Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours

Autumn Colours On this weeks Well-being in Nature walk there were nine of us. At one o’ clock the rain stopped and the sun came out as it so often does on our walks. Today was the day to appreciate the changing colours of autumn. A final fling of reds, greens,...
15 September 20th Ecotherapy workshop

15 September 20th Ecotherapy workshop

We had a great workshop on Saturday. The sun came out and the light was amazing filtering through the trees and floating seeds. Everyone dived into the workshop right from the start and came out at the end looking really chilled. Thank you to everyone who took part...
Blog ’15 September 5 Mirror Walk

Blog ’15 September 5 Mirror Walk

About a dozen of us went on the Wednesday WIN walk in Dagenham this week. We sauntered down to the river Rom, stopping every so often to eat some of the last edible blackberries. After looking at the fast clear flowing waters, the remains of last weeks heavy rain, we...
A Book and a Walk 17 August 2015

A Book and a Walk 17 August 2015

I am just coming to the end of a very interesting and beautiful book by John Lister-Kaye called Song of the Rolling Earth: A Highland Odyssey. It is an autobiographical account of the authors time with nature, principally the setting up and development of the Aigas...
Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

Today’s ecotherapy walk took us over the railway line to another park, Beam valley park with its new bridge allowing access to a whole new landscape. The council, despite government cuts, has built a good solid bridge across the river Beam. And it has put up...
29 July 2015 Brief Views of Nature Increase Attention

29 July 2015 Brief Views of Nature Increase Attention

I recently came across what seem at first glance to be a strange piece of academic research into the effects on attention of looking at greenery. But when I reflected on the results I realised they are consistent with everything else we know. And they show how...
22 July 2015 – Eating the Countryside

22 July 2015 – Eating the Countryside

Spiral galaxy of a wild carrot flower head The workshop on Saturday went really well. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny with occasional breezes to cool us down. Everyone who came along seemed committed to getting the best out of the day. After lunch I did a...
Well-being in Nature July 4th Watching the River

Well-being in Nature July 4th Watching the River

The weather was very hot this week. It may have even put some people off coming to the Well-being in Nature session. But enough people came to make it worthwhile so I decided we would do very little and walk at an even more leisurely pace. I suggested we go down to...
Well-being in Nature June 24th: the Kingfisher

Well-being in Nature June 24th: the Kingfisher

This week one of the participants came to the Wednesday group in Dagenham and said they had seen a kingfisher sitting on a sign in a pond reserved for wildlife. So after we had done our relaxation exercises in the wood I suggested we went and had a look. I had a hunch...