I host a series of regular courses focused around Mindfulness in Nature. Upcoming dates for my courses can be seen on the Woodland Classroom website HERE via our events page. If you would like to enquire about making a private group booking for a course then please get in touch.
My courses are usually hosted in the beautiful grounds of the National Trust’s Erddig and Chirk Castle estates and also the Hawarden Estate, all in North-East Wales. Here there are woodlands, parklands, meadows and miles of footpaths for my students to get immersed in natural surroundings.
I am also open to hosting courses at other locations, so if you are a venue host and would like to work with me, just ask.
Mindfulness in the Woods
Your half day introductory course to bring Mindfulness into your life using nature as the guide. With nature as an aid and stimulus, you will improve your health & well-being through a stronger connection to yourselves and nature. Lea will take you through a range of activities aimed at giving you techniques to take forward in practising Mindfulness in your own time.
Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku)
Your half day introduction to techniques which will enable you to practise Forest Bathing and bring peace and harmony into your life through nature.
Shinrin-yoku (which translates to Forest Bathing) has captured peoples attention everywhere. In Japan it is widely used as a preventative medicine for its beneficial effect on our wellbeing. We know instinctively that spending time out in nature is good for our soul, but now research into Forest Bathing is proving our gut feelings to be true. Join us for a morning session of relaxation techniques, meditation, earthing and nature connection, with the aim of giving you a range of techniques which you can take away and use in your own time enjoying the outdoors.
Weeds For Wellbeing
An introduction to foraging for wild plants in that can be used in the treatment of common ailments. Autumn is an abundant time in our hedgerows and so many plants that are considered “weeds” can actually be harvested to create effective home remedies. You’ll learn to identify a range of plants and come away with your own honey elixir and immune boosting tonic and hedgerow syrup. We will also make our own fresh, herbal teas and everyone can take away foraged plants to dry at home.
Reconnecting with Nature
Whether this course is the beginning or continuation of your journey to a stronger connection with nature it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in a whole day of activites aimed at fostering your deeper understanding of and empathy for the natural world. You will be guided by tutors each with their own specialities and experience in their field. The aim of this course is to explore self, discover nature and build community. You will take away a range of practical techniques which you can use in your everyday life to build your connection with nature and improve your health and wellbeing.
Woodland Mindfulness & Bushcraft Weekend
Immerse yourself in a whole weekend of mindfulness in the woods accompanied by a range of bushcraft activities aimed at focusing the mind and increasing awareness & appreciation of the natural world. Throughout the weekend you will be guided by four tutors each with their own specialities and experience in their field. Join us around the campfire for a relaxing weekend of learning in nature. Over the weekend you will experience a range of mindfulness techniques and practical bushcraft skills which you can then take forward yourself.
Mindfulness in Nature (5 week course)
This course runs annually each January & February over 5 consecutive Saturday mornings.
If you would like to know more about this course or sign up to get booked in for a future programme then get in touch with me HERE.
WHY RUN THESE SESSIONS IN THE OUTDOORS?
Environmental psychologists have insisted that the physical and psychological problems of modern society are associated with a disconnection between human beings and their natural environment.
Humans are ‘hard-wired’ through evolution to hold an emotional and psychological attachment to nature. Placing people apart from nature disrupts our connection with nature and can lead to negative impacts on wellbeing.
“Shinrin-yoku”, which can be defined as “taking in the forest atmosphere” or forest bathing, has been receiving increasing attention in Japan in recent years for its capacity to provide relaxation and reduce stress. Scientific studies have shown certain stress indicators, such as cortisol levels and sympathetic nervous system is lowered when time is spent in a forest as compared with an urban environment.
Mindfulness in natural settings is a growing movement and I am a firm believer in the power of nature to be therapeutic for everyone. My training as an Counsellor worked toward my long-term goal to incorporate nature therapy into my services. I am passionate about finding ways to increase the self-esteem of people and encouraging motivation through positive experience, shared enthusiasm and a nurturing environment.