Welcome to Dragon Mindfulness and Nature Connection

We are currently a virtual centre, bringing together resources for sharing information on mindfulness, nature connection, conservation and the climate emergency.

Currently fundraising for climate justice starting with 130 km walk and talks for ShelterBox

Every third Sunday of the month – online nature connection sessions

Every fourth Wednesday of the monthWild Wednesdays lunchtime online nature connection sessions

Philosophy

Dragon Mindfulness and Nature Connection is about living in harmony with nature in every aspect of our lives. At the very heart of our philosophy is the understanding that we are nature, not just a part of it but a living expression of it. By connecting with this as more than a concept, but as part of our lived experience, we have found that our lives are enriched and our motivation to foster a compassionate and respectful relationship with our environment increases. Living in harmony means listening to nature and to the people most connected with our world.

Mission

Our mission is to help heal relationships with one’s self, other people and the rest of nature. As such, we have provided lots of free content. This venture is not about generating personal financial wealth. In fact, we wish to leave behind the growth-for-growth’s sake paradigm, instead embracing and modelling serving stakeholders through increasing wellbeing. We do have costs in terms of the fees we are charged for the various platforms and in honouring our time and skills.

We ask that content is shared only in the spirit that it is given – for the purposes of enhancing the lives of others (we would ask simply that the content is acknowledged – many hours of work and deep connection have gone into its creation). If you wish to use content within a fee-paying setting, please contact us to discuss. Finally, if you like what we are doing and are in a position to do so, please consider supporting us for as little as £5 using the “Support Us” button. This will help us to cover our costs and, we hope, to enable us to expand our work in helping people and planet.

Our Aims

  • To help people and planet by helping more people to experience themselves as more than separate entities but as part of an interconnected, living whole
  • To shift from an “expert” perspective to compassionate service – listening to nature and to the people connected with the land, to wisdom keepers and acting accordingly – to hold the torch and open the door rather than speak over or claim a seat which is not ours to take
  • To promote and encourage nature connection as a benefit to human welfare and the environment
  • To provide nature connection and mindfulness learning experiences
  • To provide online learning materials covering mindfulness, conservation and nature connection
  • To support and promote access to nature for all but especially underprivileged groups
  • To provide a platform to connect champions of eco-centric living within communities
  • To facilitate values-driven living and empower individuals, communities and businesses to live and work in harmony with nature
  • To support and promote physical and mental wellbeing and to raise awareness
  • To include the Earth and future generations as stakeholders in our decision-making processes

Our Values

We believe that our world is a better place when we are able to connect with ourselves, other people and the natural world.

  • Making a difference
  • Helping others
  • Embracing and celebrating diversity
  • Aligning with a higher purpose in service to people and the planet
  • Acting from fierce compassion and honesty
  • Tolerance and understanding

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Who Are We

Clare Snowdon is a mindfulness teacher and nature connection guide. She is co-author of Mindfulness for Challenging Times, Mindfulness for Transformation and author of The Mindful Nature Connection Journal. She is a physicist by profession but spends her spare time as a biodiversity champion and wildlife gardener. She is director of Nature-Connected Neighbourhoods CIC.

 

Continuing Professional Development

Teach Mindfulness Online Training (Shamash Alidina) 2016

Natural Mindfulness Guide Training (Ian Banyard) September 2019 IMMA Accredited

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA England) 2016 & refreshers 2019 and July 2022

Mindfulness Champion Training April – June 2018

First Aid Training (& refreshers)

Acceptance and Commitment Training July 2020

ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor October 2020

AimHi Climate, Nature and How to Make a Difference Spring and Autumn 2021

Pachamama Alliance Game Changer Intensive June and August Cohorts 2021

Pachamama Alliance Introduction to Community Climate Action Autumn 2021

Mindful Storytelling 4th October 2021

European Permaculture Convergence 2021

Climate Reality Leadership Corps October 2021

Teach Mindful Qigong Set 1 March 2022

Carbon Literacy April 2022

Nature & Therapy UK Shinrin Yoku Basic Practitioner Course May 2022

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness May 2022

FSC Discovering Reptiles: Identification and Ecology July 2022

FSC Discovering Seabirds: Identification, Ecology, and Conservation – to complete August 2022

 


Nature Connection

Nature connection is far more than simply going out into a green or blue space. It is ultimately about experiencing ourselves as part of nature – understanding the interconnectedness of life through our lived experience. For many of us, we have become increasingly disconnected from the world. Our food comes in packets from a supermarket, we live in heated or air conditioned boxes, protected from the elements, but also facing crises with issues such as obesity and mental health problems. 

One way to discover nature connection is to take part in a natural mindfulness/nature connection walk. More information about nature connection walks is given in our blog.  

Contact us using the form below to find out about nature connection walks, online courses and activities or check out our Events page or the 4 week course, originally designed for people to follow during the Covid-19 lockdown, but suitable at any time or there is our 30 day nature connection challenge.

Visit our resources page for more details of places to find out more.


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