Retreat Learning Modules

"We do not learn from experience; we learn from reflecting on experience." - John Dewey

  • Introduction to Nature Connectedness

  • Growing Nature Connectedness

  • Green Care and Nature-Based Practices

  • Building Community with Care Outdoors

  • Bringing Care Outdoors in Daily Life

  • Awareness Awe Appreciation Activates ACTION

Online Course Retreat Outcomes:

Earn Continuing Education Credits!

  • Deeper Understanding of Nature Connectedness and Mindfulness: Gain insights into nature connectedness and develop mindfulness and meditation practices through appreciation of the natural world.

  • Benefits of Green Care and Connection with Nature: Acquire knowledge of the benefits of green care and develop a plan for daily connection through activities like nature photography, awe walking, and reflective journaling.

  • Importance of Nature Connectedness Capital and Outdoor Care: Recognize the significance of Nature Connectedness in preventing loneliness and isolation, and learn strategies to overcome barriers to outdoor care, inspiring others to bring Care Outdoors daily.

Course Objectives

“It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne

  • Are you a carer, occupational or recreational therapist, or an activity director working with older adults and people living with dementia?

  • Do you want to enhance the quality of life for those under your care through meaningful connections with Nature?

  • Are you interested in learning about evidence-based green care approaches, nature connectedness, biophilia, and how the human-nature connection promotes health?

  • Do you want to develop strategies for incorporating Nature into daily care routines and removing barriers to bringing care outdoors ?

  • Do you want to prioritize your well-being so that you can better serve those in your care?

  • If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then the two-day online learning retreat "Restore and Renew with Care Outdoors" is the course for you!

  • This course is designed to equip care providers, including engagement professionals, with the knowledge and tools needed to enhance the quality of life for older adults, and All Ages, people living with dementia, under their care through meaningful connections with Nature.


Breathe Deep and BEE Happy!

Monica Ann Eastway, M.S. I am an eco-gerontologist and approved CE educator dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to unlock the full health potential of their surroundings. My expertise lies in creating supportive, accessible, and multifunctional green spaces that enhance the quality of life for people of all ages. I have a strong academic foundation, including a Master of Science in Gerontology from the University of Indianapolis and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Philosophy from the University of Toledo. Additionally, I have over 25 years of experience as a Healing Arts Professional, specializing in massage, sound healing, meditation, laughercise, breath awareness, herbalism, and aromatherapy. My research interests are focused on Green Care, Dementia Care Farming, and Community-Based Housing. Through my work, I have gained extensive knowledge and practical experience in the design, development, and execution of customized wellness programs that showcase cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to care. I am passionate about nature-based practices, recognizing their vital role in promoting the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Working closely with health professionals, carers, and communities, I strive to create fun and engaging outdoor opportunities that benefit both people and the planet. My mission is to deliver ethical and professional care grounded in evidence-based practices, using a person-centered and reciprocal-shared care approach.

Monica Eastway