illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know no thought so
burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”
Soren Kierkegaard – Philosopher
This venture is the result of a long-term vision. Besides the well-established physical benefits of outdoor activities, contact with nature is essential for mental and emotional well-being. The term Ecotherapy has been coined to describe the therapeutic value of this connection with the natural world. The practice of Mindfulness encourages one to become more aware of the present moment rather than dwelling in the past, or projecting into the future. Therefore, as well as the obvious benefits of fresh air and exercise, mindfulness walking in nature provides an ideal opportunity for inward reflection, emotional processing, inspiration, transformation and renewal.
The programme of Walks and Retreats will take place in the stunning Malvern Hills area, situated on the border between Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The hills are renowned for their ancient geological heritage and dramatic landscape. They form part of the Geopark Way, and are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With their numerous natural springs, and diversity of wildlife, the hills possess a very special quality ... ideal for unwinding from the pressures of everyday life. The programme will offer a range of events from short Guided Walks to Day Retreats, Weekend and Mid-week Breaks. Prices start from just £5.00 for a 2 - 3 hour Walk, and £35.00 for a Day Retreat. Programme information
The programme is facilitated by Maria Marcaigh (mar-key), whose experience includes ambling in rural green places with Ramblers in the UK, to loitering behind ex-pat Hashers in the vast silent deserts of Arabia. Work experience, as a Recovery Guide, includes supporting those experiencing breakdowns and breakthroughs. She regularly organised therapeutic 'God-spotting Walkabouts' in urban parks and along canalside towpaths as a means of connecting with nature in order to help process internal chaos and confusion. Maria now resides in the beautiful Malvern Hills area, from where she would like to share her passion for walking quietly in nature. The montage, displayed at the head of each page, includes a shot taken during a very special birthday hike with family and friends in tow.