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Mindfulness in the Woods (Swansea)

April 6 @ 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. 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 waterways, towering trees 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.

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

The venue, Penllergare Valley Woods is a fantastic woodland site. An amazing restoration of this former Victorian estate has taken place to include public footpaths, lakes, waterfalls and a small cafe. Penllergare is less than 5 mins from J47 on the M4, north of Swansea.

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 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 and 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.

To find out more about the location of this event, including driving directions, just click here.

Forest School at Penllergare Valley Woods

“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 Tutors

lea kendall - counsellor and life coach

Lea Kendall is a qualified 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 - profile picJames 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.

 

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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 4 week course beginning in March. If you would like to know more about these courses, please follow THIS LINK to our Evnet 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.

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Details

Date:
April 6
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

Penllergare Valley Woods
Penllergaer
Swansea, Swansea SA4 9GS United Kingdom
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Phone:
01792 344224
Website:
http://www.penllergare.org

Tickets

1 available
1 Adult: Mindfulness in the Woods (Swansea) 06/04/18£25.00Admits 1 Adult to Mindfulness in the Woods at Penllergare Valley Woods, Swansea on Fri 6th April 2018. 10am - 1pm.

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