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Mindfulness in the Woods (Hawarden Estate)

March 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

£30
mindfulness in woods at hawarden estate with woodland classroom

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 tutors will take you through a range of activities aimed at giving you techniques to take forward in practising Mindfulness in your own time. All this will take place in the grounds of the Harwarden Estate against the backdrop of the woodlands, orchards and fields.

The session will include; walking, body scans, mindfulness exercises, nature awareness, using animal senses 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 £30 per person.

“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 Tutors

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.

kay ribbons-steen forest school leaderKay Ribbons-Steen is a qualified Forest School Leader, Social Forester and has worked for a number of years in eco-therapy having trained as a Mindfulness in a Woodland Practioner. Kay stuided a work based diploma in Environmental Conservation with Flintshire Countryside & Coast Service. She is also an Ambassador for the National Autistic Society, and an autism awareness speaker.

“I am passionate about reconnecting people with nature, improving wellbeing and having a positive impact on the environment.”

In 2017, Kay began working with Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and introduced forest play sessions to the estate. She now hosts weekly parent and toddler sessions in the woods, Blackberry Buddies as well as a range number of eco therapy based activities such as barefoot walks, and speaking at the annual Good Life Experience.

“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

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is an award-winning purveyor of local produce surrounded by 25 acres of its own fields, orchards and woodlands. Much of their meat, fruit and veg is reared and grown on the estate and is not only for sale in the excellent Farm Shop but also served up in their tasty cafe. The estate also plays host to the Good Life Experience annual festival and hosts an exicting programme of events throughtout the year. “Provenance is key to us because we not only believe in food that tastes great but that is also local, sustainable and is good for our community, the environment and our customer’s health.”

The Woodland Classroom basecamp is set within the estate’s beautiful woods where in spring you can find snowdrops and bluebells, in summer count the bird species and in autumn identify the bugs rooting around under the leaf litter.

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop is easily accessible from the A55 North Wales Expressway. Chester City Centre is only 15 minutes drive away. Central Wrexham is just 20 mins drive away. The venue postcode is CH5 3FB.

workshops at hawarden estate farm shop

Venue Facilities

After your mindfulness session you or your family might want to take advantage of the many things Hawarden Estate Farm Shop has to offer…

♦ Weekend Makers & Producers Market Place
♦ Cafe with a fantastic seasonal menu
♦ Kids adventure play ground
♦ Farm Shop including; butchery, fresh & local fruit n’ veg, a superb selection of local cheeses
♦ The best coffee in the area (fact)
♦ Nature trail
♦ Hawarden Old Castle (open to the public select dates in the year)
♦ An ever growing list of events throughout the year for all ages & more

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

 

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

We are hosting other Mindfulness in Woods events, including a full day of Nature Connection techniques and our flagship Woodland Mindfulness & Bushcraft Weekend. See our Events page to find out more.

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:
March 16
Time:
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost:
£30
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Website:
www.woodlandclassroom.com

Organiser

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

Venue

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop
Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire Flintshire CH53FB United Kingdom + Google Map
Phone:
01244 533 442
Website:
https://www.hawardenestate.co.uk

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