FREE Online Workshop

Saturday, November 13, 1:00 PM

What would Thanksgiving Dinner look like without the local grocery store? What if all you had was the natural world around you from which to gather your ingredients? What might you prepare?

In this workshop, Toni will create a menu for a meal made from the gifts in nature. She might even share a few recipes and tips on how these dishes could be prepared. Take a step out of the world of modern convenience and appreciate the hidden and often forgotten gifts of nature's sustenance.

Dial-in number (US): (978) 990-5417
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Portman Park

7122 Long Road
Canal Winchester, OH 43110

Saturday, November 20

1:00 PM EST

Cost: $10

Can counting your blessings really be good for your health? The practice of gratitude improves mood, reduces your blood pressure, improves your sleeps and can improve your recovery time from illness. Practicing gratitude on a nature walk compounds the positive effects together with the many benefits of nature therapy.

This event will start with a brief teaching about the wellness benefits of gratitude, followed by a nature walk including a guided gratitude practice.

Payment can be made on our web store by clicking the registration link below.


Alternatively, payment can be made via PayPal, Venmo, Cash app, Chase Quick Pay, Zelle (, or you can pay with cash or check in person the day of the walk.


Columbus Area Nature Therapy Group

Let the mountains bring peace to the people and the hills bring righteousness. Psalm 72:3

This is a group for anyone interested in slowing down and connecting with nature and with yourself. Nature and Forest Therapy is proven to lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as boost immunity and mood. Experience the benefit from the healing power of nature and give yourself the gift of space.

There is something that happens when we are in creation, when we are immersed in the sounds of birds, the feel of the breeze on our skin, the various colors, shapes and sizes of plant life, that touches us in our core being. We continue to explore these connections together as a group.


Our goal is to host one in person walk and one online workshop per month.

Our walks are slow-paced and include a series of invitations and a meditation practice. Each walk lasts approximately one hour (give or take). Registration fee is $10 walk per per person.


In our free online workshops we present educational information about various topics related to nature and end with a wellness practice that helps us integrate the lessons that nature teaches us into our lives.

Sister Dixie Vargo, OCL

My name is Dixie Vargo. I am a Certified Wellness Inventory Facilitator. I specialize in holistic healing through contemplative practices. 

I am an amateur nature photographer and sell my art at local art shows (Beloved Servant Nature Photography). One of my primary means of my personal self-care is nature therapy and capturing my poignant experiences in nature through photography and videography.

I am also part native american on both sides of my family. My American Indian name is Beloved Servant. I resonate deeply with many of the native american beliefs about the Earth and our connection to it. My spirit animal is the deer and Moneto (one of the native american names for God) speaks to me deeply when I am present in creation.

I am a Christian by faith and follow the teachings and model of Jesus Christ in my life. I am a vowed member of the Order of the Common Life, a 21st century monastic order affiliated with the Vineyard movement. Monastic practices permeate every part of my life, personally and vocationally.

These four elements ~ holistic wellness, connection to nature, native spirituality and Christian monasticism ~ swirl together inside me to make me the person that I have become today.

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Toni Whitacre-Kratochvil

My name is Toni Whitacre-Kratochvil. My husband David and I own a farm in eastern Ohio. We use sustainable and organic farming methods and endeavor to be friends to the earth in every way possible.


I am also an amateur naturalist and have extensively studied various nature topics, including the many ways we can work to preserve and work in harmony with nature rather than try to control and contend its inherent systems of growing and thriving. For example, we have designated a part of our farm as a habitat for birds, bees, and butterflies in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture.

I am also a Christian author. My book In Pursuit of the Virtuous Woman is available for purchase online. My blog, Christian ACTS, is followed by an international audience.

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