In this thought provoking session we’ll explore the restorative benefits of time in nature and learn new practices to help us feel revived, focussed and well.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
— John Muir
Throughout history human beings have sought to understand their place in the world in relation to nature. And whilst that relationship is always in flux, there is no denying that a connection to the natural world is fundamental to our health and happiness.
For centuries great artists, poets and philosophers have created masterpieces inspired by the beauty of the landscapes they live in, but its more than just the ‘look’ of nature that we really crave. As Andy Goldsworthy puts it, "we often forget that we are nature, nature is not separate from us, so if we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves."
Living through such an extraordinary time has emphasised this need; online searches for rural properties have doubled and outdoor hobbies are on the up; birdwatching is cool again, wild swimming has never been more popular and Monty Don is our new best friend. Teachers, doctors, and researchers are convinced of the practical and spiritual benefits of attentive time outside and the science is undeniable — benefits include; focus and concentration, restored mental energy, improved short term memory, reduced stress and anxiety and the list goes on.
So whats underneath this innate need we feel? How can we deepen our connection to nature even when we live in the city, and what benefits will it bring to our lives? hese are the kinds of questions we’ll set out to explore and answer in this 90-minute workshop.
Drawing on the work of thinkers old and new we’ll:
— Understand the regenerative principles of nature and think about living in balance with them
— Explore what it means for you to be in the ‘right relationship’ with nature
— Discover how nature has changed culture over the years
— Learn new practices to help us strengthen our connection with the natural world
How the session will be structured:
We'll combine the introduction of ideas with group discussion, reflection and some practical exercises.
Who the session is for:
Anyone curious to explore the effect that nature can have on our focus and concentration, imagination and creativity.
Start:12th August, 2020 at 9:30am
End:12th August, 2020 at 11:00am
Register for the session
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