Mental Health

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"Just living is not enough....one must have sunshine freedom and a little flower." Hans Christian Anderson

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We know the negative stuff is there but so too is the positive. The thing is to keep focusing on what deserves our support and attention. And there is plenty of lighter elements that are proven to be beneficial to our mental health.

Mark the co-founder of the Wye Explorer project can only use himself as an example when speaking of the issues surrounding mental health and nature. He has been a former addict, has scoffed out of bins food that would depress the hardiest of people, he has lost his father and many good friends prematurely to drugs and alcohol and just recently he has lost his twin brother Paul invoking a grief not known by him before. Throughout he has experienced depression, anxiety, psycosis and strong urges to take his own life. One thing helped and that was nature, walking, wild camping - a kind of self-administered nature therapy. His twin was in agreement with nature, which saw them both benefit from the clean vibrations emanating from it.

In nature we strip it all back and simplify our lives. The competition all pervasive in the world dissolves and we get to see a part of ourselves previously obscured. Mark Jickells

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Wild Camp For Peace

Wildness is a feeling that lasts beyond the camp!

When beside a river, in the mountains, in a vale or in a wood wild camping there is a feeling of autonomy. What is autonomy? Autonomy is when you feel you are in a place that's governed by you or the people you are with. In such place's barriers come down enabling new thoughts and or feelings to emerge by of way connecting with other subtler/natural forces. It's all about feeling and creating conditions where new feelings can inhabit you and wild camping and or adventure plays its part.

Nature is at the core of this autonomous zone, which touches you more easily when the guard is down and you are relaxed.

Memory making is part of healing. With positive experiences to reflect upon we are able to get a fix on possibilities. This is why we advocate wild camping or camping in areas that are peaceful and perhaps nearly wild such as official sites or permissions.

For a wild camping and walking video in the woods of the Wye Valley click play on the video.

Local Project the Cart Shed

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On their website the Cart Shed says that its mission is: To provide tailored therapeutic support in a woodland setting, helping those experiencing an imbalance in their lives to heal, learn new skills, find friendship and a future.

They have two sites at Norton Canon and Almeley in Herefordshire both not far from the Wye Valley. Click the link below. It's worth exploring as they also do veteran recovery and walking therapy.

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