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Mindfulness at Midwinter

December 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Join us around the midwinter campfire, for a celebration of the Winter Solstice. You will be introduced to a range of Mindfulness & Bushcraft techniques which are perfect for marking the darkest time of the year. Experiencing nature with all our senses is a powerful doorway to practising mindfulness which is proven to improve your health & well-being. Practising bushcraft brings us closer to our ancestors and a very old way of understanding the natural world around us. It also fosters a stronger connection to nature. 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.

“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

Lea and James will guide you through a range of seasonal activities aimed at giving you real techniques which you can use to practise mindfulness and bushcraft in your own time.



  • Mindfulness in Nature; mindful walking, body scans, nature awareness, animal senses and nature connection.
  • Ancient fire-lighting techniques; fire by friction and flint & steel
  • Enjoy a winter warmer; hot spiced apple cider (non-alcoholic) from our campfire
  • Make your own Midwinter campfire; bring light to the dark
  • Roast chestnuts and taste home-made hedgerow elixirs

All this will take place against the backdrop of the beautiful National Trust’s Erddig estate with ancient woodland, parkland and winding footpaths. This is our third year hosting our popular Mindfulness at Midwinter sessions and we always look forward to it and the people we will meet.

One of our attendees last year was a professional archaeologist, and he shared this story with us…

“It struck me, when we were sitting around the fire together, that as an archaeologist I have found remains of campfire sites, thousands of years old, with evidence of charcoal and discarded nut shells. Where people have done just what we were doing that night; being a community, marking the midwinter, enjoying roasted nuts over the fire, sharing stories and songs. This sort of celebration has being happening for generations.” Ian Grant, archaeologist.

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This 3 hour sessions is suitable for anyone over the age of 16. It runs from 10am until 1pm and costs £30 per person.

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


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Why Run This Session in the Woods?

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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.

“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

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,  and as a Woodland Activity Leader she hosts regular sessions on Wellbeing in the Woods where she leads activities such as foraging for medicinal plants, forest bathing and nature therapy.

“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.”


james kendall bushcraft instructor north wales

James Kendall is Bushcraft Instructor and Forest School Leader. He has been working in environmental education & conservation for over 10 years now. He received the Bushcraft Competency Certificate awarded through the Institute for Outdoor Learning after 2 years of real experience and practical study. He was also the Project Manager for Long Wood Community Woodland, the largest community-owned woodland in Wales, overseeing the 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.

James has always had an affinity with woodland habitats, being at home amongst the trees, and he has made it his mission to study under some of the UK leaders in bushcraft, greenwood crafts and sustainable woodland management including; Dave Watson (Woodland Survival Crafts), Ben Law (woodsman, author, and eco-builder) Patrick Whitefield (permaculture teacher and author) and Mike Abbott (author and greenwood craftsman).


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.

For those of you considering spending 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.

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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.


Get in touch if you’d like to know more. Phone Lea, 07876 794 098 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.



December 22, 2019
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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01978 355314


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