Mindfulness in the Woods
Saturdays 10am – 12.30pm
(followed by a simple vegetarian lunch)
10th, 17th, 24th November & 1st December 2018
Affected by the loss of daylight as we approach winter?
Why not come and experience mindfulness in our award-winning 50 acre Warren Woods?
This 4-week course is aimed at people who feel stressed, have difficulty coping with life or are just in need of making time for themselves.
These sessions provide an introduction to Mindfulness in a Woodland Setting and are suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who either already practises mindfulness or wants to explore the benefits of mindfulness in nature.
With guidance from your tutor you will learn to quieten your busy mind and experience mindful moments in nature through paying attention and to be ‘in the moment’. These sessions can guide you to deeply connect with nature by using your senses of sight, sound, smell and touch and at the same time improve connection with yourself.
Happiness is defined as a state of mind or a feeling characterised by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure or joy. Recent research has shown that people are happier when they are concentrating on the present rather than when they are focused on the past, the future or are distracted by worries, negative thoughts or fantasies.
The sessions will be very slow paced, immersing yourselves in the calm and stillness of the woodland. The tranquillity of the wood will help soothe your mind and body and will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and uplifted. There will also be mindful exercises led in one of our timber-framed buildings.
The aim of the course is to learn new ways to handle your moods and emotions and to become aware of the small changes in the physical sensations in your body, your thoughts, moods and emotions and what is happening in the world around you.
Some of the benefits of practising mindfulness include:
General happiness and contentment – Reduction in anxiety, depression and stress – Greater harmony in relationships – Improved analytical skills – Increased curiosity, openness and acceptance – Awakening of creativity – Improved memory and concentration – Enhanced ability to deal with illness and to manage pain – Reduced risk of heart problems – Improved immune system responses
The sessions will provide you with simple exercises you can use at home to benefit your well-being.
In case of inclement weather we will have the use of one of the timber-framed Centre buildings heated by a wood-burner stove.
All resources for the sessions will be provided, including mats to sit on.
The course will be led by our experienced and qualified Level 3 ‘Mindfulness in Woodland’ practitioner who acts as guide and gives support.
Cost for the 4-week course is £60 including a simple vegetarian meal at the end of each session.
The group size will be kept small – no more than 8 – to gain maximum benefit from the session.
Woodland Skills Centre is a not-for-profit social enterprise. Therefore all our costs are kept to a minimum.