I am discovering that there are many different ways for us to tap into our inner resources and live well, These are often really simple – like bringing more Laughter into our lives – we could all do with more of this, so we run Be … Naturally events to help that happen too.
Spending time in nature is also a really simple and effective way to help our physical and emotional wellbeing. Nature has played an important role throughout my life – even more so now, as I take time to help people to connect with the natural world so they can reap the many positive benefits it has to offer.
Just being in nature for 15 minutes is scientifically proven to be a ‘natural de-stressor’ and has many benefits to our physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
I have led regular ‘mindfulness in nature’ walks in stunning ancient woodlands for a number of years. To deepen this experience, I trained with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT), the global leaders – firstly completing an intensive immersion training week, then a further 6 months of study to become a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. I am the only Certified Guide in Kent and one of just a handful in the UK – and even across the whole globe there are only several hundred Guides, so I am privileged to be a part of this community. Nature is important to us in our Be… Naturally events – many are held in wonderful natural surroundings and wherever possible our sessions include being in nature too.
I have a keen interest in many aspects of health and wellbeing. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 30 years and I am a regular user of my local outdoor gym. I also really enjoy running – for fun and for fundraising – and to my surprise I have clocked up 6 Marathons over the years.
I’m also privileged to have been a volunteer for my local Hospice for over 30 years. Spending time each week with the patients simultaneously inspires and humbles me … and shows me that life is so short and so precious. This is why I do whatever I can to help others live well, whatever their circumstances.