Walking for Clarity, Growth & Connection!
Hi I’m Ian Banyard and I’m really passionate about Empowering people and Exploring nature. If you are a busy person who finds it difficult to invest some time and energy in your self development, or someone who feels a little lost and is looking for more clarity in your life, or perhaps someone who knows they would benefit from joining a like-minded walking community, then our Natural Mindfulness walks and Life Guiding Walkshops are definitely for you.
Each month our members and guests get to join me on guided walks where we explore the beautiful natural world of the Cotswolds, learn about The Power of Nature and practice simple Natural Mindfulness exercises.
If you would like to join us as our guest and experience how nature and mindfulness can help you relax and refresh your body, still your mind, reconnect with your inner self and discover pathways to a more natural flow in your life, Feel free to join us on our next walk as my guest…
Our July Walks…
NEW SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COTSWOLD NATURAL MINDFULNESS WALK LAUNCHES ON THE 8th JULY!! You are invited to join us for this gentle exploration of the country lanes and ancient pathways around the village of Cromhall and countryside around Tortworth Court to experience the health benefits of walking mindfully in nature. This walk will be led by Steve Pickin and starts at 9.30am at the Village Shop and Post office (GL12 8QA) For further details and to book your place call/text 07812675549.
Join us on Friday 10th July for our “The Road Less Travelled” Natural Mindfulness Walk. We will meet at The Kilkenny Inn (GL54 4LN) on the A436 near Andoversford for a 9.30 start. This walk beautiful, empowering morning walk will be led by Ian Banyard. For more details and to secure your place call/text 07812675549.
Our next summer Evening Health Walk is on Thursday 16th July at the Colesbourne Inn starting at 6.30pm. This walk will be led by Ian Banyard. For more details and to secure your place call/text 07812675549.
Join Neil Gayler on Friday 24th July for an informative and enjoyable Natural Mindfulness wellbeing walk at Coopers Hill. This walk will start at 9.30am – more details to follow.
The next MINDSIGHT Walkshop is on Saturday 25th July 9.30 – 12.30. If you would like to learn more about the science behind Natural Mindfulness and explore the healing power of nature – book your place now. Call/text 07812675549 (this walkshop is free to members and £15 for non-members)
To register your interest and get updates on future walks just complete the form below or call/text 07812675549…
Hear us on the Radio!
Ian Banyard and Shelagh Greygoose were guests on Radio Winchcombe on Friday 25th March 2015 discussing Natural Mindfulness and the many health benefits of walking mindfully in the natural world. Click to listen to the full interview
Walk with Us!
If you choose to join the Cotswold Natural Mindfulness community there is a monthly membership fee (currently £20). Members can attend as many of our monthly walks as they wish, invite their guests to experience our walks and “Gift a Walk” each month if they aren’t able to attend a walk.
To learn more about membership and the benefits of joining Cotswold Natural Mindfulness click here
All you will need to walk with us
Here are a few basic requirements to help you prepare for a Natural Mindfulness Walk.
Directions. A postcode for the next Natural Mindfulness walk is included in the listings above for those of you using sat/nav or online maps to find us. I will also send further directions by email nearer the date for the start of each walk or on request using the contact form at the foot of this page.
Footwear. We walk in all weathers/conditions and may encounter wet grass, muddy and wet footpaths on occasions even in the summer months. It is advisable to bring walking boots or other sturdy footwear.
Clothing. The temperature and conditions during a 2-3 hour walk can change quickly and so appropriate layers of clothing are recommended based on local forecasts. Waterproofs if wet weather is forecast and head covering if it’s a sunny day or very cold. During winter months good socks and gloves are necessary as we do stop at regular intervals.
Fluid. Some water. It is important to remain hydrated during the walk, but remember we will be walking in nature and so there will be no public toilets along the route. On colder days guides bring hot water and herbal tea bags for break time. Feel free to bring your favourite herbal tea bags to share.
Focus. A specific intention to connect with nature in a healing way. The walk/session is designed to help you move through the landscape in ways that cultivate presence, opening all the senses and actively communicating with the land.
Patience. Don’t Rush. The primary goal is not exercise or physical exertion. Walks are rarely more than a few miles and last up to 3 hours. It’s about enjoying the journey.
Mindfulness. Generously give your attention. I encourage “Natural Mindfulness” as we walk using an ever-changing and evolving series of activities. These activities are designed to slow us down and open the senses allowing the natural world to penetrate our consciousness more deeply.
Practice. It’s not a one-off event. Developing a meaningful relationship with yourself and nature occurs over time. This is why we have created the “Cotswold Natural Mindfulness Community” enabling and encouraging members to returning again and again throughout the natural cycles of the seasons.
Want to be a Natural Mindfulness Life Guide?
We are looking to expand our Natural Mindfulness walks and Life Guiding walkshops this year. If you love walking in nature , enjoy empowering people, are curious about mindfulness and have been searching for a part time NATURAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY that resonates with you, click here to learn more about becoming a Life Guide.
Ian Banyard is a Natural Mindfulness Life Guide who is passionate about exploring nature and empowering people. Ian combines a wealth of knowledge and experience from his personal and corporate life with intuitive and instinctive insights from his own inner journey to guide others on their own unique journeys.
To join Ian on his next Natural Mindfulness Walk, learn more about Life Guiding or to get in contact click here
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