Bringing together the practices of Mindful Walking and Nature Connection; this event is a chance to slow down, be present and notice the natural beauty around you.
During our walk together I will introduce you to (or remind for those familiar) the concept of mindfulness and guide you in how to connect to the environment using our senses. It is like a walking meditation, also known as Shinrin Yoku - the Japanese name for forest bathing. We will walk slowly, taking in our surroundings and enjoying this season of new beginnings. I will offer some simple nature connection activities to help you get the most from your time in the trees.
We will end our walk with a tea ceremony (herbal tea), short meditation or reading and a chance to share our experience with the group. You can speak or simply listen, whatever feels right for you on the day.
We've all had a heck of a year; we're processing loss, stress, anxiety. Recharging yourself in nature is an enjoyable and powerful way of boosting your resilience and taking care of yourself.
Biophilia: human's biological need to connect to nature.
Time in nature is proven to:decrease stressboost the immune systemimprove sleep qualityhelp us feel relaxed and calminspire gratitude, connectedness and awe
We will meet outside the visitor centre which you'll find in the car park. Please arrive a few minutes beforehand as I will start at 10am prompt.
Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather as we will be outside for 2 hours. Walking boots are recommended as it will likely be muddy underfoot. You might want to bring a bottle of water too.
COVID-19: as you'd imagine, this event going ahead is dependant on the pandemic situation and I'll be following the appropriate government guidelines at the time. Please do not attend if you or anyone in your household/bubble has had symptoms or a positive test in the last 2 weeks.
Natalie Rossiter is a counsellor, mindfulness teacher and workshop provider. The work she does is about self-awareness, compassion, authenticity and growth. Natalie has worked in a variety of settings and is on a personal mission to make the journey to good mental health accessible, approachable and even enjoyable for as many people as possible. She loves nature, books, dogs and pasta.
You can find out more here https://www.natalierossiterwellbeing.co.uk/