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. We are hosting two sessions on the same date: 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm. Choose the session that suits you. 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 Penllergare Valley Woods with ancient woodland, waterways and footpath network.
The session will include; walking , body scans mindfulness exercises, nature awareness and nature connection.
This session is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. We are running this event twice on this date, a morning session from 9.30am-12.30pm and an afternoon session from 1.30pm-4.30pm. Choose the time that suits you. The classes run for 3 hours and cost £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."
James Kendall is a Bushcraft Instructor, Forest School Leader, Social Forester and experienced Woodland Skills Tutor. He has worked widely with children, young people and adults, leading on a variety of outdoor education and environmental projects. He has worked for several well-known environmental organisations including as Project Manager for Long Wood Community Woodland, the largest community-owned woodland in Wales, overseeing management of 300 acres (120ha) of broadleaf and conifer forest. He is a former Director of Llais y Goedwig, the voice of community woodlands in Wales. James was recently awarded the Level 2 Bushcraft Competency Certificate through the Institute for Outdoor Learning.
ABOUT THE VENUE
The site is less than 5 minutes from J47 of the M4, just north of Swansea. Over 2km of paths, steps and historic views have been opened up and uncovered by local volunteers for you to enjoy. Choose a lakeside stroll, a heritage trail, a wild woodland walk or a riverside ramble.
Forest School & bushcraft sessions regularly run here at the fire circle, and it’s a popular destination for locals to get outdoors for some fresh air and stunning scenery. There is a classroom building with proper toilets that we will have use of also, to help the days run smoothly.
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.