Mindfulness in the Woods.
The mindfulness practice is combined with practical woodland skills and crafts of Ecowild, making the whole experience varied creative and interesting. Mindfulness is taught through the gentle listening and focusing, with intention, onto what is happening in the present moment. In the woods that can be the sound of the fire, the call of the birds, the wind in the trees, the rustling of the leaves or just the sound of you breathing as you sit. Mindfulness is the practice, the skill, of paying attention to what is happening now. It is not a theory, not an idea, it is a skill.
Ecowild directors, Emily Malik and Lucy Holland are experienced biologists, environmentalists and forest school specialists, who lead us through the skills of being present in the woods. Be it whittling a stick, making a dream catcher,pencil or hazel circle we all calm our agitated minds to a point of being present. With a woodland fire, we make tea and eat cake whilst all the while being mindful, gentle and calm.