Heard of mindfulness, but unsure what it is?
Broadly-speaking, it’s about having awareness of ourselves and the world around us in the present moment. So often our mind is caught up worrying – or chewing over things that can create stress, anxiety and can even affect our physical health.
Paying attention to the small things - such as sensing the air around you, feeling the ground beneath your feet, or noticing your breath as you move, can interrupt the ‘autopilot’, give a fresh perspective on life and slow our usual thought patterns. You can be mindful during activity and at rest, and it’s even more effective if done outdoors, as nature has an additional calming effect on the brain.
September is often seen as a month to take stock and start anew, a second new year if you like, so this is a good excuse to breathe and reboot as we welcome in the autumn.
Travel and adventure writers Fay and Matt Doyle, from This Expansive Adventure recently visited the North York Moors. They spent two days discovering how to reconnect, refresh, and focus on slow travel and wellbeing in the National Park. Read their blog.
Mindful Month Programme - September 2022
Celebrate Mindful Month with us and feel invigorated in nature with a number of events and activities that will rejuvenate your spirits. Here are some activities to get you started.
Free, online mindful sessions: Mindful Meets
Various sessions throughout September: Yoga, Meditation and Therapy Space
Taking place at The Earthbeat Centre (Saltburn), Charltons village and online. Lesley Wood offers a varied range of services. Yoga practices include hatha, satyananda, laughter and managing fatigue. You can also try drumming for wellbeing, mindful breathing and relaxation, sound immersion or chanting and kirtan for peace and wellbeing.
Throughout September: Kirkbymoorside Natural Health Centre
Their team of therapists and teachers promote health naturally through a range of treatments and classes, aimed at restoring balance to the mind and body. Therapies includ acupuncture, aromatherapy, massage, mindfulness, osteopathy, reflexology, reiki and yoga.
Every Tuesday and Thursday in September: Yoga by the sea
You'll find Happy Seal Yoga at Whitby beach on Tuesday evenings and Sandsend beach on Thursday mornings. Book beforehand, bring your yoga mat and enjoy 45 minutes listening to the waves lapping against the shore.
Every Friday evening in September: Outdoor beach sauna and sea dip
Enter Whitby Wellbeing's sauna tent and feel the benefits of additional breathwork and meditation. After you've heated up, you'll need to be brave and take a dip in the sea! The combination of sauna and cold water immersions have huge health benefits.
Every Sunday in September: Yogging
Heather's yogging sessions combine yoga, jogging and fresh air - whatever the weather! Head to tranquil Runswick Bay to try it for yourself!
Every day until Monday 12 September: A Woodland Sanctuary exhibition
Soak up the calmness and creativity whilst admiring the skill demonstrated by photographers Simon Baxter and Joe Cornish at the Inspired by... gallery in Danby. Woodland has been a source of exploration, tranquillity, meditation, artistic study and inspiration for both.
Sunday 4 September: Magical meander - on the coast
Alison from Adventures for the Soul will lead you on a 4.5 mile sensory adventure in Ravenscar. Switch off, slow down and leave your cares behind. Combined with walking in nature, you'll feel more alive and invigorated.
Sunday 4 September: Woodland watercolours with Peter Reynolds
Spend a day creating your own piece of artwork using nature as inspiration. Learn some of the painting techniques that Peter uses to complete detailed watercolours depicting woodland wildlife and plants. You can be a beginner or experienced painter.
Starting from Monday 5 September (plus other dates): A relaxing midweek B&B escape
With panoramic views across Rosedale and an ethos totally geared towards relaxation, The Tree Retreat promises your stay, your way. Explore the local area; relax in the sauna, hot tub, massager bed; or pamper yourself with a treatment or private yoga session.
Wednesday 7 September: Relax and meditate
Buddhist nun Ani Tselha takes you along quiet, shady woodland paths and through a hay meadow that lend themselves perfectly to her peaceful meditations and mindful observations. This is a free walk as part of the National Park's Breath of Fresh Air programme.
Sunday 11 September: Aerial yoga afternoon
Head to Yoga & Spice at Valley View for a two hour total body workout with warm ups, postures, an aerial flow and a chance to try inversions. It will be followed by tea and cake in a relaxation area.
Wednesday 14 September: Botanical llustration with Bridget Gillespie
Under the guidance and expertise of Bridget, immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Helmsley Walled Garden and create artworks inspired by nature.
Saturday 17 September: Twilight Nature Sounds Safari
Treat yourself to an evening of sensory exploration, discovery and adventure. Alongside an ecologist and wellbeing expert, learn how to fine tune your senses to hear, see and feel more around you. Based in the peacefully idyllic hamlet of Ellerburn.
Saturday 17 September: Womens Wellness day retreat
Join Lorraine at Yoga & Spice for a day of nurturing and sharing, with gentle and restorative yoga for women’s health, a food and lifestyle workshop, lots of guided relaxation and a simple but nutritious meal with home grown vegetables from the garden.
Saturday 17 September: The use of herbs as natural remedies
Join Meghan Rhodes, qualified herbal medicine practitioner and founder of Rhodes Roots & Remedies, on a full day workshop at Helmsley Walled Garden, as she guides you through a multisensory experience of seasonal herbs and remedy making.
Daily from Saturday 17 September: New exhibitions at the Inspired by... gallery
Spend a day at the Inspired by... gallery at Danby Lodge National Park Centre. There are three new exhibitions of work on show - Threads and Pathways includes the Lockton Artists; Connections to Landscape features Farndale artist and art therapist Pauline Brown inspired by her home; and Our Land, Our Sea, a body of Gail Hurst's work.
Sunday 18 September: Painting with Acrylics
Spend a day at the Inspired by... gallery learning and perfecting the skill of using acrylic paint with local artist James McGairy.
Daily sessions starting from 19 September: Wellbeing sessions at The Pavilion Lastingham
Join Johanna at her country home to relax and strengthen your body and mind. Her sessions are free of charge for mindful month and include various practices such as Qigong, Facial Gua Sha and Face yoga.
Saturday 24 September: Photography in the Garden
Enjoy a morning of photography tuition in the beautiful surroundings of Helmsley Walled Garden. Experienced photographer Dave Bakes will help you with technical aspects of your camera, the creative eye and composition techniques to capture some great photographs.
Sunday 25 September: National #GetOutside Day
An Ordnance Survey initiative to encourage all of us to get outside and enjoy the physical, mental and social wellbeing benefits that the outdoors has to offer. This year is all about exploring from your front door. Tips and ideas to come soon! Including a competition and 'midday moment' on social.
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