that is nothing more complicated than simply getting outdoors and being among nature? That's what these hikes are about.

There is new research that suggests spending time with trees and soil can both heal AND strengthen us. (I've come across that research before and I'll see if I can find it again and share if the group is interested.)

For starters I've just found this: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/

The plan is to have regular events. I spent most of the summer on lazy Sunday afternoons walking the Ottawa Canal from Mackenzie King to Pretoria and then lallygagging in the market for a few hours. (With a nice little stop over for lunch on a patio on Elgin).

Right now it's winter and I'm not a fan of the cold (sorry I know wrong country for that...) but as I live in Bells Corners I've also spent the better part of the last decade exploring the trails next to us. There is a nice path that cuts through the woods that I will go check and see if it is clear and walkable - if so I'll see what I can do to get "my" first event underway for the sake of the group's momentum.

Advice, suggestions are welcome!

Upcoming events (5+)

Butterflies in Flight

Canadian Museum of Nature / Musée canadien de la nature

Spoiler Alert! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llaxy8IUsFU Notes: 1. 6:30 PM is START time not ARRIVAL time. Please arrive a few minutes early. 2. If you wear colourful clothing, you will increase the chances that a butterfly will land on you. 3. Please don't chase or pick up the butterflies. Let them gently land on you. 4. It is hot and humid in the exhibition, so dress accordingly. 5. Do not bring fruit or anything else to feed the butterflies. 6. Parking at the museum can fill up rapidly during busy times. Give yourself enough time to find alternative parking if necessary so that you are not late for your visit to Butterflies in Flight. Description: One of the best places to warm up in Ottawa this winter is the Butterflies in Flight exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Nature. You’ll feel like you’re on a mini vacation as you stroll through the warm, humid and relaxing solarium filled with luscious plants and hundreds of fluttering butterflies. (The museum recommends that you reserve tickets in advance for this popular timed-entry exhibit). Thursdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: General admission is free at this time. You do not need to get general-admission tickets for a visit during this time (and only this time). An exhibition ticket is required if you would like to visit Butterflies in Flight or Survival of the Slowest. Instructions for purchasing ticket in advance: 1. Go to https://my-mon.nature.ca/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=15352 2. Select time at 6:30 pm 3. Select adult or senior ($5.00)

Woods hike with healing elements

Jack Pine Trail

We had a great time hiking, enjoying nature and feeding the birds. Let's do it again! We will start with an optional short meditation to ground and centre, set your intention, and then we will relax and enjoy our time in nature, wrapping up with an expression of gratitude for what we encountered on our hike. What a better way to heal than to relax and play in nature! Afterwards, we will go to the food court at Bayshore, for those who would like to continue the conversations over some food or drink. This trail in the winter is used by both skiers and snowshoers, but our group will be either snowshoeing or walking. The trees protect us from most of the wind and a lot of the snow, so unless there is a lot of fresh snow, it may be walkable in boots or grip-ons. I'll check out the trail a couple of days before our walk to let you know how the conditions are. The best way to dress is in layers. That way you can add or take off layers as you warm up or cool down. Some thinner gloves inside your mitts could be a good idea for feeding the birds without freezing your hands. Please bring appropriate footwear. Snowshoes are quite welcome on this trail! Boots should be warm and have a good tread on the them. Grip-ons are great for added traction in icy conditions and can be purchased at outdoor stores and Canadian Tire. Please bring whatever else you need to be safe and comfortable. This outing is a go unless there is a large snowfall or ice storm (in which case I will post a cancellation)! Note: Members enjoy taking pictures of our adventures and sharing them on this site. If you do not wish to have photos taken of you please let everyone know at the beginning of the walk.

Group Introductions and Gentle Indoor Walk

CF Rideau Centre

Join me for a leisurely stroll around the Rideau Centre, with no stairs and no rushing. (If the escalator isn't working, I will find and use the elevator because my knees can't manage well on stairs.) My goal for this walk is to get some much needed exercise while meeting and chatting with others about personal growth, experiences in healing, alternate modalities, etc. Please note that discussions about news or politics will be strongly discouraged, as the intention for this walk is to be surrounded with a positive, peaceful and harmonious energy. We'll meet on the bridge near Guest Services, which is on the third floor, next to Gymboree and above the main entrance from Rideau Street. If you will be arriving from the busses on Mackenzie King Bridge, Guest Services is at the North end of the hall where Coach is on the left (West) corner and Victoria's Secret is on the right (East). If you're coming in from the main entrance on Rideau Street, go up the escalator to the third floor and swing around 180 degrees (so you're facing North) until you see Coach on the left (West) corner and Victoria's Secret on the right (East). We'll meet at the end of that hall. Check out the map here: https://www.cfshops.com/rideau-centre/mall-map.html#/ Speaking of busses, seniors ride for free on Wednesdays ;) Guest Services offers storage for up to three items for the small fee of $2.00. This is a great opportunity to stash coats, boots, backpacks, etc., so that we can enjoy our walk unencumbered. I will be there between 9:45 and 10 - depending on the busses and the weather - and we'll start our walk at 10:15 at the latest, so please be on time. (Please note: if you don't indicate here that you will be attending, we won't know to wait for you if you're late arriving.) If you RSVP but can't make it, kindly change your response here.

Group Introductions and Gentle Indoor Walk

CF Rideau Centre

Join me for a leisurely stroll around the Rideau Centre, with no stairs and no rushing. (If the escalator isn't working, I will find and use the elevator because my knees can't manage well on stairs.) My goal for this walk is to get some much needed exercise while meeting and chatting with others about personal growth, experiences in healing, alternate modalities, etc. Please note that discussions about news or politics will be strongly discouraged, as the intention for this walk is to be surrounded with a positive, peaceful and harmonious energy. We'll meet on the bridge near Guest Services, which is on the third floor, next to Gymboree and above the main entrance from Rideau Street. If you will be arriving from the busses on Mackenzie King Bridge, Guest Services is at the North end of the hall where Coach is on the left (West) corner and Victoria's Secret is on the right (East). If you're coming in from the main entrance on Rideau Street, go up the escalator to the third floor and swing around 180 degrees (so you're facing North) until you see Coach on the left (West) corner and Victoria's Secret on the right (East). We'll meet at the end of that hall. Check out the map here: https://www.cfshops.com/rideau-centre/mall-map.html#/ Speaking of busses, seniors ride for free on Wednesdays ;) Guest Services offers storage for up to three items for the small fee of $2.00. This is a great opportunity to stash coats, boots, backpacks, etc., so that we can enjoy our walk unencumbered. I will be there between 9:45 and 10 - depending on the busses and the weather - and we'll start our walk at 10:15 at the latest, so please be on time. (Please note: if you don't indicate here that you will be attending, we won't know to wait for you if you're late arriving.) If you RSVP but can't make it, kindly change your response here.

Past events (51)

Group Introductions and Gentle Indoor Walk

CF Rideau Centre

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