St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

17 Jul

Happy by Nature

Sat 17 Jul 2021 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3FW

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Please book via Eventbrite on this holistic wellbeing and mindfulness workshop

This workshop invites you to re-connect with what is good and healthy in and around you, and to more naturally live by that. It is suitable for beginners as well as for those who already have some experience in mindfulness, body or nature based wellbeing. The practices and experiences of the day are of immediate benefit, and can be implemented directly in daily life:

  • simple body mind awareness and relaxation exercises, with attention for the breath, and some more specific self-care options, using the touch and pressure of our hands,
  • being in and with Nature, realizing and enjoying its positive effects on us,
  • inspired by Nature, through seeing, sensing, exploring, imagining (creative impulses and tasks will be given), gaining a deeper understanding of who and what we are, and what’s important.

With these practices or ways of being we strengthen our sense of aliveness, wholeness and connectedness. Any stress, excess tension or over-thinking we might have carried with us can leave, and gradually we come to feel more grounded, better balanced, nicely energised. Positive states of mind, like calm, clarity, kindness, joy, compassion and confidence, can manifest more steadily, and solutions to any problems we’re facing can come more easily.

The workshop will be led by tutor Gudrun Grimpe who is a Systemic (Integrative) Therapist and Holistic Acupressure Practitioner with a degree in Environmental Sciences. Gudrun will be supported on the day by St Nicks Sustainability Officer Ivana Jakubkova, who will be available to answer questions about St Nicks and sustainable living.

This will be a small group workshop, going ahead in any kind of weather. For Covid safety we’ll be outdoors the whole time, marquee or “leaf roof” sheltered in case of heavy rain – out in the nature reserve, in the sunshine and shadow, in open and more enclosed areas. We will begin and end at the Environment Centre, where toilet (a modern, well-equipped wooden wee house), hand wash and sanitising facilities are available.

Wearing comfortable clothes which allow you to move freely and protect you from the weather of the day is advised, and you’re very welcome to take off your shoes or sandals whenever it feels comfortable for you. There’ll be a break with light refreshments (included in the workshop fee).

More ‘Happy by Nature’ events are planned so if you can’t make this date, please get in touch via to let us know you’re interested in future ones. When all Covid restrictions are lifted, indoor Centre spaces and facilities will become available too.

Entry: £30 per person, booking essential via Eventbrite as places are limited


Would like to know more or are you unsure if this is something for you?

Just get in touch via or 07912 432819, to arrange a brief phone chat with the tutor.


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