Sun rays beating down on mother and daughter walking in forest

AWE Walks are offered in Victoria and Duncan, BC. We will walk, sit and play in beautiful surroundings exploring what we are attracted to, finding pleasure in our own knowing – collecting, noticing, and making choices of our own desires. Using our senses to encounter and investigate the world and our own positive sensations. These gatherings are child-led with invitations to explore and experiment with what is beautiful, interesting and important to the child.

Age: 6 to 24 years old

Location:

  • Duncan area: Your preferred park and forest
  • Victoria area: Waitlist on Tuesday daytime

60-minute

$130

 

90-minute session

$195

 

 

Pam’s nature sessions transcend mere walks in the forest, embodying the essence of therapy, marked by a deep willingness to engage with the child’s world, to be truly present in the moment, and to keenly notice what holds significance for the child. It embodies a deliberate slowing down, creating a space where the child’s curiosity, questions, and observations are not rushed but honoured and explored together. In this therapeutic context, the forest becomes a canvas for emotional connection, learning, and growth, making each nature-based session a profoundly enriching and healing experience for the child.

Role of Parents

In Pam’s nature-based therapy with children, parents play a vital role in creating a supportive environment. Initially, accompanying their child into the forest is entirely natural, as it fosters a sense of security. During these sessions, parents are encouraged to be actively present, either by sitting nearby while reading a book or actively participating in the therapeutic activities. The goal is to maintain a balance that respects the child’s comfort and cues. As therapy progresses, children may choose more individual time with Pam, but this transition is always at their own pace. It’s important that when parents engage, they do so wholeheartedly, without distractions, to preserve the child’s connection with nature and the therapist, ensuring a seamless and impactful therapeutic experience.

Logistics and Availability

Pam’s nature-based therapy sessions are designed to be conducted regardless of the weather conditions—rain or shine. This commitment to conducting therapy sessions in various weather conditions reflects Pam’s dedication to providing consistent and reliable therapeutic experiences that connect children with nature throughout the year.

Transition can be a challenging and aversive experience for children. We recommend that the parent and child get into the natural environment first before Pam “visits” them.

Pam offers special appointment spots that allow last-minute cancellations to accommodate children with pathological demand avoidance or clients whose capacity for social engagement may come and go.

Pam’s background:

Pam is a neurodivergent mom with two neurodivergent adult children.  She spent a lot of time on a family farm growing up in Alberta and has always been interested in nature and the seasons.  As a young adult, she studied and has a strong passion for biology and environmental science. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What clothing and gear do I need:

We recommend:

  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing: Layered clothing suitable for the season, including moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and waterproof outer layers. Be prepared for BC’s variable weather.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Sturdy and supportive footwear suitable for both forest trails or sandy beaches.
  • Sun Protection: Sun hats, sunglasses, or sunscreen for protection from the sun.
  • Extra Clothes: A change of clothes in case they get wet or muddy.
  • Backpack: A small backpack to carry essentials.
  • Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is important, so a reusable water bottle is a must.
  • Preferred Snack: Healthy snacks for energy during the adventure.
  • Camera: A simple camera or smartphone for capturing memories.

Pam will bring:

  • Beach Toys: If visiting the beach, beach toys like buckets and shovels for collecting and exploring.
  • First Aid Kit: A basic first aid kit for minor injuries or scrapes
  • Camera: A simple camera or smartphone for capturing memories.
  • Cellphone: For emergencies or communication with parents.
  • Navigation Tools: A map of the area and a compass for teaching navigation skills.
  • Trash Bag: To clean up after the adventure and leave no trace.
  • Tide Chart: If exploring the beach, a tide chart can help plan activities around the tides.
  • Flashlight: If planning evening or night adventures.
  • Whistle: For safety and communication in case of emergencies.

If carrying items is not within the capacity of the child, Pam would be more than happy to assist.

Q: Is there any danger?

Safety is a paramount consideration when embarking on outdoor adventures with children in the Victoria area. The presence of dogs, both leashed and unleashed, requires vigilance and ensuring that interactions are safe and positive. The natural terrain, with uneven forest paths and potentially jagged rocks along the beaches, calls for careful navigation and sturdy footwear. Importantly, all activities take place within areas accessible by cellular signals, ensuring constant communication and quick access to emergency services if needed. Pam and her team always carry safety essentials, including a first aid kit, a whistle for communication, and a flashlight for emergencies.

Q: The session just looks like a walk and not therapy. 

Great! This means Pam is doing it right.  If it looks like a traditional clinical therapy, then we might be doing it wrong.