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 being in the wild with others, reflecting on our relationship and experience of nature and appreciating the natural world within us and around us.
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 – always with a sense of humour along the way.
I believe that looking into nature within us and around us is the key 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 for 3 years with the World Land Trust, an international conservation organisation based in Suffolk, UK and for 7 years 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 the World Land Trust and BirdLife International, working with NGOs from across the world.
Through Mindfulness of Nature, I lead 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.
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