Saturday July 31th 2021.
On my way to the Wellness Castle… from around 1-3 or so!

Planning to remove hazards (spikes in the logs) and refine the locale boundaries next. Oh, and continue straightening-up.

Live Forest Art
in the Royal Forest

We’ve all been affected by this pandemic in some way and during these times we tend to come to important life changing realizations.

As things now begin to open up again, we the opportunity to reshape our life and create an extraordinary future for ourselves, which can also a positive impact on those in our circle of influence.

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.

We setup and secured the new bench with spikes and cables. NOTE: It was torn down by vandals a few days later

It’s been great to hear all the positive feedback from those that pass by.

There are great walking/biking trails and a variety of scenic areas to explore along the many ways in this forest. There’s even a beaver dam!

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 defined a vision and mission. Came 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 could become–for now.

Currently this is an unofficial project, however, that could change.

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’ve tried leaving some sculptures and components on display and for giveaway, however, someone comes in usually the next day and wrecks everything. So unfortunately the area may not look as is in the photos. Each week I/we rebuild and improve it.

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