Cotswold Natural Mindfulness & Forest Bathing


Discover the Healing Power of Natural Mindfulness & Forest Bathing

“To know fully even one field or one land is a lifetime’s experience. In the world of poetic experience it is depth that counts, not width. A gap in a hedge, a smooth rock surfacing a narrow lane, a view of a woody meadow, the stream at the junction of four small fields – these are as much as a man can fully experience.”

Patrick Kavanagh – The Parish and the Universe

Thank you for visiting my website. I am Ian Banyard and I’m passionate about sharing my love of nature connectedness. I’m so pleased you’ve found my site.
I encourage you to EXPLORE the pages, events and blog posts you will find here and please share them if you know others who share our passion. There is lots of free nature-based wellness information waiting to be discovered here.
In 2014 I started guiding my own nature-based, wellness walks in the English Cotswolds an area of outstanding natural beauty here in the UK. I have also written a guide book to help people align Natural Mindfulness & Forest Bathing with their own nature-based wellness practice. walking mindfully ‘with’ nature is an exciting journey of reconnection with nature and our true nature.
Since self-publishing the book in 2018 it has reached over 30 countries worldwide.
If you are interested in helping others reconnect to the health benefits of walking mindfully in nature, I run 5 international guide training programmes each year. [More information]
I hope you find what you’re looking for here. If you would like to ask me about Natural Mindfulness, Forest Bathing, or have other questions, please do get in touch.
Enjoy your journey with Nature.
If you are unable to find what you are looking for, or have any questions, please feel free to email me.


Wonderful to see that ASICS Movement for Mind is now available for everyone to try here: ACCESS NOW

I’m proud to have played a part of this programme, putting movement, nature connection and mindfulness to the test in a large-scale scientific trial. Even better to discover the difference it makes to mental wellbeing.

Find out more here: ASICS Movement for Mind Website


What is ASICS Movement for Mind?

With 16 sessions over 8 weeks, ASICS Movement for Mind is a coordinated programme of movement with a focus on being more aware of your body and mind. You can run or walk, and each session builds on the last. You’ll learn how to breathe as you move, mindful physical movement, the mind-body connection, appreciating nature and music and simple mindful meditation. You’ll find my sessions in week 5 where I share Two Natural Mindfulness practices/exercises: “Seasonal Breathing/Staying in Breath” & “Training Your Senses”. 

The Research

Professor Brendon Stubbs is one of the leading researchers into movement and mental health. He oversaw the research trial that studied the effectiveness of ASICS Movement for Mind. Around 200 volunteers from the UK and the Netherlands took part, from partner companies including Google, Facebook and Danone.

The Results.

ASICS Movement for Mind is the first programme of its kind to be scientifically proven to improve mental wellbeing. Led by world-renowned mental health researcher, Professor Brendon Stubbs, we enrolled 200 volunteers to take part in an eight-week, randomised control trial. To analyse the programme’s effectiveness, Professor Stubbs used internationally recognised wellbeing measures to objectively study the impact of following ASICS Movement for Mind.


“I absolutely love the ASICS Movement for Mind programme! After the programme finished, I became an evangelist to all my colleagues and said what an amazing programme it is and they must sign up and take part. For me, it was truly wonderful and really made me feel confident, content and happy again.” – ASICS Movement for Mind participant


What is Natural Mindfulness?

When I was a teenager I realised something very valuable: learning doesn’t just happen in a classroom.

One of the most important things I learned as a child was the value of solitary time in Nature. While living in the Lake District following a series of devastating life challenges in 2002, I rediscovered this valuable life lesson. Time ‘invested’ alone in the natural world, teaches many things… READ MORE

“Connection with Nature and our true nature is so important, because when we connect we care” 

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Residential Guide Training

**Due to the uncertainty around the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions only my online guide training is currently available**

Residential training’s take place at Hawkwood College in the beautiful Gloucestershire Cotswold countryside. For more details of these courses click here.

21 Day Online Guide Training – 2022 Dates Now Available!

Since launching this 21 day online guide training programme in June 2019 more than 400 Natural Mindfulness guides from 30 countries have taken part. Many are now sharing Natural Mindfulness based nature connection worldwide. Each year I schedule Five courses – January, March, June, September and November. If you’re interested in joining the next programme, simply click here to find out more and book on the next programme.

What previous participants say about the programme.

“I absolutely loved this course. The flexible method of delivery really suited me and the format really worked. It was simple, not overwhelming and empowering. I loved being in the online groups with like minded people across the globe and sharing the experiences in different terrain and encouraging each other. Was very touching at times. Thank you so much Ian for an exceptional experience and your energy. Love your “natural” approach to life and business. You truly have an embodied natural mindfulness practice. Highly recommended!” – Deborah UK

“I absolutely loved the opportunity to be able to participate. I was looking for something different and your program was a wonderful opportunity and something different than the forest bathing training offerings I have come across. I see your training as a genuine love for the forest and for folks to be able to experience and share that love with others. Thank You. – Ginifir USA

“I really enjoyed the course on many levels. It was interesting to see a Facebook group and FB video being used so constructively and loads of people joining in. But it was the essence of the course that really was most rewarding. Well structured, engaging, a really good step by step approach to increase confidence and autonomy every week. It’s given me the confidence to actually offer Natural Mindfulness as a service in due course. And it shows that not every useful and empowering training has to cost thousands of pounds! Thanks for not up-selling but rather offering ongoing support instead.” Monika – Scotland


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