Mindfulness of Nature

Living in tents to save trees?

Dear friends,

What a privilege to have extended my “Mindfulness of Nature” invitation to children aged 5 to 12 years old this week – in collaboration with the BirdLife Cyprus and the Family House summer school in Nicosia.

Every morning for the last five days in a local park in Nicosia, we invited the children to engage with the natural world through their own unique direct, felt, creative and imaginative experiences – rather than through the lens of knowledge, facts and rational argument.  

We explored how our bodies are made of natural elements, practised using our eyes, ears, noses and hands to explore the natural world, interviewed trees, imagined we were birds, wrote poems, performed mimes and drew beautiful natural pictures. At the end of every session, we also took some time simply to rest on the ground and listen to the sounds of nature we could hear. 

In a world where our disconnection from nature is having such huge consequences for our well-being and for that of the rest of the planet, it’s time to open our bodies, hearts and mind and bring our attention back to the natural world we’re part of. It seems so clear to me that children, like the natural world itself, have so much to teach us about living.

I’m really looking forward to working further with BirdLife Cyprus to develop a wider programme to bring these precious nature connection experiences to schools and children more widely on the island next year!

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with this little homemade video where I asked a few of the children about their experiences this week and what they like the most about being in nature… (you can open in full screen for easier viewing)

…living in tents under trees to save the world? Sounds like a fabulous idea to me, don’t you think?

2 thoughts on “Living in tents to save trees?

  1. Christopher Stokes

    Claire this video is delightful and extremely heart-warming, and I’m so glad not only that you posted it ten days ago but also that I’ve just found it. It’s great that you have plans for further work with BirdLife Cyprus next year, introducing more young minds to your precious nature connection experiences.

    Although I’m subscribed to receive your posts by email I didn’t receive this one in the usual way, so I chanced to find it this morning while reading your July 21 post which I received by email. I mention this only in case there was a glitch with emails to your followers when you posted on July 12, which might account for the absence of other responses to this post.

    Your July 21 post resonates deeply with me and I look forward to responding later today. I send you my warmest wishes as always.

  2. clairethompson Post author

    Thanks Christopher, these two in the video are lovely aren’t they!
    Yes, it was partly deliberate to share both posts in one linking to the other, to avoid bombarding people with e-mails from me! But I’m glad you found it.
    Thanks as always for sharing. Claire x

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