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Mindfulness in Nature (5 week course)

January 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - February 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

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Want to be more mindful in your life in 2018? Lea will be hosting weekly sessions, each Saturday for five weeks beginning in January. Nature is the key element here, over the five week period we will practice different Mindfulness and meditation exercises with the natural world being the focus. Lea Kendall, Mindfulness Practitioner & Counsellor, will be teaching you a range of approaches to Mindfulness through the use of movement, observing nature and enjoying the outdoors.

This course offers 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. Lea will take you through a range of activities aimed at giving you techniques which you can take forward to practise Mindfulness in your own time. All this will take place against the backdrop of the National Trust’s beautiful Erddig estate with ancient woodland, parkland and footpath network.

Activities will include mindful walking, using the senses, learning about the medicinal use of plants, self-care, nature awareness, bird-watching, creativity in nature and maybe some gentle planting or gardening.

Each week participants will be given a Mindfulness exercise to practise in their own time, out in nature.

There are so many ways we can bring Mindfulness and meditation into our lives which don’t involve simply sitting crossed-legged on the floor, this will be an opportunity to explore those different methods and come to a practice that works for you which you can integrate into your everyday life to enhance your well-being and general health.

The course is aimed at beginners to Mindfulness and those who have no experience of Mindfulness in an outdoor setting.

This course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18. The classes run for 2 hours, from 10am until 12pm. The course costs £85 per person, which includes all 5 sessions of the programme.

Course Dates: Sat 6th Jan, Sat 13th Jan, Sat 20th Jan, 27th Jan and Sat 3rd Feb 2018.

Refreshments will be provided also.


What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a holistic approach to health and well-being.

“The term ‘mindfulness’ does not refer to a single practise but to a range of practise based approaches, seeking to focus an individuals mind and attention on breathing and patterns of thought as a mean to managing emotions, feelings, habitual patterns of behaviours and unregulated critical reactions to events.” (Leary & Tate, 2007)

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.

There is now a very large and growing literature evidencing the links between the natural environment and people’s general health and well being.

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

What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?

Practising Mindfulness can give you skills, which can improve the quality of your health in everyday life. 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

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Why Run These Sessions in the Outdoors?

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.

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“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 Tutor

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.

“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

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About the Venue

Felin Puleston Outdoor Centre sits on the edge of the National Trust’s Erddig estate. It benefits from being close to Wrexham town, so it’s easy to access for locals and public transport links whilst also sitting at the gateway to 1,200 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens which is home to abundant wildlife and enjoyed by visitors year round.

Felin Puleston lies right on the doorstep of Wrexham town, easily accessible off the A483. We have a rnage of spaces to use here including a fire circle with log seating in the woods, a covered outdoor space for wet weather, a vegetable garden, apple orchard, the river Clywedog and parkland on our doorstep. There is also use of an indoor training room in the event of very bad weather.

To find outmore about Felin Puleston and it’s exact location, just follow THIS LINK.

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Exploring Erddig

After your mindfulness sessions you might want to take advantage of the many things Erddig has to offer. 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.

You can 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.

Seperate charges apply for accessing the Hall and Formal Gardens. Access to the parkland is free.

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 a number of one-off Mindfulness in the Woods days at The National Trust’s Chirk Castle. These three hour courses are a perfect introduction to practising mindfulness in nature. If you would like to know more about those courses, please follow THIS LINK to our Events page where they are listed.


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.



January 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am
February 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
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Felin Puleston Outdoor Centre
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