UPCOMING OPEN GROUP EVENTS (ONLINE)

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For the TAMESIDE CREATIVE WELLBEING GROUP please see Eventbrite links: Tuesday OR Thursday evenings.
1. Drop-in nature for wellbeing discovery groups.
2. Nature-based Self Care series (3 in-depth sessions)
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Drop-in Parent/caregivers community support groups
4. Drop-in Self-isolating/Covid support groups
5. One-off online intro to nature connection for wellbeing.
6. Elemental journey (5 in-depth sessions)

Discounts are available on all my sessions for those on benefits/students/keyworkers.
To book please
Contact me or click the Eventbrite links below. Places are limited.

NATURE FOR WELLBEING EXPLORATION GROUPS

Weekly 1.5 hour drop-in sessions on Zoom. Upcoming dates beginning 27th May, then weekly every Thursday. Book by clicking here.

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Many of us found solace in the natural world recently. These weekly exploration groups offer a variety of suggestions to deepen this budding relationship, and to enhance the innate wellbeing benefits of time outdoors.
 

A playful, creative session using guided meditation, gentle breathwork, expanding our awareness with sensory explorations, and a 'sit spot' experience either in your garden, local green space, or at a window.
 

Everything is an invitation, do only what you feel comfortable with, and come as you are. It's ok to not be ok.


Mindful presence in nature can help us come out of our heads, into our body, calming our thoughts and soothing our nervous system.

NATURE-BASED SELF CARE SERIES

Three part series of 2 hour online group sessions. Click here for more information and to book.

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Unpacking how nature connection can resource us at a much deeper level. Exploring the qualities and gifts offered within natural symbolism, cycles and seasons and the benefits of attuning to and responding to these in our everyday lives.

Throughout our journey we will explore ways to ease stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and generally support your wellbeing.***


Session 1: Reflection

Winter is traditionally a time of inner reflection, pause and slowing down, in some ways mirroring our recent global lockdowns. In this session we take time for ourselves, to reflect and to discern what no longer serves us and could be released. What losses need acknowledging individually and collectively?

Session 2: Presence

Gathering the above, honoring our journey and our present - wherever and however we are. Accepting with love things we cannot change and identifying smaller shifts we can make. What do we wish to retain and bring forward into our present/future? What seeds have we planted and wish to nurture?

Session 3: Unfurling

Preparing to move forward. Creatively visioning the seeds that are unfurling within us and within the wider world. What are our intentions, hopes, dreams and how can nature help us honor and sustain these?

 

These sessions will be a co-created experiential group journey including breathwork, sensory awareness meditations, nature connection experiences, storytelling, creative exercises, journalling and sharing in groups/pairs.
There will be invitations to do activities between sessions when on your daily walks or in an outdoor space you can access easily.

DROP-IN PARENT/GUARDIAN COMMUNITY
SUPPORT GROUPS

2 hour online sessions. Booking links: National, Saddleworth, Muswell Hill/Crouch End, Oldham, Tameside.

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Each week I share nature-based relaxation tips and creative activities for you to try in your own time, either alone or with your family.
'Back to school' might have brought up conflicting feelings and concerns including anxiety, stress, and relief.
Grandparents, extended family, foster carers, everyone is welcome.

 

Group activities include:

We can focus on whatever feels useful to whoever shows up on that day.
Some examples of what I can offer:

  • Relaxation, and self-care tips for anxiety and low mood.

  • Exploring what uplifts us (unique to each individual) and how we can increase this.

  • Sharing concerns, stories, feelings.

  • Using our creativity to help us to explore emotions and navigate these challenging times. 

  • Information on increasing children's feelings of safety (and our own!)

  • Over time hopefully building a local mutual support network.
     

NO COMMITMENT. Come once to try it out, pop back whenever you're able to.

DROP-IN COVID COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS

2 hour online sessions. Booking and more information: Tameside, National ,Oldham, Saddleworth.

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Whether you are still isolating, or struggling to cope with Covid restrictions for other reason's (as most of us are!), this is a space for respite and mutual support. 
 

This group aims to:

  • Offer take-away tips and self-care tools to enhance wellbeing.

  • Ease anxiety/stress/depression as part of a regular self-care routine.

  • Build an online community to help get us through this winter. 
     

Show up as you are. If you're exhausted, sad or confused that's OK. It's OK to not be OK. You are invited to use this space to unwind and process what's happening both in your own life and collectively.
NO COMMITMENT. Come once to try it out, pop back whenever you're able to.

 

There will be the opportunity to incorporate:

  • Playful creative activities,

  • Guided relaxation,

  • Gentle breathing practices,

  • Suggestions for how to deepen our time in nature to enhance our own wellbeing.

ONE-OFF INTRO TO NATURE CONNECTION

2 hour online sessions. Dates TBC in April / May 2021

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Many of us found solace in the natural world this past year. This introductory session offers various ways to deepen this budding relationship. We will explore how our connection to nature to optimise intimacy, interconnection and wellbeing.
 

You will come away with a toolkit of short exercises to ease stress, anxiety, depression, and generally support you to regain and maintain inner balance, grounding and centering.
(Of course one session cannot claim to heal your mental or physical health***).

 

This is a taster for my deeper dives - See other events on this page -  Elemental journey, or Nature-based self care series..
 

''The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.'' (Joseph Campbell)
 

Connecting first with ourselves, coming out of our heads, into our body, and into reciprocal relationship with the natural space around us and the others on the call. All deep connection experiences involve opening our hearts, increased attentiveness, and playful curiosity.

 

ELEMENTAL JOURNEY

5 part series of 2 hour online sessions. Click here for booking and more information.
Next series begins 25th May 2021 on Tuesday evenings for 5 consecutive weeks.

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This series of five Zoom sessions will focus on how we can amplify our connection to the elements, and how this can bring us into deeper relationship with the interconnectedness of all life and the animate earth.

Throughout our journey we will explore ways to ease stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and generally support your wellbeing.***
 

Session 1: Air

The winds of change. Air flows from our lungs out into the world around the globe, and vice versa. What new thoughts/patterns do we want to share via these windstreams?

Session 2: Fire

The spark of life and catalyst of change. How can we turn intention into action? What awareness is necessary to prevent getting burnt, or burned out? Self care.

Session 3: Water

Water is synonymous with flow, life and emotion. How can we connect with water to invite the flow of movement we desire, which serves our higher self and brings our gifts to the world.

Session 4: Earth

What seeds are we planting at this time? What is bubbling up under the soil, awaiting germination?

Session 5: Interweaving the whole

Connecting first to the ever-present web of life. We are all one, we are all borne of the earth, are nourished by it and return to it in time. There is no separation between 'us' and 'nature. Nature connection exists as a constant, yet our perceoption of it can diminish.
 

These sessions are a co-created experiential group journey including breathwork, sensory awareness meditations, nature connection experiences, storytelling, creative exercises, journalling and sharing in groups/pairs.


There will be invitations to do activities between sessions when on your daily walks or in an outdoor space you can access easily.

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS/HOPES: PERSONAL GROWTH
AND SELF-CARE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

2 hour online session. Click here for booking and more information.

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Gentle guided meditations and creative activities reflecting on the huge shifts Covid imposed on us all in 2020 and clarifying hopes /aspirations for 2021.

This workshop will journey through 2020 and into 2021/beyond, with gentle guided meditations, breathwork, and creative visioning/brainstorming activities.

 

Our lives and priorities might have shifted unrecognisably. We may have lost loved ones, and our own health and mental health could have suffered as a result of lockdown restrictions and impacts on our personal and professional lives.

So far, we may have been simply reacting, getting through the days, muddling along as best we can. That's admirable! We did it! We're here in a brand new year and the end is in sight with the rollout of vaccinations.
 

Reflection:

The process of moving forward is most complete when it begins with reflection. Through this, the benefit of hindsight can clarify what no longer serves us. We can also make an active choice about what we would most like to bring forward into the present.
 

Moving forward:

We can then fully and realistically capture aspirations and hopes for the future, that are grounded in a present where we are as comfortable and as well as we can be, given the current global circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

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***Whilst the hope is that these sessions will in some gentle ways ease stress etc from the perspective of self-help, this is NOT therapy. I do also offer standard and nature-based art therapy. If you are suffering from physical or mental health difficulties this is not a replacement for conventional medical support and medication. Please always see your GP as your first port of call.