What is Nature Connect?

Nature Connect project runs regular group activities in Mile Cross to help adults to develop a deeper contact with nature for improved resilience and overall better good mental health. 

The project will include the following elements:

  • Resilience workshop
  • Sowing and Growing groups
  • Mindful Walking and Forest Bathing
  • Nature Connect workshops and groups
The project has been influenced by the Nature Connectedness research group at University of Derby.
Who is Nature Connect for?
People (over 18 years old) struggling with or at risk of low to moderate mental health conditions. This may also be as a consequence of COVID.
How do I access Nature Connect?

We are a self-referral service, and we ask all participants to complete a brief booking form to join our courses.
How can I find out more about Nature Connect?

Call us on 0300 330 5488 option 1 or email natureconnect@norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk where you will be met by a Recovery Triage Operator who will provide you with further information about this service.

Whether it’s you, someone in your family, a friend or a work colleague, we are here to support you.

Training Opportunity
Become a walk leader in your community!

We will support you to complete a walk leader training workshop, and through fortnightly practice walks, we will enable you to: 
identify routes, practice leading skills, advertise your group successfully and undertake all the good practice needed to ensure your group is safe and welcoming. 

We are looking to recruit a group of people to take part in January to March 2024

Improve your fitness, increase your sense of wellbeing, boost your connection with nature and lead a group to support others to do the same.

Get in touch with Lucy on 07719971911 or natureconnect@norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk
Upcoming Groups and Workshops
Forest Bathing Peer Study Group

Meeting every other Wednesday 12.30 - 2pm at MileXchange, 185 Drayton Road and Sloughbottom Park, Mile Cross, Norwich.

Starting on 8th November.
Running until March 2024.

Be part of a group exploring the Japanese practice of  Shinrin Yoku (also known as Forest Bathing) and how to lead our own simple sessions with friends or family.  At each group, we’ll learn skills that bring us back to nature and create space in our busy lives, and we’ll consider how to practice this with others.

Contact natureconnect@norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk for more information and to book.

Forest Bathing Session at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Sweet Briar Marshes

Tuesday 12th December, 1pm lasting for an hour (weather dependent), meeting at the BMX Track on Sloughbottom Park.

Join Norfolk and Waveney Mind's Nature Connect project for a Forest Bathing session, although it's not yet open to the public we're running a special session at Norfolk Wildlife Trust Sweet Briar Marshes, on Tuesday 12th December.

'Forest Bathing is inspired but the Japanese practice – Shinrin Yoku. We will awaken and immerse your senses amongst nature. An opportunity to relax and unwind, to discover your own walk and connection, acknowledge and appreciate nature’s wisdom, becoming more open, connected, fully present and alive.'

The session will start at 1pm and last for an hour (weather dependent) meeting at the BMX Track on Sloughbottom Park. Please wear long trousers and waterproof shoes.

Close to midwinter we will practice tools we can draw on before spring returns. 

Get in touch with Lucy at natureconnect@norfolkandwaveneymind.org.uk or on 07719971911

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