Sunday June 6th 2021

Are you in need of relief, recovery and rejuvenation?

What ails us? Are we stressed and restless? Do we even know–on a deeper level? These are fundamental questions about or wellbeing.

We’ve all been affected by this pandemic in some way. Are we afflicted with trauma, addiction or other conditions that causes us distress?

When contemporary or conventional medical practices fail to alleviate/remedy our pain and suffering many of us intuitively turn to more natural or holistic solutions.

Since COVID lockdowns and restrictions have been in-place more people are starting to gravitate to local urban forests to connect with nature.

Developing a deeper connection to nature is making a vital investment in our health and wellbeing. Our local urban forests are a great resource that’s easily accessible to many of us.

June 5th – Friends enjoying the moment at the Wellness Castle locale

It’s been great to hear all the positive feedback from those that pass by—and to even have some people (shown above) join in and help to develop this locale.

There are great walking/biking trails and a variety of scenic areas, including a beaver dam, to explore along the many ways.

More recently enhanced cycling features, such as; jumps, banked turns, and obstacles have appeared.

This is part of the Picnic trail loop on the north end of the forest.

Then there are the outbursts of creativity–like these teepees and other interesting creations.

I feel such a connection to/in this place that I’ve committed to being a steward over a specific locale called “the Wellness Castle”, which is in the Royal forest. Only a three minute walk from Victoria Road.

Roadside parking in both directions on Victoria

I find that getting creative with what is in the forest can be very interesting, feels rejuvenating and is certainly transformative. So grateful to be part of this vibrant forest community.

Spring 2021 – A pile of rubble is all that’s left of the original structure, which was started by someone last year.

I’ve reimagined this locale. Began by removing some of the hazards and cleaning up a bit. Also defining a vision and mission. Come up with the following…

the Wellness Castle

How will it evolve?

Started enhancing this existing locale in April and now there are several new pathways, a creative arena, and a couple of respite areas being developed.

Imagining how this place could evolve into a centre for holistic wellness activities that are accessible to everyone in the community.

Defined the area, am developing the flow, and am determining what the Castle locale will become–for now.

Currently this is an unofficial project, however, that could change. Submitted an application for funding and am developing a project overview and will post it soon.

There’s a evolving story about this locale, why I chose it, and what’s happening here. Visit the Castle page to learn more about it.

Live Forest Art

For the month of June I’m continuing to host outdoor sessions at this location on Saturday afternoon from 1-4+.

I’ll be there in person to support the 3 step creation process of your own unique sculpture and of course help with other forest/project related questions.

I leave some sculptures and components on display. They are free for the taking. I’ll provide the guidance to evolve your own unique piece.

Hosting free session at the Castle on Saturday afternoons from 1-4… other times by arrangement.

We’ll practice physical distancing and take all the necessary precautions. No group gatherings, however, couples and same household families with up to 10 people is ok.

Inclusivity is paramount—everyone is welcome! Please let me know if you have any special needs that require consideration.

To learn more about these sessions view the “Live Forest Art” page.

Often go to this locale at random times during the week, so message me to arrange a time to meet—if you like… Toma


It’s certainly been a transformative time for most of us. We’ve been physically distancing ourselves from extended family, friends, and others in the community for some time now. Social interaction can be awkward and even difficult at times. So many rules/restrictions and changes. Yet, most of us know the value of and need for socializing.

Many people have been shut-ins or shut-outs for a year or more now, especially those that are considered most vulnerable or have other impediments. 

For how much longer will we remain cooped-up?

So maybe we could ask ourselves; how can we be more inclusive and provide specific opportunities to enhance each individual’s unique wellness journey?

I believe we could begin by offering a more holistic approach to wellness, which specifically provides safe, comfortable, and enjoyable access to beneficial/healthy amenities in our local natural areas–for everyone.

Imagining “Wellness Walks” and Live Forest Art WORKSHOPS”, where we share insights on our journey to wellbeing, while exploring local natural areas even/especially during Covid.


Wellness Walks
Inspired natural outings that are enjoyable and beneficial
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Live Forest Art
Immersive art therapy that’s connective and fun
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Your feedback, insights, and inquiries are appreciated… Toma