Natural Mindfulness

Cotswold Natural Mindfulness

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

Ian Banyard founder of Cotswold Natural Mindfulness

Thank you for visiting the Cotswold Natural Mindfulness page. Below are details of how to find out where and when, our monthly guided walks are available, and who to contact for further details.


Hello everyone and Happy New Year – 2019 has arrived!

Now is the perfect time to renew your connection with nature. New life is starting to emerge from it’s deep rest. The trees have dropped their leaves to make way for Spring growth. Wildlife is busy collecting food to cope with the chilly nights and frozen mornings, while the winter sun does it’s best to warm the world.

It’s also a time of year when we have to be mindful of our walking gear and terrain, so be prepared. Good footwear, layers, insulated gloves/hats and maybe a flask of something hot in your rucksack too. There is a great article with some hints and tips at this link:

Walking Information

We have lots of walks available throughout Jan – Mar for those of you who are ready to immerse yourself in NATURE. Regular Nature Connection is beneficial for you physically and mentally – a great gift to yourself, family and friends.

Here is the current list of our guided walk dates for January. More dates will be added and things may change, so keep updated by revisiting this site and checking with the guides.

Sat 5th – 14:00, Lineover Woods with Karen
Sun 6th – 10:00, Kilkenny with Ian
Sat 12th – 10:30, Sutton Coldfield with Maleka
Sun 13th – 10:30, Coopers Hill with Neil
Sat 26th – 10:30, Bisley with Nick
Sun 27th – 10:30, Cleeve Common with Neil
Sun 27th – 14:30, Tamworth with Maleka

Sun 3rd Feb – 10.00 Birdlip with Ian

Our guides and growing members are looking forward to seeing you all soon.

Our Walks

Attendance is free on most of our walks, for anyone who hasn’t walked with us before and wants to experience a walk before joining as a member. After your free walk, you can join as a Pay As You Go member, for £5 per walk. If you feel you want to be a regular walker, monthly membership is available for just £10.

If you are likely to walk at least twice a month, this is the best option as it gives you access to all of our walks at no additional charge. Visit Walking Membership for details.

Your Guides

Neil Gayler has been guiding nature walks in the Cotswolds since 2015. His gentle, peaceful Friday morning walks are ideal for boosting your health and refreshing your spirit. There is also a good chance of encountering wildlife on Neil’s walks. For details of Neil’s next Refresher Friday walk, check the events feed, or email

Karen Wills joined Cotswold Natural Mindfulness in 2015 as a member and now guides her own regular monthly walk. Karen is also our administrator making sure that our guides and walking members are happy. Karen’s walks often include some Natural Mindfulness exercises as well as a cup of herbal tea and a snack. To discover when Karen’s next walk is taking place check our events feed, or email

Nick Pike is a very talented local artist who generously shares his keen eye and sharp instincts for finding the perfect landscape on his enchanting walks. Nick guides informative and insightful walks around Painswick and the Slad Valley sharing his knowledge and curiosity about the natural world. To join Nick on his next escape into nature, check the events feed on this site, or email

Cotswold Natural Mindfulness

Want to join us on a walk?

Then come along and try a COTSWOLD NATURAL MINDFULNESS taster walk for FREE. For details of our next Cotswold Natural Mindfulness guided walk contact one of the guides above, or keep a look out on our Facebook group for events.

 If you are unable to walk with us, there are lots of  other opportunities to get involved:
1. Join Our Facebook Group

If you would like to be kept up to date with what we are doing, see images and videos from our most recent walks, request to join our Natural Mindfulness Facebook Group CLICK HERE

2. FREE 7 Day Online Video Programme

Register today and learn how to experience a Cotswold Natural Mindfulness walk wherever you live in the world.

3. Join my team of CNM Guides

If you live in Gloucestershire and love the idea of guiding your own Cotswold Natural Mindfulness walks,  I’m keen to talk to you. My Next Natural Mindfulness Training takes place at Hawkwood College, near Stroud, on Friday 28th September 2018.

Click Here  to find out more.

4. Purchase a Copy of Ian’s new book!

“Natural Mindfulness – your personal guide to the healing power of nature”will be available on the 28th July 2018.

CLICK HERE to pre-order a copy.

Watch 4 Steps to a better connection with Nature to discover more

Ian Banyard is founder of Cotswold Natural Mindfulness, and author of Natural Mindfulnessyour guide to the healing power of nature connection. In this video Ian shares his 4 steps to help you develop a healthier connection with Nature, your true nature and with others. There is so much scientific evidence now to support our intuitive sense that immersing ourselves in the natural world is good for our mind, body and spirit.

Enjoy the video, and CLICK HERE for more videos

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