Feeling stressed, ungrounded, in need of rejuvention? Or just curious… Awaken to the joys of spring! A new 8-week course in Manchester, based at Alexandra Park Whalley Range.
- 2 hour session each week from 6 – 8pm
- full day course (in forest or national park)
This unique experiential course is an invitation to reawaken your senses, become more finely attuned to your inner self, and deepen your sense of interconnection with the natural world. There is now a considerable body of evidence showing that connecting with nature and practising mindfulness are beneficial to health and wellbeing. Combining techniques and principles of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course together with ecotherapy, wilderness education and nature awareness, allows for a synergy to be created that can lead to powerful restorative and transformational outcomes for participants.
- Place familiarisation, reading nature’s signs
- Developing sensory acuity
- Body-mind awareness
- Stress and difficulty – developing skilful responses with nature as guide
- Exploring our impact on the natural world
- Connecting and building relationships with particular plants and animals through close observation, positive intention and attitude
- Integrating practice into daily life
I have been practising mindfulness for over 9 years and trained in mindfulness teaching with Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. Over the years I have completed many nature related training courses e.g. in biomimicry, bushcraft and tracking, wildlife identification, wild food foraging, mountain leadership, natural navigation, permaculture design and ecopsychology. I am currently working with The Mersey Forest delivering Mindfulness in Forest courses for individuals and organisations. I am a certified and accredited coach with professional membership of Association for Coaching and work to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers good practice guidelines.
Interested? Please get in touch if you would like to book on the course or have any questions. As the course will mostly take place outdoors and at times on rough and uneven terrain, participants will need a degree of physical mobility. Participants are responsible for bringing appropriate outdoor clothing and equipment – full details will be sent in advance. Participants are expected to commit to attending all the sessions and the day course, and to do up to 1 hour of home-based practice on other days.
Course partners Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University are academic partners. Participants will be invited to take part in a research study as part of the course.