We are one of the country’s top providers of nature-based health interventions.
We are committed to helping individuals and communities to lead a healthy life that is supported by the natural environment and our relationship with it.
We design and offer a range of nature-based therapeutic activities for people of all ages and abilities for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing .
We operate from an evidence-based position, informed by the latest research. Our initiatives have been developed with a combination of field experience, empirical evidence and prototyping to see what works and what people enjoy. We employ high professional standards and conduct research on our initiatives to add to the evidence on nature based therapy but also to inform our own practice.
We offer sessions for all but also cater for certain wellness groups:
- People in Later Life
- Carers and Young Carers
- Socially Isolated & Lonely
- Chronically Inactive
- Anxiety & Depression
- Traumatic & Stress Disorders
- Chronic Pain
- Recovery from illness and surgery
- Families & Armed Forces Veterans
- Cardiovascular health
- Dementia, memory and cognitive decline
- Recovering from Cancer
OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMMES IS HERE
While it is difficult to generalise, for indicative purposes we have found that there are significant benefits from our initiatives which include;
- 20% increase in happiness
- 15% increase in focus and concentration
- 7% lowering in blood pressure
- Participants also report general feelings of wellbeing as well as a lifting of spirits, increased energy and light-heartedness.
To achieve these benefits we design much of our core work around the convergence of three interactions: Nature, Sensing and Being (Present).
Our senses are the means by which we connect and interpret the world, others and ourselves. Our activities focus on sensory awareness, sensory enhancement, observation, curiosity – seeing, smelling, touching, tasting, hearing and more.
We use the great, nourishing amphitheatre of wild places as the interactive space in which we ground ourselves. Connection with nature is scientifically proven to be essential to our wellbeing. As therapists we create the circumstances, paths and experiences to let nature do its work.
Being Present (Mindfulness)
The essence of all mindfulness practice is letting go of past disappointments and future expectations to fully be present in the moment. We create a permissive space and activities, including Mindfulness, that place you fully in the Present. Its powerful, life affirming stuff.
Our sessions and activities are available in different ways; some are commissioned for specific groups by health and wellbeing professionals and some are open to everyone. We make this clear on our ‘what’s on’ page.