Wellbeing Calendar


Supporting improved wellbeing for communities through connection with nature.


Calendar of events

Below are the upcoming Wellbeing through Nature events.
For more information about Landcare ACT's Wellbeing program, see:
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Guided Walk - Mt Painter Nature Reserve

Date: Thursday 26 May 2022
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Where: Meet at Companion House, Cook Primary School 41 Templeton St, Cook ACT 2614.

Mount Painter Nature Reserve is home to the old volcano that we now know as Mount Painter, the alluring Wildflower Triangle, a few of the ACT’s rare and protected species, and Friends of Mount Painter or FOMP. This dedicated group of Landcare volunteers translate their collective love for the environment into actively supporting the reserve to become a healthier, more sustainable and resilient ecosystem.

Join Sally Holliday, Wellbeing Program Coordinator, and Convenor Sarah Hnatiuk for a wellbeing walk through FOMP's patch. We'll wind our way through the back streets of Cook, into the reserve and up to the top of Mount Painter where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views.

* Please be advised this is a moderate hill climb walk. Most of the ascent and descent is on an incline, with some sections of the trail being steep and uneven. We will take regular rest breaks throughout the climb.

Please wear comfortable, enclosed shoes with some tread on the sole. Be sunwise and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.

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Guided Cultural Walk and Working Party - Mt Taylor Nature Reserve

Date: Sunday 5 June 2022
When: 2:00pm - 5:00pm 
Where: Mount Taylor Nature Reserve
Meet at the Mount Taylor Reserve Gate on Sulwood Drive, opposite Mannheim Street

Join Ngunawal elder Wally Bell for a cultural walk and conservation activity with the Mount Taylor ParkCare Group. As we move through the reserve, we'll profile bush plants using the Ngunawal Plant Guide.Learn about the history of this special place, deepen your connection to country, and lend a helping hand to keep the weeds at bay followed by afternoon tea with a view.

Tools will be supplied but please bring your own gardening gloves. Be sunwise, wear long pants/sleeves, comfortable enclosed shoes and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.

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Working Party - Namadgi National Park

Date: Saturday 18 June 2022
When: 1:00pm - 4:00pm 
Where: Meet at Namadgi Visitors Centre, Nass Road Tharwa ACT, 2620

Caring for country is also an act of self care; for we are not separated from nature, but part of it. Giving back to the land through acts of conservation can help us feel more connected to our surroundings. With this in mind, Wellbeing through Nature is partnering with Southern ACT Catchment Group to hold a working party at the foothills of Namadgi National Park. Join Wellbeing program coordinator Sally Holliday and Bushfire Recovery Project Coordinator Jeff Eichler to explore plant care in its various forms.

We'll undertake weed identification and removal within the surroundings of the Namandgi Visitor Centre before breaking for afternoon tea. As we enjoy a well earned cuppa, Sally will lead the group in a mindfulness meditation and nature connection activity.

Please be sunwise, wear long pants/sleeves and comfortable, enclosed shoes. Equipment will be provided but please bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. 

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Past Events

Guided Walk - Wetlands and Wellbeing

Date: Wednesday 2 February 2022
When: 10:00 - 11:30am (option to stay for coffee and conversation)
Where: Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve, 2 Dairy Road Fyshwick, ACT 

Landcare ACT's first Wellbeing through Nature event for the year will take place at Jerrabomberra Wetlands in celebration of World Wetlands Day.

Join program coordinator, Sally Holliday, to wind your way through this waterbird wonderland, host to a diverse panorama of plant and animal life. We’ll pause en route to peer through bird hides (viewing boxes) and attune our ears to the thrum of frog song.

We'll explore aspects of nature connection through group discussion and moments of quiet contemplation amongst the reeds. Option to stay on for coffee and conversation after the walk.

Guided Walk - Curious Minds

Date: Saturday 12 February 2022
Walk: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00pm (optional)
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens Clunies Ross St, Acton

Saturday, February 12th is Charles Darwin’s posthumous birthday. Cultivate your curiosity by taking a leaf out of Darwin’s book. Devote your attention to the natural world in all its interconnected beauty. Join Landcare Wellbeing Program Coordinator, Sally Holliday, for a self-reflective session in the serene surrounds of the Botanic Gardens. Bring a packed lunch for a group picnic on the Eucalypt Lawn (optional). 

Please wear comfortable shoes, sun protection and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.

Guided Walk - Lyneham Loop

Date: Friday 18 February 2022
When: 10:00 - 11:30am (option to stay for coffee and conversation)
Where: Tilley’s Devine Cafe
Cnr Brigalow St & Wattle St, Lyneham

Time spent in nature needn’t be far flung. We can find serenity whilst walking a little closer to home, by appreciating green spaces nestled within our suburbs. Join Wellbeing Program Coordinator Sally Holliday, for a wellbeing walk taking in Lyneham’s commons, wetlands and micro forest. We’ll finish up at Tilley’s Devine Cafe, where you’re welcome to stay a while for coffee and conversation.

Please wear comfortable shoes, sun protection and bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.

The event is wheelchair accessible.


Guided Walk: The Pinnacle

Date: Wednesday 9  March 2022
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Where: Meet at the reserve gate at the end of Dungowan Street, Hawker 2614

Part of Canberra Nature Park, The Pinnacle Nature Reserve offers panoramic views, abundant wildlife and beautiful woodlands. Friends of the Pinnacle (fotpin) is a local community-based group of park care volunteers who work closely with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service to conserve and restore the ecological values of the reserve.

The fotpins are a growing and enthusiastic group committed to preserving and enhancing this wonderful patch of bush. In celebration of Parks Week, join fotpin convenor John Brannan for a guided wellbeing walk around this beautiful patch of bush right on the edge of the suburbs.

For more information on the Pinnacle Nature Reserve and what you can do to help protect and restore this valuable area, visit the Friends of the Pinnacle website.

Please wear comfortable, enclosed shoes. Be sunwise and bring a drink bottle to keep hydrated. 

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Wellbeing through Nature & Clean Up Australia Day Yerrabi Pond 

Date: Sunday 13 March 2022
When: 10:00am - 1:00pm 
Where: Meeting in the Yerrabi Pond District Park, on the lake side of the bike path, between the flying fox and the pond jetty. Look for the big "Ginninderra Catchment Group" marque.

Wellbeing through Nature is teaming up with Ginninderra Catchment Group for Clean Up Australia Day. Teams will work both on-ground, walking around the periphery, and on-water before heading back to base for a BBQ lunch. Landcare ACT, Wellbeing Coordinator, Sally Holliday will lead the group in a nature-connection meditation.

Sally will also be facilitating a wellbeing drop-in space throughout the day where you can express your love of nature and connect with others' experiences. So once you've picked up the stuff that doesn't belong, drop by to affirm the things that matter to you.

To join this event, check out the Clean Up Australia Day event page.

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Wellbeing Working Party: Rewilding Emu Creek

Date: Sunday 20 March 2022
When: 9:30am - 12:30pm (break for morning tea)
Where: Emu Creek - Renny Place, Belconnen 2617

March 20th is World Rewilding Day. In this on-ground wellbeing session, we'll be restoring habitat for native wildlife. This is an opportunity to get hands on in nature. Landcare volunteers recognise that being in nature with like-minded people, helps their mental health by creating a sense of connectedness and belonging within a community. In essence, caring for the environment feels good.

Together, we will devote our care and attention to the Emu Creek Landcare site by pulling weeds, transplanting, mulching and watering. Before we don our gloves, we'll take a tour of the site to appreciate the lay of the land and hear from local residents caring for this precious patch. We'll pause for morning tea and a mindfulness meditation.

Please wear comfortable, enclosed shoes. Be sunwise and bring a drink bottle to keep hydrated. 

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Wellbeing through Nature & Clean Up Australia Day Lake Ginninderra 

Date: Sunday 27 March 2022
When: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Where: Lake Ginninderra, meeting at the North end of Diddams Close.

Wellbeing through Nature is teaming up with Ginninderra Catchment Group for Clean Up Australia Day. Teams will work both on-ground, walking around the periphery, and on-water before heading back to base for a BBQ lunch. Landcare ACT, Wellbeing Coordinator, Sally Holliday will lead the group in a nature-connection meditation.

Sally will also be facilitating a wellbeing drop-in space throughout the day where you can express your love of nature and connect with others' experiences. So once you've picked up the stuff that doesn't belong, drop by to affirm the things that matter to you.

To join this event, check out the Clean Up Australia Day event page.

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Image: Bird in a Pond by Kathryn Leo (2021)

Guided Walk - My Creative Nature

Date: Friday 1 April 2022
When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Where: Lake Ginninderra Loop
Departing from Lake Ginninderra Sea Scouts Hall
Evelyn Parker Pl, Belconnen

See nature through a new lens by the shores of Lake Ginninderra. 

Join Wellbeing Program Coordinator Sally Holliday and artist Kathryn Leo, to share experiences of walking in nature, taking photographs and writing poetry. This guided walk is an invitation to explore your creative nature - by slowing down and looking closely at things you might have otherwise missed.

Bring your camera or camera phone and a small notebook to jot down your thoughts as we explore our surroundings. 

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Guided Walk - Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

Date: Tuesday 5 April 2022
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Where: Meet at the Sanctuary gate near the corner of Shingleback St and Glider Cres in Throsby.

Join Wellbeing Program Coordinator Sally Holliday, and volunteer Mark Butz for a stroll in Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is an ecological and research partnership between the ACT Government, the ANU and the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, conserving an endangered box-gum grassy woodland ecosystem. The community-based group Friends of Mulligans Flat works closely with this effort in Mulligans Flat and neighbouring Goorooyarroo reserve.

On our walk, we will make connections with landforms, water, wildlife and heritage places – a rich set of stories that has been evolving over many thousands of years.

With a background in earth science and ecology, Mark researches and writes about environmental and social history. His holistic approach to landscape literacy draws on deep time, Indigenous and European settler perspectives, and conservation practice. Sally will lead the group in a mindfulness meditation and nature-connection activity.

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Self Reflection through Nature

6 weeks series, Thursday mornings
Date: 3 March 2022 - 7 April 2022 
Walk: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Various locations across Canberra 

Spending time in nature has been linked to multiple health benefits. It can simultaneously lift our mood and lower our blood pressure, but what can it teach us about who we are? Join Landcare ACT Wellbeing Program Coordinator, Sally Holliday, as she guides you through natural landscapes for lessons in personal growth and healing. Meet in restorative surroundings to practice the art of nature-connection through observation, mindfulness and appreciation. There will be opportunities for personal reflection and group discussion throughout the journey.

Come to the last session

7 April - Australian National Botanic Gardens
In this session, we'll wind our way through the botanic gardens taking in the Paperbark Treehouse, Eucalypt Lawn and Rainforest Gully. Along the way we'll explore the varying characteristics of trees and contemplate our own place in the landscape.

Should sessions be cancelled due to inclement weather or covid restrictions, an online session will be held via zoom.



Guided Walk - Fetherston Gardens in Autumn

Date: Wednesday 18 May 2022
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Where: Heysen St, Weston ACT 2611
Meet in the Fetherston Place car park

Enjoy a mindful meander through the tranquil surrounds of Fetherston Gardens. Originally part of the Canberra Institute of Technology School of Horticulture, today these lush and varied gardens are managed by ACT Government and a dedicated group of Landcare volunteers - the Fetherston Gardens Friends.

Covenor Lesley Pattinson will tell you the gardens are glorious at any time of year, which is why we've decided to explore the site across the four seasons, beginning with Autumn. This wellbeing walk is about slowing down, breathing-in our surroundings, and taking time to appreciate the little details. We'll wend our way down winding paths, pause by the contemplative pond, activate our senses in the aromatic herb maze, and appreciate the array of textures and colours that make up this seasonally-shifting urban oasis.


Artist Talk and Wellbeing Walk

Date: Thursday 19 May 2022
When: 1:00pm - 3.00pm
Where: M16 Art Space and surrounds
21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, 2603

Explore nature-inspired artworks by mother and daughter creative duo Sharon and Nellie Peoples at their joint exhibtion - Propagate - on display at M16 Art Space in Griffith.

During a special artist talk in the exhibition space, local Canberra artist Sharon Peoples will share stories about her personal connection to nature and the ways in which this relationship informs her creative practice. We'll take some time to view the show, appreciating all the finely crafted details, before we venture outside for a mindful meander around the local area amongst the Autumn streetscapes and gardens of Griffith.

"My work explores plants and gardens: the inner secret garden, artists’ gardens, public gardens, national parks as gardens and gardens of the imagination. Fragility of both the environment and the human condition is reflected in the medium. I use my work, embroidery, as a metaphor for repair."
- Sharon Peoples

Wellbeing through Nature

 The Wellbeing through Nature program taps into the transformative and healing potential of nature. Aspects of the program include:
Walks in Nature

That focus on appreciation of beauty and diversity whilst exploring mindfulness activities in restorative surroundings..

Conservation activities

Caring for nature is also an act of self care. Participants will work alongside existing Landcare groups to conserve, restore and protect nature. This may include plantings, waterways etc.

Therapeutic Horticulture

Working with plants on a more personal level, partaking in gardening activities in homes and community spaces.

Programs are open to all Canberrans and will be offered free of charge or at a low cost. Specialised programs will be developed to engage participants of diverse ages and backgrounds (including youth and older persons).

More information

You can find more information about our Wellbeing programs by: 
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