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Spring Mood Walks perfect antidote to winter blahs

A guided nature walk that's guaranteed to boost your spirits is followed by a free reception, art show, performances, demonstrations and stories about mental wellness Saturday

You can banish the winter blahs and embrace nature at this weekend’s Mood Walks guided nature tour.

Mood Walks, a provincewide initiative that promotes physical activity in nature to improve mental and physical wellness, takes place Saturday, April 13 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., departing from Newmarket’s Old Town Hall at 460 Botsford St.

If you suffer from seasonal depression during the winter months, you are not alone. With mild temperatures, extended daylight, and the arrival of flowers and animals, spring is the perfect antidote.

Mood Walks, supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, when first launched in 2014 was geared to people aged 50 and over, but quickly grew to attract walkers of all ages.

Saturday’s one-hour hike is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels but is not wheelchair accessible.

Following Mood Walks, you are welcome to head inside the Old Town Hall to a reception in the Serpa Galleries from 4 to 6 p.m.  

“April 13 is dedicated to celebrating the bravery and hard work of everyone involved, but also to remind us of the need for awareness, education, and positive meaningful conversations surrounding mental health and wellness,” said Logan Bales, curator.

The reception features:

  • The 3rd annual Mindful Project Mental Health Exhibit: Roots l Routes art show currently on display;

  • Welcome by Newmarket Mayor John Taylor;

  • Speakers from the Canadian Mental Health Association - York Region and South Simcoe;

  • Stories from special guests about their personal journeys;

  • Live dancing, singing and painting performances;

  • Virtual reality ocutherapy demonstrations;

  • Art as Therapy information booth and community engagement piece;

  • Light refreshments.

“Whether you are an exhibiting artist, a member of an organization, or part of the general public, this day is aimed at everyone going away with a new perspective on mental health,” Bales said.

Through the nature walk, information booths, community engagement activities, artwork, demonstrations, and speakers, Bales said the audience will have a lot to experience.

Admission to both events is free. For more information, call 905-953-5300, ext. 2844.