Mindfulness in a woodland setting
Time spent connecting with nature in our tranquil woodland environment can be soothing for both body and soul
There’s no WiFi in the woodland but you’ll find a better connection
Time spent in nature is the most cost-effective and powerful way to counteract the burnout that we feel when we sit I from of a computer all day” Richard Louv
Our mindfulness in woodland sessions are run to help people cultivate nature connection skills, to foster deeper connection with the natural world, to benefit their wellbeing.
Our sessions are designed to deliver experiences of mindful moments in nature through use of the five senses, in ways that are gentle, supportive and fun.
“My first Mindful moments in nature session was on a damp Monday morning in March and it was magic! If you’d like some “me time” outdoors with a group of likeminded people then I highly recommend it” Deirdre Peck
We meet at Oxlip wood, a unique and tranquil place where the animals tracks are the paths and humans only visit as invited guests. A 20 acre ancient woodland provides an environment that fosters feelings of personal safety. The woodland is fenced all around and surrounded by fields.
Experiencing mindful moments in nature requires development of concentration and focus, drawing you in to nature connection using sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Spending time in woodland can soothe the soul and fill the senses, almost without much effort, which is a great way to start.
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 woodlands, can have positive effects on lowering stress, reducing blood pressure and boosting immunity; 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 ways to soothe the mind and body through using the woodland’s resources, with the aim of benefitting wellbeing.
Sessions are led by Susan Collini, a Level 3 ‘Mindfulness in Woodland’ pracitioner who acts as your woodland and activity guide, providing you with opportunities to enjoy your time in the woodland with others and perhaps some time alone?
All session resources are provided, including seats, mats to sit/lie on, refreshments to enjoy and arts and crafts materials to use. If the weather is chilly there will be a fire to huddle around with a cup of hot chocolate, coffee or whatever takes your fancy. Rain doesn’t stop play as we have several sheltered areas, some with facility for lighting a fire.
You can experience mindful moments in nature through learning to focus attention and become fully ‘in the moment’. The cultivation of sensory mindfulness skills you can use at home to benefit your wellbeing is often found easier when first practiced in a woodland environment brimming with opportunities for sensory fascination.
Whether at home or work many people are cocooned indoors away from nature, merely glimpsing it through a window when they have time to look up. For example, if you have a bird table but how well do you know the individual birds that visit? We have some lovely birds at the wood and we’re happy to also encourage you to explore mindful birdwatching, something that can be very rewarding, in more ways than one.
About Outdoor Tribe
We are a social enterprise, all profits we make are used to further our aims and objectives.
- To use the outdoor environment to engage children, young people and adults in learning and play, enhancing skills, communication and self confidence.
- To use the outdoor environment to provide activities for children, young people, adults with learning and mental health issues and their parents, carers and guardians including but not exclusively: ASD; Dementia, and special educational needs.
- To use the outdoor environment to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
- Develop workplace skills through training in woodland crafts and manufacture of products made from woodland materials.
- Run sessions designed to deliver training to professionals related to working in an outdoor environment with children, adults and individuals with special needs.
“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
Book a celebration session for friends
Celebrate a birthday or special event to mark new beginnings or just experience a change from the more usual spa days or meals out. We’re happy to work with you to provide an event that could represent a looking towards new horizons in the future or a celebration event for friends, family or both.