Nature Walking w. Blooming Caravan at Grenadier Cafe, High Park
Time & Location
About the Workshop
Join us for a 4-week mindfulness walking series in beautiful High Park led by Blooming Caravan founder Emma Rooney. A guided opportunity to stretch your sensory awareness and connect with the natural environment. Based on a different theme each week—trees, water, flowers, and birds—we’ll explore getting grounded, working with our breath, and finding a sense of flow in nature. Each session will begin with a short nature wellness talk, a sitting meditation, and a simple outdoor mindfulness activity that you can do at home. We’ll then head out silently on a 45-minute slow sensory stroll through different habitats in High Park. While walking, you’ll receive gentle prompts to help wake you up by more fully engaging your senses—seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching the nature surrounding you. While we won’t focus on naming things, you’ll have the chance to learn the seasonal scents of High Park and deepen your connection to the wild things here in the city.
At the end of the program, participants will be invited to connect over hot drinks at the Grenadier Café (free cup of coffee or tea included with registration).
Appropriate for those who are new to mindfulness and meditation as well as those looking to expand their practice in a natural setting. Please be aware that the walking component will be mostly silent.
This series takes place every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in High Park from September 16 to October 7. The Workshop will start and end outside the Grenadier Cafe. Free parking. TTC accessible with a 10-minute walk from High Park station.
Walk dates below:
- September 16
- September 23
- September 30
- October 7
About our Host: Emma Rooney is a community programmer, environmentalist, health and wellness advocate, gardener, and foodie. She is the proprietor of Blooming Caravan, a mobile business that brings Creative Companionship—therapeutic gardening, seasonal cooking, and storytelling—to older adults in the comfort of their homes. She also works as a horticultural therapist in long-term care and with various community groups to offer nature connection programs for seniors. Her hands-on approach is informed by an ethic of caring for the land and for people and by hours spent wandering High Park, dreaming up possibilities.
Accessibility: Participants need to be able to walk at a slow to moderate pace for 45 minutes with limited breaks. Walks follow designated pathways and trails but sometimes cover uneven terrain. Gradual inclines are to be expected. Weekly theme introductions are made while participants are standing. Program runs outdoors, rain or shine. Dress appropriately. In the event of severe weather, alternative arrangements to seek cover will be made by the group leader. For the enjoyment of all participants, only service dogs are about able to participate. Bathrooms are available at the meeting spot.