Ecotherapy groups are running on-site again and we are operating a waiting list as the groups are currently full [Oct 20]. At tier 1 and tier 2 on-site groups will continue and at tier 3 we will instead offer onsite mentoring where group participants can enjoy a nature walk and talk at the Reserve with their tutors in a small group of two or three. In addition our tutors are also offering new ways to join Ecotherapy. Receive a weekly nature-themed email with creative and practical tips about connecting with nature, including videos, blogs and photographs. To join the waiting list for one of the groups or to sign up for emails complete an enrolment form and return to Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess at email@example.com.
Kathy also runs the Mentoring Programme for Ecotherapy participants. If you would like to find out more or arrange an informal chat before enrolling on any of the groups, contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bearing Fruit – Receive a regular email about all things nature from tutor Freya Lovett.
Discover Nature – Tutor Phil Taylor invites you to explore nature and wildlife in a regular video.
Nordic Walking – Receive regular mindfulness and green exercise tips from tutor Michelle Cairns.
Eco-book Club – Receive a regular email from tutor William Davidson sharing poetry and literature.
Wellbeing Wednesday – Receive nature-inspired wellbeing tips and other inspiration from Ecotherapy Assistant Hannah Kenter.
Ecotherapy promotes good mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in a natural environment. At St Nicks Ecotherapy is offered through a wonderful variety of group activities which are underpinned by one-to one mentoring support. Year round groups are Bearing Fruit, Discover Nature, Nordic Walking, Creative Writing/ Nature Drawing, Eco Book Club and Plot to Plate. Over the spring and summer months we also offer Get Gardening and Woodworking. Scheduled for July 2021 we have Willow Weaving, Bushcraft and Grow your Home (make a window box).
Read on to find out about the benefits of Ecotherapy, how it works at St Nicks, and how to get involved.
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Benefits of Ecotherapy
Since 2015, 93% of our Ecotherapy participants experience significant improvements in their overall mental and physical wellbeing. They also report:
Reduction in stress levels
Reduction in depression and anxiety
Increased levels of physical activity
Enhanced social interaction
Confidence boosted through the learning of new skills
Feelings of happiness by positively contributing towards the environment
How it works at St Nicks
Group activities are led by qualified and experienced tutors.
All participants have access to one-to-one mentor support alongside group activities.
Nature-centred activities run both on and off site, and are free to attend.
We offer year-round and season-specific activities.
Sessions are timetabled around the lunch hour which can be enjoyed with others in a relaxed atmosphere.
Participants can be part of the project for a few years and afterwards choose to stay involved with St Nicks longer through our volunteer programme.
To join, find out more or support the project, speak to Ecotherapy staff.
Please note, there are waiting lists for some of the groups.
Interested? Want to know more?
Details about all of our Ecotherapy groups can be found here.
Watch the video below to see us in action.
Make the first step and download an Enrolment Form, once completed email it to email@example.com or post it to us at St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Ave, York, YO10 3FW.
For further information contact Ecotherapy Project Manager Kathy Sturgess on 01904 411821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.