Join us for engaging professional development opportunities throughout the school year for teachers, parents and curious educators.  The YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island Outdoor Centre and Camp Thunderbird is committed to providing quality outdoor experiences that support healthy growth and development.

Wild Mind

A Nature & Mindfulness Workshop

Join us for an engaging day-long workshop retreat designed to get you reflecting on your own connections to nature and exploring ways of bringing creativity, nature-based and mindfulness practices into your work and life. Both in your work and as a human being.

When we call something ‘pro-d’ we sometimes risk cutting off the flow of creativity and emergence in our work as facilitators. Where are our students telling us they want to go? What emissaries of the natural world are showing up for us, begging to be noticed? You will come away inspired, curious and equipped with a renewed sense of wonder, some new ideas and evidence-based practices to implement in your life and work. This workshop is immersive and experiential and will include structured reflection and discussion.

This program is ideal for educators, youth workers and others interested in bringing nature and mindfulness into their practice and is inclusive of all experiences and abilities. We will be spending most of the day outside, so please come prepared and dressed for the weather. A nutritious lunch will be served.


What others are saying about Wild Mind…

“Just wanted to say that was the best workshop I have been to in my 10 years of teaching! I truly felt inspired, motivated, and so refreshed after I left on Friday.” – Michelle Morgado

“I loved the day and have already used some of the activities we did together with the kids I work with. I loved that it was a very welcoming, nonjudgmental environment for learners at many levels of experience working with kids outside… you created a day that flowed gently with rich, well-timed activities… A day later the dew drops on spider webs on a shrub brought me to a full stop. I don’t think I would have noticed these things without this practice last week with you.” – Dr. Danica Gleave

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Fiona Hough


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Program Fee (GST not included)  Dates
Wild Mind by May 1 $55 May 15 8:30am – 3:00pm
after May 1 $65

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