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"Nature's Resiliency" Trans & LGBQ+ Resiliency Hiking Event

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Rockwood Conservation Area

161 Fall Street South

Guelph/Eramosa, ON N0B 2K0

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As a complement to the Transgender Drop-In at HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health ("ARCH"), we are excited to be offering this exciting limited pilot project.

Nature in Transition is where our inner trans and non-binary nature meets the wondrous natural world around us - in a series aimed at cultivating emotional wellness, positive well-being, confidence, and connection through mindfulness-based nature hikes.

THIS HIKE BEGINS AT 10AM AT ROCKWOOD CONSERVATION AREA

*** Check facebook event for rideshare details ***


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We will meet at the Rockwood Conservation Area. From there we will have a brief check-in about the expectations, goals, and desires of the group, as well as additional resources available in the community and ways to get involved. Each hike will focus on one key element of cultivating resiliency as queer and trans people, and the hike will center around that topic through a series of reflection prompts followed by quiet time along the trails. We will end with a group chat, check-out, and individuals are welcome to follow up with peers should they require additional support.


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This hike's theme will be our first of a series on

"NATURE'S RESILIENCY"


Being transgender or gender non-conforming comes with it's own unique kinds of stressors and barriers to living well - from navigating daily life, such as work and washrooms, to larger concerns around unpacking internalized transphobia, and existing in the world in it's current social-political and environmental state, many are finding it difficult to find strategies to take care of themselves and their well-being, let alone finding ways to celebrate pleasure, joy, and self actualization in the process. This walk will focus on reflections and prompts that allow us to explore what moving from a "surviving" mentality into fully embodying our most resilient and creative selves, with the capacity to find ways of surviving together, of dreaming and working to realizing what it means to see ourselves thriving in the world at large as fully empowered people of all genders. We will look to nature for inspiration and draw from the peace of being immersed in the natural world.


While this walk is *not* a group therapy session nor should it be used in place of formal mental health support for coping with anxiety, oppression, or other barriers to well-being, this walk will focus on reflective writing prompts and facilitated discussion around common themes when it comes to trans and LGBQ+ people navigating their own struggles, as it relates to their identities and their lives at large.


The session will be facilitated by a staff member from ARCH and a trained peer support worker who has been trained in motivational interviewing and peer support who both identify as trans individuals. Referrals will be available for those who may need additional support through more formal networks.


Participants are reminded of the sensitive nature of this topic and to participate as much or as little as their mental health and capacity allows for on the day of the hike. Though we will have active listeners available during the session, if you require more support at any time consider reaching out to here247.ca or www.translifeline.org.


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ACCESSIBILITY

Rockwood Conservation Area is not accessible by public transit. There will be a rideshare provided however types of vehicles and capacity may be limited. There is ample parking. We will be walking trails with more of a change in elevation than our usual nature hiking series, which feature more physically accessible routes, little/no elevation, and a slower pace. Though Rockwood Conservation has established trails and this hike will still be relatively low intensity, however not as low intensity as our regular hikes. Please note with fluctuating weather patterns, the trails may be wet or slippery and more difficult for some attendees.


Accessibility will remain a priority for the hikes into the future and many will be fully accessible for those who use wheelchairs or mobility aids.


Unfortunately we cannot provide childcare for this event, however children are welcome to attend and participate! We ask that they are dressed extra warm for the weather and that all participants contribute to making the space fun and accessible for individuals of all ages and abilities. This includes refraining from wearing scents/perfumes and refraining from consuming drugs or alcohol during the hike.


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Participants are encouraged to dress appropriate for the weather with lots of warm and waterproof layers (especially shoes!). Remember that it is not peak summer anymore and some days can be a little chilly! Dress appropriately, friends!


This event is offered for free by ARCH.


Questions? Feel free to get in touch with the facilitator, Jasper, at education@archguelph.ca

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Rockwood Conservation Area

161 Fall Street South

Guelph/Eramosa, ON N0B 2K0

Canada

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