Mindfulness Retreat Walks – Covid-19 update
I have a great programme of Mindfulness Retreat Walks for this year, with routes and themes to inspire and delight with meditations to develop and support your meditation practice.
Due to recent the recent Government announcements over social contact and non-essential travel aimed at slowing the spread of the Coronavirus, my Mindfulness Retreat Walk programme has been put back until the beginning of May and possibly later, depending on further developments.
I will continue to review the situation and hope to be able to run events starting in May. The events below are now open for booking via Eventbrite – please be assured that any bookings that change due to evolving Covid-19 circumstances will be transferred to alternative dates.
About Mindful Walking
Walking is part of daily life for most of us. Whether inside or out, we are usually walking in order to get somewhere: a goal-based journey. Quite often, while walking, be it to another room, a walk to the shops or a walk outdoors for pleasure, our minds usually take a walk too, into the world of thoughts. Before we know it, our awareness has shifted from ourselves, our bodies and our surroundings and we become lost in thought. During a mindfulness walk, by paying attention to what we notice through our senses, the mind is gathered out of the past or future and into the present moment. There is no particular aim, or goal, in a mindfulness walk, we are just being as fully present as we can with our current moment experience. Walking in this way can be rejuvenating, a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend nurturing time with ourselves – partly in silence – whilst in the company of others.
About the walks:
The walks are usually a gentle distance, ranging from 4-7miles on a full-day walk with some uphill climb which will be taken gently, in stages and as a part of the practice.
About your guide:
Belinda is an experienced hill walker and holder of the Lowland Leader Award walk leading qualification with Mountain Training Association. She is an experienced meditator and has trained with the Bangor Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research (Bangor CMRP).
Testimonials from Mindfulness Training participants:
“Belinda [was] very patient, empathetic and very ready to explain or give feedback. She was extremely proficient in handling the diverse individuals in the group and at getting people to open up about their experiences.”
Will, North Wales.
“Having never before attended a mindfulness course I was not sure what to expect and I was very pleased to have been offered the opportunity to attend the first course .Belinda was welcoming and supportive throughout the entire course. Every stage was clearly explained…All questions were answered thoroughly in simple terms and with great thoughtfulness for the students.I have given thought to everything I learnt on the course and would certainly think about attending further coursesI highly recommend….Belinda’s very high standard of teaching and guidance which was excellent and thank you!”
Gill, North East Wales.
You will need:
Sturdy boots; waterproof jacket and trousers; layers of clothing rather than thick chunks! The weather, as well as terrain, can be an excellent part of mindfulness practice: so it is good to make sure you are prepared for poor weather conditions.
Rucksack; Packed lunch; water bottle: on full-day walks, this is essential. On half-day walks, you might like to bring some snack bars or fruit.
Meditation can be contraindicated during times of emotional & psychological trauma (such as bereavement) or during depressive periods.
If you have any health concerns and are not sure whether mindful walking is for you, Belinda would be happy to chat things through.
Contact Belinda (click here) if you would like to check out any concerns you may have.
Walks List click here
Walk Training for Women
I run days of outdoor empowerment for women including training in walk planning and navigation. They are designed to be supportive, friendly, approachable and fun. Click here for more info.