An introduction to Mindfulness with nature as an aid and stimulus for learners to improve their health & well-being through a stronger connection to ourselves and nature. Our qualified and experienced tutor will take you through a range of activities aimed at giving you techniques to take forward in practising Mindfulness in your own time. All this will take place against the backdrop of the beautiful National Trust’s Chirk Castle estate with ancient woodland, deer parkland and footpath network.
The session will include; walking, body scans, mindfulness exercises, nature awareness, using animal senses and nature connection.
This session is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. The class runs for 3 hours, from 10am until 1pm and costs £30 per person.
“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything” Einstein.
So, What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?
Studies have shown the following;
• General happiness and contentment
• Positive emotions leading to greater physical longevity and resilience
• Reduction in anxiety, depression and irritability
• Improved functioning of cognitive faculties, memory, reaction time and mental stamina
• Improved immune system responses
• Greater harmony in relationships
• Stress relief, including a reduction in high blood pressure
• Better ability to manage pain
• An aid to recovery for Addiction and rehabilitation programmes
The term “mindfulness” does not refer to a single practice, but to a range of practice based approaches seeking to focus an individual’s mind and attention on breathing and patterns of thought as a means to managing emotions, feelings, habitual patterns of behaviour and unregulated critical reactions to events.
Running through all these approaches and therapies we practice an increased ‘awareness’ of the self and the environment, ‘taking notice’ of the present thoughts and conditions, including one’s surroundings and how these impact on the body.
Why Run This Session in the Woods?
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.
About the Tutor
Lea Kendall is a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Life Coach. Lea is also a qualified Mindfulness in the Woods practitioner. As an Integrative Counsellor Lea takes the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. She takes a holistic view of each individual, taking into account their emotional and mental well-being as well as their physical health.
“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.”
Lea is also the Co-Founder and Activity Leader at Woodland Classroom, which reconnects children and adults with nature through positive activity and creative play.
“Mindfulness is paying attention, without judgement and with acceptance, to where we are, how we are, what we are feeling, what we are thinking – in the present moment”Claire Thompson
About the Venues
Lea regularly runs Mindfulness in the Woods workshops at the national Trust’s Chirk Castle or Erddig estates, and also Hawarden Estate, all in North East Wales. These beautiful sites includes ancient woodland, meadows, parkland and footpath networks for you to explore and provide the perfect backdrop to reconnecting with nature.
“We inter-breathe with the rainforests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body” Thich Nhat Hanh.
Tickets are £30 per adult for the 3 hour session.
Get in touch if you have any questions. Phone Lea, 07920 408 849 or email her. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available via THIS LINK which will take you to the Events page on our Woodland Classroom website. Here you can find out upcoming dates for this course.
This course is intended for adults aged 18 years or over, however young people aged 16-18 can attend if accompanied by a paying adult.
YOU CAN READ OUR EVENT TERMS & CONDITIONS HERE.