Winding down now for a little while, whilst the leaves slowly begin to fall and other growth takes root... Keep an eye out for what is next (most likely a session around Christmas holidays) Send me a message to join the mailing list.
We discuss PTSD, C-PTSD, symptoms, misconceptions, diagnosis, treatments and therapies, guidance for friends & family, what PTSD UK can do to support you, how you can support the organisation... and my two upcoming "forest bathing taster" fundraising events (online and in-person).
***Whilst we do each mention our own lived experience of PTSD, no details of trauma are discussed.
Moving at a slower pace, I'm still offering public and private bookings but less sessions this year than pre-pandemic whilst I juggle various life admin events, health and continued studying too. I'm honoured to be working once more with the National Trust to offer some special summer sessions at Hatfield Forest in north Essex. And also been really excited to lead some longer more in-depth sessions for educators and forest school practitioners with the Essex Wildlife Trust. I'm also furthering my studies, deepening my knowledge and leaning into what feels right - seeking out more integrity and science to ensure the work I offer is meaningful and accountable. And finally working on the next step to what I dreamed Forest Clouds Nature Therapy would become - counselling, eco-therapy and nature connection work.
Some things cannot be forced, some things cannot be rushed. Watching these wild flowers grow steadily over the past few months, practicing patience and curiosity with every visiting glance, feeling joy at each bud and awe at each bloom, I’m reminded of the power of patience and steadiness. Each flower, bee, butterfly and hoverfly takes its turn, has its entrance and exit, it’s pauses and rests. 🌸 🐝
And so I’m taking a couple of months break from guiding sessions, hoping to reassess and announce new dates later in the year. I’ll keep you posted, and if you’d like to be added to my mailing list then get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org Any gift vouchers and pending bookings (there’s only a couple of you now) will be honoured for the remainder of 2021 and for all of 2022 💚
(All is well. It’s simply a decision based on various personal circumstances within the context of our current times to make the best possible choice to keep everyone safe, healthy and happy. I’ll be reassessing at the end of August, see how things have shifted and I’ll also be double vaccinated by then too! ☺️)
"COMMUNITY, CONNECTION and COMPASSION are important values that she brings to the work she does. They are also strong themes in our wide ranging conversation, which starts off with Ruth sharing a story about how she landed up in ICU a few years ago. She shares her story of recovery which included visits to a woodland she explored as a child. You will hear how that woodland rekindled her connection to nature and how it helped give her a new found appreciation for its healing power. Ruth's journey to becoming a Forest Therapy Guide included her own healing experience, which included learning to manage PTSD symptoms through nature connection. We talk about the various experiences of lockdown and the impact it has had, we talk about Polarisation, a term we hear a lot more these days. One of the antidotes to this state in society is Reciprocity, a core principle in Shinrin Yoku, Ruth shares her thoughts on what it means and how to go about developing a reciprocal relationship with nature. She also shares some great tips on how to go about maintaining human and nature connection and why it is important for us to do so. Ruth believes that through community and the human connection it creates, we can find more meaning and purpose which ultimately leads to a more fulfilled life."
The wonderful Charlotte from Oat Kitchen has curated a beautiful new e-book, with all profits going to FareShare UK who redistribute food, that would otherwise have gone to waste, to vulnerable groups and those in need around the UK. Living Well in Lockdown 2.0 is a collection of wellbeing practices and 40 incredible mouthwatering recipes. I'm very excited to have donated some words and photos, alongside many inspiring contributors. You can download it via the link below, and all donations will help Fareshare UK. https://www.oat-kitchen.co.uk/e-book
Almost accidentally, I started a project curating voices and stories of nature connection and meaning via the medium of Instagram Live! Titled "What Does Nature Mean to You?" and asking each person 3 key questions, I've enjoyed some wonderful conversations with conservationists, authors, writers, artists, therapists, chefs, coaches, adventurers, well-being practitioners and more, from the UK and further afield such as the USA and India. Conversations full of inspiration and common themes, each told in their own way. It's been nourishing and grounding, during our second lockdown here in the UK, to be connecting to other humans whilst reminding ourselves of the important of connecting to nature in various ways and paths. I've yet to work out what I'll do with this beautiful collection of voices, yet to see where this chorus leads me... but in the meantime you can catch up on the conversations over on Youtube or at @forestcloudsnaturetherapy on Instagram.