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.
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
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!