St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Ecotherapy

Meet the team: Ecotherapy Project Assistant Rachel Hall

What is your role at St Nicks? I started working as the Ecotherapy Project Assistant in May 2021. Previously I’ve worked for charities and in local government roles but during the last lockdown I decided I needed a new challenge. I have always really enjoyed being out in nature and felt it can have a […]

Posted 4 August 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: Bearing Fruit, bushcraft, creative writing, creativity, discover nature, garden, gardening, mental health, nature, nature connectedness, nordic walking, plot to plate, staff, support, team, wild, willow weaving

Meet the Ecotherapy Team: Art based Creative Writing tutor Griselda Goldsbrough

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I am the Ecotherapy Creative Writing/Nature Arts tutor at St Nicks. I have over 20 years of professional experience in arts, heritage, culture and a specialism in community arts, writing and recovery. I enjoy promoting the benefits of […]

Posted 29 July 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Interview | Tags: arts, creativity, ecotherapy, Learning, mental health, nature, nature connectedness, stress, wellbeing, writing

Boost your Mental Wellbeing at St Nicks

The last year has been hard on many people’s mental health, so we are especially glad to be sharing a range of opportunities to boost your mental wellbeing. From bushcraft to willow weaving to one-to-one support for mental health at work and wellbeing workshops, there’s something for everyone. The evidence is clear.  ‘Nature connectedness’ is […]

Posted 1 July 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Thriving at Work | Tags: advice, art, bushcraft, coaching, craft, ecotherapy, employers, mental wellbeing, mentoring, mindfullness, nature, nature connectedness, nature journal, support, Thriving at work, Time To Change, willow weaving, work life balance

How to rewild yourself and reconnect with nature

We hear a lot these days about how to rewild nature – a form of conservation and ecological restoration that has significant potential to increase biodiversity through letting things take their natural course, reintroducing native species and not having too much human interference. But is it also possible to rewild ourselves? This could mean doing […]

Posted 11 May 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: ecotherapy, foraging, garden, mental wellbeing, nature, nature connectedness, nature journal, plants, rewilding, senses, weather, wellbeing, wildlife

Ecotherapy meet the participants: Interview with allotment volunteer Eileen

When did you first get involved with Ecotherapy at St Nicks? I remember very clearly when I started at St Nicks. It was 2011, the year I retired. I was thinking about life after retirement and saw an article in The Press. St Nicks were seeking volunteers to help plant an orchard on the nature […]

Posted 17 March 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Natural Habitats

How to spring clean you mind – seasonal ecotherapy

Spring is just around the corner and often this is a time for spring cleaning. But this doesn’t just have to mean clearing out your clutter and sweeping away the cobwebs, it can be helpful to do some spring cleaning for your mind too. These are some tips for how you can feel a boost […]

Posted 3 March 2021 | Categories: Bearing Fruit, Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: Bearing Fruit, ecotherapy, Inspiration

Meet the Ecotherapy Team: Discover Nature tutor Phil Taylor

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I run the Discover Nature ecotherapy group at St Nicks. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been interested in wildlife (or Star Trek). Since university I have pursued a career in ecology as apparently Starship […]

Posted 25 February 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Natural Habitats | Tags: ecotherapy, Inspiration, natural habitats

Meet the Ecotherapy team: Words from the Wild tutor William Davidson

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I run Words From the Wild with Emma. We used to run Book Club and Creative Writing separately, but now they’re combined, which is great! While I was studying at the Centre for Writing at York St […]

Posted 3 February 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: ecotherapy, nature

 Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sunshine and natural daylight   

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 important it is to get outside for natural daylight – even when that’s not always the most appealing at this time of year! In summer it’s easy […]

Posted 27 January 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: daylight, get outdoors, melatonin, mental health, seratonin

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