Join us this winter for recreation programs found throughout the community!

    We have arts, crafts, dancing, cooking, first aid, fitness, yoga, wellness, special interest...and so much more! Check back here on a regular basis, as we will be adding programs as they are confirmed.

    Registration for these programs begins on Wednesday, December 2.

     

    DROP-IN SPORTS & POTTERY 

    A few swimming, skating, drop-in sports, weight room workouts and pottery sessions are starting up again with City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture. All sessions must be pre-registered and pre-paid up to 72 hours in advance. This new system in place will limit participants to comply with the Provincial Mass Gathering Order and give adequate time between sessions for staff to clean and sanitize the facility. 

    • Oliver Woods Community Centre drop-in schedule: CLICK HERE
    • Bowen Park Pottery Studio drop-in schedule: CLICK HERE

    There are three ways to pre-register:

    • Online: visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/PRC-Registration and choose the appropriate drop-in activity. Clients will need to create an account, and payment is done through Visa or Mastercard. This is the preferred method as it is the most efficient.
    • Telephone: call 250-756-5200 and book using a Visa or Mastercard.
    • In Person: stop in at Oliver Woods Community Centre, Bowen Park Complex or Nanaimo Aquatic Centre to book with a front desk clerk using cash, Visa or Mastercard.

    If a session is full, it will not show as available to book when looking or trying to book online.

    In person registration is available at the following facilities once they open to the public during the following times:

    • Oliver Woods Community Centre: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm (closed 12-1pm) & 9:30am-2:30pm Sat/Sun
    • Bowen Complex: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm (closed 12-1pm) n/a weekends
    • Nanaimo Aquatic Centre: Mon-Fri 6:15am-7:30pm (closed 2-3pm) & Sat/Sun 6:15am-7:30pm (closed 11-11:30am)

    CHILDREN'S MONTHLY PLAY & LEARN

    Our monthly “Play & Learn” early years programs, led by experienced and dedicated staff, will teach your child how enjoyable learning can be! Through interactive play, songs, stories, crafts and basic academic prep activities, your child will develop skills that will help prepare them for Kindergarten and for years to come.  Please send you child dressed appropriately for all weather conditions.

    Busy Bees (3-5 yrs)

    Please note that this is an outdoor-based program with the majority of the program being spent outside. Held at Beban Park. Register by the month

    • Jan 11-25, 9-11 am, $60 (#35207)
    • Feb 1-22, 9-11 am, $60 (#35208)
    • Mar 1-29, 9-11 am, $60 (#35209)
    • Apr 12-25, 9-11 am, $60 (#35210)
    • May 3-31, 9-11 am, $80 (#35211)
    • Jun 7-14, 9-11 am, $40 (#35212)

    Animals Crackers - Tue/Thu (3-5 yrs)

    Held at Beban Park. Register by the month

    • Jan 5-28, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#35217)
    • Feb 2-25, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#35218)
    • Mar 2-11, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $100 (#35219)
    • Apr 1-9, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $180 (#35220)
    • May 4-27, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#35221)
    • Jun 1-17, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $120 (#35222)

    Animals Crackers - Wed/Fri (3-5 yrs)

    Held at Beban Park. Register by the month

    • Jan 6-29, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#36119)
    • Feb 3-26, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#36121)
    • Mar 3-12, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $100 (#36123)
    • Apr 7-30, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#36125)
    • May 5-28, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#36127)
    • Jun 2-18, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $120 (#36126)

    Kinder Prep - Tue/Thu (3-5 yrs)

    Held at Beban Park. Register by the month

    • Jan 5-28, 9-11 am, $160 (#36920)
    • Feb 2-25, 9-11 am, $160 (#36921)
    • Mar 2-11, 9-11 am, $100 (#36922)
    • Apr 1-29, 9-11 am, $180 (#36923)
    • May 4-27, 9-11 am, $160 (#36924)
    • Jun 1-17, 9-11 am, $120 (#36925)

    Kinder Prep - Wed/Fri (3-5 yrs)

    Held at Beban Park. Register by the month

    • Jan 6-29, 9-11 am, $160 (#36931)
    • Feb 3-26, 9-11 am, $160 (#36933)
    • Mar 3-12, 9-11 am, $100 (#36932)
    • Apr 7-30, 9-11 am, $160 (#36934)
    • May 5-28, 9-11 am, $160 (#36935)
    • Jun 2-18, 9-11 am, $120 (#36936)

    Teddy Bears - Mon/Wed (3-5 yrs)

    Please note that this is an outdoor-based program with the majority of the program being spent outside. Held at Bowen Park. Register by the month

    • Jan 4-27, 9-11 am, $160 (#36941)
    • Feb 1-24, 9-11 am, $140 (#36942)
    • Mar 1-10, 9-11 am, $120 (#36943)
    • Apr 7-28, 9-11 am, $140 (#36944)
    • May 3-31, 9-11 am, $160 (#36945)
    • Jun 2-16, 9-11 am, $100 (#36946)

    Doodle Bugs - Tue/Thu (3-5 yrs)

    Please note that this is an outdoor-based program with the majority of the program being spent outside. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Register by the month.

    • Jan 5-28, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#37260)
    • Feb 2-25, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#37261)
    • Mar 2-11, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $100 (#37262)
    • Apr 1-29, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $180 (#37264)
    • May 4-27, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $160 (#37265)
    • Jun 1-17, 11:30 am-1:30 pm $120 (#37266)

    Kinder Prep - Tue/Thu (3-5 yrs)

    Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Register by the month.

    • Jan 5-28, 9-11 am, $160 (#37370)
    • Feb 2-25, 9-11 am, $160 (#37372)
    • Mar 2-11, 9-11 am, $100 (#37373)
    • Apr 1-29, 9-11 am, $180 (#37374)
    • May 4-27, 9-11 am, $160 (#37375)
    • Jun 1-17, 9-11 am, $120 (#37376)

    Kinder Prep - Mon/Wed (3-5 yrs)

    Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Register by the month.

    • Jan 4-27, 9-11 am, $160 (#38691)
    • Feb 1-24, 9-11 am, $140 (#38692)
    • Mar 1-10, 9-11 am, $120 (#38693)
    • Apr 5-28, 9-11 am, $140 (#38694)
    • May 3-26, 9-11 am, $160 (#38695)
    • Jun 2-18, 9-11 am, $100 (#38696)

    Kinder Prep - Fri (3-5 yrs)

    Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Register by the month.

    • Jan 8-29, 9-11 am, $80 (#38705)
    • Feb 5-26, 9-11 am, $80 (#38706)
    • Mar 5-12, 9-11 am, $60 (#38708)
    • Apr 2-30, 9-11 am, $80 (#38710)
    • May 7-28, 9-11 am, $80 (#38711)
    • Jun 4-18, 9-11 am, $60 (#38712)

    CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

    Music Together (Newborn-5 yrs)

    Music Together® is an early childhood music and movement program, filled with fun songs and confidence building musical activities that will get you and your child singing, dancing, playing and learning... together! Families will take home a beautifully illustrated songbook and can use the cd or the ‘Hello Everybody’ app to help make the music a joyful part of everyday life. For more program information, please contact Sea Song Studio at seasongstudio@gmail.com. Parent participation required. Siblings will receive a $50 refund. Siblings under 9 months may attend for free Held at Beban Park Social Centre.

    Mother Goose (Newborn-12 months)

    This program allows children to experience the pleasure and benefits of using rhymes, songs and stories in their daily activities. Join our specialized teachers for a morning of fun. Held at Bowen Park Complex,

    Gym Pals (1-4 yrs)

    Children: bring your parents and climb, jump and play! This is parent participation time for tots to explore and develop motor skills. Parent participation is required. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

    Dance with Me (6-18 months)

    Babies and toddlers will develop a love for music, movement and building friendships through fun songs, simple actions and instruments. Parent participation is required. Held at Beban Social Centre. To reduce the risk of covid 19, participants are asked to bring the following items in a labelled bag, to each class:

    ·Small pillow for sitting on
    ·Handheld toy musical instrument of any kind
    ·Stuffed animal or favourite doll
    ·Small pom poms of any colour
    ·Wand or scarf (something to wave around)

    ·Small sticker book/scrapbook 

    Dance with Me (18 months-3 yrs)

    Does your little one enjoy twirling and prancing around? In this semi-structured class, they will learn ballet basics combined with creative play. Held at Beban Social Centre.
    To reduce the risk of covid 19, participants are asked to bring the following items in a labelled bag, to each class:
    ·Small pillow or blanket for sitting on
    ·Maracas, rattle or toyed instrument

    ·Favourite stuffy or toy

    Twinkle Toes (2.5-4 yrs)

    Does your little one enjoy twirling and prancing around? In this semi-structured class, they will learn ballet basics combined with creative play. Held at Beban Social Centre.
    To reduce the risk of covid 19, participants are asked to bring the following items in a labelled bag, to each class:
    ·Small pillow for sitting on
    ·Handheld toy musical instrument of any kind
    ·Stuffed animal or favourite doll
    ·Small pom poms of any colour
    ·Wand or scarf (something to wave around)

    ·Small sticker book/scrapbook 

    Tots Dance Mix (2.5-4 yrs)

    Energetic and upbeat, move your body, move your feet! This class has a variety of dance styles to try including jazz, tap, hip hop, disco, Latin and country line. Held at Beban Social Centre.
    To reduce the risk of covid 19, participants are asked to bring the following items in a labelled bag, to each class:
    ·Small pillow for sitting on
    ·Handheld toy musical instrument of any kind
    ·Stuffed animal or favourite doll
    ·Small pom poms of any colour
    ·Wand or scarf (something to wave around)

    ·Small sticker book/scrapbook 

    Baby Ballet (3-5 yrs)

    This can be your child’s first introduction to ballet in a fun-filled environment. Children will develop balance and coordination while learning simple dance moves to music! Children should wear leotards, shorts,  and dance slippers if available. If not, then bare feet is acceptable. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Nasya Moore.

    Baby Ballet - The Next Steps (3-5 yrs)

    This is a class for those dancers who are a bit older  or who have taken Baby Ballet in the past and wish to continue their dancing. The children will be led in fun, engaging dance steps and movement to some energetic music. Children should wear leotards, shorts and dance slippers if available. If not, then bare feet is acceptable. This is parent participation program (only one caregiver, please). Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Nasya Moore.

    Junior Ballet (6-8 yrs)

    This is a class for little dancers who have already taken Baby Ballet. This is a continuation of level one, including more steps, music, and movement. Children should wear leotards, shorts,  and dance slippers if available. If not, then bare feet is acceptable. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Nasya Moore.

    Musical Dance Theatre (3-5 yrs)

    Time to get theatrical! This program is based on dancing, acting and singing. Children will learn proper dance fundamentals. Children should wear leotards, shorts,  and dance slippers if available. If not, then bare feet is acceptable.  Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Nasya Moore.

    Intro to Hip Hop (3-4 yrs)

    Touch on the basics of hip hop and learn new styles like grooving, popping, b-boying and more. Held at Vibe Dance Studio.

    Intro to Hip Hop (5-7 yrs)

    Touch on the basics of hip hop and learn new styles like grooving, popping, b-boying and more. Held at Vibe Dance Studio.

    Intro to Hip Hop (8-11 yrs)

    Touch on the basics of hip hop and learn new styles like grooving, popping, b-boying and more. Held at Vibe Dance Studio.

    Zumba for Kids (7-11 yrs)

    Zumba® Kids classes feature kid-friendly routines based on original Zumba® choreography. We break down the steps, add games, activities and cultural exploration elements into the class structure. Helps develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporate fitness as a natural part of children's lives by making fitness fun. Parent participation is not required. Taught by Shandra Mayes. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

    Home Alone (10-12 yrs)

    This is designed for children who may be ready to be home alone. The new format for this program includes establishing rules and routines, handling emergency situations, personal safety, basic first aid and much more. Price includes a student manual. Held at Beban Social Centre.

    Progressive Tennis (5-7 yrs)

    Learn tennis in a fun cooperative team environment using smaller racquets, lighter balls and smaller courts so kids can develop more quickly. All equipment provided. Clean gym shoes required. Held at Westwood Tennis Club

    Progressive Tennis (8-11 yrs)

    Learn tennis in a fun cooperative team environment using smaller racquets, lighter balls and smaller courts so kids can develop more quickly. All equipment provided. Clean gym shoes required. Held at Westwood Tennis Club.

    Piano - Private Beginner Lessons (5 yrs+)

    Cover the basics in these four, 30-minute private lessons. All classes are $85/4 lessons and are held at Bowen Complex. .

    Guitar - Private Beginner Lessons (10 yrs+)

    Join guitar instructor, Colin Foster, in these fun, personalized 30-minute private lessons where you will work at your own level and pace. Classes focus on fundamental technique, tuning, scales, tablature, notes, and chords, while developing skills in finger picking and singing for those with more experience. Enjoy learning music from the 1960s to 2000s! Held at Bowen Park Complex.

    Street-Smarts Commuter Cycling (6-8 yrs)

    Learn basic bike maintenance, rules and regulations of the road, and have fun gaining confidence through cycling games and much more. All participants must have a certified biking helmet, full functioning bike and basic riding skills.  Bring a snack, water and weather appropriate clothing. Held at Beban Park Social Centre.

    Street-Smarts Commuter Cycling (8-11 yrs)

    Learn basic bike maintenance, rules and regulations of the road, and have fun gaining confidence through cycling games and much more. All participants must have a certified biking helmet, full functioning bike and basic riding skills.  Bring a snack, water and weather appropriate clothing. Held at Beban Park Social Centre.

    Basketball Skills and Drills (6-9 yrs)

    Kick, dribble, pass and score! Join us for some basketball, and learn the basics in this introductory class where the focus is FUN! Held at Harewood Covered Sport Court.

    Soccer Skills and Drills (6-9 yrs)

    Kick, dribble, pass and score! Join us for some soccer, and learn the basics in this introductory class where the focus is FUN! Held at Harewood Covered Sport Court.

    Yoga for Kids (6-10 yrs)

    Kids' yoga assists children in their focus skills, teaches self-awareness, builds self-esteem, self-respect, and is overall empowering. Give the gift of yoga. Parent participation is not required; please provide child with yoga mat. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Gypsy Hart.

    Karate (4-7 yrs)

    Learn to perform basic karate moves and improve motor skills. Designed to teach self-discipline with courtesy and respect strongly emphasized. Held at Shima Karate.

    Karate (8-12 yrs)

    Now kids move into the older program training twice a week they will start learning katas, and self-defense drills. Held at Shima Karate.

    Ninjas Taekwondo (6-9 yrs)

    Kids will learn kicks, punches, blocks and self-defense skills through fun activities that develop coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and agility. Increase body awareness, focus, concentration and self-confidence. Designed as an introductory program, children will be provided the tools and encouraged to progress to higher levels upon completion. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Master Moy.

    Tigers Taekwondo (8-13 yrs)

    Students will build self-confidence while learning different kicks, punches, blocks and self-defense skills. They will learn anti-bullying strategies and increase mental and physical strength. There is a strong emphasis on life skills, such as respect, discipline, focus, integrity and perseverance. Upon completion of the program the students will be well equipped to progress to higher levels of teachings. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Master Moy.

    Taekwondo (4-7 yrs)

    This program emphasizes on self-discipline, confidence and concentration. Grand Master Kim strives to maximize your potential by maintaining traditional foundation based upon physical well being and mental integrity. Our highly qualified 8th degree black belt Grand Master can help you become strong in mind, body, and spirit. Held at World Tae Kwon Do Academy (4300 Wellington Rd).

    Taekwondo (7-12 yrs)

    This program emphasizes on self-discipline, confidence and concentration. Grand Master Kim strives to maximize your potential by maintaining traditional foundation based upon physical well being and mental integrity. Our highly qualified 8th degree black belt Grand Master can help you become strong in mind, body, and spirit. Held at World Tae Kwon Do Academy (4300 Wellington Rd).

    On Guard! Fencing for Children (8-12 yrs)

    This program is suitable for both beginner and continuing fencers. Focus will be on developing skills through games, activities, and drills. In addition to being an exciting sport, fencing challenges both the body and the mind. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Georgia Newsome.

    Rock Climbing (6-12 yrs)

    Come out and give indoor rock climbing a try. We provide all the gear and staff to introduce kids to the exciting sport of rock climbing. No experience necessary. Do it for the fitness and the fun! Held at Romper Room Gym.

     

    SPRING BREAK PROGRAMS

    Tree Frog Camp (3-5 yrs)

    This is a daycamp for little ones who want to go to camp, too! The week will include games, music, arts and crafts. Come and join us for some great times! Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

    Camp Firefly (5-11 yrs)

    March break means it's time to play! Join us for sports, games, arts and crafts and much more. Register for the whole week or just the days you need. Held at Beban Social Centre.

    Camp Action (8-12 yrs)

    If you have lots of energy and like to move, this camp is for you! Wit access to the gymnasium and playground at Oliver Woods, you will jump, run, kick and swing through a variety of action-packed games and sports. Register for the whole two weeks or only the days you need. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

    Dance with Vibe

    An introduction to dance with the main focus on hip hop and styles of hip hop like grooving, old school, bboy, house etc.  Held at Vibe Dance Studio (1969 Boxwood Rd).

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Basketball (11-17 yrs)

    Come shoot some hoops at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Our basketball coach will teach some fundamentals of the game and then you will get a chance to play!

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Board Game Cafe (11-17 yrs)

    We will have multiple board game options for you and your friends to play! Held at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Golf (11-17 yrs)

    Come experience one of the worlds fastest growing sports! Try out this amazing sport on the driving range, and then take your skills to the golf course for 9 holes. Clubs will be available to rent at a cost. Held at Beban Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-California Kickball (11-17 yrs)

    Come enjoy some classic fun while playing California Kickball! Held at Harewood Covered Sports Court.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Super Smash Bro's Tournament (11-17 yrs)

    Come join us for a Super Smash Bro's Tournament on the Nintendo Switch! Each player will get a chance to play at least two rounds of the very popular Super Smash Bro's game. Held at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Dungeons & Dragons Club (11-17 yrs)

    ome explore the magical world of Dungeons and Dragons for this one-time session! Have fun outwitting enemies, solving puzzles or saving a town from a dragon in this fun tabletop game. Beginners and advanced players are all welcome. Please bring your favourite snack, a pencil and some dice. Held at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Disc Golf (11-17 yrs)

    Come experience one of the worlds fastest growing sports! In partnership with the Nanaimo Disc Golf Club, a certified instructor will teach you the basics of the game and then you will have a chance to take your skills to the course! Held at Bowen Park.

    Taekwondo (4-7 yrs)

    Our highly qualified 8th degree blackbelt Grand Master Kim can help you become strong in mind,  body and spirit. This program emphasizes on self-discipline, confidence and concentration. Held at World Tae Kwon Do Academy,

    Taekwondo (7-12 yrs)

    Our highly qualified 8th degree blackbelt Grand Master Kim can help you become strong in mind,  body and spirit. This program emphasizes on self-discipline, confidence and concentration. Held at World Tae Kwon Do Academy,

    Rock Climbing (6-12 yrs)

    Climb the walls this Spring Break as you make new friends and learn from experienced climbers. Camp instructors will mix in some non wall time to keep things interesting. No climbing experience is necessary to take part. Held at Romper Room Climbing Gym.

     

    YOUTH PROGRAMS

    Youth Lounge (13-17 yrs)

    The ultimate place to have  some fun on a week night! We offer regular activities for youth in Nanaimo. Register for free and get some exercise while having fun! Please note that Youth Lounge does not run on statutory holidays, pro-d days or other school closures (ie: snow days). Please see www.facebook.com/YOUthNanaimo for other program updates, changes, or cancellations. Held at NAC - Jack Little Room. This program is free, but please pre-register.

    Spare Blox Sports (13-17 yrs)

    The ultimate place to have some fun on a week night! We offer regular activities for youth in Nanaimo. Register for free and get some exercise while having fun! Please note that Spare Blox does not run on statutory holidays, pro-d days or other school closures (ie: snow days). Please see www.facebook.com/YOUthNanaimo for other program updates, changes, or cancellations. Held at Departure Bay Activity Centre. This program is free, but please pre-register. 

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Basketball (11-17 yrs)

    Come shoot some hoops at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Our basketball coach will teach some fundamentals of the game and then you will get a chance to play!

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Board Game Cafe (11-17 yrs)

    We will have multiple board game options for you and your friends to play! Held at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Golf (11-17 yrs)

    Come experience one of the worlds fastest growing sports! Try out this amazing sport on the driving range, and then take your skills to the golf course for 9 holes. Clubs will be available to rent at a cost. Held at Beban Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-California Kickball (11-17 yrs)

    Come enjoy some classic fun while playing California Kickball! Held at Harewood Covered Sports Court.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Super Smash Bro's Tournament (11-17 yrs)

    Come join us for a Super Smash Bro's Tournament on the Nintendo Switch! Each player will get a chance to play at least two rounds of the very popular Super Smash Bro's game. Held at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Dungeons & Dragons Club (11-17 yrs)

    ome explore the magical world of Dungeons and Dragons for this one-time session! Have fun outwitting enemies, solving puzzles or saving a town from a dragon in this fun tabletop game. Beginners and advanced players are all welcome. Please bring your favourite snack, a pencil and some dice. Held at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

    Spring Break Youth Pop-Up Series-Disc Golf (11-17 yrs)

    Come experience one of the worlds fastest growing sports! In partnership with the Nanaimo Disc Golf Club, a certified instructor will teach you the basics of the game and then you will have a chance to take your skills to the course! Held at Bowen Park.

    Pottery Wheel (13-17 yrs)

    For those with little or no previous experience working with clay. Learn the basic techniques that will help you create pots, vases, bowls and pretty much anything that can be thrown on a pottery wheel. Clay, glazes and firings are included in cost. Held at Bowen Park Pottery Studio.

    After School Art Attack (11-18 yrs)

    This fun and interactive art class will explore a variety of styles of art such as drawing, painting and much more! Held at Beban Social Centre.

    Babysitter Training (11-15 yrs)

    The Red Cross Babysitting Course covers everything from managing difficult behaviours to essential content on leadership and professional conduct. This curriculum provides first aid information and how to give appropriate care in the event of an emergency. Held at Beban Social Centre.

    HITT to Fit for Youth (11-18 yrs)

    This high intensity interval training class helps you develop muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and power all in a safe, fun and exciting way! This type of training involves repeated rounds of high intensity effort followed by varied recovery times. You will use a variety of equipment, such as free weights, skipping ropes, agility ladders, medicine balls and resistance bands. Fun music and high energy makes this a class a blast!  Please bring a water bottle and hand towel with you. Held at Departure Bay Activity Centre.

    Youth Disc Golf (11-17 yrs)

    Come experience one of the worlds fastest growing sports! In partnership with the Nanaimo Disc Golf Club, this program will introduce participants to the fundamentals and rules of the game. Each registrant will receive a certified disc to enjoy the sport! Held at Bowen Park Disc Golf Course.

    Youth Skateboarding (11-17 yrs)

    Come join us for a fun new skateboarding program for youth! Our instructor will teach the fundamentals of skateboarding at the Harewood Covered Sports Court and then take the group over to the Harewood Youth Park for some supervised fun! Held at Harewood Centennial Outdoor Sports Court and Skareboard Park.

    Youth Dodgeball (11-17 yrs)

    Each week our instructor will facilitate a variety of styles of dodgeball, such as Doctor, Change Team, Everyone’s It and more! No experience is necessary for this fun new team-orientated program. Held at Departure Bay Activity Centre.

    Youth Floor Hockey (11-17 yrs)

    Come join us for some floor hockey skills and drills. Each session participants will learn the fundamentals of floor hockey, play skill building games and finish the session with a shoot out or a fun game. Held at Departure Bay Activity Centre.

    Junior Badminton (10-15 yrs)

    Get instruction and practice time for the beginner or intermediate player. The emphasis is on skill development and game play. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

    Youth Badminton (12-19 yrs)

    Take your badminton skills to the next level. Players should have two years of experience in the Junior Badminton program (or equivalent). Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

    Dungeons & Dragons Club (11-18 yrs)

    Join the City of Nanaimo in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island to explore the world of D and D! Play as an all knowing wizard, a hulking viking  or maybe a pixie. The sky is the limit. Have fun outwitting enemies, solving puzzles or saving a town from a dragon in this fun tabletop game. Beginners and advanced players are all welcome. Please bring your favourite snack, a pencil and some dice. Held at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

    Youth Basketball (11-18 yrs)

    Come shoot some hoops at Oliver Woods Community Centre! Our coach will coach the fundamentals of basketball while including fun active games and free play! Please arrive to the program in active gear and wear indoor sports shoes.

    Taekwondo and Hapkido (12-19 yrs)

    Learn the Korean art of self-defense which places a strong emphasis on circular movement, redirection, and self confidence. Our highly qualified 8th degree black belt, Grand Master Kim strives to maximize your potential by maintaining a traditional foundation based upon physical well being and mental integrity. Held at World Tae Kwon Do (4300 Wellington Rd).

    Fencing (14 yrs+)

    This program is for all levels. Beginner fencers receive weekly instruction in the basic skills of foil fencing and will be introduced to sabre and epee. Experienced fencers receive instructions tailored to their needs in any of the three weapons (foil, sabre, epee). There will be plenty of opportunity to challenge other fencers either using practice or electric equipment. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Georgia Newsome.

    Karate (12 yrs to adult)

    This program is geared for older kids and adults Traditional Karate training. Held at Shima Karate.

    Piano - Private Beginner Lessons (5 yrs+)

    Cover the basics in these four, 30-minute private lessons. All classes are $85/4 lessons and are held at Bowen Complex. .

    Guitar - Private Beginner Lessons (10 yrs+)

    Join guitar instructor, Colin Foster, in these fun, personalized 30-minute private lessons where you will work at your own level and pace. Classes focus on fundamental technique, tuning, scales, tablature, notes, and chords, while developing skills in finger picking and singing for those with more experience. Enjoy learning music from the 1960s to 2000s! Held at Bowen Park Complex.

    Street-Smarts Commuter Cycling (8-11 yrs)

    Learn basic bike maintenance, rules and regulations of the road, and have fun gaining confidence through cycling games and much more. All participants must have a certified biking helmet, full functioning bike and basic riding skills.  Bring a snack, water and weather appropriate clothing. Held at Beban Park Social Centre.

     

    ADULT ARTS/CRAFTS PROGRAMS

    Public Single Session Pottery -$12/session

    Formally "Drop-in Pottery", all participants will be able to register at a maximum of 3 days in advance for each session. The Bowen Park Pottery Studio has the tools, equipment and supplies available for the public to work independently. Children, when accompanied by an adult, are welcome (both must register). No instruction is provided. Clay may be purchased for $32 (including tax) per 22 pound bag and includes all firing and glazing fees. Space is limited and is in effect from January 5 to March 30, 2021.

    Pottery Wheel - Adult Beginner

    For those with little or no previous experience working with clay. Dip your hands into something new. Learn basic techniques that will help you create pots, vases, bowls and much more. Clay, glazes and firings are included in the cost. Held at Bowen Complex Pottery Studio.

    Pottery Wheel - Adult Intermediate

    Designed for those who have mastered the basic skills in a beginner class and want to learn more. Clay, glazes and firings are included in the cost. Participants must have completed a beginner class. Held at Bowen Complex Pottery Studio.

    Watercolours - Introduction

    Explore basic techniques, including colour, washes, and special effects in this introductory class. Please bring a pencil, eraser, note paper and a water container. All other supplies are provided. Held at Beban Park. Taught by Helen Binns.

    Watercolours - Intermediate

    Explore basic techniques, including colour, washes, and special effects in this introductory class. Please bring a pencil, eraser, note paper and a water container. All other supplies are provided. Held at Beban Park. Taught by Helen Binns.

    Eastern Watercolour Painting

    What happens when West (Helen Binns) meets and learns from masters of the East (Lien Zhen and Andy Loo)? This class will introduce techniques learned from these artists, including brush techniques, blowing and pouring. What results is a unique fusion of Eastern technique, traditional watercolour and unquestionable beauty. Please bring a pencil, note paper, eraser and water container. All other supplies provided. Held at Beban Park. Taught by Helen Binns.

    Drawing - Level 1

    Explore basic techniques, including colour, washes, and special effects in this introductory class. Please bring a pencil, eraser, note paper and a water container. All other supplies are provided. Held at Beban Park. Taught by Helen Binns.

    Drawing in Colour With Pencil Crayons & Chalk Pastel

    Explore your creative side and enjoy an evening of learning. Learn some of the secrets and techniques of drawing in colour with coloured  pencils and chalk pastels. Held at Beban Park. Taught by Helen Binns.

     

    ADULT DANCE PROGRAMS

    Flamenco Moods and Moves

    Experience the soulful music and song of flamenco through dance!  You will learn pasos (steps), palos (rhythms), palmas (rhythmic clapping), and more.  Movements will be combined to create mini-choreographies. Wear comfortable smooth-soled shoes with a small heel. Taught by Heather Sandison. Held at Beban Social Centre.

    Ballroom & Latin Dance (Beginners Continuation)

    A quick review of basic techniques covered in this beginner class will be followed by more advanced variations. At least one ballroom and one Latin dance will be taught in each session. Partners only. Held at Beban Social Centre.

    Ballroom & Latin Dance (Advanced)

    A continuous class for those who wish to learn more on the ten International Ballroom and Latin American dances where at least one ballroom and one Latin dance will be taught in each class. Partners only. Held at Beban Social Centre.

    Ballroom Formation Team

    This is a continuation session for the Ballroom Formation Team. You will work towards performing at larger events and competitions. New participants are asked to contact the instructor. Held at Beban Social Centre.

     

    FIRST AID PROGRAMS

    Emergency Childcare First Aid

    This Red Cross first aid course is designed for parents and caregivers of children. Approved by the Provincial Childcare Licensing Board, this course covers CPR B (Child & Infant) and AED training for children and infants in addition to first aid skills, including choking, breathing emergencies and wound care. Re-training is recommended every three years. Held at Beban Park Social Centre.

    Standard First Aid

    This course includes all of the Red Cross Emergency First Aid and CPR-C instruction on day one, before covering head and spine injuries, bone and joint injuries, environmental conditions, poisons, and sudden medical emergencies on day two. This course is recognized by the Provincial Child Care Licensing Board, BCRPA, and worksites in Alberta. It is also a prerequisite for Lifeguard certifications. Re-training is recommended every three years. Held at Beban Park Social Centre.

    Emergency First Aid

    This Red Cross first aid course provides training in the skills necessary to deal with breathing and circulatory emergencies.  It includes CPR-C (adult, child, & infant) and instruction on the use of AED's,  Epi pens and metered dose inhalers. Treatment for wounds, bleeding, unconsciousness, and shock will also be covered. This course is also accepted by BCRPA for fitness professionals. Re-training is recommended every three years. Held at Beban Park Social Centre. Please visit Red Cross for more information.

    CPR C/AED (Adult, Child, Infant)

    This Red Cross CPR course is for general knowledge, workplace, lifeguards, nurses, nursing students or any student requiring this for further training or entry into a school program.  The content includes prevention, signs and symptoms of a heart attack, angina and stroke.  Adult, child  and infant CPR as well as AED training, unconscious and unconscious choking and deadly bleeding will also be covered. Fee includes a manual and a pocket mask to take home. Upon completion, you will receive a temporary certificate and a virtual certificate will be available to print after completion. Re-training is recommended every three years. Held at Beban Park Social Centre. Please visit Red Cross for more information.

    CPR C & AED Recertification

    This Red Cross CPR course is designed for those who want to re-certify their CPR-C certificate. The course covers CPR skills for infant, child, and adult; choking emergencies (conscious and unconscious); and airway management techniques. Certification also includes AED training and a pocket mask to take home. Please bring proof of your CPR-C award current within three years. Upon completion, you will receive a temporary certificate and a virtual certificate will be available to print after completion.  Re-training is recommended every three years. Held at Beban Park Social Centre. Please visit Red Cross for more information.

     

    ADULT LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

    Spanish Beginners

    Learn vocabulary, grammar, speaking skills and practical dialogue. Participants with no knowledge of Spanish should feel comfortable at this level. Held at Bowen Complex. Taught by Martha Fortin.

    Spanish for Travelers - Beginners 2

    This is for those who have taken a beginner level or have previous knowledge of Spanish. The emphasis is on practical situations useful for traveling to Spanish-speaking countries. Held at Bowen Complex. Taught by Martha Fortin.

    Spanish for Travelers - Intermediate

    This conversational course concentrates on Spanish culture, tenses, idiomatic expressions and practical situations. It is an excellent way to prepare for traveling and for everyday communication. Previous Spanish study in level 2 or equivalent knowledge is essential to participate. Held at Bowen Complex. Taught by Martha Fortin.

    Spanish Conversation

    This course will emphasize listening and conversational skills. Participants should have prior experience with a beginner and intermediate level. Held at Bowen Complex. Taught by Martha Fortin.

    Spanish in the Morning - Conversation

    This course is designed to improve oral fluency through guided conversations and presentations in Spanish. Expand your vocabulary, familiarize yourself with a variety of scenarios in the Hispanic world and develop a solid foundation for more advanced courses in Spanish. Held at Bowen Complex. Taught by Martha Fortin.

    Spanish on Saturday - Level 1

    An intensive conversational course for those who have little or no previous knowledge of Spanish. You will listen and speak Spanish from the first day as you quickly gain basic conversation skills. Our experienced instructor will help you to practice your new language skills in a friendly atmosphere. Held at Bowen Complex. Taught by Martha Fortin.

    Spanish on Saturday - Level 2

    In this continuation class, we cover more vocabulary, verbs tenses, idiomatic expressions commonly used in everyday communication. Our small group size will give you a rewarding learning experience. Held at Bowen Complex. Taught by Martha Fortin.

    ADULT SPECIAL INTEREST PROGRAMS

    Strengthening Children's Mental Health

    This one-day in-person HIGH FIVE training, developed in collaboration with Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, will help anyone running children’s programs be more informed and prepared to support their staff in promoting positive mental health in children. Participants will learn key concepts and factors that affect children’s mental health, including the impact of stress and environment on a child’s ability to cope. This training will provide tools and suggested activities to use with staff to help improve their understanding and interactions with children who face challenges in their programs. Held at Nanaimo Ice Centre.

    Basic Fruit Tree Pruning

    Back by popular demand, our expert pruner will show you how to care for young and old fruit trees and grape vines in your yard. This is the workshop to attend to get hands-on learning in basic pruning techniques. Bring your pruners, a

    camera or notebook and questions for this workshop. Held at Pine Street Community Garden (271 Pine Street. Taught by Scott Wiskerke.

    Advanced Fruit Tree Pruning

    For those who have some experience or have taken an earlier workshop, our expert pruner will show you how to tackle more difficult situations with hands-on learning. This workshop will cover pest control and dormant oil spraying. This is aexcellent follow up to the Basic Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop. Held at Pine Street Community Garden (271 Pine Street. Taught by Scott Wiskerke.

    Mozzarella, Burrata and Bocconcini

    Learn how to make your own hand stretched mozzarella cheese in this demonstration, taste, touch and feel class with Paula. Instructions and ingredients to make over four pounds of mozzarella at home are included. Taught by Paula Maddison. Held at Bowen Park Complex

    Cheese Making 101 with Mascarpone

    Learn how to make your own mascarpone cheese in this demonstration, taste, touch and feel class with Paula. Instructions and ingredients to make mascarpone at home are included. Taught by Paula Maddison. Held at Bowen Park Complex

    Greek Style Feta

    This is a demonstration taste, touch and feel class where you will learn how to make your own feta cheese. Go home with ingredients and cultures to try and make your own at home. Taught by Paula Maddison. Held at Bowen Park Complex

    Bicycle Maintenance for Beginners (16 yrs+)

    Do you like riding bikes, but you find you know nothing about how they work?  Learn the ABCs of how to fix a flat, repair your chain, and give your bike some love. We will cover gears, brakes, tires and more!  Please bring your own bike to tune up! Held at Departure Bay Activity Centre.

    Bicycle Maintenance for Intermediates (16 yrs+)

    Do you have the basic knowledge of tuning up your bike but would like to learn more detailed repair? In this class, we cover derailleur hanger alignment, installing a shifter or brake cable, installing brake pads and more. Held at Departure Bay Activity Centre.

    Trail Discovery Stroll & Stretch

    Learn something new about the trails in your community while exploring and enjoying fresh air and good company. Complete your hike through one of our parks with some balance work and a good stretch.  Must wear good walking/hiking shoes and be in good physical health.  Locations will vary, first class will meet in front of the Nanaimo Ice Centre. We will be keeping our numbers in this class small so we can maintain adequate spacing while we walk (or feel free to wear a mask to this class). Taught by Laurah-Lee Christie.

    Trailblazers

    Learn something new about the trails in your community while exploring and enjoying fresh air and good company. Complete your 3-4 km hike through one of our parks with some balance work and a good stretch.  Must wear good walking/hiking shoes and be in good physical health.  Locations will vary. First class will meet in the Westwood Lake parking lot at the end of Arbott Road. We will be keeping our numbers in this class small so we can maintain adequate spacing while we walk (or feel free to wear a mask to this class). Led by Laurah-Lee Christie.

    Karate (40 yrs+)

    Join this fun martial arts class with other like-minded adults. Learn new skills and improve your fitness and promote a healthy lifestyle. No experience necessary as the classes are tailored for each individual’s ability.  You will learn basic karate techniques, partner work, self-defense and the traditional forms called Kata. Held at Bowen Complex.

    Mom's Yoga/Karate

    This program is geared for any moms or any women that wants to try a combination of yoga and karate. It is a great way to get in shape while learning to defend yourself in a great atmosphere with other interested individuals. Held at Shima Karate.

    Fencing (14 yrs+)

    This program is for all levels. Beginner fencers receive weekly instruction in the basic skills of foil fencing and will be introduced to sabre and epee. Experienced fencers receive instructions tailored to their needs in any of the three weapons (foil, sabre, epee). There will be plenty of opportunity to challenge other fencers either using practice or electric equipment. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Georgia Newsome.

    Iaido (16 yrs+)

    Iaido is a Japanese martial art with a long history. It is referred to as a “moving zen” because of its focus on precise, controlled, fluid movements.  Held at Departure Bay Activity Centre.

    Tai Chi - Introduction Part 1

    Specially designed for beginners, this class teaches the first third of the 108 move Tai Chi set based on the Traditional Yang style set. Tai Chi practice can improve one’s physical health and reverse the negative effects of stress. Sometimes called a “moving meditation,” Tai Chi provides many benefits, including cultivating awareness and improving concentration. Held at Beban Park Social Centre.

    Indoor Tennis Lessons - Beginner

    Participants will learn and practice serving, ground strokes and net play, as well as learning the rules of tennis. Please bring your own tennis racquet, water bottle and clean court shoes. Held at North Island Tennis Academy.

    Indoor Tennis Lessons - Intermediate

    Participants will continue to work on their tennis skills focusing on technique and game strategy.  Taught as an intermediate level class. Please bring your own tennis racquet, water bottle and clean court shoes. Held at North Island Tennis Academy.

    Piano - Private Beginner Lessons (5 yrs+)

    Cover the basics in these four, 30-minute private lessons. All classes are $85/4 lessons and are held at Bowen Complex. .

    Guitar - Private Beginner Lessons (10 yrs+)

    Join guitar instructor, Colin Foster, in these fun, personalized 30-minute private lessons where you will work at your own level and pace. Classes focus on fundamental technique, tuning, scales, tablature, notes, and chords, while developing skills in finger picking and singing for those with more experience. Enjoy learning music from the 1960s to 2000s! Held at Bowen Park Complex.

      ADULT TRIPS

      Cowichan Harvest Valley Tour

      Ahh... for the love of wine, the Wine Islands is one of the fastest growing wine regions in Canada, You will visit three select vineyards / cider for tasting and tour, tasting local products and meeting local wine-masters. Tour includes all tasting fees, transportation, and guide. Please bring lunch and snacks or money for lunch. Meet at Beban Park in the Breezeway. Led by Track Outdoor Adventures.

      South Island Sight See Circle Tour

      Enjoy a scenic day tour on the Pacific Marine Route departing Nanaimo to Victoria, Victoria to Sooke, Sooke to Port Renfrew and Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan. This is one of the only circle driving tours on the island. There will be many stops for breaks and photo opportunities.  Please bring lunch and snacks or money for lunch. Rated: Easy. Meet at Beban Park in the Breezeway. Led by Track Outdoor Adventures.

      Snowshoe at Mt. Washington

      Includes park pass, snowshoe rental, transportation and guided snowshoe easy trek- fun in the snow with a moderate workout! If you can walk you can snowshoe! Rated: Moderate. Guests should be able to snowshoe approximately 3 to 4 hours (2 to 3 km) without difficulty. Please bring lunch and snacks or money for lunch. Meet at Beban Park in the Breezeway. Led by Track Outdoor Adventures.

      ADULT YOGA/FITNESS PROGRAMS

      HIIT

      High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. Join the group for fast-paced and fun workouts that generally consist of a warm-up period followed by repetitions of high-intensity exercises separated by medium intensity exercises for active recovery, then a cool down period. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Holly Monaghan.

      HIIT to Fit

      Do you like the idea of H.I.I.T (High Intensity Interval Training), but you are not sure if they are for you? This is the perfect introduction to this type of fitness training. Building your strength, skills and confidence here to advance to the evening H.I.I.T class. Held at Departure Bay Activity Centre. Taught by Kim Ross.

      Total Body Fitness

      Whether you are just starting your fitness or are an advanced student, you are welcome here. Your fitness level will be challenged accordingly. We incorporate fun exercises and equipment, such as free weights, medicine balls and more to keep the class exciting and challenging. Taught by Kim Ross.

      Zumba

      Ditch the workout, and join the party! This Latin and international dance-based fitness class will get you moving to a variety of music styles from reggae to disco to salsa. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

      Zumba at Rotary Field House

      Ditch the workout, and join the party! This Latin and international dance-based fitness class will get you moving to a variety of music styles from reggae to disco to salsa. Held at Rotary Field House.

      Zumba Gold

      Intended for those new to Zumba or those 60 +. Ditch the workout and join the party! This Latin and international dance-based fitness class that will get you moving to a variety of music styles from reggae to disco to salsa. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

      Tabata

      Tabata training is a type of high intensity interval training designed to get your heart rate up in that hard anaerobic zone for short periods of time. Workouts will include cardio, strength training and core stability work using a variety of fun and dynamic exercises and drills. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Angel Jones.

      Stretch, Balance, Build

      This class will be perfect for you if you are looking to improve your balance, become more flexible and build or maintain your strength. Focus will be on balancing exercises and poses and will be adding a weight component for strength but also to allow the poses to be more challenging and beneficial. Moves are slow and focused, and there will be a chair available for those that need it to sit or balance. The stretch can be done on the floor or in a chair. Please bring your own weights if you have them and your own mat if you want to go to the floor. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre.

      Stretch & Tone

      This class has two light cardio segments and the rest of the class will focus on flexibility, balance, core, and strength. We will use weights and your body to improve all these areas. Many exercises will cover compound moves and there will be a chair to help with balance if needed and core work. Bring your own weights if you have them, but they are not necessary. Beginner to intermediate levels. No floor work in this class. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Tara McNeil.

      Rookie Boot Camp

      This is fun and challenging fitness class incorporates cardio, strength and flexibility with various levels so you can work at your own pace and get a great workout! Variations of circuit training, boot camp, traditional aerobics and dance combinations will keep your body moving and improving. This class is for beginner to intermediate levels. Please bring a mat or towel to use on the ground. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre, and taught by Angel Jones.

      Rock Your Body Boot Camp

      Finish your day with a workout that will leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated. Workouts will include cardio, strength training and core stability work, using a variety of fun and dynamic exercises and drills. Held at Oliver Wood Community Centre. Taught by Heidi Robinson.

      BellyFit 

      This is a holistic fitness experience that blends the body, mind, and spirit to offer an extraordinary exercise experience. Scorch calories in a fun and easy cardio and dance infused workout. The second half of the class brings sculpting, toning, and tightening with Pilates, yoga stretch and mindful meditation. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Myah Rogerson.

      Pilates

      Mat Pilates offers you an effective series of exercises to strengthen and tone your core. You will create long and lean muscles and improve your posture and balance. Pilates increases your awareness of alignment and breath while creating greater flexibility in your joints and muscles. Modifications for all levels will be offered for all levels. Pilates is a great compliment to your existing classes. It helps a wide range of individuals at all stages of life. It is a low impact, strengthening series of exercises that is easily adaptable for all levels of ability and age. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Jane Bockman.

      Active Retired Yoga

      Everything you need to know about yoga for seniors in one place. Retirement is the perfect time to try some new things and pick up some healthy habits you may not have had time to consider in your working years. If you have never tried yoga, check out this class and experience some of the benefits of yoga, such as restoring flexibility and stability, managing of pain and inflammation and improving sleep quality.  Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Gypsy Hart

      Yogalates

      A cross between Yoga and Pilates, this class will combine Pilates and Yoga for a total body workout focused on toning the glutes, thighs and stomach. This low-impact workout will increase your fitness level. Develop your core strength and stabilization through Pilates poses, and improve your flexibility, muscular strength, posture and alignment through Yoga/Pilates poses, breathing and relaxation. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Gypsy Hart

      Beginner Vinyasa Yoga

      This rejuvenating class will release tension from the muscles from everyday life and sports activities. Learn to breathe deeply while experiencing a flow of postures to stimulate the body physically and mentally. Through this practice you enhance flexibility, increase muscle tone and concentration, detoxify the organs and feel a deep state of relaxation. Please bring your own yoga mat. Held at Beban Park Social Centre.

      Light Vinyasa Yoga

      Vinyasa Yoga (also known as flow) links breath to movement using Hatha poses in a gently flowing sequence, interspersed with static poses. Students can expect to build strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular ability. This Light Vinyasa class builds a foundation for beginners and is also a great option for continuing students looking for a slower pace without inversions. You must bring your own yoga mat. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Amber Neuman-Brochez.

      Gentle Yoga

      This program is a great introduction to yoga poses in a Hatha-based yoga class combined with core conditioning and stabilizing exercises to improve posture and alignment. You will enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility and deep relaxation.  Leave feeling taller, leaner and more relaxed. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. 

      Flow & Form Yoga

      Flow and Form Yoga encourages a balance between flexibility, strength, and endurance.  Emphasizing correct body alignment and precision while enjoying a sense of well-being and increased relaxation. Some yoga experience is recommended but not required. Please bring your own Yoga mat. Taught by Heather Honey. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. 

      Kundalini Yoga

      Kundalini yoga is an uplifting, energizing and transformative type of yoga that uses physical postures, powerful breath work, audible chants or “mantras” and hand gestures or “mudras” to produce full body awareness and personal empowerment. You must bring your own yoga mat. Please bring your own Yoga mat. Taught by Myah Rogerson. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. 

      Hatha Yoga

      This rejuvenating class will release tension from the muscles from everyday life and sports activities. Learn to breathe deeply while experiencing a flow of postures to stimulate the body physically and mentally. Through this practice you enhance flexibility, increase muscle tone and concentration, detoxify the organs and feel a deep state of relaxation. 

      Relax and Renew Yoga

      Learn the basic yoga poses (asanas) taught in Hatha Yoga style.  Each class focuses on alignment, balance, strength, flexibility & breathing exercises concluding with a short relaxation and meditation period.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bare feet are preferred.  Please bring a water bottle and blanket for the relaxation period. Held at Beban Park Social Centre. Taught by Laurah-Lee Christie.

      Men's Yoga

      Men, here is a yoga program only for you. Yoga will improve your flexibility, core strength and balance. Yoga will help you improve your athletic performance, relieve pain and soreness from physical labour and reduce stress. Yoga has become a mainstream activity with proven benefits to overall health and well-being. No experience required. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Gypsy Hart.

      Trail Discovery Stroll & Stretch

      Learn something new about the trails in your community while exploring and enjoying fresh air and good company. Complete your hike through one of our parks with some balance work and a good stretch.  Must wear good walking/hiking shoes and be in good physical health.  Locations will vary, first class will meet in front of the Nanaimo Ice Centre. We will be keeping our numbers in this class small so we can maintain adequate spacing while we walk (or feel free to wear a mask to this class). Taught by Laurah-Lee Christie.

      Trailblazers

      Learn something new about the trails in your community while exploring and enjoying fresh air and good company. Complete your 3-4 km hike through one of our parks with some balance work and a good stretch.  Must wear good walking/hiking shoes and be in good physical health.  Locations will vary. First class will meet in the Westwood Lake parking lot at the end of Arbott Road. We will be keeping our numbers in this class small so we can maintain adequate spacing while we walk (or feel free to wear a mask to this class). Led by Laurah-Lee Christie.

      60+ FITNESS & SPECIAL INTEREST PROGRAMS

      Tap Dance - Level 1

      For those new to Tap, or looking for a refresher, come join the fun and advance at your own pace. (Tap shoes required).  Held at Bowen Park Complex. Taught by Stacey Butterworth.

      Tap Dance - Level 2

      For those proficient in Tap Dance, this program is for you. Beginner dancers can be accommodated (Tap shoes are required). Held at Bowen Park Complex. Taught by Stacey Butterworth.

      Dance Fitness

      Open to those who want a basic fitness course where you can go at your own pace, as well as those who want a higher intensity cardio workout.  All stretches and flexibility work are designed for older adults. Held at Bowen Park Complex. Taught by Maria Elena Jitton Pothorin.

      Balance and Mobility

      Balance, movement and mobility - the three steps you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This class will assist participants in improving balance. The instructor will lead you through easy exercises to improve stability and potentially prevent falls. The workouts assist in improving posture, muscle strength and speed, sharpening reflexes, expanding flexibility and firming your core. The instructor may also give tips for fall proofing your home. Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Russell McNeil.

      Stretch & Relax Yoga

      This is basic classical Hatha yoga. It focuses on gentle stretches before each pose. Time is given to rest or relax briefly after anything that is strenuous. This is not a flow class. Taught by Shanti (Dorlean) Peck.

      Sculpt & Tone

      This class incorporates a warm up, cardio, resistance training and a cool down/stretch. This would benefit older adults for bone and joint health by developing lean muscle and increasing metabolism. Taught by Brian Sugiyama.

      Yoga Qi Gong/Meditation

      This is an ancient art incorporating movements, static poses, breath concentration and visualization to activate the flow of intrinsic life energy (chi) in the body, restoring and promoting vitality and balance of mind and body. Taught by Thommas Michaud, Yoga Master. Held at Bowen Park Clubhouse.

      Active Retired Yoga

      Everything you need to know about yoga for seniors in one place. Retirement is the perfect time to try some new things and pick up some healthy habits you may not have had time to consider in your working years. If you have never tried yoga, check out this class and experience some of the benefits of yoga, such as restoring flexibility and stability, managing of pain and inflammation and improving sleep quality.  Held at Oliver Woods Community Centre. Taught by Gypsy Hart

      Chair Yoga

      This class is designed for people who experience difficulty doing floor exercise. Yoga exercises have many benefits, including stretching, relaxing and helping you to feel energized. Held at Bowen Park Complex. Taught by Russell McNeil.

      Program Guide for 60+ Programs through Nanaimo Harbour City Seniors

       

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