Mindfulness in a woodland setting
Practicing mindfulness can help benefit your wellbeing
There’s no WiFi in the woodland but you’ll find a better connection
Just spending time in a woodland, without an agenda to achieve anything in particular, can quieten the mind, relax the body and benefit wellbeing.
Practicing non-doing is at the core of mindfulness, which is why a natural setting works so well because there is much to engage with through the senses, with comparative ease.
Soft focus opportunities in a woodland are everywhere, engaging the senses. Nature connection happens naturally through just ‘being’ in a woodland, non-doing, without any conscious striving to achieve any goals.
Learning about mindfulness could be described as following a fitness programme for the mind, training the brain to be more flexible in how it responds to negative thoughts and emotions.
Practicing Mindfulness can enable effective ‘rearrangement’ in the way you feel about yourself, which impacts on your relationship with the wider world
Practicing Mindfulness in our private, tranquil woodland is also a great way to experience some “me time” in a place where the paths that exist are made by the animals that live there.
Sessions run at Oxlip wood, a ancient woodland where humans can only visit as invited guests. The 20 acre woodland is fenced all around and surrounded by fields, providing a unique, tranquil and inspiring place.
“Time spent in nature is the most cost-effective and powerful way to counteract the burnout that we feel when we sit In front of a computer all day” Richard Louv
Enjoy some 'Me' time
Leave worries at the gate
Breathe in more than just fresh air
Bathe in peace and tranquility
Feed your soul
There is scientific proof that periods of immersion, or bathing in nature, particularly in woodlands, can have positive effects on wellbeing, delivering benefits that can last well beyond a session. We don’t expect people to be involved in any long formal meditation practices, rather we introduce gentle ways to soothe the mind and body through connecting with nature.
The health and wellbeing benefits
Apart from the positive benefits of enjoying some ‘Me time’, spending time quietly in nature can really help to make you feel better emotionally. Other benefits to wellbeing include increases in energy and vitality, boosting of the immune system and lowering of blood pressure and heart rate through reducing anxiety and muscle tension.
ABOUT THE SESSIONS
Sessions are led by Susan Collini, a ‘Mindfulness in Woodland’ pracitioner who will provide you with opportunities to benefit your general sense of wellbeing whilst in the wood.
All session resources, food, drink and tools/arts/crafts materials, are provided and rain doesn’t stop play as we have several sheltered areas.
1:1 and group sessions are available and suitability of session format for each person is discussed prior to booking.
Let us know if you're interested in this
As an introduction you might enjoy trying one of our wellbeing retreat sessions
“My first Mindfulness session in the woodland was on a damp Monday morning in March and it was magic! If you’d like to experience some “me time” outdoors I highly recommend it” (Deirdre Peck 2018)
“The session made me feel peaceful and relaxed – a wonderful feeling”
The group size is intentionally kept small with a view to delivering maximum wellbeing benefits to all individuals taking part in a session
Get In Touch
Phone Susan on 07799 892900
Woodland location between Thrapston & Corby
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