Mindfulness of Nature

Workshops & retreats in the UK

 

‘ReWilding the Mind’ weekend retreat

12th -15th May 2019 

Following on from a successful spring “ReWilding the Mind” retreat launched in May and a follow up autumn retreat in autumn 2018, this 4 day retreat is timed to take place as spring returns into the wildwoods and mountains of Snowdonia in 2019.

This retreat will give participants an opportunity to reconnect with themselves and with the natural world in the spectacular yet comfortable surroundings of Trigonos, North Wales. This retreat will take participants on both inner and outer journeys that explore – through the practice of mindfulness and meditation – the inner quiet that allows us to perceive and appreciate the natural world more fully. We will further explore – through mindfulness practice, discussion and through walks in the spectacular Dyffryn Nantlle – the concept of ReWilding the environment and the self as an approach to conserving and healing the natural world, as well as cultivating a more direct experience with nature. For event bookings, click here.

To read my blog about the previous “ReWilding the Mind” retreat (May 2018), click here. 

 

 

Storytelling for a happier, peaceful and sustainable world 

17th – 20th July 2019

This course is co-led with Bethan John, multimedia journalist, interested in how storytelling inspires action for biodiversity conservation and social justice. (www.wildlandscreative.com) 

Storytelling is one of the defining characteristics of being human. No other animal on Earth tells stories like we do and the stories we tell determine the nature of our relationship with ourselves and the world around us, which in turn influences our actions and behaviours. The narratives we choose to tell ourselves and each other have a huge impact on our individual and collective well-being – and ultimately the well-being of the rest of life we share our environment with.

Set in the beautiful and inspirational wilderness of the Nantlle valley, this weekend workshop will explore the value and power of storytelling. It will provide participants with the skills and confidence to tell compelling stories through practical, hands-on approaches that explore what it takes to create strong narratives. Whether you want to improve your conversation skills, start a blog, prepare a speech, or produce a film – first, you need to know how to tell a story.

In a supportive, fun and open setting, we will guide you through the process of creating original stories, using mindful engagement with nature, group discussions, mindfulness meditations and games.  All stories originate in our conscious minds. When nurtured by the richness of direct experiences in contact with the natural world, these narratives can gain originality, creativity, and wisdom. More information and bookings here.