Mindfulness of Nature

About me

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.

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 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 and the Wildlife Trusts. 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.

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 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.

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4 thoughts on “About me

  1. Christopher Stokes

    Hello Claire,

    In an anthology of poetry which I chanced to buy at Waterstones at the weekend I’ve found a short poem by a contemporary Australian poet called Les Murray, entitled The Meaning of Existence. I absolutely love it, and it puts me in mind of your infectious passion for the natural world of which each and every one of us is part. Here it is, sent with warm wishes from me.

    The Meaning of Existence

    Everything except language
    knows the meaning of existence.
    Trees, planets, rivers, time
    know nothing else. They express it
    moment by moment as the universe.

    Even this fool of a body
    lives it in part, and would
    have full dignity within it
    but for the ignorant freedom
    of my talking mind.

    1. clairethompson Post author

      Thank you Christopher. I really like it alot and absolutely identify with its meaning…Thank you for sharing this.

    2. Samuel Boudreau

      Hi Claire!

      I want to say that I finished reading your book on Birdwatching and I have to say it was a delightful read as it opened up to me what makes birdwatching vital to us and our world. I am the president of the ornithology club at my school, and this book has inspired me to be more devoted to our natural world.

      Sincerely,

      Samuel Boudreau

      Samuel Boudreau

      1. clairethompson Post author

        Dear Samuel,
        Thank you very much for your message. I am so happy you enjoyed the read!
        I wish you lots more happy times with the natural world 🙂
        Best wishes
        Clare

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