St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Tag: ecotherapy

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

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

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

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

Make a festive wreath – seasonal ecotherapy

Early December is the perfect time to connect with nature through some reflective and sensory time foraging for willow, ivy, pinecones and other natural goodies that can be added to a festive wreath. Shop bought wreaths often have fake foliage and almost always include wire, whereas our Bearing Fruit group make their wreaths with 100% […]

Posted 26 November 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: Bearing Fruit, ecotherapy

Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Relaxation

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this month’s blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or out in nature can help us to relax. There are many daily stressors in life but one of the best ways to […]

Posted 23 November 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: bacteria, breathing, connection, deep breath, earth, ecotherapy, grounding, mental health, mental wellbeing, nature, relaxation, seratonin