A relaxing and informative day of mindfulness practices while connecting to the healing power of nature.
Programme: Guided meditations-Connection to nature-a variety of mindfulness practices-Mandala creation-Drumming-Movement
WHO IS IT FOR?
Counselling students & qualified counsellors who are either new to mindfulness/nature therapy or who would like to expand their knowledge of it, in an experiential and educational way. Come and join us for a wonderful day in a quiet and private setting, offering a unique and rustic feel among the woodland and fields.
Private setting in Market Lavington, near Devizes, Wiltshire.
I had a lovely chat this afternoon with Dom Cotter at BBC Gloucester Radio about Nature Therapy.
Whatever the weather, there is always an element we can connect to in some way with our senses. The snow drops are coming up, and hanging in there, tempting us to look forwards to new growth as spring arrives.
I am on just after 5pm, after a track from Madonna!
Ecotherapy, or nature therapy, is about connection to nature, a sense of belonging in the present.
The benefits of ecotherapy:
Reduced stress levels
A sense of happiness
A sense of peace
Calming the nervous system
If we are anxious or depressed, we are focused internally, on our worries, and our perception of what is around us is diminished. When we notice what is around us, we gain an understanding about ourselves.
How does it work?
Using Mindfulness outdoors is about paying close and full attention to something in our awareness, to still a busy mind, focusing on our breath. Listening to the birds, feeling the breeze on our faces, feeling the ground underfoot, touching leaves of a tree, all help to reconnect us with the world, our surroundings.
Talking about what you notice to a therapist can lead to talking about yourself, helping to understand more about what is going on for you.
Being outside connects us to nature, the here and now.
Using our senses connects our mind and body to our surroundings.
Gives an opportunity for self-reflection
Creates a sense of calm and awareness of how we are feeling right now.
It can be easier to talk about your worries when walking, moving around, exploring nature leads to exploring own thoughts.
Be comfortable, dress for the weather, being cold, wet, or too hot, distracts from being able to fully focus on what is around you.
Being outdoors may evoke memories, which is where a therapist can be useful, to explore sad, and happy memories, to understand our feelings, and to understand more about ourselves, and why we feel as we do now.
Take a look with me at what Ecotherapy is and how it can benefit you.
I am offering outdoor counselling in my lovely garden. Nature can help us to reconnect with our senses and emotions, as well as aiding relaxation and a sense of calm. We will adhere to current Government guidelines regarding social distancing.
There are plenty of options to sit, some involving steps. Please wear suitable footwear..
In case of adverse weather, we can be under cover.
Alternatively, please wear waterproof clothing. An umbrella may be useful to bring, but I have some available here.
I felt very lucky to have a few moments with this butterfly the other morning. It really brightened up the day.
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