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 tutors will take you through a range of activities aimed at giving students techniques which they can take forward to practise Mindfulness in their own time. All this will take place against the backdrop of the beautiful National Trust's Chirk Castle estate with mixed woodland, parkland and footpath network.
The session will include; walking , body scans mindfulness exercises, using animal senses, nature awareness 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 £25 per person.
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 TUTORS
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."
ROGER SAXBY qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2003 and currently works within the NHS. He has a special interest in chronic pain management with over 3 years clinical experience working within both community and residential pain management services. In his role as a physiotherapist he has worked within multidisciplinary teams alongside psychologist applying approaches of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), Mindfulness and ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), providing patients with psychological and physical strategies to self-manage pain and distress.
He first developed an interest in mindfulness and meditation following personal injury involving multiple operations and continues to use this approach as part of his personal commitment to his own health and wellbeing. This experience lead him to undertake mindfulness teacher training through Breathworks becoming accredited to lead Breathworks Mindfulness for Health & Mindfulness for Stress Courses. He is also working towards accreditation through SIRPA approach (Stress Illness Recovery Practitioner’s Association).
Roger is also a qualified Mindfulness in the Woods practitioner and has a keen interest in permaculture and the natural world.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Chirk Castle has over 480 acres of estate parkland for you to explore, with wild ponies, sheep, veteran trees, and a beautifully preserved section of Offa’s Dyke. The estate is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for rare invertebrates, bats, fungi, and wild flowers.
Chirk Castle is 7 miles south of Wrexham, easily accessible off the A5, close to the tourist destination of Llangollen.
The award-winning gardens at Chirk cover 5.5 acres of manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, beautiful rose, shrub and rock gardens, and the wooded pleasure ground – perfect for a stroll, with stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.
Get in touch if you’d like to know more. Phone Lea, 07876 794098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. More information and tickets are available via the link at the top of this event page.