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Mindfulness of Nature Workshop

Mindfulness of Nature Workshop, Tessa Horvath, Poplar Union, health and wellbeing, community, East London, tower hamlets, Mile End, Bow, Limehouse
Mindfulness of Nature Workshop, Tessa Horvath, Poplar Union, health and wellbeing, community, East London, tower hamlets, Mile End, Bow, Limehouse

In our busy city lives it’s easy to feel disconnected from the natural world. At these workshops you’ll be exploring how we can notice and cherish nature’s beauty in the midst of the city to help us feel well, happy and resilient. You’ll explore how tuning into a sense of interconnection with nature and one another can support us to face difficulties and live well.

What to expect

The workshops will involve guided meditation and mindfulness practices as well as group activities to stimulate conversation and the imagination. No previous meditation experience is necessary. You’ll spend time inside and outside, making the most of Poplar Union’s location in between Bartlett Park and the Limehouse Cut. Come prepared for being outside!

Each workshop will be on a different theme. They work as stand-alone workshops or a three-week course.

Schedule:

Saturday 1 June – Nature & Gratitude
This session will explore the wonder of nature that surrounds us, sustains us and that we are intimately connected to. What happens when we pay closer attention to nature in the city? What can we get curious about? The workshop will include mindful eating, guided meditation practices on opening to our surroundings and kindness, and exercises to cultivate gratitude and appreciation of nature.

Saturday 8 June – Nature & Resilience
This session will explore how connecting with nature can be a resource for us when things are hard. The workshop will include information on stress and negative bias management and eco-psychology, meditation practices that help us to draw strength from nature, and opportunities to discuss and reflect.

Saturday 15 June – Nature & Connection
This session will explore the interconnection of all life, helping us to cultivate a deeper sense of connection to one another and the natural world. The session will include inspiration from the Planetary Collective and Peter Wohllben’s ‘The Hideen Life of Trees’, and meditations on urban soundscapes and connection to the web of life.

About the facilitators

Tessa Horvath

Tessa runs workshops and events which explore the relationship between personal wellbeing and the development of connected communities and sustainable ecosystems. She has been practising mindfulness and meditation for several years and has recently completed Level One mindfulness teacher training with BreathWorks. She is also a trained facilitator of nature connection activities and group processes to inspire.

Jane Lee

Jane is trained at the mental health charity Mind as a mindfulness teacher and regularly delivers stress-reduction mindfulness workshops at corporate companies, schools and universities. She has been meditating for 9 years and is a facilitator for MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) courses at Breathing Space. She also holds mindful eating workshops and explores the relationship between the mind and the natural world by going on solitary retreats in the woods.