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Archive for December 2020

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Peer support

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or nature can help us connect to others. Gardening is often thought of as a solitary activity which can be very rewarding in […]

Posted 23 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece | Tags: community, cuttings, gardening, mental health, peer support, social, volunteering

What is sustainable living?

We often say that St Nicks’ aim is to promote and enable sustainable living. What we don’t often say is what we mean by that. A recent discussion amongst staff has highlighted the fact that it’s so much easier to agree on what isn’t sustainable, than what is. At the moment, most of us in […]

Posted 21 December 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: carbon footprint, Learning, making a difference, New Year's resolution, one planet living, sustainability, sustainable living

Meet the team – Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I project manage the Ecotherapy Programme at St Nicks and have done so since the project started in 2015. Prior to joining St Nicks, I was a Service Development Senior Manager at York Mind and had been […]

Posted 18 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: career, day in the life, diary, ecotherapy, help, Inspiration, mental health, pathway, staff, vocation, work

Spotlight on… Red Kites

This blog has been written by the incredibly knowledgeable Phil Taylor from Green Underwing who also leads our Discover Nature Ecotherapy session. Recently I saw a red kite flying over the road near Rufforth and this prompted me to explore the history of this bird of prey. Red kites are a magnificent part of British […]

Posted 17 December 2020 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: conservation, red kite, reintroduction, wildlife

Make your own nature journal – seasonal Ecotherapy

Why nature journal? The New Year is an especially good time to start a nature journal, it sets an intention of regularly connecting with nature throughout the year. A nature journal can provide some refuge on the darker days in winter time. Opening up the pages can remind us how we were feeling when we […]

Posted 16 December 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: creative writing, ecotherapy, Words from the Wild

Zero Waste Christmas

It’s been two years since I first wrote about waste at Christmas and my how attitudes have changed in that time! This year Christmas is looking like it won’t be exactly as we’ve known previously so let’s prioritise the things that matter; the people, pets and friends we love and minimise our impact on an […]

Posted 3 December 2020 | Categories: Inspiration, Waste and recycling | Tags: buy nothing, Christmas, craft, crafty, low waste, make do, mend, rent a tree, zero waste, zero waste york