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Mindfulness in the Woods: Focus on Living with Pain – SOLD OUT!

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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An introduction to Mindfulness with nature for those who are living with pain or stress. Mindfulness techniques are an aid and stimulus for learners to gain improved 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 Erddig estate with ancient woodland, parkland and footpath network.

The session will include; gentle walking, breath and body awareness, body scans, gentle mindful movement and relaxation, nature awareness and nature connection. There will be regular breaks for those who require it.

Practising Mindfulness can give you skills which can improve the quality of your health, including how to manage pain, illness and fatigue in everyday life.

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.

“Meditation which is the formal practise of Mindfulness actually changes the way the mind perceives pain so that it is more bearable. it is a natural and effective way to ease pain.” Mrs. Mindfulness.com

So, What are the Benefits of Mindfulness to Your Health?

Mindfulness is a holistic approach to health and well-being. Studies have shown the following;

• Improved 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.

Who is the Course Suitable For?

This session is aimed at adults of all ages who are living with pain in their daily lives.  Whether you suffer from an old injury or live with an “invisible” illness, this session provides an opportunity to share your experience with those who have similar experiences, whilst also providing you with coping strategies through Mindfulness. The minimum age for participants is 18 years.

The session will include gentle walks around the Erddig footpath network and woodlands. If you feel you have any mobility issues that the tutors should be aware of, please get in touch in advance of booking and we’d be happy to discuss your needs.

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.

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

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About the Tutors

lea kendall - counsellor and life coachLea 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.

roger saxby

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.


“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

Erddig lies right on the doorstep of Wrexham town, easily accessible off the A483.

Erddig 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.

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.

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Venue Facilities

After your mindfulness session you might want to take advantage of the many things Erddig 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.


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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 and Roger are hosting another Introduction To Mindfulness course on Saturday 30th September at Chirk Castle. This event aims to give learners an introduction to practising Mindfulness in nature. If you would like to know more about that course, please follow THIS LINK.


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.



October 14, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Woodland Classroom
07876 794098


Erddig Hall & Gardens
Erddig Hall
Wrexham, Wrexham LL13 0YT United Kingdom
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