For most of our history human beings have lived in close connection with the land. In intimate relationship with plants and animals, with the elements, and with the source of our food, shelter and water. Modern life, though bringing certain comforts, has severed this connection for most of us. Our sealed homes and fast moving vehicles, disconnect us from the breeze, from the earth beneath our feet, the stars in the sky, and from each other. This can bring a sense of discontent and leave us dispirited – much has been written about ‘nature deficit disorder’. And there is growing evidence of the health and wellbeing benefits of spending time outdoors, such as reduced stress and better sleep.
Playful Nature aims to bring people closer to what we call ‘nature’, whilst also recognising that we are nature. We are intimately connected to natural cycles through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. We have a wilder more instinctive self that lies beneath the veneer of ‘civilised’ life.
We provide opportunities re-sensitise and awaken to a fuller experience of ‘self’, through mindfulness, sensory activities, play, Forest Bathing techniques, and just spending time in the Great Outdoors/round a campfire/walking in the woods. By connecting with our creativity, an expression of the life force that flows through all living beings.
To be light and playful, but also quiet and contemplative… to ponder the deeper questions of what it means to be alive, and to rediscover our place in the grand scheme of things.