MindfulWild

MindfulWild is a community project, inspired by nature, for nature. It was conceived during Shelagh’s time volunteering with the RSPB at Dovestone, helping them and United Utilities increase biodiversity on the moorland and to improve its resilience to drought, flooding, fires and climate change.

It is our commitment to sharing our skills of teaching yoga and meditation and combining those with conservation activities to help nurture and preserve our local environment.

We are lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful and rarest landscapes in the British Isles but are increasingly aware that our moorlands, vital for carbon capture and havens for some rare wildlife, are in danger of damage from climate change. We have been most starkly reminded of this very real threat since a multitude of moor fires following high temperatures and drought during the summer of 2018 and our landscape continues to be at risk.

As evidence mounts for the benefits of yoga, meditation and engagement with the natural world for our physical and mental health, we believe the time is right for us to combine our own skills and love of our local landscape. To help engage our local community in accessing the benefits of mindful practices, whilst also caring for our environment.

MindfulWild is a collaborative project, currently a partnership with RSPB Dove Stone and we hope in time with other conservation projects and nature reserves large and small. We work together to provide inclusive yoga and meditation sessions in natural surroundings, coupled with conservation activities such as tree planting, wildflower planting and educational walks. These sessions allow our local community to access the benefits of these practices whilst engaging with the natural environment. It is our hope that in doing so, you will be encouraged to actively care for and help to protect it.

Have a browse of our regular MindfulWild Classes and Workshops – 10-100% of proceeds from all of these are donated to RSPB Dove Stone and/or other partners.

We hope in time that MindfulWild will become a national network of yoga teachers, nature reserves and conservation projects so that many others can also commit to preserving their local environments whilst benefiting from the proven physical and emotional effects of yoga, meditation and time in nature.

If you are a yoga teacher, nature reserve or a conservation project and would be interested to join the MindfulWild network, please get in touch using our Contact Form and we will do our best to match you to suitable partners in your local area.

lf you live locally and would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities to help protect and restore our own Saddleworth landscape, you can email our partners at RSPB Dove Stone at dovestone.rspb.org.uk 

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A GENTLE REMINDER TO BE GUARDIANS OF OUR PLANET.

Throughout the last 12 months, more of us than ever have started to find solace in the beauty of nature, to appreciate it's calming and rejuvenating properties.

Nature heals - it has wonderful benefits for our own physical and mental health but in acknowledging this, let us not begin to commodify it in the name of our own wellbeing.

We must respect it and accept the responsibility to care for and protect it. It is not ours to use and commercialise, we must work in harmony with it. Place it's preservation above our own needs and desires, enjoy it in moderation but also understand that just as we do, it also needs time and space to heal and to grow.

This is one reason why MindfulWild workshops are only occasional and always small, intimate groups. It is why we encourage volunteering to restore and protect our local landscape more often than we advertise classes and workshops.

Our first aim is to love and protect our planet. With this intention in mind, our own wellbeing will naturally follow.

Breathe easy everyone.

Shelagh 💚

#MindBodyEarth #NatureHeals #NurtureSaddleworth #OneEarth #RestoreTheMoor #NatureAndNurture #NoPlanetB
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Have you done your @rspb_love_nature Big Garden Bird Watch yet?

Just one hour, anytime this weekend in any location. Count the maximum number of any species you see together at one time 🐦 lots of info on the rspb website to help with bird ID!

You can record your data here before 19th February: https://www.rspb.org.uk/.../act.../birdwatch/submit-results/

Here's the results of ours:

6 long tailed tits
2 blue tits
2 great tits
1 coal tit
2 male & 1 female blackbirds
1 dunnock
4 jackdaws
1 wren
2 robins
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Citizen Science projects like these are such a valuable way for us to keep track of the state of nature in general but also allow you to interact with the world around you and experience the joy it brings 💚 🌍

Here's a male blackbird I snapped in my garden last year 🥰

#rspb_love_nature #biggardenbirdwatch #natureheals #mindfulness #citizenscience #wildlife #lovesaddleworth #nurturesaddleworth
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Still time to take part folks - 29-31st January!
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Visit www.rspb.org.uk and search Big Garden Birdwatch to get involved 😊
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It's not only about birds! Citizen science surveys like these are such a valuable way for us to assess the state of nature in general so help to inform strategies for positive change.
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You can do it inside or out, don't need a garden and no fancy kit is required. Just patience, enthusiasm, paper and pen. You can even take part multiple times over the weekend from different local spots if you enjoy it that much 😁

#RSPB_love_nature #BigGardenBirdwatch #CitizenScience #NoPlanetB #BeTheChange #OneEarth #NatureHeals #WeAreNature
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Happy Boxing Day everybody!
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Hope you can all take some time to enjoy the moment and feed your soul a little 😊
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Here's a male chaffinch I've been working on this morning as it's a bit grey outside. A very common garden bird you're likely to see out and about but especially if you hang some bird feeders.
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It's particularly important to feed birds this time of year to help them through the winter and you'll be rewarded with a variety of species in all shapes, sizes and colours that never fail to bring joy to your small corner of the world ☀️
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#rspb_love_nature #Mindfulness #NatureHeals #NurtureNature #FeedBirds #FeedYourSoul #NurtureSaddleworth
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Last weekend, I thought I'd try to plant some old seeds that might otherwise have gone to waste. As it's the beginning of Winter I didn't hold much hope but today, just 5 days on - we have seedlings 🌱 😊

This makes me very happy!!

Come Spring they'll be relocated to the garden but for now they'll be a source of joy atop a window sill and a symbol of hope and renewal for the coming year 💚

It's the small things!

#Mindfulness #SowToGrow #NatureHeals #PlantBabies #WildLife #SlowMo #GrowWild #Grounded #NurtureNature #NurtureSaddleworth
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I'm still sketching to calm my mind and learning while I do to let go of perfectionism, my feeling that I must be good at everything I do.

Learning just to accept that the joy comes from putting pencil to paper, creating images of all the things I encounter in nature, all the things I love and improve my wellbeing.

I enjoy it and that is enough!

(although I am now going to obsess over how I can get better at drawing water as I am human after all) 😂

This is inspired by my recent adventures wild swimming (floating) with @sophiefitton_yoga and by the myth of the selkie as folklore is another thing so close to my heart.

Shelagh ❤

#NatureHeals #Mindfulness #MindfulWild #WildLife #Folklore #Selkie #MindBodyEarth
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Amazing day planting our first tree donations at RSPB Dove Stone with volunteers today 😊 Such a great turn out and lots of new faces! Howling wind, biting rain and a side order of hail - what's not to like 😂
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Seriously though, it's such a great way to spend a day and you leave satisfied that you've contributed to reviving the landscape and helped to combat climate change!

There's also always free cake 👍😋
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Thanks again to all MindfulWild yogis for your dedication @nurturesaddleworth over the last 12 months, these trees have your names on ❤ 🌳

#PlantTrees #NoPlanetB #NatureHeals #YogaForNature #Mindfulness #MindBodyEarth #rspb_love_nature #NurtureSaddleworth #MindfulWild #WildLife #wildlifeconservation
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T H A N K Y O U & well done to all my wonderful MindfulWild yogis!!! 🙏

I'm so happy to let you all know that contributions from Tuesday evening Hatha classes and all my workshops mean we can now plant more than 100 native trees at RSPB Dove Stone 😊🌍🌳

You're all changing the world one tree at a time and even better, will be able to see how they grow and help to restore your very own beautiful landscape ❤

If you would like to go one step further and join the volunteer force to plant these beauties and protect our rare and vital uplands, send a message and I'll let you know how you can get involved!!
It's a wonderful way you can safely get out and about during lockdown and contribute to protecting nature whilst also caring for your own physical & mental health!!!

See you all soon my eco-warriors ❤🙏🌍

Shelagh x

#YogaForNature #rspb_love_nature #MindBodyEarth #BeTheChange #NatureHeals #RestoreTheMoor #Mindfulness #PlantTrees #NurtureSaddleworth
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A GENTLE REMINDER TO BE GUARDIANS OF OUR PLANET. 

Throughout the last 12 months, more of us than ever have started to find solace in the beauty of nature, to appreciate its calming and rejuvenating properties. 

Nature heals - it has wonderful benefits for our own physical and mental health but in acknowledging this, let us not begin to commodify it in the name of our own wellbeing. 

We must respect it and accept the responsibility to care for and protect it. It is not ours to use and commercialise, we must work in harmony with it. Place its preservation above our own needs and desires, enjoy it in moderation but also understand that just as we do, it also needs time and space to heal and to grow. 

This is one reason why MindfulWild workshops are only occasional and always small, intimate groups. It is why we encourage volunteering to restore and protect our local landscape more often than we advertise classes and workshops. 

Our first aim is to love and protect our planet. With this intention in mind, our own wellbeing will naturally follow!

Breathe easy everyone. 

Shelagh 💚

#MindBodyEarth #NurtureSaddleworth #NatureHeals #NoPlanetB #RestoreTheMoor #NatureNurture
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Have you done your @RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch yet? 

Just one hour, anytime this weekend in any location. Count the maximum number of any species you see together at one time 🐦 Lots of info on the rspb website to help with bird ID!

You can record your data here before 19th February: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/submit-results/ 

Heres the results of ours 😊
6 long tailed tits
2 blue tits
2 great tits
1 coal tit
2 male & 1 female blackbirds
1 dunnock
4 jackdaws
1 wren
2 robins 

Citizen Science projects like these are such a valuable way for us to keep track of the state of nature in general but also allow you to interact with the world around you and experience the joy it brings 💚 🌍

Heres a male blackbird I snapped in my garden last year 🥰

#rspb_love_nature #biggardenbirdwatch #natureheals #mindfulness #citizenscience #wildlife #lovesaddleworth #NurtureSaddleworth

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Your list is very similar to mine! No jackdaws though. I love the long tailed tits 💗 (7) xx

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Still time to take part folks - 29-31 January!

Visit www.rspb.org.uk and search Big Garden Birdwatch to get involved 😊

Its not only about birds (although they are blooming lovely)! Citizen science surveys like these are such a valuable way for us to assess the state of nature in general so help to inform strategies for positive change.

You can do it inside or out, dont need a garden and no fancy kit is required. Just patience, enthusiasm, paper and pen. You can even take part multiple times over the weekend from different local spots if you enjoy it that much 😄
#RSPB_love_nature #BigGardenBirdwatch #CitizenScience #NoPlanetB #BeTheChange #OneEarth #NatureHeals #WeAreNature
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No Single-Use Plastic Policy

Here at Nurture, as we believe so strongly that we all have a responsibility to contribute to preservation of our beautiful planet, we have a no single use plastic policy in place.

To help support this, we respectfully ask that you only bring re-usable drinking cups and bottles to classes and appointments.

Fresh drinking water as well as glasses are provided in reception and you are always very welcome to help yourself. In fact, we actively encourage it as staying hydrated is a very important part of maintaining your health and well-being.

Thank you for your cooperation and watch this space for some further incentives to help you and our planet stay plastic free and healthy!

CARING FOR MIND, BODY AND THE EARTH