As we continue to branch out in the world it’s easy to forget our roots, placed firmly in the earth. Unplug yourself from routine day-to-day life and reconnect with nature through guided sessions of mindfulness, bushcraft and forest bathing.
Duration: 1 Day (or ½ Day)
Upcoming dates: please contact us for available dates or tailored dates to suit your group.
Start and finish times: starts at 9.30am and ends at 4.30pm on the last day
Fees: £85 for full-day (£65 for ½ day) with additional option for camping (£45 per tent)
Includes: 4 guided sessions, tuition, all materials, fully prepared lunch (please specify dietary requirements) and accommodation (camping available for an additional £45).
What to bring: suitable clothing for woodland setting (long trousers incase of nettles), water bottles and waterproof clothing is recommended.
Come learn and experience the skills of mindfulness and bushcraft in the serene setting of a local woodland. Enjoy the benefits of the sessions throughout the day whilst also learning the tools you need to apply the practice to your own life.
The course will include:
- An introduction to Rewilding Yourself methods: Mindfulness, Bushcraft and Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing)
- A series of guided sessions designed to spark, or rekindle, a connection with nature
- Practical sessions of bushcraft: basic survival skills including shelter building and fire-starting
- Instructions on how to continue applied practice
- Time for reflection and contemplation
- A fully prepared lunch (approximately 12.30pm)
The day will be divided into two parts; the morning and the afternoon. In the morning our first session will be an introduction to Rewilding Yourself (including mindfulness and forest bathing exercises), then after a mid-morning break we will have a session on bushcraft which will either be fire-starting or shelter building. After lunch, we will have another session on bushcraft, and then after a short break we will have a final closing session (which will include mindfulness and forest bathing exercises).
(Those opting for ½ Day course will be attending the morning followed by lunch 9.30AM-13.30PM)
Our aim is to integrate practical skills of mindfulness and bushcraft so the participant will walk away feeling re-energised, re-invigorated and inspired to continue practice. We want to spark, or rekindle, a relationship between the participant and nature. Then, to inspire the individual to continue developing the relationship through further exposure to the outdoors.
Some of the time will be held in silence, but there will be opportunities for discussion as well as independent learning.
There will be exercises that are both physically active (although light) and co-operative, as well as periods of solitude and relaxation.
This course is open to all over the age of 18. (Although we will consider child+parent applications)
Your tutors will be George Evans, an accredited Mindfulness teacher, who practices in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. And Joel Tait, certified Bushcraft teacher, who teaches basic and advanced methods of survival.
Rewilding Yourself for Mental health
Mindfulness brings the participants awareness to the present moment; not worrying about the future or reminiscing about the past. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, boost creativity, improve attention, working-memory and concentration and strengthen relationships. Mindfulness can help manage depression, anxiety, chronic pain, suicidal ideation, addiction recovery and relapse prevention and eating disorders.
Learning basic survival skills in bushcraft makes us feel more confident out amongst the unpredictable, capricious natural world. It’s particularly effective with individuals with behavioural issues.
Studies have found that “forest bathing” (Shinrin-yoku) has positive physiological effects, such as blood pressure reduction, improvement of autonomic and immune functions, as well as psychological effects of alleviating depression and improving mental health.