Nature Connects- Cornwall Nature and Health

by Nature Connects in Camborne, England, United Kingdom

£5,435

raised of £10,000 stretch target

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This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by 24th September 2020 at 2:52pm

Nature connection for people adversely affected by Coronavirus including carers, key workers and those who may be socially isolated

by Nature Connects in Camborne, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The more funding we receive the more funded spaces we will be able to offer people via organisational partnerships, social prescription and low income self referrals. It will also help fund some much needed kit for our sessions, marketing to help grow our business, training and other start up costs


1597323799_rainbow.jpgImagine a world where people felt more connected-to themselves, to others and to their natural surroundings. Where we took the time to smell the flowers, listen to the dawn chorus, taste wild food, laugh and share time together.

Where we can talk about our hopes, fears and dreams for our futures, and supported each other in the individual way each of us might need. 

For some of us, who have been lucky enough, Coronavirus and lockdown have given us a glimpse into what that world might look and feel like- we’ve taken our hours daily exercise exploring a natural space nearby, we’ve supported or been supported in our communities to make sure no one goes without and that we all get what we need- physically and emotionally. Those of us that have experienced this have found resoundingly positive results:

Sadly, for many people this has not been the case. Lockdown, itself, has been linked to an increase in the frequency and severity of mental health issues, particularly for those with no outdoor natural space nearby, or those unable to take the time due to their caring or work responsibilities 

For some ‘getting into nature’ can be difficult for a variety of reasons- accessibility, fear, health issues, finances, not knowing what to do when they get there, transport, etc. 

For those people, nature based programmes, held by experienced and knowledgeable facilitators, are shown through academic and scientific research, to have many benefits. 

1597323769_grounding_session2.jpgThese include:

  • An increased sense of emotional well-being
  • improved physical health- reduced blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, promotes better sleep, and decreases production of stress hormones
  • a deeper sense of connection to self, others and nature
  • a decrease in the use of anti-depressants
  • lower demand for mainstream health services through increased ability to self-manage emotional/physical health
  • increased confidence and self esteem
  • a different more positive outlook on life and the future
  • increased social connections through groups and activities

 There is also evidence to show that connection to nature increases the chances of us making more positive choices to protect our natural world. A win-win personally, socially and environmentally.

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We will work with residents of Cornwall, particularly those living within the Falmouth, Helston, Camborne and Redruth areas. 

We will offer either 1:1 or group sessions. We will choose activities that are appropriate to the needs of the groups or individuals taking part.

Our sessions will include nature connection practices such as nature-based mindfulness and sensory based activities and we will create a supportive environment for people to talk. They will also include a range of practical skills such as plant and wildlife identification, games and natural crafts, survival skills such as fire-making, foraging and plant medicine. 

There will be different themes explored at each session but, we will have routines that become part of a participants regular practice, which form the core of each of them and these include solo time in nature, nature based groundings and time sharing in circle

We are also excited to be able to deliver a series of well-being workshops at some of Cornwall Wildlife Trust's reserves. 

They say:

“Cornwall’s wild spaces and wildlife have provided peace, reassurance, and joy to many during the difficult months of lockdown, and never before has the link between nature and health and well-being been so evident. Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s reserves provide a haven for wildlife and a place of tranquility and beauty for visitors, and we’re delighted that Nature Connects will be using one of our reserves to run a series of well-being workshops to help people connect with nature and benefit their mental health.”

NATURE Connects wants to make sure that for everyone who wants it nature-based therapies are consistently available and accessible. 

Donating to our Crowdfunder will allow us to offer some funded places on our programmes particularly for those most affected by Coronavirus and will also support some of our start up costs as a new business.

NATURE Connects is

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Director Alice Wall

Alice, a forest school practitioner has set-up and run nature based sessions in Cornwall over the last 7 years including her long running and popular Nature’s Playgroup  She has a passion for sharing skills and creatively engaging people with plants.  Her enthusiasm for nature is contagious and you won’t fail to discover something new during a session with her.

‘Finding nature in my twenties helped me recover from loss and trauma and has become a love, passion and career.’

Director Sarah Witts 

Sarah is experienced and knowledgeable in supporting individuals and groups with complex needs, throughout her professional career and in her personal time as a mentor, support worker, adviser, case worker, coach and ecotherapist. 

She is currently studying a Foundation in Ecopsychology and Nature based practice and is a member of the Health and Nature Practitioners Network. She brings all her experience, knowledge and life-long passions together in her work with Nature Connects

‘My relationship to nature has brought me deep appreciation and joy throughout my life. I want to support others to find their own unique and healing relationship to and for the natural world’

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Raffle to win an exclusive 2 night break in Wales

2 nights bed & breakfast for 2 in Abergavenny, the foot of the Brecon Beacons as guests of Pete and Lily Sequoia, makers of wetheuncivilised, A Life Story. (www.wetheuncivilised.org) Includes vegetarian meal on arrival and accommodation in the beautiful wetheuncivilised tour bus (which includes self-catering facilities), where they lived and edited the film for 5 years. They will also take you on a beautiful local walk or cycle-your choice :)

£20 or more

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Limited edition Nature Connects tote bag

Limited edition tote bag with Nature Connects logo

£20 or more

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Exclusive Martha Tilston signed CD

Exclusive signed CD from the wonderful Martha Tilston www.marthatilston.co.uk

£30 or more

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Join Cornish Wild Food on a public foraging walk

Join the knowledgeable Matt Vernon from Cornish Wild Food on a public foraging walk where you will typically find over 25 wild edibles, plus toxic lookalikes and plants of interest. You will be taught recipes for everything edible https://www.cornishwildfood.co.uk

£50 or more

Pay it forward scheme 1:1

Pay it forward scheme- fund a space enabling someone on a low income to take part on a 1:1 session

£50 or more

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Limited edition Nature Connects hoody

Limited edition hoody with Nature Connects logo

£60 or more

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Introductory harp session with Harpist by the Sea

Come and try this unique instrument, learn about its healing qualities and come away playing a song in a 1.5 hour session. Learn with Harpist by the Sea and Nature Connects Co-Founder Alice Wall https://www.alice-cornwall-harp.co.uk/lessons

£250 or more

Pay it forward scheme group session

Pay it forward scheme- fund a group session for those on a low income

£250 or more

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Painting by Cornish artist Eloise Wall

Stunning artwork inspired by the beautiful Cornish gardens at Trebah ‘Pool at Trebah’ Helford, Cornwall. Acrylic on original printed canvas 16x22 inch Unframed Eloise is an artist, craniosacral therapist and nature lover who lives and works in Cornwall. Her artwork focuses on nature and the meditative act of sitting and focusing on what a person sees. www.eloisetherapy.com

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Copy of Chris Holland's 'I love my world'

A copy of Chris Holland's 'I love my world' Stories, games, activities and skills to help us all care for the planet we call home https://www.wholeland.org.uk

£20 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Signed copy of 'The Joyful Environmentalist

A signed copy of Isabel Losada's new book 'The Joyful Environmentalist; How to practice without preaching https://www.isabellosada.com/

£20 or more

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Signed copy of 'The Firebird'

A signed copy of Hedgespoken Press Tom Hirons captivating retelling of 'The Firebird', featuring beautiful artwork by Rima Staines https://hedgespoken.wordpress.com/category/hedgespoken-press

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Archie Brown Cornwall voucher

A voucher to spend at one of Cornwalls best health food stores Archie Brown's in Cornwall https://www.archiebrownscornwall.co.uk

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Exclusive signed Martha Tilston vinyl

Exclusive signed vinyl by the wonderful Martha Tilston www.marthatilston.co.uk

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Selection of salts from Cornish Seasalt

One big pot of salt 7+ of speciality salts in good size pots and a little bag. Cornish Sea Salt is harvested fresh from the sea, just eight metres from their salt house. The combination of the purest waters and The Lizard’s rare geology give their salt a complexity and intensity of flavour, as well as a mineral richness that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. https://www.cornishseasalt.co.uk

£120 or more

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Bloomtown ultimate pamper gift set

Win this ultimate palm oil free, vegan, cruelty free pamper gift set from the Cornish award winning body and skincare company https://bloomtown.co.uk

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