You will need
- Pens or pencils
- A4 paper
Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:
- Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
- Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session. If you’re on the move, hand sanitiser may be useful.
- Make sure everyone brings their own kit including snacks and drinks to avoid sharing.
- Make sure everyone stays two metres apart while you’re walking.
- Choose a route that avoids busy areas if you can.
Prepare to explore
- The person leading the activity should choose a peaceful place to walk and plan a route that includes all of the mindfulness letters.
- Everyone should pack a bag with everything they need for their walk: a drink, snack, and pen and paper.
- Everyone should arrive dressed for the weather.
Go on a mindfulness walk
- The person leading the activity should explain that mindfulness is all about paying attention to the moment in a non-judgemental way. It can help people connect to their bodies and can also reduce stress.
- Everyone should head out on their walk, following the route and listening to the person leading the activity as they explain each of the mindfulness letters.
- At the end of their walk, everyone should think about which activities helped them relax and feel connected to the world around them. Could they fit any of the things they did into their day-to-day lives?
This activity gave everyone the chance to value the outdoors. How was this different from other walks or hikes people may have been on before? Did people interact with nature differently? Perhaps people noticed different things or used their senses differently. How did being connected to the natural environment make people feel?
Hopefully, it also boosted people’s wellbeing. Which of the letters did people find most useful for boosting their wellbeing? Perhaps some people found it really helpful to collect things along the way while others enjoyed unwinding. How could people use some of the things they tried in their day-to-day lives? Everyone could think about how they could spend some time offline observing or unwinding, for example.