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"...we’ve all signed up for a day of mindful walking.
Wilderness Minds, a small Bangor-based outfit, hosts these outings as a way of encouraging people to savour nature to the maximum. “The richness of the natural world is like food for our senses,” explains founder Sholto Radford.
If you spend your days glued to the telephone, computer and social media, then this kind of walk can be hugely restorative.Radford, Welsh-born and raised on the Shropshire and Powys borders, is a certified mountain guide. He has an MA in psychological research methods from Exeter University and is a former researcher at Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice.
For the past year, Radford has run mindfulness and wild camping weekends in remote parts of Snowdonia National Park.
Interspersed with the hiking are pauses to gather in a circle and “check-in” as Radford puts it, with various practices. These include focusing on the breath, sensory awareness exercises, and a fun, beachcomber version of “show and tell” – to help us draw our attention back to the present lest it has strayed, say to the pub.
I savour the pristine silence. If the aim of mindfulness is to heighten awareness of my surroundings, it’s working.
A one-day guided Mindful Walk in Anglesey costs from £30. The next walk is on January 18. See Wilderness Minds or call 01248 521621 for the full programme
Binley Farm in Gloucestershire is running a “Cotswold Way in Mindfulness” walking retreat on April 29 "