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Mindfulness in the Woods

November 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

£25
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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 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 Chirk castle estate with ancient woodland, deer parkland 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. The class runs for 3 hours, from 10am until 1pm and costs £25 per person.

WE DO HAVE ANOTHER DATE ON FRIDAY 16th MARCH 2018. YOU CAN BOOK FOR THAT DATE RIGHT HERE. Please email [email protected] for more information  on upcoming dates or to be added to the waiting list for future courses. Thanks.

 

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

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.

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About the Tutor

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.

 

“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

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.

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Venue Facilities

After your mindfulness session you might want to take advantage of the many things Chirk Castle has to offer…

♦ Over 700 years of history, including the imposing medieval castle

♦ The Courtyard tea-room serves a seasonal menu, cream teas, homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks and snacks

♦ The gift shop has a variety of food, garden and locally-sourced gift ideas

♦ Dogs welcome on the estate on a lead, assistance dogs only please in the formal gardens

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

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Practising mindfulness in a natural setting.

“We inter-breathe with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own body” Thich Nhat Hanh.

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.

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.

YOU CAN READ OUR EVENT TERMS & CONDITIONS HERE.

Details

Date:
November 12
Time:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost:
£25
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Website:
http://www.woodlandclassoom.com

Organiser

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

Venue

Chirk Castle
Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF
Wrexham, Wrexham LL14 5AF United Kingdom
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Phone:
01691 777701
Website:
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle

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