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Introduction to Mindfulness in Nature

Thursday 31 August 2017
9.30am - 4.30pm


“We all have one thing in common: we are all part of the natural world. No matter what our nationality is, what we do for a living, what our interests and beliefs are, we share the same natural home. How would we be here enjoying our everyday lives, if it weren’t for our bodies, the trees, the sun in the sky and the air we are breathing? The simple answer is that we wouldn’t. Nature gives rise to all of life on the planet, including our own, and connecting with the natural world is an integral part of our happiness and wellbeing.”
Claire Thompson, Mindfulness and the Natural World
Mindfulness is a technique for learning to live in the present moment with greater awareness. Practicing mindfulness can help you develop greater resilience to stress, a greater sense of wellbeing, and greater compassion towards yourself and others.



This course aims to enable you to explore the connection with the natural world to cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness techniques and self-compassion will be taught together to improve both your mental and physical wellbeing and to help you relate to others with greater wisdom and confidence.


Training methods

This course will be held outdoors, using mainly practical and experiential mindfulness techniques in natural settings. The concepts of mindfulness and compassion will be taught by experienced trainers, allowing for plenty of group time to discuss and learn from each others' experiences and insights.


Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will have:
An insight into mindfulness techniques, especially how these can be developed in natural settings.
Explored skills to adopt a mindful and compassionate approach towards yourself, the natural world and others.
Ideas for how to bring nature-based mindful practices into your everyday life to reduce stress and increase resilience and wellbeing.


Who should attend?

This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in exploring mindfulness, especially in a natural setting. It is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their mindfulness and self-compassion skills in relation to their practice as well as their own wellbeing.
You are not required to have any previous experience in mindfulness techniques.
It can be difficult to learn mindfulness following a recent bereavement, serious illness or while suffering an acute episode of depression. If you have any queries, please get in touch with us.
Please note: priority will be given to people in Fife.


Important information

We aim to be outside for the whole day, even if there’s a little rain. However, if the conditions get too uncomfortable (heavy rain or storm), we will move inside.
As this course is outdoors, it’s essential that you:
Dress for the weather on the day - sun cream and hats or warm clothes and waterproofs, as appropriate!
Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Wear stout footwear, such as hiking boots.



Playfield Institute, Stratheden Hospital, Cupar
Date: Thursday 31 August 2017
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Cost: Free to all Fife based delegates (£50 to anyone out with Fife)
Facilitators: Wendy Simpson, Chartered Health Psychologist
  Bill Paterson, Trainer/Life Coach
  Julia Neufeind, Psychologist