Monday, 23 January 2017

Celebrating Our Senses - Walk 6 - Location

The sixth in a series of Mindfulness and Wellbeing walks.

Our Mindfulness meditation - Location - was lead by Carolyn Bantin. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation.

We have found that to start 
each walk with a meditation 
helps to create a calming, 
warming, gentle frame of mind.

It is an excellent aid for 
slowing thoughts down, 
helping us relax into the walk 
and our surroundings.

Carole had swapped a felted landscape vessel for some ceramic pebbles by artist Lincoln Kirby Bell who has been creating pebbles and leaving them in hidden locations all over the world

"its just been a means of creating a curiosity for the finder, having a bit of fun,mischief and giving the finder cause to contemplate its significance, how it got there, who left it and why. I have dropped pieces deep in the worlds oceans, in rivers and lakes, buried them in the rain forest of central America, left them in the Australian desert, in the Himalayan mountains, on the busy streets of New Delhi, London and Marrakesh just to name a few of the places they have been deposited in the more than 40 countries of the world I have lived, worked and travelled in during the last 25 years." Lincoln Kirby Bell

We  walked into the clearing, chose our pebble, making sure to enjoy it's qualities before we each found a place to hide it. 

We found pieces of salt glaze stoneware edging, bricks trapped in earth, stones and trees covered in moss.

Eye eye

Peeping out

Stone circle

If you found one of our hidden pebbles 

we would love to know!

It must have been very cold overnight as we found some large lumps of ice which became a mini installation with sea glass and shell from Carolyn's pocket.

Walking along the path it was kind of grey

walking back we had mist through trees 
and sparking patches of sunlight

Our picnic was punctuated by music played by Gavin, who hoped to bring one of his many guitars but the unpredictable weather made him worried it might rain. Instead we were treated to a fabulous mini concert via is laptop!

A penny for your thoughts or rather a tin of treasures 
containing Carolyn's Pecan Flapjacks

We loved the beautiful light on the misty field 
opposite and had wanted a group shot in front 
of it - however with the light in the wrong 
place everyone's faces were in shadow

 so we stood in front of the wrought iron gates instead!

Feeling fully fortified we decided we would 
walk the other half of the Pocket Park Trail,
taking time to revisit the mysterious tower 
attached to one of the houses.

The light was changing once again

We found a fantastic den

that Pete just had to try out

and a rope swing.

This was a beautiful walk.
Thank you to everyone that helped make it so special!

Walk distance  4 miles.

The Celebrating Our SensesMindfulness and Wellbeing walks made possible with a Grant awarded from Margaret Giffen Community Fund and Northamptonshire Community Foundation and with support from NStep.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Celebrating Our Senses - Walk 5 - Touch

The fifth in a series of Mindfulness and 
Wellbeing walks to celebrate our senses. 
We walked from the Green Patch 
along the river path to Warkton.

Inspired by the exquisitely carved feathers 
of the angel which is part of one the 
St Edmunds Church, Warkton

artist Carole Miles decided to create a 
temporary installation of printed feathers 
suspended within a copper framework.

A feather seemed a good motif for Touch - 
which could be feather light yet very powerful.

We followed a trail of feathers

and sat inside or

 stood around the outside.during 
our Mindfulness meditation - Touch - 
was written and lead by Carolyn Bantin 

We felt very tranquil as we closed our eyes
and allowed our minds to hold and enjoy
the words, breathing fully and deeply.
feeling relaxed and in touch with ourselves.

We had our lunch in the meeting room 
whilst the installation was dismantled. 

We folded origami fir trees and 
wrote some thoughts about the day. 

We stopped to play Pooh Sticks on the bridge.

We walked back to our start point with 
quicker steps and lighter hearts. 

One walker said to Carole 
"You make the best walks EVER!"

Many thanks to Anne-Marie Sandos who worked on the Montague Monuments Project and is now working in education and outreach for Boughton House for making it possible for us to visit, create, meditate and have our lunch within this peaceful place. Many thanks also to Michael Miles AKA Copper Man for helping with the installation.

Walk distance  3 miles.

The series of Mindfulness and Wellbeing "Celebrating Our Senses" walks have been made possible with a Grant awarded from Margaret Giffen Community Fund and Northamptonshire Community Foundation and with support from NStep.

PS - you may catch a glimpse of a familiar red head singing her heart out with the Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir  during Remembrance and Rebirth – Songs for the Montagu Monuments in May 2016 :-)

Monday, 21 November 2016

Celebrating Our Senses - Walk 4 - Look

The fourth in a series of 
Mindfulness and Wellbeing walks. 

Our Mindfulness meditation - Look - 
was lead by Carolyn Bantin 
in Kettering Civic Society Meeting Room 
on Platform One at Kettering Station.

We examined small packs of fossils 
and thought about time and journeys.

We looked above our heads and 
below our feet and collected a series of images 
of things we noticed on our walk
 which can be viewed here 

We collected Ginko leaves as we 
were lucky to find several lovely 
specimens during our walk - the 

Ginko is also known as a living fossil 
and it's other name is the 
maidenhair tree as it's leaves a
re similar to the maidenhair fern

In the garden next to the Alfred East Art Gallery

we collected more leaves in gorgeous, flame reds

We made our way through the town 
to the Fuller Meeting Rooms and museum 
where we had a private tour of their collections.

 and played the talking Drum


We filled in our walk journals

and had our picnic indoors then made 

a dash back to the station through heavy rain.

Walk distance  2 miles.

Many thanks to David, our guide at Fuller Museum and Monica from Kettering Civic Society for the use of their meeting room, both helped make the walk special and different.

The was first in a series of Mindfulness and Wellbeing "Celebrating Our Senses" walks made possible with a Grant awarded from Margaret Giffen Community Fund and Northamptonshire Community Foundation and with support from NStep.