Mindfulness and Nature
“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind”. — Henry David Thoreau
About this workshop
With almost 30 years of Mindfulness experience, Niall Nolan, a mindfulness teacher now in his 4th year on the Masters Degree Program in Teaching Mindfulness Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, School of Psychology, Bangor University, Wales, will introduce the Hedge School group to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindful Movement and Meditation. Both Niall and David Staunton will expand on the relevance of nature in mindfulness and David will introduce the group to the concept of the ‘ecological unconscious, a development by Roszak of the Jungian ‘collective unconscious’.
Despite the sound of the somewhat weighty and complex topics up for discussion at this workshop, the co-facilitators, as always at Walk Inniú Hedge School will strive to ensure a positive and light-hearted learning environment.
This workshop will introduce you to and discuss topics in the group such as;
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Mindful Movement and Meditation.
- A brief introduction to the concept of the ‘ecological unconscious’.
- An exploration of how to be more mindful in nature – and how this can benefit us.
To support you consolidate your learning, you will also receive:
- Your Ecotherapy Hedge School Welcome Pack PDF.
- A PDF summary of the workshop emailed to you on completion.
- Suggested further reading – for your interest.
- A Certificate of Attendance.
- Support from David should you require it with any process issues which may arise for you from the workshop by contacting him at email@example.com
Attending the Ecotherapy Hedge School
The original Ecotherapy Hedge School is situated in the secluded and beautiful hills of southwest county Dublin but most workshops are facilitated in the great expanse of the Phoenix Park.
What to bring
Check the weather and dress accordingly – ‘it’s not a fashion show’ so wear layers of whatever you feel comfortable in. The Hedge School is situated to enjoy the sun so you may need sun cream, cap, or sunglasses. Whilst there is some shelter available, we are open to the elements as we are outdoors so wear comfortable walking footwear in the knowledge that we may be walking in some mud if it has been wet and through long grass etc. Bring a light lunch/snack and plenty of water for your picnic break. If you like to journal, make diary entries, take notes or sketch, feel free to bring along your writing or creative material. Most important of all – bring yourself as you are.
10.45 Group assembly, registration, health and safety check.
11..00 Welcome hot/cold drinks and morning snacks.
11.15 Group walks together to the Ecotherapy Hedge School (c20min walk). Mindful check in with participants, group guidelines and workshop outline. Interactive workshop discussion by David Staunton. Interactive workshop ecotherapy exercise. Opportunity for Journaling/Individual Reflection. Group Reflection including Q and A. Picnic Break.
14.30 Mindful walk and talk back to start point
15.00 Workshop ends after checkout.
The Walk Inniú Ecotherapy Hedge School is open to all adults over the age of 18. However, given that the Hedge School is deliberately sited to be part of the natural environment, it is accessed over rough pathways and farmland. Our apologies to those of you who may have mobility issues and therefore would find access unsuitable.
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Hedge School Dates
The Ecotherapy Hedge School aims to provide an Introduction to Ecotherapy and Ecopsychology highlighting the potential increased reconnection and wellbeing benefits to us from these approaches.
Different themes around self-care, wellbeing and holistic growth will be explored at the Hedge School using an Ecotherapeutic and Ecopsychological Lens’.