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.
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.
Daily throughout September: Robert Fuller wildlife experience
Immerse yourself in a world of wildlife and art during an exclusive viewing at the Robert Fuller Gallery in Thixendale. Enjoy Robert's latest paintings and live cameras on barn owls, kestrels and stoats. Complete the visit with a self-guided 4 mile walk encompassing the little-known valley Wormdale and Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail- staff will provide all the walk details. Visits are by appointment only so make sure you book in advance.
Tuesday 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 September: Yoga by the sea
Join Happy Seal Yoga at Whitby beach on Tuesday evenings. Bring your yoga mat and enjoy 45 minutes listening to the waves lapping against the shore. Make sure you pre-book the class.
Saturday 5 September onwards: Back to Nature exhibition
Soak up the calmness and creativity whilst admiring the skill demonstrated by artists at the Inspired by... gallery in Danby. In their latest exhibition, Cleveland Fibre Arts take inspiration from the industrial heritage and natural world of the North York Moors.
Thursday 10 September: Art on the Ground
Embrace the peace and tranquillity of being amongst 6,000 trees from around the world at Yorkshire Arboretum. Work with resident artist Meg Huby to collect materials and make transient but beautiful works of art in the natural environment.
Saturday 12 September: Forest Bathing
Become more mindful in nature with Faith Douglas, curator of Thorp Perrow Arboretum. Spend the day at High Dalby House, a retreat in the depths of Dalby Forest. Essential tree oils are proven to have a positive effect on the body as well as an improved awareness in nature.
Saturday 12 and Saturday 26 September: Mindfulness in nature
Re-connect with nature on a 3 mile mindful walk around Ravenscar. Calm your mind, stretch your legs and drink in the scenery.
Thursday 17 and Thursday 24 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 19, 26 and Sunday 20, 27 September: Yoga/ Meditation Flow with Aromatherapy
Embark on an inner journey through movement and breath, flowing with the forces of nature and aligning with the Earth’s natural rhythms.
Sunday 20 September: Autumnal Presence
Mindfulness doesn’t have to be done with your eyes closed! Spend an afternoon learning the essence of being Mindful. Simply feeling, sensing, noticing and being present in the moment.
Sunday 20 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.
Thursday 24 September: Out with the old, in with the new
Join Alison from Adventures for the Soul at High Dalby House in the peace and tranquillity of Dalby Forest. Feel at ease spending the day learning how to reconnect yourself in nature.
Throughout September (enquire for dates): Thorny Beck Alpaca experiences
Discover a whole host of therapeutic activities at Forest Lodge Retreat. Owner Lynda and her all boy herd have become an Alpaca Trekking & Wellbeing Facility. Offering massage therapy, animal assisted therapy, family wellbeing days, forest walks and afternoon teas- options are endless!
Throughout September (enquire for dates): Yoga / wellness retreats and relaxation breaks
Enjoy the healing powers of nature in your own log cabin set amongst private woodland at Yoga & Spice. Owner Lorraine can create a bespoke itinerary including various styles of yoga, mindfulness, meditation, diet and lifestyle consultations or plant based cooking sessions.
Midweek throughout September (see calendar for dates): A relaxing B&B escape
With panoramic views across Rosedale and an ethos totally geared towards relaxation The Tree Retreat offers guests bed and breakfast accommodation, yoga and meditation classes and soothing treatments.
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