A place to mend hearts & heal minds

Strolls for Well-Being

Experience the restorative powers of nature and join us for Strolls for Well-Being, a free seasonal program offered at Bloedel Reserve. If not already a member, participants are given a temporary membership to allow them unlimited access (during open hours) to the gardens.

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 program 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.

Program Logistics:

The Strolls for Well-Being program is a predominately self-guided program. Participants are required to attend three meetings – an orientation meeting, a check-in meeting, and a closing meeting. The 12 walks outlined in the Strolls book are self-guided – participants have access to Bloedel during all our regular open hours to complete the walks.

To fulfill the requirements of the program, we ask that participants attend both of the facilitated meetings and complete all necessary paperwork.

Please note:
* In order to allow the most participation in the Strolls program, we ask that past participants not enroll again.
* For the safety of participants, we do not allow “observers” at Strolls meetings. If you’d like to bring a friend/family member, they may register for the program as a participant or walk the grounds during the meeting.

Thanks to Peninsula Cancer Center, Bainbridge Community Foundation, and Kitsap Bank for sponsoring this nature-rich and life-changing program.


Strolls 2018

Fall Strolls Registration is OPEN.

Fall Group 1: Sept 6th from 10:30am-12:00pm and Nov 1st from 11:30am-1:00pm
Fall Group 2: Sept 6th from 12:30pm-2:00pm and Nov 1st from 11:30am-1:00pm
Fall Group 3: Sept 7th from 10:30am-12:00pm and Nov 2nd from 11:30am-1:00pm
Fall Group 4: Sept 7th from 12:30pm-2:00pm and Nov 2nd from 11:30am-1:00pm
Fall Group 5: Sept 8th from 10:30am-12:00pm and Nov 3rd from 11:30am-1:00pm
Fall Group 6: Sept 8th from 12:30pm-2:00pm and Nov 3rd from 11:30am-1:00pm


For more information, please contact Laura Counsel, Special Programs Manager.

  • 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