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Mindful Month

Mindful Month, credit Ceri OakesMindful Month, credit Ceri Oakes

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 a private visit 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.

Happy Seal Yoga

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.

Friday 11 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 12 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.

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.

Woodland at Boggle Hole by Melody Thornton/ VisitEngland

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.

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.