Mindfulness & nature connection in Edinburgh

I’ve started running  monthly 2-hr mindfulness & nature connection sessions in Edinburgh through the Edinburgh Nature meetup group which I now co-organise.

The purpose of these sessions is to cultivate our ability to notice what is happening in our inner-outer worlds, to interpret the signals accurately, and get insight into what an appropriate response would be. All systems need feedback to self-regulate – heightening our sensory awareness and becoming more finely attuned to our selves, other living beings and natural phenomena helps us learn how to live in more harmonious relationship with each other and the Earth. Which is desperately and urgently needed as we all know!

Each month we connect with a different place, and sessions usually have a particular focus. For example, how nature deals with stress and how these insights apply in our own lives, understanding bird language, developing tracking skills, working with our emotions about ecological and climate crisis.  All sessions involve group work and solo practice.

Group size is limited to 12 and the events book up fast, so if you’re interested you need to get in there quick!

I also host quarterly equinox and solstice gatherings where we tune in to the natural cycles that govern the rhythms of life and reflect on the psychological meanings of these times of year. These events are open to all and suitable for those of all faiths and none. Find out more on the Edinburgh Nature meetup site.

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From subject-object to subject-subject: new social norms to avert ecological catastrophe

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In February this year I presented at the Leverage Points 2019 conference in Lüneburg Germany. Some of the key concepts are explored in more depth in my 2018 paper ‘How cognitive frames may affect felt sense of nature connectedness‘ in … Continue reading

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Conflicted about emotions: ecological grief, love and truth

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Where are the emotions? The keynote speaker representing the IPCC had just finished his presentation at the World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation at Manchester Metropolitan University. It was September 2015. The questions from the conference delegates were sparse and … Continue reading

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A psychosocial perspective on IPCC special report on 1.5°C

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This is the talk I gave as part of Averting climate disruption: what now? a panel event at Edinburgh University, 10th Oct 2018, on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report on the impacts of 1.5°C global warming . We know … Continue reading

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Averting climate disruption: what now? Panel event Wed 10 Oct 5-7.30pm Edinburgh

Transition Edinburgh and Edinburgh University are hosting an event to discuss the findings and implications of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change Special Report on 1.5 degrees (SR1.5) warming and other recent research. I will be presenting on the psychosocial … Continue reading

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NZ Psychological Society conf 2018 – presentation

Very pleased to be invited to present (by Zoom) my research at the Climate Psychology Forum yesterday, with co-speakers Janet Swim and Susan Clayton. This session was part of thePsychology for a Sustainable Future symposium at the New Zealand Psychological Society annual conference 2018.

I gave a brief whizz round my phd research, the methodology and some of the key findings. The presentation can be downloaded here Andrews_NZ PsySoc conf 2018_pres

 

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Embarrassed about love: a short analysis of Michael Gove’s ‘Green Brexit’ speech

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Here’s the presentation I gave at the Nature Connections 2018 conference at Derby University on 20th June. I ended the talk with a minute silence “for the Swifts, and the seabirds of Shetland, and the insects and all the other … Continue reading

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