“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is more to mindfulness than sitting still indoors. We can take our cushions and our practice of mindfulness into the outdoors too. Being in nature can be a powerful response to meet the stresses and strains of modern living.
When we bring mindfulness with us, we can deepen our connection with our selves and our more than human world. And the science agrees! Recent reviews of research show that practising mindfulness outdoors in nature may lead to even more positive gains for us than traditional means of practising mindfulness.
You can book in to an organised monthly group walk or get in touch if would like to book a mindful outdoor experience for your group or team.
“There’s always a lot of magic, but our way of seeing it is very small and we mostly just call it Nature. Why, we are not at all surprised that we can pick up an apple in autumn that was a pink flower in the spring.
That’s natural magic and we don’t really notice it.”
Being out in nature has offered me solace, connection, perspective and place over the years. I’ve taken many retreats in the wilds with wise teachers who have shared with me the gifts of living and being in nature in mindful ways. I love to share this extension of mindfulness training having completed my certification in Mindful Outdoor Guiding with Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership.
A mindful outdoor experience involves a sequence of guided mindfulness practices
- orienting to the story of the physical environment
- moving gently to warm up the body
- breathing and centering activities
- mindful walking
- nature-based meditation
- share circles where we listen to our experiences of being in the more-than-human world … with a cup of forest tea
Being in nature with mindfulness
- boosts our immune system
- lifts moods and reduces stress, anxiety and irritability
- lowers blood pressure
- improves concentration
- helps us to sleep better
- strengthens mind-body-heart connection
- reduces our habit of mind-wandering
- allows us to remain in the present rather than losing concentration or becoming overwhelmed by emotion
- increases clarity of mind, creativity and flexibility of thinking
- improves emotional stability
- increases our sense of purpose, space and perspective
- allow us to more effectively connect with nature
Join us on this series of Mindfulness in Nature walks. From 10 am to 1pm, we will take a mindful wander in the woodlands of Westmeath, enjoy some forest-bathing together as we savour with our senses and practice gentle mindful movement in a safe circle as we reflect on our connections with what really matters.
Contact to arrange private bookings for work and social groups (minimum 4 pax)
Please refer to Terms & Conditions for Mindfulness Outdoors practice.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts” – Rachel Carson
Sunday 12th November
Sunday 21st January
What Clients Have to Say
Thank you Sheena for guiding us through the woods in such a deeply connected way. I loved the sauntering pace that allowed space to notice the woodland around and the invite to engage in our senses. I felt calm yet energized after spending the morning at your group. Can't wait until the next one!
Thank you so much Sheena for a wonderful morning - really enjoyed it and will certainly take plenty away from it and use in our walks in the forest.
A total treat; a wonderful morning of NOURISHMENT!