Carlow-Kilkenny Psychology - Staff Wellbeing Experience

There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell

Anne Brontë

Mindfulness Outdoors Experiences

Wellbeing Walking

I am really looking forward to returning to Jenkinstown together for our Mindfulness Outdoors Experience! Almost a year to the day we are back to enjoy taking mindfulness outdoors as a powerful means of spending time in nature and reconnecting with ourselves, the world around us and remembering what really matters. I wonder what we might notice this time? 

As a certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, I will be inviting you to enjoy a specific sequence of guided mindfulness practises that are designed to increase our awareness and connection with each other and the natural world of which we are a part.  There will be times of quiet and times of shared mindful listening and sharing. Our session includes 

  • orienting to the story of the physical environment 
  • moving gently to warm up the body
  • breathing and grounding activities
  • mindful walking
  • nature-based meditations
  • share circles with tea and stories of our experiences being in nature

Approaching Bealtaine

Place: Jenkinstown Wood & Walled Gardens

Date: Thursday 18 April 2024

Time: 10am – 1pm

Arriving & Preparing

Meeting Point

We will meet at the carpark at Jenkinstown Wood & Walled Garden.  You’ll see the round tower and know you are in the place!

There are public toilets by the carpark.

We suggest you aim to arrive for 10am and give yourself some time to settle in. 

We will give each other the first 15-20 minutes or so to arrive and settle into our place for the morning.  Then we will continue to move into our Mindful Outdoor Experience by 10.30am at the very latest and return to our meeting point by 1pm.  

What to bring

Alongside our open minds, warm hearts and spirits of adventure, as we adventure into connection with the aliveness of our more-than-human world of nature, please bring any personal items you need to be comfortable and safe.

Most important, with our changeable weather patterns, bring what you need to stay warm and dry, for as long as possible. April can offer us sunshine and plenty of showers too. 

If you are unsure, I have created a suggested list of items to bring with you for this session.  If you have any questions, please get in touch.

As we will be walking outdoors for 2.5 – 3 hours, walking 2-3km at a slow pace and pausing from time to time, so it is important that we dress appropriately in clothing that protects us and that helps us to stay as warm as possible:  

  • Dressing with layers (remember it is easier to cool down than to warm up)
  • Warm rainproof jacket
  • Hat, Gloves & Scarf
  • Long-trousers/ Waterproof 
  • Sturdy shoes/boots that are waterproof and can support you on uneven ground
  • If you wish, your own flask with a hot drink but we will share some forest tea together on the trail
  • Something to sit on  a sit mat/seat pad for sitting on wet/damp ground)

You might also choose to bring along any personal items that you need for the duration of our time together, in a waterproof daypack. For example: 

  • Personal medicines
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Extra layer / socks
  • Hand sanitiser 
  • Sun Protection
  • Tissues
  • Notebook & pen for reflective journaling

A note on Devices

If you can at all, we recommend that you allow yourself this time to be device-free. I will have a phone for GPS and emergency calls. In the forest, coverage is often variable so nature is mirroring this invitation too!! You will be invited to switch off or put your phone on silent at the start of the walk. There may be a particular reason for needing access to your phone to be comfortable and that is ok too. If you need to take a call or check a message, we ask that you do this discreetly as phone-checking is contagious!

It may also be tempting to use our phones for taking photographs. Again, the advice is to let go of this habit too as it can disconnect us from our present moment experience. Instead trust that you will be taking photos in your heart, mind and body. We may agree to take a photograph to mark the event when we have completed our session. 

There may be other items not listed here that you think are important to bring, please feel free to do so and to ask me any questions if you are not sure. 

Please click the button below and complete the registration form in advance so that I have the required safety information for our time together.

Registration & Waiver Form Completion

What Clients Have to Say

We arrived to the woods as a busy working group. Sheena invited us to be present with ourselves and with the wonder of the world around us in a way that surprised us all. She guided us with grace and wisdom. Being present together in this way was both nourishing individually and supportive as a team.

Jane

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!

Joy

After some settling in time, the pace was welcome to enjoy the surroundings - that I have visited many times - in new and curious ways. Leaving inspired to make more time to be for balance in life and to approach future outdoor time in fresh and open ways.

John

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.

Sinead

A total treat; a wonderful morning of NOURISHMENT!

Chloe

Nature Knows

Jenkinstown is particularly renowned for displays of wild bluebells at this time.  We are approaching the threshold of summertime and Bealtaine.  Let’s see the signs of nature readying to bloom and celebrate. And as we reduce our disturbance the wildlife.  including red squirrels and deer, may reveal themselves to us too.