Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses.
for going out, I found, was really going in.”
Using meditative mindfulness techniques with outdoors practices can be a powerful way to transform and awaken us to life.
Science is now highly interested in the benefits for the mind and health of forests and nature. Here are three findings of nature looking at our health:
With Mindfulness practices based on nature we will experience and discover the forest and Mindfulness meditation as a powerful tool to calm down, relax, nourish yourself and connect with nature.
In my workshops you will experience a series of outdoors activities to open your senses and curiosity, discover and connect with Nature, we will hike, sit, walk, meditate lay down, contemplate, hear and play with Nature. I’ll introduce you to Mindfulness & Nature Connection, both outdoor practices to support calm, joy, health & wellbeing. Any prior meditation experience is required. Speaking French, English & Spanish! A day long workshop or half a day, for a couple, group of friends or family, in groups or private, you’ll be amazed discovering the beautiful Fontainebleau forest or Sierras in Madrid through Mindfulness.
More about Nature benefits and Nature connection
We spend 90% of pour time indoors!
Given the intense interest in the architectural community on health and wellness inside buildings, encouraging green building with healthy and green materials, all great for us and for the planet, but … may we also reflect on our behaviours as humans ? Specially when research shows that spending time in nature has healing and restorative power.
Being outdoors increases well-being, helps alleviate stress and anxiety, promotes creativity, assists with recovery from mental fatigue, helps restore attention, boosts the brain’s ability to think, and engages the senses.
Physical activity. Beautiful scenery. Who doesn’t like the occasional hike in the great outdoors? And when you add a little extra awareness to the experience, your outing can benefit both your body and your mind.
It is estimated that approximately 90% of our attention is taken up with our thoughts. That leaves just about 10% of our attention for …. ? If you try to engage all your attention and senses when you go in Nature you’ll feel that in your body and mind.
Nature boosts Kindness, Happiness and Creativity. Being in Nature you can easily connect with a sense of “Awe”. Awe means being in the presence of things greater than our individuals selves, that take us beyond the ideology of self-interest. The sense of “Awe” is experienced when we encounter things that are vast and large and that transcend our current understanding of things. The sense of “Awe” makes you feel alive, confident, with hope and unimaginable new possibilities.
If you have the occasion, as a ritual starting the day and before jumping in all your activities
* Go outside (your garden or closest park) and close your eyes.
* Notice your body and the cool temperature, be aware of all life around you.
* Take some deep breaths, focusing your attention on the air as you breath.
* Open your eyes and observe the landscape, the trees, the sky, the light and the different colours.
* Acknowledge changes and cycles in Nature.
* Close your eyes, take some deep breaths and connect with a sense of gratitude before leaving your spot