Healing in Nature: Bereavement Network

Founded in 2017

Healing in Nature: Bereavement Network (HNBN) is a non-for-profit project that provides grief support using nature as a catalyst. Our aim is to launch walking groups for youth and young adults, including newcomers and refugees in the community who are grieving.

HNBN will promote nature-based activities to encourage connectedness between individuals, their experiences, and their loss. Members will participate in group walks in local hiking trails and conservation areas in the Greater Toronto Area.

HNBN is funded by Mountain Equipment Co-op Outdoor Nation.

Our Mission

To provide bereavement support through nature and create a positive experience in healing that fosters resilience in individuals and communities.

To destigmatize grief in youth and young adults, including newcomers and refugees.

To build a volunteer base by developing support tools.

To educate community members on social grief support and collaborate with community networks.

To promote mental health and physical literacy.

Our Founders

Team Member

Paula Tablon


Paula completed her Honours BA in Psychology at York University. Paula is currently working as the Research Coordinator for the Chair In Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Treatment and Care Research. Outside of her work, Paula is interested in palliative and bereavement research. In 2015, Paula started volunteering with Hazel Burns Hospice as a Client Volunteer and most recently, a bereavement Support Group Co-facilitator. Paula completed her certification in Bereavement Education at OISE. Through these experiences, she intends to continue her work and passion for bereavement and pursue graduate training in Clinical Psychology.

Team Member

Michael Modica


Michael completed his Honours BAHSc in Athletic Therapy at Sheridan College. Michael has had the opportunity to work for the Toronto Argonauts, Ontario Deaf Hockey and many more. Through these positions Michael has developed a strong interest in concussion assessment, management and research and is now helping lead his team at Canadian Active Rehabilitation Centre to provide the most up to date and relevant assessment and treatment protocols for its patients. Outside of Athletic Therapy, he works as a Vision Therapist at Vaughan Family Vision Care working with patients with TBI and concussions. Michael is a nationwide advocate for physical activity, leadership, and youth mentorship. Through the help from ParticipACTION and Motivate Canada, Michael created, led and delivered physical literacy content at multiple provincial conferences.

News & Events

Latest News

HNBN in the News

Read our story covered by Metroland Media.

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MEC Features HNBN in its Blog

Read our feature in this MEC Blog!

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Upcoming Events

Aug 2018
Pilot Group Follow-up

This will be a closed hiking group - Pilot Group members are invited to join us on our second follow-up meeting.

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Aug 2018
7-week Summer Group

Bereaved youth and young adults are invited to register for our Summer bereavement hiking group!

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Oct 2018
7-week Fall Group

Bereaved youth and young adults are invited to register for our Fall bereavement hiking group!

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Past Events

10 Mar 2018
HNBN March Info Night

Friends, colleagues, and the community joined us for our first ever information night to learn more about HNBN.

29 Apr 2018
Pilot Group

Our inagural pilot hiking group was a tremendous success. We look forward to cotninuing our success and further developing with our Summer and Fall hiking groups.

2 Jun 2018
100in1 Day Toronto

HNBN hosted our urban intervention on Saturday, June 2nd 10am-2pm with 100in1Day. We were 1 in 100 urban interventions in public spaces across Canada to promote global movement and to enjoy the local festival of civic engagement!

We stationed ourselves at the Evergreen Brick Works in the morning talking to locals and in the afternoon, we walked the DonValley Trail with interested individuals.

See our event page here.

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To join the hiking group, click here: Hiking Group Registration