My name is Claire Thompson and I believe that a world that is more mindful of nature will be happier, more peaceful and on the path towards a sustainable future. One of my favourite things in life is simply being in the wild, appreciating the natural world with others.
I’ve always had a passion for life and authenticity – and for sharing life with others. To me the point of life (if indeed it needs a point!) is in experiencing, exploring, learning, expressing and sharing what it is to be alive – part of the natural world – never forgetting a good dose of humour along the way 🙂
I believe that looking into nature within us and around us is the way to learning how to bring forth a happier, more authentic and sustainable world, which inspired me to become the author of Mindfulness and the Natural World and The Art of Mindful Birdwatching.
I graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Natural Sciences, Zoology from the University of Cambridge. Whilst at University I led an expedition to the Chilean Lake District with the aim of inspiring passion for nature conservation in others. I also spent a number of months volunteering in Latin America on wildlife conservation projects in both Chile and Mexico.
Since then, I have continued to dedicate my career to the protection of our natural world. I worked with the World Land Trust, an international conservation organisation based in Suffolk, UK and as a Projects Manager with BirdLife International, the world’s largest partnership of nature conservation organisations, based in Cambridge, UK.
I have explored mindfulness, meditation and yoga continuously for the past 10 years through reading and through participation in mindfulness, meditation, yoga and Buddhism courses. I have facilitated meditation classes and workshops at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre and in my work for BirdLife International, working with NGOs from across the world.
Through Mindfulness of Nature, I run mindfulness workshops, holidays and courses around the world for a variety of audiences with the aim of pursuing my passion for reconnecting people with themselves and the natural world. I also aim to reveal that Mindfulness of Nature involves lots of fun!
For more about me…
- Read this interview by Conservation Careers on my career in nature conservation
- Read my blog about “Why Mindfulness of Nature”?
- I was featured in Trail Magazine, the UK’s bestselling hillwalking magazine – link to the article here.
- Read this lovely blog by “New in Cambridge” on how I came to set up Mindfulness of Nature
- Read Testimonials from workshop and retreat participants here