Feeling Green | Nature & Well-being
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the world around you? The climate, political developments, or simply because of your own emotions? Do you feel stressed, a little sad or anxious and don't know how to deal with that? Or do you just want to learn something new and connect yourself more with nature?
Then read on; maybe this training is just what you need! You learn and experience the influence nature has on your well-being and how nature can help you feel better.
During the corona pandemic we have all noticed; nature has a calming effect on us. Fresh air in your lungs, feel the rain on your skin, the wind in your hair. You may be thinking "What's new?", but there is still a lot to discover about the healing effect of nature on our well-being.
With this training-course you will learn to use nature for their own well-being. Each session is built up with an activity and the reflection on the activity. The training is inspired by ecotherapy and the principle of whole person learning.
About the Training
In four active outdoor sessions we explore and deepen our relation to nature.
With the help of a body- scan we connect to our natural surroundings. We then share the effect the exercise and nature have on us while walking. We use nature to relax.
What do you need? Warm (waterproof) clothing and possibly. a fleece blanket
Keywords: relaxation, breathing, mindfulness
- An image says more than 1000 words
Zoom in on the nature around you, let yourself be touched by beauty, colour, structure or even decay. Find and photograph a natural object or detail that illustrates an emotion, thought or feeling you have.
What do you need? Camera (on your phone)
Keywords: natural connection, get to know yourself
A green diary
Today we connect with (an element of) nature and write down what concerns us; stress, uncertainty, anger, frustration, but also happiness or joy.
We share our stories and emotions through the talking stick, an ancient way that encourages respect, positivity and genuine listening.
Keywords: connection, vulnerability, introspection
- Make a natural collage
We go out and search for natural materials in the forest - flowers, leaves, twigs, stones, etc. - and use them to make a collage. What does your collage say about your state of mind?
For whom is this training?
Students who want to learn to deal with their emotions or stress in a creative way with help of nature.
|Participants||Maximum of 10|
|Meetings||4 sessions of 1,5 hours|
|Cost||Free of charge; offered by Student Training & Support|
|NB||If possible sessions are outside. Wear clothes that keep you warm and dry.|