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


    Winter Horticulture Clinic 

    This event will take place at the Callenwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center and Trellis Horticulture Therapy Alliance for a horticulture clinic that will focus on a basic horticulture/nature craft session. Program activity will be basic floral arrangements.  

    • Date: February 15th
    • Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
    • Location: Callenwolde Fine Arts Center at 980 Briarcliff Road NE Atlanta, GA 30306
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment) 

    A patient and his caregiver work together to create a potted plant in the Shepherd Center garden

    February 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 an educational overview on boxing and a 50 minute fitness class. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Equipment will be provided.  

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

    Two individuals in wheelchairs and full fencing gear practice their en garde stance

    Fencing Clinic

    This event will take place at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center Recreation Therapists, Shepherd Center Sports Team Coordinator, and local disabled fencing athletes/instructors. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations.  Equipment will be provided.  

    • Date: March 6th
    • Time: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
    • Location: Shepherd Center at 2020 Peachtree Road, NW Atlanta, GA 30309
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment)

    Dillsboro Art Clinic

    This event will take place at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro, NC. Participants will have the opportunity to join Shepherd Center and local artisans to create various art mediums.  Potential art projects include glass blowing, blacksmithing, hand clay building, and ceramics. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Equipment will be provided. Please note, participants will be responsible for securing their own transportation for this event. 

    • Date: March 9th
    • Time: 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
    • Location: Jackson County Green Energy Park at 100 Green Energy Park Road, Dillsboro, NC 28725
    • Cost: $50 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment) 

    Charlotte Clinic

    This event will take place in Charlotte, NC at the Back to Independence Rehab gym. Participants will have the opportunity to join the Shepherd Center, and Back to Independence Rehab for a day clinic. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations focusing on fitness/exercise, yoga, and nutrition education. Please note that participants will be responsible for securing their own transportation for this event.

    • Date: March 23rd  
    • Time: 1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Back to Independence Rehab at 4801 Chastain Ave. Suite 194, Charlotte, NC 28217 
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment) 

    Pickleball Clinic 

    This event will give the opportunity for participants to join the Shepherd Center and local disabled pickleball athletes/instructors to learn more about wheelchair pickleball. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Event location will be determined closer to the program date.

    • Date: April 7th  
    • Time: 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
    • Location: TBD
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment) 

    Birdwatching Clinic 

    This event will take place at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Participants will have the opportunity to join the Shepherd Center and The Georgia Audubon Society in this guided birding adventure. This guided tour will increase your skill and knowledge in birding, community mobility, and camaraderie with other bird watchers. This program will also offer lunch at completion of guided tour.

    • Date: April 16th  
    • Time: 9:30 a.m.3:00 p.m.
    • Location: Atlanta Botanical Gardens at 1345 Piedmont Avenue, NE Atlanta, GA 30309
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment) 

    Group photo of birdwatching clinic participants

    Horsemanship Clinic 

    This event will take place at Chastain Horse Park in Atlanta, GA. Participants will have the opportunity to join the Shepherd Center and Chastain Horse Park for a horsemanship clinic that will focus on safety considerations, horsemanship information, and grooming and tacking.

    • Date: April 17th  
    • Time: 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
    • Location: Chastain Horse Park at 4371 Powers Ferry Road, NW Atlanta, GA 30327
    • Cost: $20 (includes t-shirt, instruction, and equipment) 

    Participants in the tennis clinic practice serving the tennis ball to each other.

    Tennis Clinic 

    This event will give the opportunity for participants to join the Shepherd Center and local disabled tennis athletes/instructors to learn more about wheelchair tennis. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations. Event location will be determined closer to the program date.

    • Date: April 28th  
    • Time: 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
    • Location: TBD
    • 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 meditatiGraphic of a QR code that goes to the Burnalong registration site.on, 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 discount link

    *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

    February Fitness Series Focus: Cardio

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

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

    March Fitness Series Focus: 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 strength based fitness class. This course offers educational and hands-on demonstrations.   

    • Date: March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, and March 26th   
    • 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.