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Mindfulness in the Woods – 11th October
October 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm| £30.50
Age: Adults only
Event Description: Lea Kendall from Counselling and Life Coaching will be visiting Delamere Forest to run this course for us at Forest Explorers. Lea 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. 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.
What does the course involve?
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.
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.
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.
Event Info: This event takes place outdoors. Please come dressed for the outdoor weather, boots, waterproof coats, long sleeves and long trousers are recommended due to brambles, nettles and biting insects. Insect repellant and sun cream may also be required. Please meet at Forest Explorers education centre which is located behind TRACS cycle hire next to the main Linmere car park.
Please arrive in good time so the event can start on time. All events are non-refundable and go ahead in all weathers except high winds. Refunds will be given if events are cancelled by Forest Explorers and Forestry England.
Parking: Please park in Linmere or Old Pale car park, car parks are pay and display, please visit the Forestry England Delamere website www.forestry.gov.uk/delamere for further information on car parking.
Please note car parks are busy during weekends and school holidays so please arrive in good time in order to find a car parking place. If Linmere and Old Pale car parks are full, you may be asked to park in the field overflow or Whitefield car park so please bear this in mind when coming as you will need to walk to the classroom.