Introducing a new 6 week course – the next step from our work so far in Woodland/ Lakeside Mindfulness and Wellbeing
The ecological issues of our time resonate in our minds and bodies, whether we take them in at an intellectual, practical or spiritual level, or even if we shut them out as much as humanly possible. They resonate because we are instinctively aware at a deep level that our lives depend on the healthy functioning of the biosphere.
How does the psychological impact of this knowledge affect our individual / collective ability to respond? In this course, approaches including gratitude, visioning and deep ecology will enable us. Through this process we discover our own unique gifts in the deeper narrative of which we are part; to feel capable and activated in the face of planetary crisis; to be part of creating the future we hope for.
Based on “The Work That Reconnects” by Joanna Macy, Deep Ecology & Ecospirituality
Tai Chi in the Woods
Tai chi Tao Yin Fa is a Five Element Based meridian focused series of movements . The movements balance the energy in the body and mind, increasing wellbeing and energy. The practice of Tai chi in the natural environment is uplifting. Moving the chi on the earth, in the woods, feeling the gently dancing canopy of chestnut leaves in the autumn sun is a wonder to behold. We break half way through the practice of Tai Chi Tao Yin Fa to drink teas and share cake or other snacks. Contact the Wellbeing College to reserve your place.
Woodland and Lakeside Mindfulness
In these fast paced modern times, it is easy to become disconnected and lose touch with our inner sense of feeling balanced and well in our everyday lives. This course teaches the basic skills of mindfulness and shows how being mindful outside in the elements of nature, even for short periods of time, can be so helpful for promoting balanced health and wellbeing.
Living in B&NES we are fortunate in that we are surrounded by beautiful countryside that is easily accessible to most people. Yet how many of us actually make use of this wonderful resource to enrich us and help us find peace in our demanding lives? Being outside in nature frees us from the confines and pressures we feel in everyday life, calms our busy thinking mind, encouraging moments of deeper peace and insight. It helps to remind us of the essence of who we really are, grounded and safe in each moment.
Mindfulness practice outdoors in the natural environment provides a nurturing to explore our conscious awareness of sounds, sights, scents, textures and tastes of the elements abundant in nature, bringing us back to the sense of joy and connection with ourselves in the present moment. This profound change of perspective helps us to appreciate the simpler things that are so easily overlooked. It inspires us to be more creative and helps us to explore how we can bring sense and deeper meaning to everyday life.
During the sessions you will also get chance to use natural materials and gain skills in activities such as fire lighting with natural materials, using kelly kettles, charcoal making, hazel weaving / hurdling, making a swedish fire torch, god’s eyes & dreamcatchers, whittling a spiral or cooking fire bread. We combine sitting or lying mindfulness exercises with these hands on experiences as they help us to be present and connect with the living world around us. They are simple but therapeutic ways back to our nature connection. Sitting around a fire among the trees is another deeply rooted experience which helps us to be mindful. Contact the Wellbeing College to book.
Woodland and Lakeside Willow Weaving, Wood Craft, Fire Cooking, Singing, Wildlife Walks, Wool Craft.
Wellbeing for adults. Tailored for carers, people who are isolated, at risk of mental health problems, and anyone in need of a break from busy lives. We know that contact with the natural world can transform your state of mind. These sessions will help to create a connection with the seasons through outdoor activities that stimulate, refresh and invigorate the senses. Building and cooking on a fire, identifying trees and wildlife, creating natural art, craft making, toolwork, shelter building, and being part of the ever changing and inspiring beauty of nature will give you new perspective. See the Wellbeing College to book Woodland or Lakeside sessions, or contact us to discuss / book your own event. Woodland sessions are held in Greyfield Woods in High Littleton and Lakeside sessions at the Chew Valley Community farm (technically overlooking the lake rather than beside it).
We hold Wild Drumming events for adults in summer and autumn evenings. A highly experienced and inspirational drummer who has worked with many well known West African drummers brings her djembes and dunduns to the trees! The deer peek through at our fireside gathering as we share a drink and snack inbetween playing intricate and beautiful rhythms that take little time to learn.
The next Wild Drumming evening is on 24th June. See bookings page to reserve your place! We can also plan Wild Drumming to meet your needs; contact us to discuss.
Take a break from the office or your usual workplace and let your team feel the benefits of fresh air, light and natural beauty. Using hand tools make wooden crafts such as mallets, cook on a fire, create a natural art installation in the woods, build a shelter or undertake woodland management tasks. You will come together as a team in a way you never have before, and leave feeling that you have been on a mini break!
Please contact us if you are interested in a team day with EcoWild.
EcoWild offers respite days for groups which may include cooking lunch together on a fire, a range of natural art and crafts, the use of hand tools, wildlife identification and tracking, shelter building, foraging and of course boiling the kelly kettle for a fresh air cuppa or two.
Please contact us to find out how we can tailor a Respite Day to meet your needs.