12 Walks to Wellbeing

The Biannual Restorative Walks Series by Anna Dako

Autumn Season 2021

(September - November 2021)

The Autumn Season 2021 is on! 

From sand dunes, grassland, heathland, wetland to woodland, Aberdeenshire has it all. The upcoming Spring challenge is to do something good for yourself on 12 Nature Walks in contemplative and creative reflection within our local nature reserves, most within 10-15 mins drive from the city centre! Rain or Shine! Join us! 

 

On the Walks we focus on:

 

- Proprioceptive and interoceptive sensitivity and conscious movement

- Dialogical processes in relation to feeling, sensation, imagination, and functional movement

- Explorations into the inner landscape of the body through sensory awareness and meditative movement practice

- Skills of interoceptive and exteroceptive listening that support sensory homeostasis

- Being in the moment with reflexive voicing of the experience as a form of self-therapy

 

Contemplating movement to facilitate our own wellbeing is a very intuitive activity that involves all the sensual acuteness, kinaesthetic and proprioceptive awareness, embodied presence and a very open attitude toward listening, receiving, and being with whatever is, internally, externally, always transitioning. It is based on practicing one’s ability to move that emerges from our inner sensing and the visceral phenomena, as well as staying responsive to the external stimuli of the space or landscape, where movement shapes itself as a living conversation, a meeting ground between what is or what comes into being, at any given moment.

 

During the 12 weekly walks in ongoing Felt Thinking with Nature we will strive to bring all the living and wellbeing-enriching aspects of the natural environment to our awareness and ponder over their deeper meaning as experienced in movement. We will be learning how to give the experience its voice and how to build a creative dialogue with the landscape’s distinctive qualities and the environmentally inclusive ‘whole self’.

Felt Thinking is a body-based way of working with movement in somatic experience of the Self. It is a deep self-inquiry journey which brings the lived connections between Nature and the Self to the fore and which offers new insights to how we are in the world and how to remedy multiple imbalances.

 

In this series of walks we will be getting to know the three steps of experiential immersion as the creative methodology of Felt Thinking and how to keep discovering different entry points into ecological connectivity in movement and reflection.

 

You are welcome to simply come along to a few walks to try out the practice and engage in gentle movement explorations and open, supportive exchange. Alternatively, you can participate in the whole series as a training course in the method of Felt Thinking.

 

There is no prior experience needed! All are welcome! 

Please note: We are following COVID-19 safety guidelines. As such, social distancing measures will be in place throughout all walks. Additionally, all individuals participating in a walk are strongly encouraged to bring their own sanitising hand gel and are welcome to wear a face mask. All walks take place outdoors in areas where there is plenty of space for individuals to remain safely distanced.

 

When: 9.00-11.00 every Saturday morning between 4th September - 27th November 2021 

(See calendar below.)

Cost: £8 per morning session, or £80 for the whole season of 12 Walks! 

For seniors, £5 per morning session, or £50 for the whole season of 12 Walks!

Calendar of Autumn Walks 2021:

Sat 4th September - TBC

Sat 11th September - Donmouth Nature Reserve

Sat 18th September - Balmedie Beach

Sat 25th September - Hazlehead Woods

Sat 2nd October - Tollohill Wood

Sat 9th October - Countesswells Forest

BREAK

 

Sat 23rd October - Kirkhill Forest (Cancelled)

Sat 30th October - Maryculter Woods (New!)

Sat 6th November - Backhill Wood

Sat 13th November - Tyrebagger Forest

Sat 20th November - Newburgh Beach

Sat 27th November - Drum / River Dee Walk

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We also offer an online version of Walks to Wellbeing as a series of 24 audio guided sessions led by Dr Anna Dako.

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