Mindfulness in the Nature Garden

Ref: C3840798

Just being in nature can immediately have a beneficial effect but, likewise, we can be cut off from nature in varying degrees. Our culture makes us so and deprives us of some basic understandings about nature that should be our heritage. Our mindful practice will include nature study because what and who we love we also want to know more deeply. This will enhance your meditations and guide you in your practice. We will observe cooperative relationships between species in the garden to develop feelings of harmony. Mindfulness was first practised in forests. This course takes us back to the roots of meditation literally, starting or developing your meditation practice with a deep connection with nature in a beautiful, enclosed nature garden. The garden is tucked away, apart from the main site of the park, so make sure you follow the travel instructions!

Course aim

To learn meditation or develop your mindfulness practice, in particular developing a deeper connection with nature and a fuller sense of relaxation and peace.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Everyone is welcome. Regarding disabilities, the garden is wheelchair friendly but you may want to bring a fold up chair if you have difficulty sitting on the ground. There are some benches but not in all areas.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Practice several meditations that will connect you to nature's many aspects. Share and discuss.
  • Identify several organisms in the garden and the cooperative relationships they are engaging in.
  • Share your sensory experience with the group and find it greatly expanded. Reflect on this with the group.
  • Register your degree of groundedness, feelings of safety and at-one-ment in the garden from moment to moment.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • You may want to keep a diary of your meditations on the course or express insights into nature or your own self through artwork etc. You are welcome to share these on the course and help inspire your fellow students.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Mats will be provided. You may need a cushion and/or blanket for extra comfort. Please be aware that temperatures drop during meditation. Generally, there is no such thing as the wrong weather, only the wrong clothes but we do have the Shewsy.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • See www.ecotherapy-liverpool.co.uk for further information on this course and detailed travel instructions which previous students have warned are vital!

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Further study of meditation and self-awareness or ecology and greater involvement with nature and conservation activities.

Download full course outline

Mindfulness in the Nature Garden Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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