Between the Trees Workshops

Wisdom. Wonder. Wellness. Wildness.


Medicine of the forest

April 27, 2019 (special date)
Morning 10:30am to 1:30pm
Medicine of the Forest: Indigenous Perspective

Company: Vancouver Outdoor School & Fireside Adventures
Location: Stanley Park
Facilitators: Candace Campo and Maria Jose Obando

Have you wondered how flu, head, stomachaches, etc. were treated before pills even existed? Come join us to learn how the Squamish people used medicinal properties of plants for treating several illnesses. As we explore the trails within Stanley Park, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a medicine workshop as we forage and connect with the native plants, realizing all their forgotten yet invaluable characteristics. In addition, we will talk about Colonization of the Americas and how it has affected the lives and identities of Indigenous and First Nation Peoples. A half day workshop exploring, learning and experiencing with Majo and Candace who have a wealth of knowledge and perspectives to share. Bring a water bottle and lunch.

Medicine of the Forest: Indigenous Perspective


Outdoor skills

May 04, 2019
Morning 8:30am – 12:00pm
Outdoor Skills 101

Company: Vancouver Outdoor School
Certificate:
Yes
Facilitators: Jeff Willis and Carmen Chandler
Location:  West Spanish Banks Concession Stand, Vancouver

For all the hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts and no experience is necessary! Tune up your safety and practical outdoor skills before you head out on your next day adventure with your group. We’ll spend our time learning the basic outdoor skills including knots, shelter building, fire starting, and  basic orienteering  that will give you the foundation pieces of taking you and others out for the day.  We will help you be come more aware, ready and prepared with these simple skills and golden nuggets of wisdom, before you go out into the woods to discover nature’s wonders.

Look out Bears Grylls as we are not eating frogs or drinking water from our gumboots!  We teach people how to be prepared and use common sense before they head out so they don’t have to eat a frog...or a  drink from gumboot.

Outdoor Skills 101


Messiness of play

May 04, 2019
Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Messiness of Play

Company: Creative Toolbox
Certificate:
Yes (ECE)
Facilitators: Jeff Willis and Majo Obando
Location:  West Spanish Banks Concession Stand, Vancouver

Did you know that play can help us build self-esteem and a positive personal identity? If you haven’t played since you were a kid, or even if you are a natural kid at heart, you will love letting go, in this go with the flow workshop. Let’s be honest, we have totally over sanitized the concept of play from childhood to adulthood. In this fun and interactive workshop, practitioners, educators and the naturally curious will simply enjoy play. It may be with dirt, paint, glue, water, dyes and more (all dependent if we are outside or inside), as a way to re-emphasize the importance of play in activities and projects, and supporting the understanding that play requires getting ones clothes and hands a bit dirty. Play is diverse, infinite and natural, but it is so much more than that. It is essential in developing a positive personal identity and connecting with our deeper selves. Pig-Pen reminds us that there is room for a little messiness in our playful lives.

Messiness of Play


Mountain Biking

May 04, 2019
Evening 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Bike Jam and The Art of Bicycle Maintenance by Fireside Adventures

Company: Individual
Facilitators: TBA + Jeff Willis and Carmen Chandler
Location:  West Spanish Banks Concession Stand, Vancouver
Restrictions: ADULTS ONLY (19+)

Have you ever wanted to belong to an awesome bike gang? Our Bike Jam is a mix of safety skill building, spontaneous fun, biking together (starting at Spanish Banks and go through Kits), and of course wearing awesome bright safety jackets replacing leather jackets of the good ‘ol days. Bring your bike and safety equipment for this “how to do it yourself” bike maintenance workshop, that will gear you up for the summer while also going over the basics of road and trail safety. With a mix of music, storytelling and a hint of Monty Python humour, we will ride together and may even throw in a visit to a few pubs along the way. Deep down we all wanted that biker experience and now we have it. Ghetto blasters optional. You don’t want to miss this one!

Bike Jam and The Art of Bicycle Maintenance


Through the lens of disabilities

May 11, 2019
Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Walk & Roll - Through The Lens of Disabilities

Company: Creative Toolbox
Facilitators: Jamie Waterlow (Roll) & Alex Ngai (Walk)
Location: Sunset Beach/Aquatic Centre, Vancouver

"Walk and Roll’s" goals are to get people thinking differently about people with disabilities, a paradigm “experiential” shift and who we need to create more inclusive communities. Through the use of props and other equipment, we will simulate the challenges of living with different disabilities, ranging from physical to cognitive. While enjoying a stroll along the scenic sea wall, beginning at Sunset Park and ending at English Bay, participants will take part in games, activities and discussion that will enhance our learning and understanding of programming for people with a disability. Walk & Roll Workshops is for all people and a shared experience. We hope that participants will come away with more understanding, compassion and knowledge to make their work and home life more accessible to all.

Walk & Roll - Through The Lens of Disabilities


Salsa on the beach

May 11, 2019
Evening 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Salsa On The Beach

Company: Creative Toolbox
Facilitator: Maria Jose Obando
Location: Second Beach – Stanley Park

Dancing is an expression of our identities, feelings and stories. Our bodies can recreate the movement of nature’s elements and that is how the history of salsa started. During the colonization of America, Europeans brought African people to work in the lands of the New World. The combination between African and Indigenous cultures, together with the need of expressing the suffering of the slavery and the happiness of little moments is how Latin dances originated. There is no a better place to learn salsa than in the outdoors, where we can imitate the movement of the water and travel back on time to understand how dancing has shaped Latin culture.

Come and learn the origins of Salsa including the history and people who inspired multi generations in becoming intoxicated by the music, dance, energy and Latin love for salsa. You’ll learn the basic Salsa dance moves, connect with the diversity of music, eat some delicious Latin food and walk away with the top 10 Spanish phrases. No experience necessary just an open heart and mind to allowing Salsa come into your life. Bring loose clothing as you’ll be moving and burning off some calories.

Salsa On The Beach


Herbal first aid kit

May 25, 2019
Morning 8:30pm – 12:00pm
Herbal First Aid Kit - AKA how to stuff your wounds full of plants and impress the doctors

Company: Vancouver Outdoor School
Facilitator: Allie Livesey
Location: Seymour Watershed (details to follow)
Certificate: Yes

 

Want to know more about how to take care of your tush in the bush? This workshop might be for you! We’ll be learning the basics of wilderness herbalism - how to take care of burns, wounds, stings, rashes, and colds, and with common plants in our natural world. Knowing what plant to grab to help stop a bleed is both a practical skill, but also profoundly empowering. Connection is deepened through knowledge, and as we begin to move through the forest and start seeing plants as potentially life saving friends, an appreciation for our place in this ecosystem can take on a powerful new perspective.

The morning of this workshop will be spent out in the forest, learning to identify plants for our herbal first aid kit and how to harvest in a respectful way. The afternoon will begin with a discussion about basic herbal plant actions, and then we’ll dive into creating some medicines to take home for your next adventure.

Herbal First Aid Kit - AKA how to stuff your wounds


Transformational leadership

May 25, 2019
Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Transformational Leadership and High Impact Followership

Company: Sea To Sky Mental Performance
Facilitator: Andrei Mandzuk
Location: Sunset Beach/Aquatic Centre, Vancouver
Certificate: Yes

Collaborating with others is a messy, essential, and joyous aspect of human existence. During the course of this workshop, you will explore prevalent leadership and followership models, and learn how they can be applied to our existing relationships with others. Come expecting to interact with new people, look at old concepts in new ways, and take a reflective and non-judgmental look at every day social dynamics. Perfect for anyone looking to grow and develop; as a CEO, rec league super-teammate, or anything in between

Transformational Leadership and High Impact Followership


The naked lens

May 25, 2019
Evening 5:30pm – 8:30pm
The Naked Lens: Discover Your True Nature!

Company: Fireside Adventures
Facilitator: Anna Zaleska
Location: Sunset Beach/Aquatic Centre, Vancouver
Certificate: Yes

We can discover a lot about ourselves through what we notice, what intrigues us, and the stories we choose to tell. For this beginners nature photography workshop all we need is to slow down, be curious and to pay attention to what fascinates us! Bring your Smart Phone or any DSLR camera you own (not mandatory) for this workshop which will help develop practical skills as well as our awareness of this incredible landscape around us.

We will learn to pay attention to light, shadows, lines and contrasts that can enhance your compositions. We will learn to slow down and look closely to details inspire and intrigue you. Step back to notice patterns, or your favorite colors in nature. Learn to love and use photography to tell stories, communicate, and capture the beauty of our wild setting. Ultimately we are being mindful and telling our own stories. The possibilities are as diverse as our own personalities. This workshop will not only help you discover and understand nature better, but to share your own true nature... between the trees.

The Naked Lens: Discover Your True Nature!


Modern day warriors

June 01, 2019
Morning 8:30pm – 12:00pm
Training for Modern Day Warriors – Energy: Self-generating, self-perpetuating, self-managing your energy, no matter what you’re up against!

Company: Independent & Creative Toolbox
Facilitator: Brian Taguchi
Location: Buntzen Lake Park
Certificate: Yes

Kick your Uncle’s version of “time management” and “recharging” to the curb, this trans-disciplinary set of concepts and training will have you taking charge of your energy at will. And the best part: You get to try and experience ALL of the tools, and take away those that work for you best! You’ll never look at attitude and energy as anything but your choice ever again.

Training For Modern Day Warriors


Teaching and nurturing

June 01, 2019
Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Teaching, Nurturing, and Supporting Resilience in Youth Participants

Company: Sea To Sky Mental Performance
Facilitator: Andrei Mandzuk
Location: Buntzen Lake Park
Certificate: Yes

Description: As the demands of 21st century life continue to mount on the youth that we work with, resilience has become an essential skill for them to develop and thrive. During this workshop we will explore how high-stakes business and sports organisations are changing the way they create mentally tough performers, and how youth workers and educators can apply those changes to our own communities.

Teaching, Nurturing, and Supporting Resilience


Evening paddle

June 01, 2019
Evening 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Evening Paddle & Hike

Company: Vancouver Outdoor School
Facilitators: Jeff Willis and Special Guests
Location: Buntzen Lake Park
Certificate: No

An evening to hike and paddle while learning the basics of canoeing, wilderness common sense, hiking 101 and just getting outside with cool folks doing awesome things. Group A will learn basic canoe strokes and be given one to one coaching as we paddle to the end of the lake. Group B will review the essentials to bring on hike including basic first aid kits, personal gear and proper footwear. Group B will hike to the end of the lake and switch off with Group A and paddle back while Group A hikes back. Super fun and perfect for those needing a tune up before summer starts.

Evening Paddle & Hike


Wild gourmet

June 08, 2019
Morning 8:30am – 12:00pm
Wild Gourmet

Company: Fireside Adventures
Facilitators: Rebecca D and Special Guests
Location: Dyke Road, Richmond BC (end of 2 Road)
Certificate: No

What happens when you bring a Holistic Chef, outdoor cooking gear, tons of fresh food and hungry bellies to the shorelines of the Fraser River? A wild time of eating and learning….and yes having too much fun.

Come and enjoy a Holistic cooking lesson, exploring a local farm, taking in the wildness of nature of the Fraser River and learning more ways to incorporate delicious and nutritious food into your outdoors experiences. Walk away with some stellar recipes, understanding how to use basic camp-kitchen equipment and a full belly topped by a delicious dessert. This half day experience will totally change the way you view quality time, food and cooking. Gourmet wilderness cooking is more than a one off experience, it changes the way you look at and eat food when camping. Go wild. Go gourmet.

Wild Gourmet


Return of Bruce Lee

June 08, 2019
Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Kickboxing With Intention Part one: Kicking Your Goals Into Gear

Company: Fireside Adventures
Facilitators: Alex Coles & Brenna Weber
Location: Sunset Beach
Certificate: No

“If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time”.

Focus, intention, effort. These are essential elements for any martial artists. They are also shared qualities for effective goal setting. In this transformative workshop, you will explore your mind, body and spirit in pursuit of what you want, and how you want to get it. The first half of the workshop will give you the introductory experience of martial arts training and disciplines regardless of how where you are at physically or health wise. Alex is modifying and adjusting each participants training. In the second half of the workshop, Alex and Brenna will then help you bring your training inwards, by leading you through a journey of introspection, exploration and discovery. Together we will help you identify the goals you want to set, how to set them, and most importantly, what resources you possess to follow through and achieve those goals. By the end of this workshop, you will have a new understanding of who they are, what they want, and what they are capable of - in mind - in body - in spirit.

Return of Bruce Lee Part One


Powertools 101

June 08, 2019
Evening 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Power Tools and The Art of Fort Building

Company: Fireside Adventures
Facilitators: Jeff Willis and Special Guests
Location: Dyke Road, Richmond BC (end of 2 Road)
Certificate: No

Not matter how old you are, we all love forts and deep down love playing with power tools. The other truth is, many of us have little to no idea how to work power tools or even hanging up a coat rack. Spend the morning session learning how to use various power tools, safety tips and risk management as well as the principles of design and building forts The ultimate dream coming true!

If you can build a fort using driftwood and rope and it holds itself up with causing harm to young ones – you are now ready for the next step of playful learning – POWER TOOLS 101. We are bringing out a number of power tools for you to learn how to us as you may decide to build that awesome tree house or fort for your kids or loved ones. If you master the fort building and have a grasp how to use power tools - could you imagine building a canoe paddle rack or anything else. The world is your oyster and this is a match made in heaven.

Power Tools and The Art of Fort Building


Design thinking

June 15, 2019
Morning 8:30pm – 12:00pm

Change Your Story Through Design Thinking

Company: EDventure
Facilitator: Mike McGuire and Greta Bartsch
Location: Sunset Beach/Aquatic Centre, Vancouver
Certificate: Yes

Do you ever get  stuck and don't know how to dig out? Are you responsible for energizing a group to move from here to there? Whether it’s a routine that needs shifting, conflict, or habit that needs new life, the solution usually lies in how we look at it. When we see being stuck as an opportunity for a learning adventure, we can find ways to move forward.

Come and learn the language and tools of design thinking to help you change the story. It’s an educational adventure for heart, mind, and action!

We’ll be out and about, using the natural world found along the shore and between the trees to learn design thinking skills and apply them to our personal journeys and group dynamics. We’ll use brainstorming,  sketching, mapping, and ideating to practice innovating and creating solutions. This will be a rich time and space to rewrite your own story, learn something new, and design your own “edventure!”

To get us thinking creatively, we’ll start this session off with an outdoor clothing and gear swap. Do you have gear you aren’t using anymore but would be great for someone else? Switching from cycling to paddling? Bring 2 or 3 articles of outdoor clothing or gear that can have a second life and swap it for something else. Please ensure that the items are worthy of passing it forward. Let’s reuse and recreate!

Change Your Story Through Design Thinking


Earthling healers

June 15, 2019
Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Earthling Healers - An Herbal Exploration for Little Sprouts!

Company: Vancouver Outdoor School
Facilitator: Allie Livesey
Location: Seymour Watershed (details to follow)
Certificate: Yes

Plants! Kids love them, right? Diving into the natural world around us with curiosity, play, and gratitude, we will be using herbalism to explore our experience of plants, the land, and ourselves (while having lots of fun!)

Focusing on a few of our favourite local medicinal helpers, we’ll be learning how they can heal us, how we can help them, while making an medicinal salve that kids will be able to take home with them. And of course, doing all of this while having an awesome and silly time!

Earthling Healers - An Herbal Exploration for Little Sprouts!


The Return of Bruce Lee

June 15, 2019
Evening 5:30pm – 8:30pm (adults only)
Kickboxing With Intention Part Two: Kicking Your Goals Into Gear

Company: Fireside Adventures
Facilitators: Alex Coles & Brenna Weber
Location: Sunset Beach
Certificate: No

“If you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time”.

Focus, intention, effort. These are essential elements for any martial artists. They are also shared qualities for effective goal setting. In this transformative workshop, you will explore your mind, body and spirit in pursuit of what you want, and how you want to get it. The first half of the workshop will give you the introductory experience of martial arts training and disciplines regardless of how where you are at physically or health wise. Alex is modifying and adjusting each participants training. In the second half of the workshop, Alex and Brenna will then help you bring your training inwards, by leading you through a journey of introspection, exploration and discovery. Together we will help you identify the goals you want to set, how to set them, and most importantly, what resources you possess to follow through and achieve those goals. By the end of this workshop, you will have a new understanding of who they are, what they want, and what they are capable of - in mind - in body - in spirit.

Return of Bruce Lee Part Two


Serious Play workshop

June 22, 2019
9:00am – 12:00pm
Serious Play: Using Nature and Community Building Games to Explore Self and Social Awareness.

Facilitators: Sheldon Franken from Inquiry Adventures
Location: Trout Lake
Age: 15+

We often see Play and Nature as tools to enhance personal and community wellness. This Serious Play workshop will use these two wellness strategies of Play and Nature to go deeper. We will explore how, through various facilitation and debriefing methods, the dynamics within games and nature can provide insights into ourselves, our families, and our communities. We will play, laugh, learn, share, explore, and wonder. This is a half day workshop with Sheldon Franken, a counsellor and workshop facilitator for Inquiry Adventures. This workshop is designed for ages 15+  due to the depth of topics that may be explored in this workshop. This is also an ideal workshop for those of you looking for more hand-on, experiential, and play-based methods to engage groups in a variety of personal wellness topics.

Serious Play


Find something to do outside

June 22, 2019
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Find Something to Do “OUTSIDE”

Facilitators: Sheldon Franken from Inquiry Adventures
Location: Trout Lake

Have your kids ever said they are “bored” when they go outside? Do you have a hard time coming up with new and different games to play with your kids or students when going into nature, the local park, or beach? Do you always need to bring a ton of equipment or gear to keep kids or students engaged in the outdoors? If you do then lets increase your back-pocket outdoor games book. Come ready to learn, play and explore a ton of quick and fun and minimalist games to help keeps kids engaged in the outdoors. This workshop is being facilitated by Sheldon Franken, a school counsellor and workshop facilitator and owner of Inquiry Adventures

Find Something to Do “OUTSIDE”


Arts on the beach

June 22, 2019
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Arts on the Beach: A nature-based expressive arts exploration

Facilitators: Brenna Weber & Lukas McSherry
Location: Second Beach – Stanley Park

Through history, arts have been used as a form of creative expression and healing. It has been utilized for anxiety, depression, building self-esteem and confidence in social settings. Art can open up unlimited possibilities and help us to express our true inner selves. The goal of ‘Arts on the Beach’ is to provide a space and opportunity to connect to yourself and others through a journey in arts. Participants will enjoy guided art explorations in drawing, painting, improve, musical instruments, authentic movement, singing and song- writing in a tranquil environment. This workshop is suitable for those who want to better connect with themselves and their confidence in social settings, meet new people, or connect with a friend or loved one through creative art exploration. Luke is a Professional Counsellor and certified Life Coach. He has a background in music, drama and visual arts stemming from his childhood years. He is a singer/songwriter, visual artist, and plays a number of instruments. Brenna is a Professional Counsellor and certified Life Coach. She has a background in theatre, musical theatre, singing, and dance, also stemming from childhood.

Arts on the Beach: A Nature-Based Expressive Arts Exploration

 

Contact us to learn more:
Maria Jose Obando
Office Guru and Community Connector
office@firesideadventures.ca
(639) 317 6811