Mindfulness in nature course
Through theory, group discussions, games, exercises and meditations, Claire Thompson, author of 'Mindfulness and the Natural World', and 'The Art of Mindful Birdwatching' will inspire you to
notice, enjoy, explore, and share experiences of what it feels like to be alive, and part of the natural world.
In particular, this one week course will:
- Introduce and explore mindfulness
- Explore our relationship with our own experience (body, thoughts, emotions)
- Explore our relationship with the natural world around us
- Reveal why the practice of mindfulness in nature is essential for happiness and well-being
- Introduce a variety of exercises, games and meditations to discover mindfulness in nature
- Show how spending time in nature can make us more mindful
- Explore why being mindful of nature is essential for creating of a more sustainable world
- Reveal that practicing mindfulness in nature is relaxing, peaceful and lots of fun!
Why mindfulness in nature?
Being mindful of life within us and around us is the ultimate secret to greater happiness, enjoyment, peace and contentment. What better place to explore this than surrounded by life at its
purest: in one of Europe’s largest and wildest nature reserves Hohe Tauern National Park?
Nature is around us and within us always. How would we be here experiencing life if it weren’t for our bodies, air, water, trees, birds, the sun and the sky? The simple answer is that we
wouldn’t. Nature gives rise to all life including our own. This means that experiencing the natural world is essential for our happiness and well-being - and there is now plenty of evidence to
support this fact. In a fast-paced modern world we live in where we are increasingly disconnected from our natural home, we need to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of nature, today more than
ever before. This is where mindfulness comes in.
Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, non-judgmentally and with kind acceptance to our direct experience (thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment) in each
moment. We tend to live a large portion of our lives on ‘autopilot’, lost in thoughts, without stopping to notice what it really feels like to be alive, moment by moment. Through mindfulness, we
can actively decide where we direct our conscious attention. This choice is the secret to a happier, more contented life. The practice of mindfulness is thus the ideal way to explore our
experiences of our own lives – but it is also a wonderful way to notice life around us, in the natural world, wherever we are.
Our program is subjected to weather conditions and group preferences but a day during our retreat week could look like this:
Yoga & meditation
Mindfulness & nature workshop
Guided hike & nature awareness exercises
Free time to sit back, relax and read a book
In the middle of the week there is one day off. You could go discovering the mountains, visit the beautiful city of Lienz or relax at MoaAlm and read a book on our sunny terrace!
€950.- per person including:
Overnight stay: 7x
Meals: 7x breakfast, 6x lunch, 6x diner
Mindfulness & nature course
- A copy of Claire’s book ‘Mindfulness and the Natural world’
- Yoga classes: 5x
- Guided hikes: 5x
- Transfer from/to Lienz train or bus station
- Tourist tax
Not included in the price are:
- Flights and transfers
Testimonials from previous guests
“Claire’s insightful mindfulness course and the incredibly thoughtful way we were looked-after by Barbara and Hubert, meant that I experienced an intense connection with MoaAlm, the pristine
Alpine forest and mountains, the group and rekindled a strong connection with raw nature itself.”
“I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I have found the course really interesting and feel that it has really opened my mind to thinking about nature and aspects of my life in a way that I
perhaps would not have before. The course provided me with tools, ideas and exercises I can do at home as well. Thank you for a great week!”
“Claire’s manner and kindness were so engaging. I feel very grateful for the experience”
“It was a fantastic week! I loved the mindful seeing exercise, and looking at all the colours, textures and shapes around us and the mindful tasting game was so much fun!”