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Wilderness Minds features in Jini Reddy’s new book “Wild Times”

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We're excited to announce the launch of Wild Times: Extraordinary Experiences Connecting with Nature in Britain, in which Wilderness Minds is featured. We're able to offer you a special 20% discount on the book.To claim it,purchase the book at www.bradtguides.com/wild-times-pb.html and enter code WILD20 at checkout. Offer valid until 31 December 2016.

Wilderness Minds retreat features in the Guardian travel

 

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We are delighted that our July 2014 Mindfulness in Nature Bell tent retreat has featured in the Guardian travel and we look forward to running this retreat again in 2015. Click here to read the full article

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Wilderness Minds feature on ITV Coast and Country

 

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Wilderness Minds feature on ITV coast and country (15.47 minutes into ) follow the link below to see the programme.

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Wild camping retreat June

 

 

Three days of mindfulness in the Rhinogs, meditating, walking, swiming in fresh mountain lakes and eating wild billberries for breakfast. Blessed by yet another three days of great weather.

Mindfulness in the mountains residential at Trigonos

Trigonos residential retreat June 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of you who joined us for the Mindfulness In the mountains residential at Trigonos last weekend. I have put up some pictures of the course in the portfolio and hope you enjoy them.

BBC Radio Feature

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Wilderness Minds recently featured on Country Focus on BBC Radio. The piece begins 22.25 into the programme and will be available to listen to for 7 days

to listen follow this link

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Wild camping retreat May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

See portfolio for pictures and testimonials

Three days of simplicity and peace while camping on a lake side and practicing mindfulness in a remote part of Snowdonia. Seeing two geese swimming across the lake at sunset with five goslings between them was just one of the many magical moments for me.

Mindfulness in the Mountians residential retreat April

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See portfolio for pictures and testimonials

Thank you to all who took part in our first mindfulness retreat of 2014 at Trigonos in the Nantlle valley in Snowdonia. I hope the pictures do justice to the stunning scenery and look forward to our next retreat there in June.

 

Mindfuless in Nature – A Spring practice

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For this practice you will need to choose a place which you can return to fairly regularly. Ideally it will be a quiet peaceful place where you feel connected to the natural world. If you live in a city a garden or a park is fine.

Once you have your place find a comfortable position for your body. You might want to sit down on the ground, rock or Branch or lean against a tree but standing is also fine. To begin with close your eyes or focus your gaze on a point on the ground and acknowledge what is going on for you in this moment in your mind and body. What have you bought with you to this place, are there thoughts, perhaps planning what you have to do later, or memories? How do you feel, is there emotion present? As best as you can allow whatever you find to be as it is, not judging your experience or trying to resist or change what you find. 

After a few minutes bring your attention to the sensations in your body. Can you become aware of the sensations of the body contacting the ground, and the feeling of the air around you? Stay with the body for a while noticing any physical sensations and the feeling of the breath entering and leaving the body. When you feel ready bring your awareness to any sound you can hear in the environment around you, allowing sounds to come and go without judging them. See if you can be with the direct experience of the sounds rather than going into thought about what they might be. Spend a little time this way, open to what you can hear.

If you have had your eyes closed try opening them, look around and notice what you can see.  Try to be with the direct experience of seeing, aware of the shapes, the colours and the textures. If you can, try to maintain an awareness moment by moment, noticing if you become distracted by thoughts and guiding your awareness back to what you can see. In a similar way you may want to explore you sense of smell, perhaps closing your eyes as you do this.

With any of the practices you don’t need to try too hard. As best as you can, allow yourself to relax, as you are not trying to achieve anything special, just to notice and be aware of what is going on.

See, if through spending time in this way you become intimate with the place you have chosen, noticing in detail whatever it has to offer to your senses. Noticing the plants the animals and insects, the rocks, soil and leaves. Noticing where the sun is or if there are clouds and feeling the temperature of the air.  If you return to the place regularly you may notice how things change with time especially during this season when things are growing. When you leave, again just check in with how you feel before returning to your day.

 

Wilderness Minds features in Times top 50 retreats

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