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 10-week 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 all three 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 and Bainbridge Community Foundation for sponsoring this nature-rich and life-changing program.



Strolls 2017 Fall Meeting Dates and Registration Information

Fall Group I (FULL) – September 8th, October 13th, November 17th – 10:30-11:45am
Fall Group II (FULL) – September 8th, October 13th, November 17th – 12:30-1:45pm
Fall Group III (FULL) – September 8th, October 13th, November 17th – 2:30-3:45pm
Fall Group IV (FULL) – September 9th, October 14th, November 18th – 10:30-11:45am
Fall Group V (FULL) – September 9th, October 14th, November 18th – 12:30-1:45pm
Fall Group VI (FULL) – September 9th, October 14th, November 18th – 2:30-3:45pm

Fall Strolls registration is closed and groups are full – we will not be adding participants at this time. The next Strolls sessions will begin spring 2018. This page will be updated with registration dates January 2018.

For more information, please contact Laura Counsel, Special Programs Manager.
206.842.7631 x11 – lcounsel@bloedelreserve.org

  • 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