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Mindfulness at Midwinter

December 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

£25
mindfulness at midwinter

An introduction to Mindfulness and a celebration of the Winter Solstice, working with nature as an aid and stimulus for learners to improve their health & well-being through a stronger connection to ourselves and nature. 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 Erddig estate with ancient woodland, parkland and footpath network.

This special session will include a focus around fire and fire-lighting skills. James will give some demonstrations of ancient fire-lighting techniques and learners will make their own fires with instruction. If you’ve ever found yourself staring into the flames of a fire you’ll understand why the campfire is often referred to as “Caveman’s TV.” Fire has a hypnotic quality which can really aid getting into a mindful head space. Lighting fires at the darkest time of the year is also an ancient custom and symbolises creating our positive intentions for the new year.

Lea will host a range of mindfulness exercises during the session including; walking, body scans, nature awareness and nature connection.

mindfulness midwinter

“Winter Solstice, like Summer Solstice, is a moment of pause between two cycles, a moment of transition that can be held and savoured, a doorway, an opening, a place on the edge, when we can stop our busy lives and take a moment to experience this edge between these two great cycles of the year.” Glennie Kindred

We will be making a pan of hot spiced apple cider (non-alcoholic) and warming up some other seasonal woodland treats, including chestnuts roasted over the campfire.

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.

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything” Einstein.

winter solstice sunset

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?

mindfulness in the woods - north wales

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 - counsellor and life coach

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.

james kendall - bushcraft instructor

James Kendall is a qualified 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. Lastly, but not least, he is currently undertaking a 2 year long course to become a certified Bushcraft Instructor with the Bushcraft Competency Certificate scheme run through the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

autumn leaf mindfulness“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

Lea is hosting other dates focused on Mindfulness in Nature as well as a 5 week course beginning in January 2018. If you would like to know more about these courses, please follow THIS LINK to our Events page where you will find them listed.

 

About the Venue

Erddig lies right on the doorstep of Wrexham town, easily accessible off the A483. We will be hosting the evening in Forest Wood, where our forest school camp circle is hidden under the trees. You can find out more about Forest Wood by following THIS LINK.

For those of you considering speding some time at Erddig after our morning session, read on….

Erddig itself is home to Grade I listed gardens. Tours are given daily to visitors or you can freely explore the impressive walled garden, now restored to its 18th-century formal design. With rare fruit trees and a National Collection of Ivies, Erddig’s garden is a very special place.

Visitors can learn about its history, design, restoration and conservation. Discover how this magnificent garden is managed today. Then, in your own time, revisit your favourite parts, or just sit and relax.

Explore a much-loved home, garden and 1,200-acre estate filled with the stories of a family and their servants. Discover life above and below stairs in a unique family home that’s captured the way of life of a bustling household during the early years of the last century.

outdoor activities for children erddig wrexham

Venue Facilities

After your session with us you might want to make advantage of the many things Erddig Hall & Gardens has to offer…

  • Tea-room and restaurant
  • Take home a selection of peat-free plants in spring and summer
  • Try a bottle of Erddig’s own cider
  • Gift Shop with a variety of food, garden and locally-sourced gift ideas
  • Daily tours of the hall and gardens
  • Free parking
  • The Wolfs Den, a 2.5 acre natural play area for little ones
  • 1,200 acre parkland to discover

You can find out more about everything the venue has to offer by visiting their website.

Booking

Get in touch if you’d like to know more. Phone Lea, 07876 794098 or email us. Advance booking is essential. Tickets are available just below on this page.

A note about winter weather… if we do get heavy rain or high winds on the day of the event then we will most likely have to cancel as our woodland shelter does not have enough cover to keep everyone dry and cosy. So, keep your fingers crossed for a cold but dry day. In the event of us cancelling the event, customers will of course get a full refund.

YOU CAN READ OUR EVENT TERMS & CONDITIONS HERE.

“We can look back on our journey since Summer Solstice, to acknowledge what we have completed in this cycle, what we have experienced and what wisdom we have gained. It is also a moment to look forward, to name the new seeds and intentions we wish to take into the next cycle.” Glennie Kindred

Details

Date:
December 21
Time:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost:
£25
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Organiser

Woodland Classroom
Phone:
07876 794098
Website:
www.woodlandclassroom.com

Venue

Erddig Hall & Gardens
Erddig Hall
Wrexham, Wrexham LL13 0YT United Kingdom
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Phone:
01978 355314
Website:
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/erddig

Tickets

3 available
1 Adult - Mindfulness at Midwinter£25.00Admits 1 adult to Mindfulness at Midwinter on Dec 21st from 10am - 1pm at Forest Wood, Erddig.