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Join us in beautiful surroundings in the forests of Auchingarrich Wildlife Park for a weekend full of different mindful activities for parents and children. Held over 28-29th July, there is the option of camping overnight to fully appreciate the experience.

The event will be held by Susie Hooper of Pause & Breathe Mindfulness; Ian McFarlane of Do It Outdoors (bushcraft, fishing, archery, hiking) and Phil Blackburn of Kuroyaki Ryu Ju Jitsu.

Activities can include archery, fly fishing, axe throwing, wood whittling and bush-craft activities. There will also be mindfulness practices for both parents and children, and Martial Arts and Qi Gong. We anticipate that some activities will be for parents and children together, and some will be for parents and children individually. Due to the nature of the activities, children will need to be 5+ to attend. All of the activities will emphasise a mindful attitude – being fully in the moment, being present. There will be mindful meditation practices throughout the day, including deep relaxation before bed.

Arrival time will be from 9.30am on Saturday 28th July. There will be a range of activities in the morning before a mindful lunch – the chance to make our own pizzas and cook them in the pizza oven on site. There will be more activities in the afternoon, plus a chance for some free time to explore the area, set up tents, or head into the wildlife park. For those camping, a BBQ will be the evening meal, and there will be more activities and some mindfulness meditation before bedtime. The next morning will consist of breakfast, and the chance to take part in more activities before the event finishes mid-morning.

All activities are optional, and there will be plenty of choice. Our aim is to introduce mindfulness to parents and children, and to show that many activities can be undertaken in a mindful way. Bringing our full focus to the present moment can help improve concentration and focus. It enables us to let go of our obsessive thoughts and the past or future, and to fully enjoy the here and now. Being more mindful can help us feel less overwhelmed by our emotions and thoughts, and helps us to choose how to respond, rather than reacting automatically. Furthermore, the weekend gives us a chance to reconnect with nature, spending time in the outdoors can be a boost to both mental and physical health, and takes us away from the monotony of everyday life.

Prices:

Camping tickets: 9.30am Saturday – 11.30am Sunday, bring your own tent, meals provided: Saturday – lunch and dinner; Sunday – breakfast (teas, coffees and snacks always available)

Adult – £100

Child – £50

2 Child Discount – £75

Saturday daytime only: 9.30am – 5pm. Lunch provided (plus teas, coffees and snacks)

Adult – £60

Child – £30

2 Child Discount – £45

Please let us know about any dietary requirements and any allergies when booking.

Please note that there are inside options if the weather is inclement: there is a large tipi on site, and we also have access to a room inside the wildlife centre too. There are no showers on site, although there are two compost toilets. Any queries, or to avoid the booking fee, email Susie on susie@pauseandbreathe.co.uk

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