Eight-week course on “Mindfulness in Nature” to open at Helsby

A FREE, eight-week course on “Mindfulness in Nature” is to be held at Helsby Community Centre starting on Monday, November 15.
The course, part of the Mersey Forest’s Natural Health Servivce, will use the natural environment to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
They will be run by Bob Wheat, a qualified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, with one session running on a Monday morning and the other on Monday afternoon during the eight weeks.
Mindfulness in Nature is all about giving your body and brain the opportunity to rest and relax, taking in all the wonderful surroundings of the natural environment. Each session will involve using breathing and listening exercises, plus gentle Tai Chi movement to encourage feeling both present and calm. The sessions are open to all adults and are designed to be welcoming to complete beginners.
The practice of mindfulness has become much more popular over recent years. There is a now a growing body of evidence to support its benefits for health and wellbeing, including improved stress management and reduction in the risk of experiencing depression.
Outdoor sessions were held at Castle Park, Frodsham, during the summer.
Elizabeth Mason, co-ordinator for the Natural Health Service, explained: “The mindfulness in nature sessions encourage people to be more present and mindful, not just within the sessions, but in everyday life. So many of us find ourselves caught up with the constant stream of thoughts and business in our minds without really allowing the time and space for our minds to rest. Practicing mindfulness can have really positive effects for mental
health which is so closely linked to our physical health, leading to other positive change in the way we see ourselves and our lives.”
Bob Wheat explained how beneficial the course is for attendees. He said: “All those that have been stressed through Covid and the last 18 months would definitely benefit from taking part.
The comments from previous participants have been very positive and have improved their life in many different ways. From increased confidence to improved sleeping, enjoying nature to feeling more relaxed and less anxious.”
To find out more about the Mindfulness in Nature sessions in Helsby contact either Elizabeth Mason on: 07541 691504 or e-mail: Elizabeth.Mason@merseyforest.org.uk or Bob Wheat on: 07507 013283.

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