Upcoming Recreation Therapy Events


Our Health and Wellness Clinics are for individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities. These clinics provide the opportunity to become physically active and gain insight to achieving a well-balanced lifestyle.

Health and Wellness Clinics are held throughout the year. Download the Recreation Therapy Upcoming Events flyer to stay up to date on the latest events. 

Download 2024 Recreation Therapy Yearly Program Events


In-Person Programming


    Chattanooga Clinic    

    Join Shepherd Center and the City of Chattanooga Department of Parks and Outdoors for a fun-filled afternoon of handcycling and kayaking. This event will take place near Chattanooga, Tennessee, where participants will have the opportunity to focus on kayaking and handcycling outdoors. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Lunch will be provided. This course is open to anyone with a physical disability. Please note that participants will be responsible for registration fees and securing their own transportation for this event. 

    • Date: June 2 
    • Time: 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.  
    • Location: Camp Jordan Park, 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy, East Ridge, TN 37412 
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment)    


    June Boxing Clinic 

    This event will take place at Pepper Boxing in Atlanta, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center and Pepper Boxing instructors for a 50-minute fitness class. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Equipment will be provided.   

    • Date: June 12   
    • Time: 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
    • Location: Pepper Boxing, 3090 Early Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30305 
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment)  

    Gloved participants in the boxing clinic sit in chairs while hitting speedbags.

    June Waterski Clinic 

    This event will take place at Lake Allatoona in Acworth, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join the Shepherd Center and local disabled athletes to learn the basics of waterskiing. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations of adaptive water skiing. Please note that there is a 200-lb. weight limit due to equipment capacity. 

    • Date: June 15
    • Time: TBD
    • Location: Atlanta Waterski Club Site - Lake Allatoona
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment)  


    Photography Clinic    

    This event will give the opportunity for participants to join Shepherd Center and a local photographer to learn more about adaptive photography. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Lunch will be included at this event.  

    • Date: June 20    
    • Time: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.  
    • Location: Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road, NW Atlanta, GA 30309 
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, lunch, and equipment)    

    Para-Tri Clinic    

    This two-day event will take place at the Alpharetta YMCA in Alpharetta, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center and the Atlanta Tri Club for a clinic focusing on swimming, cycling, and wheelchair racing. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Participants will complete a mock tri at the end of the event. 

    • Date: July 13-14
    • Time: TBD
    • Location: Alpharetta YMCA, 3655 Preston Ridge Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30005
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, lunch, and equipment)    

    July Waterski Clinic 

    This event will take place at Lake Allatoona in Acworth, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center and local disabled athletes to learn the basics of waterskiing. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations of adaptive water skiing. Please note there is a 200-lb. weight limit due to equipment capacity. 

    • Date: July 20   
    • Time: TBD
    • Location: Atlanta Waterski Club Site - Lake Allatoona
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment)  

    Steamboat Springs Clinic at STARS Ranch    

    This event will take place at the STARS Ranch in Steamboat Springs, CO. Participants will have the opportunity to join the Shepherd Center and STARS for various outdoor and adventure-based activities. This trip is targeting individuals who have experienced a spinal cord injury. Please note that participants will be responsible for securing their own airfare for this event. Meals, lodging, equipment, and instruction are included.

    • Date: July 21-25
    • Location: STARS Ranch in Steamboat Spring, CO
    • Cost$800 for participants and $500 for family member/attendant (includes t-shirt, meals, lodging, onsite transportation, equipment, and instruction. Participants are responsible for securing their own airfare). 

    August Waterski Clinic   

    This event will take place at Lake Allatoona in Acworth, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join the Shepherd Center and local disabled athletes to learn the basics of waterskiing. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations of adaptive water skiing. Please note there is a 200- lb weight limit due to equipment capacity. 

    • Date: August 3      
    • Time: TBD
    • Location: Atlanta Waterski Club Site - Lake Allatoona
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment)   


    Two therapists assist a woman as she lifts herself out a her wheelchair to begin rock climbing.

    Washington DC Clinic   

    This event will take place in Washington DC. Participants will have the opportunity to join the Shepherd Center and Catalyst Sports for a clinic focusing on adaptive climbing. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Please note that participants will be responsible for securing their own transportation for this event

    • Date: August 10     
    • Time: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Sport Rock, 5308 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment)   

    August Boxing Clinic   

    This event will take place at Pepper Boxing in Atlanta, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center and Pepper Boxing instructors for a 50-minute fitness class.This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Equipment will be provided.    

    • Date: August 21     
    • Time: 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.  
    • Location: Pepper Boxing, 3090 Early Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30305 
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment)   

     




    Burnalong Online Fitness Programming 


    Shepherd Center Collaborates with Burnalong to Provide Online Wellness Programming for Neurological Conditions

    Burnalong is an online wellness platform and interactive community, that offers 50,000+ live and on-demand classes. Shepherd Center has partnered with Burnalong to provide custom content such as adaptive workouts, yoga, art, mindfulness and meditation, education, classes in Spanish, and so much more for people with neurological conditions. In addition to Shepherd Center classes, Burnalong offers 70+ categories for all ages, including traditional fitness, nutrition, finance, chronic conditions support, and even dog workouts.”

    To register for Burnalong, please scan the QR code or apply discount code SC22a (annual subscription) or SC22m (monthly subscription) using the Burnalong discount link

    Graphic of a QR code that goes to the Burnalong registration site.

    *If you are a current in- or outpatient of Shepherd Center, please email burnalonginfo@shepherdcenter.org for your complimentary subscription.

    All questions can be sent to burnalonginfo@shepherdcenter.org

    June Fitness Series Focus: Yoga 

    This event will take place at online on the burnalong platform. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center instructors for a live 45-minute yoga based fitness class. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations.     

    • Date: June 4, June 11, June 18, and June 25     
    • Time: 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m  
    • Location: Online virtual platform    


    July Fitness Series Focus: Cardio/Strengthening 

    This event will take place at online on the burnalong platform. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center instructors for a live 45-minute cardio and strengthening based fitness class. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations.      

    • Date: July 2, July 9, July 16, and July 23
    • Time: 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m   
    • Location: Online virtual platform    

    Recreation therapist Shannon Ali leads a strength and cardio class on the Burnalong platform.

    August Fitness Series Focus: Tai Chi 

    This event will take place at online on the burnalong platform. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center instructors for a live 45 minute tai chi based fitness class. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations.       

    • Date: August 6, August 13, August 20, and August 27
    • Time: 11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m    
    • Location: Online virtual platform     

    Registration


    Registration is required for all events and opens at least six weeks prior to the start of the class or course. Most courses require a small fee; however, financial assistance is available. Please contact Katie Harmon at katie.harmon@shepherd.org for more information regarding requirements for financial assistance.

    Remember to register in advance for classes, courses, and trips to join our Health and Wellness Clinics.



    Questions?


    For more information or requests for assistance, please contact Katie Harmon at katie.harmon@shepherd.org.