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 usually included in the listings to help you find us and arrive on time, using sat/nav, or online maps. We can also send further directions by email/text or Facebook Messenger nearer the date on request. If you are in any doubt, just ask. See walk event for contact details.
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. We don’t encourage people to walk in thin-soled shoes, or barefoot, but we don’t stop you either, as feeling our feet on the grass, earth and in wild water can be a wonderful Natural Mindfulness experience, in some conditions. As long as you take full responsibility for any unplanned consequences, the choice is yours.
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 to practice mindfulness and connect with the natural world around us. On clear summer days we advise bringing sun protection.
Fluid/Snacks. It is important to remain hydrated during the walk so bring some water if you need to, but remember we will be walking in nature and so there may not be access to public toilets along the route. On colder days guides/members may bring hot water and herbal tea bags. Feel free to bring your favourite herbal tea bags and snacks along if a refreshment break is included. See walk event for details.
Focus. A specific intention to connect with nature in a healing way. The walk/session is designed to help you move slowly 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 can last up to 2 or 3 hours. It’s all 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 and practice exercises. 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.
If you haven’t joined our free online community yet, you can do so using this link: CNM Online Community Group