Smell The Raindrops

Mindful Ecotherapy with Julia Lay

Smell The Raindrops

All change please

Wow, these really are times of change, aren’t they?! Will the UK actually leave the EU? If so, what will that even look like? And what on earth is going on with the Labour party??! Of course, in nature, change is the one constant. That and the source of life behind it all. Have you Continue reading »

Pets, politics and peace

Sometimes I think what I do is really niche. That only a few people feel disconnected from the rest of life and want to find ways of reconnecting. That a small minority are interested in doing something different with their time in nature, realising that there’s so much deeper they can go. That only some Continue reading »

Crunchy forest

What a lovely time we had in the woods! This weekend, I ran two ecotherapy workshops at the ‘innocent un-plugged’ mini-festival in Kent, in collaboration with Creative Yoga London – maybe you were there.  With the festival being all about turning off your phone and getting back to nature, it was a really good fit Continue reading »

Ecotherapy goodies

A message today from fellow ecotherapist Andy McGeeney – I’m very excited that his book is out. He also has a whole day ecotherapy workshop coming up that I highly recommend: Hello, I am very pleased to let you know that my new book entitled – With Nature in Mind: the manual of ecotherapy for mental Continue reading »

Festival time!

Light evenings, the sweet smell of blossom, fresh lush grass – I’m definitely enjoying spring. It’s easier to be aware of what’s happening in nature when there are buds springing out and symphonies of birdsong everywhere you turn. And I’m loving being able to go for a walk in the park after dinner – it Continue reading »

What a session!

What an amazing experience nature had in store for us today! This morning’s ecotherapy session started at 11am. The sun was still peeping though the clouds after a very sunny morning, but the wind had picked up and dark clouds were gathering. Our intrepid group headed into the park against the blustery gusts and, after Continue reading »

Beyond the sounds

Some inspiration today from spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle: “Bring awareness to the many subtle sounds of nature – the rustling of leaves in the wind, raindrops falling, the humming of an insect, the first birdsong at dawn.  Give yourself completely to the act of listening.  Beyond the sounds there is something greater: a sacredness that Continue reading »

Surely it can’t be…

I just went for a walk in the park and I was amazed at how different it felt from how it has been the last few weeks. There was a warmth on my face, a smell of grass, and a freshness to the air that had nothing to do with its temperature or purity. I Continue reading »

Eckhartian Inspiration

“We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds. We got lost in doing, thinking, remembering, anticipating – lost in a maze of complexity and a world of problems. “We have forgotten what rocks, Continue reading »

Rain, baby, rain

“I think it’s actually better in the rain” – workshop participant There’s nothing quite like being all wrapped up in warm clothes and waterproofs, cosy and snug, while a deserted park glistens and crackles around you. You enjoy the satisfying splish of your welly in a puddle. You feel the unique sensation of raindrops landing on Continue reading »