WildEarthSpirit: ecotherapy and mindfulness in practice
A one day workshop based on gaining a taste of the practise of ecotherapy and mindfulness in ecotherapy led by Lauren Stevens, an ecotherapist and Forest School practitioner.
Ecotherapy aims to enable people to rediscover and deepen their connection with the natural world. An echo which reminds us that we are nature: we are not separate from nature, but part of it. Mindfulness and awareness both of the self and the other are essential in ecotherapy, you will experience this throughout the day. During this workshop, we will explore the outer world with the tools of our inner world and connect our inside outside nature.
March is the time for preparation and expectation as early spring reminds us of long summer days and brings us out of our winter of introspection and ‘hibernation’. This day will be rich in exploring this and in what it means to be mindful and have a sense of the self and the other in the outdoors.
We are using the Scout centre at Tansley woods which has access to woodland, wood pasture and water, all wonderful canvasses for our work. The day will be practical, creative and fun and will allow you space and time to ground and reflect. there will be ideas of activities you can take away to use with others, but this is really only the beginning of a journey. Suitable for all and great CPD for those working with groups who wish to incorporate more outdoor activities and those who already work outdoors with groups. Also wonderful on a personal level.
Please bring veggie/vegan lunch to share and be prepared for all weathers. We will be outside most of the day although there is indoor space and yes, there are toilets!
To find out more about Ecotherapy, why not look at the Mind study calling for Ecotherapy to be on the green agenda for mental health.