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 is being in the wild with others, reflecting on our relationship with, and experiences of nature within us and around us.
I’ve always had a passion for life and authenticity – and for sharing life with others. To me, life is about experiencing, exploring, learning, expressing and sharing what it is to be alive – part of this natural world – with a gentle sense of humour along the way.
I believe that paying attention to life 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.
I dedicated 10 years of my career to date 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 over 10 years’ experience of mindfulness, meditation and yoga. I’ve facilitated meditation classes at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre and led a number of retreats and courses at Trigonos Retreat Centre in Snowdonia, Sharpham House in Devon and in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, the Wildlife Trusts and the National Trust. I’ve also led a large number of capacity building and knowledge-exchange workshops in my work for the World Land Trust and BirdLife International, working with NGOs from across the world.
Alongside Mindfulness of Nature, I’m now employed as a trainee Psychological Well Being Practitioner within the NHS Psychological Well Being Service in Cambridge.
Through Mindfulness of Nature, I lead mindfulness workshops, courses, holidays and one-to-one sessions around the world for a variety of audiences with the aim of pursuing my passion for reconnecting people with themselves and the natural world.
To me, mindfulness is about growing our understanding of ‘aliveness’. It’s about welcoming into our awareness the infinite different aspects of our experiences of being alive – without judgement, and with a gentle, compassionate hold, wherever possible. It’s about remembering how to let it all in – the way we perhaps did when we were children. It’s about connection and belonging – bringing our awareness back our two natural homes – our body and the rest of the natural world on this planet. I believe that our disconnection from nature within ourselves and around us is the root cause of so many of the physical, mental and global well-being issues we are facing in our modern world today. The first step to healing this disconnection is to bring our awareness back to nature – and it feels more urgent now than ever before.
For more about me…
- Read this interview by Conservation Careers on my career in nature conservation
- Read this blog by the Head Ranger of the Wildlife Trusts Trumpington Nature Reserve.
- 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