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.
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.
This will be a closed hiking group - Pilot Group members are invited to join us on our second follow-up meeting.
Bereaved youth and young adults are invited to register for our Summer bereavement hiking group!
Bereaved youth and young adults are invited to register for our Fall bereavement hiking group!
Friends, colleagues, and the community joined us for our first ever information night to learn more about HNBN.
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.
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.