The theme for this year’s mental health awareness week is ‘Nature’; and what a fitting tribute indeed, considering what a vital role nature has played in sustaining our mental and physical health throughout the pandemic.

We all know that there are compelling health benefits to being with nature in some shape or form; be it tending to plants in your garden, walking the dog in the woods or forest bathing. The Japanese call the meditative practice of being in the forest shinrin-yoku; ‘bathing in the forest!’ It is de-stressing, soothing, revitalising and generally just good for our health and wellbeing.

This session is about connecting with nature through mindfulness practice. It is also an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Mother Nature.

Weather permitting, I hope to guide the session sitting outdoors and I would like to invite you to do the same if possible.