Mindfulness in Nature


I have just returned from a truly wonderful break in the Shropshire Hills. The first thing that hit me was the vastness of their countryside as far as the eye can see! Growing up as a child in a small village, nature was always on my doorstep and I was privaliged to have the fields and woods as my playground. As an adult I always feel a pull towards nature, but it was not until this holiday I realised my soul was needing it and I have been depriving myself. Most evenings I took myself off just to walk across the landscape and feel the immense space around me. As the week went on I felt so much more energised and happier! So much so, I wanted to share with you a few ways in which you too can incorporate the same benefits into your life.

“We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”

Andy Goldsworthy

“Nature deficit disorder” has become an increasingly challenging problem in our hyper-modern world. We have become separated from nature in our daily busy lives of working, sedentary lifestyles sitting inside our vehicles and homes.

We are designed for outdoor living. Not only our bodies feel better for a good walk and some exercise, but our whole well-being depends on the fresh air, the space, the green nature around us, which improves our mood and brings big positive effects for our mental stamina and cognitive performance. It is also extremely nourishing for our spiritual growth. A great way to enhance your experience of connecting to nature is practising mindfulness.

The benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness a meditative practise which has been used for centuries, first by Buddhists, but now is being promoted for mental health and well-being to all ages.

Mindfulness is ‘a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.’ (Wikipedia).

So many clients initially come to me with stress-related conditions, and mindfulness is one of my top stress-busters I recommend to aid your journey towards a healthier, happier life.

So many of us, especially in stressful times, let our worrying thoughts overtake our minds, sometimes even a self-destructive inner voice leading us down the road to depression and low self-esteem. But what if we can control our mind and thoughts, not our thoughts controlling us? With practise we can distance ourselves from our thoughts and learn to merely observe them, using greater clarity to decide whether to act on them or not.

Top places in south-east Kent to enjoy mindfulness in nature

Willow woods. Beautiful display of bluebells in the spring.
Northbourne village Park at the village hall and look for a footpath through the trees near the outdoor exercise equipment. This leads around the back fields.
Kingsdown woods.
St.Margaret’s beach, up to the Lighthouse (excellent tea rooms!)
The Pines gardens in St.Margaret’s. (tea rooms which serve Sunday roasts, and has a museum).
Sandwich Bay (start from Deal seafront, walk to sandwich along to Sandwich, then train back)
Walmer castle.
Bettshanger Park has a lovely walk around woodland and small lakes. Great for cycling. Click on the link for a map of access from north Deal-a lovely walk to the park through the fields.
The villages of Ickham and Wickembreaux near Canterbury. Lovely country pubs and the inside of the church at Ickham is lovely.
A free visit to the zoo!  Near the entrance to Howletts, tucked away you’ll find a public footpath. This cuts right through the zoo and several animals can be seen before reaching a bridge taking you up and over the elephant enclosure! You can keep walking along here, or head back and walk to Mama Feel Goods tea rooms at Chalk Pit farm.

Walmer station to Dover station via the cliffs.

This walk takes you through Hawkshill Common, a haven for rare butterflies and wild flowers on the chalky hillside. On a clear day the views across to France while you walk across the cliffs are breathtaking. Stop at Kingsdown for a tea break, or Shelley’s tea rooms or The Pines garden- the Bluebird cafe mentioned on the link is no longer open.  Take the train from Dover back to Walmer.




Top Mindfulness App:   Calm

Used by millions, this is a great way to incorporate mindfulness skills into your everyday life. From bedtime stories to aid sleep or mindfulness for children, to mindfulness tips https://www.calm.com/mindfulness-tips

To discover more about mindfulness click here


Hand reflexology aiding sleep video

Are you finding it difficult to get a good night’s sleep? Reflex points can also be used on your hands, and with many of my clients I encourage them to practise hand reflexology to bridge the gap between treatments. Here’s a great clip on Utube how to promote sleep:
Hand Reflexology: Sleep video. Please enjoy –

Adrenal Fatigue during the Menopause

Adrenal fatigue is a common symptom of the menopause. It makes women feel deeply exhausted even though they haven’t done a great deal of physical activity. If not dealt with properly, can worsen and greatly impact on your day-to-day life.

  • Progesterone hormone affects the part of the brain that causes a woman to feel sleepy, as progesterone levels drop, there is difficulty falling asleep. This may manifest as insomnia which can lead to fatigue during the daytime. Progesterone regulates sleep induction. With the steep drop in progesterone levels that occurs between 35-50, insomnia or other sleep disturbances are reported as a consequence.
  • Maintain a regular wake up and bed time schedule
  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine
  • A comfortable mattress
  • Keep bedroom dark and cool
  • Use your bed only for sleep or sex
  •  Refrain from eating at least two hours before bedtime
  • Exercise regularly – including yoga or Thai chi
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and sugar
  • Alkaline forming foods can help (Click HERE for list of Alkaline Foods)
  • Figs, Beets, Leafy greens, Almonds, Dates, Parsley …..all beneficial in fighting fatigue, these foods have been shown to balance blood pH levels and boost energy.

Regular Reflexology treatments can aid balance of hormones and can help with your journey through the menopause. If you would like to know more about how this may help you personally, please contact Maria who will be happy to answer any questions.

For further reading:



Winter Sore Throat Remedy

This time of year there are so many coughs, colds and bugs going around.  I’m always in favour of a natural remedy as opposed to over the counter ones. As they say, “nature has all we need”, and our body will thank us for it.

Winter sore throat “tea”.

In a jar, combine lemon slices, organic honey and sliced ginger. Close jar and put it in the fridge, it will form into a “jelly”. To serve: Spoon jelly into mug and pour boiling water over it. Store in fridge 2-3 months.



If you have ongoing illness or feel run down, Reflexology may be beneficial to assist in the effectiveness of the immune system by improving circulation of lymph around the body, detoxing the system, reducing stress and re-balancing.