Mindfulness in the Woods
Saturday 12th May 2018
10 am – 12.30 pm (followed by a simple vegetarian lunch)
Come and experience mindfulness in the award-winning 50 acre Warren Woods.
This session is an introduction to Mindfulness in a Woodland Setting and is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who either already practises mindfulness or wants to explore the benefits of mindfulness in nature.
Life’s not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain”. V.G.
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 focussed on the past, the future or are distracted by worries, negative thoughts or fantasies.
With guidance from your tutor you will learn to connect with nature more fully by using your senses of sight, sound, smell and touch which will not only deepen your connection with nature but also improve connection with yourself. The sessions will provide you with simple exercises you can use at home to benefit your wellbeing.
The aim of the session is to learn new ways to handle your moods and emotions and to become aware of the small changes in the physical sensations in the 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 – Greater harmony in relationships – Enhanced insight and clarity – Improved analytical skills – Increased curiosity, openness and acceptance – Reduction in anxiety, depression and stress – 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 incorporate walking slowly, bathing your senses with the sights, sounds and scents all around you. The tranquility of the wood will help soothe your mind and body and will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and uplifted.
In case of inclement weather we will have the use of one of the timber-framed Centre buildings heated by a wood-burner stove.
The session will be led by Sabine Soosten, a Level 3 ‘Mindfulness in Woodland’ pracitioner who acts as guide and gives support.