A place to mend hearts & heal minds
Experience the restorative powers of nature and join us for Strolls for Well-Being, a free 10-week program offered at Bloedel Reserve. If not already a member, participants are given a temporary membership to allow them unlimited access to the gardens during the program.
If you’ve ever used nature to calm your mind or heart, then you’ve experienced the underlying basis of the program. This self-guided tour uses the gardens of Bloedel as a place for inspiration and reflection. With a workbook in hand, participants explore themes such as forgiveness, gratitude and awareness.
The program is predominately self-guided and participants come on their own time to partake in the 12 different walks. They also are asked to take part in three check-in meetings, overseen by two facilitators. These loosely-structured meetings provide a time for people to share about their Strolls experiences and learn about the positive effect nature has on the human psyche.
To fulfill the requirements of the program, we ask that participants attend all three of the check-in meetings and complete all necessary paperwork.
For more information, please contact Laura Counsel, 206-842-7631 ext. 11
Please note: In order to allow the most participation in the Strolls program, we ask that past participants not enroll again.
Strolls 2017 Spring Registration
Summer Sessions are open for registration. Please click the link below to complete a registration form.
Since introducing the Strolls for Well-Being program in 2014, hundreds of people have benefited from the healing effects of nature. And now, we are happy to offer day-use Strolls for people who aren’t able to commit to the full program.
The design of Strolls for Well-Being is based on a large body of research that shows contact with nature speeds recovery and healing and promotes overall well-being. Initial research demonstrates participants who use gardens as places for reflection and peace, improve their feelings of hopefulness, raise their spirits and increase their willingness to change their lives.
Day-use Strolls packets can be found in the gatehouse. Please inquire with gatehouse staff to receive a packet.
It is our hope that you will find inspiration and a sense of peace during your visit. To make the most of your experience, we suggest:
- Take the Stroll by yourself for the most impact.
- Take your time—don’t begin a Stroll if you are in a rush.
- As you walk toward the starting point for the Stroll, reflect on your life and identify areas of discord or uncertainty.
- Immerse yourself in the nature. Notice the bird calls, the dew drops on leaves and the breeze on your face.
- Write what’s in your heart. You’re the only one who will see it!
- Be aware that other guests are visiting too. You may encounter delightful squeals from children or a group of friends catching up over a walk. Know that they will pass and you will be able to refocus your attention on the Stroll.
- Typically afternoons (after 2 p.m.) are our quietest times. (Weekends are our busiest.)
Thanks to Peninsula Cancer Center and Kitsap Community Foundation for sponsoring this nature-rich and life-changing program.
The presence I felt at Bloedel Reserve — nature's unconditional love — was very healing. This program has made me realize how much I appreciate life and need to seek out the joys. Strolls Participant