There’s something about time spent outside that quiets our minds and allows us to focus on our mental and physical well-being. Spending time meditating, taking a wellness-focused walk, doing yoga outside, or simply just spending time outdoors in nature only adds to the relaxation component. Here are some ways to take a break from our noisy lives and soak up nature while practicing self-care in Fort Collins.


Outdoor Yoga and Tai Chi


Tai Chi and Yoga in The Gardens


Tai Chi, often called meditation in motion, is a traditional Chinese practice that benefits the heart, bones, nerves, muscles, immune system, and the mind. The Gardens on Spring Creek is delighted to collaborate with John Broderick, student of Min Fan, to offer their members and community members this special outdoor class, suitable for all levels. Classes are subject to cancellation if there is inclement weather. Tai Chi classes take place on Saturdays at 8am now through September 28th.

Yoga in the Garden also occurs on most Saturday mornings at 9:15am at the Gardens on Spring Creek, now through September 28th. Some classes are just regular yoga, but some special classes include goats! 

Click here to learn more and register for any of the classes at The Gardens on Spring Creek. But hurry, because class spots are limited and fill up fast!


SUP Yoga


SUP Yoga is a unique fusion of paddleboarding and yoga! Join instructor Rachel Dirks for 1.5 hours of wellness out on the water. Paddle out to the SUP yoga dock and get ready for an experience unlike any other. No experience is needed - all levels of yogis and paddleboarders are welcome. For more information and to reserve your class spot, visit their website.


Nature as therapy


Drala Shambhala Mountain Center & The Great Stupa

Drala Shambhala Mountain Center & The Great Stupa

Nestled just outside Fort Collins in Red Feather Lakes, The Drala Shambhala Mountain Center & The Great Stupa provides the perfect retreat setting for studying yoga, meditation and contemplative arts. DSMC combines natural beauty, unspoiled wilderness, blue skies and crisp mountain air with the comforts of a modern retreat campus. Their accommodations range from fine lodge rooms with private baths to shared same-gender dormitories and economically-priced seasonal tents on wooded hillsides. Meals, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, are included in lodging.

This is a place where many wisdom traditions are hosted, and they welcome all people inspired to explore the nature of self and society. Join them to experience their beautiful location and warm hospitality, and enjoy a beautiful drive through the Colorado Rockies on your way in!


Fort Collins' Natural Areas

Natural Areas Junior Naturalist

The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department manages more than 50 natural areas encompassing over 40,000 acres and 100 miles of trails. The natural areas are the traditional lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe Native American tribes and remain important to indigenous peoples living in northern Colorado and the surrounding areas. Visiting these natural areas can be therapeutic and relaxing. Fort Collins natural areas are generally open from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m. Bobcat Ridge, Gateway, Reservoir Ridge, and Soapstone Prairie natural areas, however, are open from dawn to dusk.

A great resource for an outdoor activity calendar while visiting Fort Collins is the Natural Areas Explorer publication. Here you will find activities occurring all summer long and details for registration.



Western Blue Bird

Birdwatching is the second fastest growing hobby in the country and it has been noted for its meditative and therapeutic effects. Colorado is a hotbed for birders, boasting nearly 500 recorded species. There are several local areas and business to visit in Fort Collins to experience ideal birdwatching. Visit our birdwatching page to learn more!


For more outdoor recreation inspiration, click here. If you are looking for even more wellness activities to take care of yourself all summer long, visit our wellness page.