Mindfulness at midwinter
This time of year can leave people feeling totally stressed out, perhaps lonely, or remembering loved ones. All around us, nature is resting; all the energy has gone underground. Maybe we need to take notice of ourselves.
Join us around the midwinter campfire, for a celebration of the Winter Solstice. You will be introduced to a range of mindfulness and nature connection techniques which are perfect for marking the darkest time of the year. Experiencing nature with all our senses is a powerful doorway to practising mindfulness, which is proven to improve your health and well-being. Practising bushcraft brings us closer to our ancestors and a very old way of understanding the natural world around us. It also fosters a stronger connection to nature. Fire has a hypnotic quality which can really aid getting into a mindful headspace. Lighting fires at the darkest time of the year is also an ancient custom and symbolises creating our positive intentions for the new year.
“Winter Solstice, like Summer Solstice, is a moment of pause between two cycles, a moment of transition that can be held and savoured, a doorway, an opening, a place on the edge, when we can stop our busy lives and take a moment to experience this edge between these two great cycles of the year” - Glennie Kindred
Activities will include;
- mindfulness in nature; mindful walking, body scans, nature awareness, animal senses, and nature connection
- ancient fire-lighting techniques; fire by friction and flint and steel
- enjoy a winter warmer - hot spiced apple cider (non-alcoholic) - from our campfire
- make your own midwinter campfire; bring light to the dark
- roast chestnuts and taste home-made hedgerow elixirs
All this will take place against the backdrop of the National Trust's beautiful Erddig estate.
About Lea Kendall
I am a qualified counsellor, life coach and mindfulness in the woods practitioner. As an Integrative counsellor, I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. I take a holistic view of each individual and am a firm believer in the power of nature for healing and enhanced well-being.