I hold space for lots of people, which basically means they have the opportunity to stop the clock watching, take deeper breaths and get rubbed with beautiful oils, other options apply.
So when Delyth invited me to her session i was both intrigued and delighted, it was on a Sunday and I was available.
So, i took myself over to Arnside Knott, you may have seen it on many a video of mine as Grange over Sands looks over towards Arnside.
And there we were, 2 hours of, I wasn't sure what but I was excited to find out more.
The Forest Therapy Institute where she is training has been set up to guide people such as Delyth in a training that goes beyond 'getting a certificate'. They have a way of 'holding space' in their own way and guiding instructors to be authentic in their approach.
We were 'invited' to participate and although we were in a group there was no group tree hugging, individual time spent being in a space outdoors, in nature, looking, seeing, feeling, touching and then coming back to share the experience. We were not forced to share if we didn't want to and i have no idea where the time went although at the same time the experience was rich with what felt extended time to just be in nature in a way that was different.
I walk in nature everyday with my dog and to have the space, to have permission to be in nature in a different way was truly magical, very much appreciated and something that is still with me and continues to ease any issues of tension since last weekend. It has been a week of continuing self discovery watching where my mind might want to go to bring it back to a beautiful memory of great time spent alone, together and feeling part of something bigger than little ole me.
Thank you Delyth, and hope your next event goes well
If you would like to contact Delyth for more information please following the link below
There are 'no brainer' and there are good ideas and the no brainers keep on emerging, like butterflies, they come to inspire us sometimes when they are needed the most.
Tomorrow I will be launching Who's Dreaming of a 'Greener Christmas' and it's so much easier as a Weleda Advisor. I guess i've been using it since I was 7 when Mum discovered the brand at a conference she went to, and as a professional practitioner I've been using in clinic for 24 years. And now at 50 it's one of my most precious assets, that and fabulous skin.
I will be talking about 'why' i am so proud of why we do what we do, why we 'dare to care' and 'dare to do things differently'. Of course there are other brands available, some of which I also salute and praise, and there are very many more I won't give time to even speak of they are letting the side down so much, they don't deserve attention.
So, if you are looking for true green, as authentic as a butterfly, please do read on and tune in tomorrow for my Facebook Live and 'catch up video' for later viewing. (click on the image to find out more)
The inspiration behind the Weleda Butterfly collection, Christmas 2019...kindly supplied by Weleda UK
Weleda’s 2019 Christmas gift collection features beautiful drawings by British designer Lisa Jane Dhar, of Studio Noodles, and includes illustrations of a range of plants used in Weleda’s botanical formulations being visited by British butterflies.
This year Weleda has been working closely with East Midlands Butterfly Conservation, taking part in a butterfly transect over a six-month period from April 2019 when butterflies are most evident. This study involves a weekly butterfly count at Weleda’s organic herb gardens in Derbyshire. Eight members of Weleda staff were trained in order to carry out the butterfly transect, in order to identify different varieties that we can usually expect to see in Derbyshire during a typical year. Weleda supported the staff in allowing them to do the training and the weekly butterfly counts within office hours. A total of 32 species were recorded in East Midlands last year, with over 300 volunteers taking part in the local area and 143 transects completed. It was noted in 2018 that 20 species increased in numbers but 12 species declined. It has been noted that the number of butterflies in the past 40 years has halved, and the top 10 of butterflies in decline include White Letter Hairstreak, Wood White, Essex Skipper, Heath Fritillary, Wall Brown, Lulworth Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Pearl-Bordered Fritillary and High Brown Fritillary. Some species such as the White Letter Hairstreak have been affected by the continuing ravages of Dutch Elm Disease. Some days at the Weleda gardens as many as 77 butterflies have been counted during the hour-long transect. Species include a combination of Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large White, Orange Tip, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock. “At the start of April, 8 of us split into two teams of 2 to begin our Butterfly Transect up at The Field. Once a week we take it in turns for a team to go up to The Field to count in all of the 9 sections that have been mapped out to record the number and type of butterflies that are seen. We carry out these transects between 10am and 4pm and try to ensure that the weather is at least 60% sun and above 11 degrees to optimise results. East Midlands Butterfly Conservation then collate our results to compile a report and identify trends and decreasing/increasing populations. We shall be carrying out these transects until September.” Laura Crossland, Brand Manager, Weleda UK
Butterflies featured on the Christmas gifts
Holly Blue Butterfly
(featured on the Arnica Muscle Soak) The Holly Blue is a bright blue butterfly with females having black wing edges. It is the first blue butterfly to emerge in spring, with a second-generation appearing in summer. The caterpillars are fond of holly and ivy. This is the blue butterfly most likely to be found in your garden, as well as in woodlands and parks. It flies high around bushes and trees, whereas other grassland blue butterflies fly low to the ground. To attract the Holly Blue into your garden, plant nectar-rich borders for them to feed along and climbing ivy and shrubs for them to lay their eggs.
Purple Hairstreak Butterfly
(featured on the Treat Your Feet gift set) The Purple Hairstreak is a true woodland species, as it lives in the tops of oak trees and is rarely seen at lower levels. The females with the smaller purple markings are seen more often than males as they sometimes sunbathe on lower branches in July and August. They are extremely feisty butterflies even attacking wasps straying into their territory. They rarely visit flowers for nectar, instead preferring to feed on honeydew made by aphids on aspen and ash trees.
(featured on the Lavender Bath Milk) The ragged outline of the Comma Butterfly’s wings looks as though they may have been torn by brambles, but this is, in fact, part of their successful camouflage. Also part of their expert disguise is a caterpillar which resembles a bird dropping. This butterfly loves the sunshine and will sunbathe for long periods with spread wings. It favours nectar-rich plants such as thistle, knapweed and hemp agrimony, along with garden favourites like asters and Michaelmas daisies. The Comma is most often seen from the Midlands south and can be locally common in countryside and gardens.
Red Admiral Butterfly
(featured on the Rosemary Bath Milk) The Red Admiral is found almost everywhere in the British Isles, and in our warming climate now over-winters here, especially in the South. These butterflies are fast, strong flyers and are unusual in sometimes flying at night. The Red Admiral is a common autumn visitor to gardens favouring windfalls in orchards, but out in the countryside it feeds on Ivy flowers, scabious and clover.
Large White Butterfly
(featured on the Heaven for Hands gift set) Early last century cabbage fields were usually covered by multitudes of large white butterflies, but the widespread use of insecticides after the Second World War caused their rapid decline. They have never regained their previous numbers and some we see today are part of a migration from Europe. These butterflies lay their eggs on cabbage plants and you may see the caterpillars on the cabbage leaves or on nasturtiums in the garden. There are two generations each year, with the second generation having bolder markings.
(featured on the My Natural Beauty Kit) The Peacock is a familiar sight in gardens across Britain and is unmistakable, with quite spectacular ‘eyes’ on the upper side of the hindwings. The underside is almost black, providing perfect camouflage when the butterfly is at rest on a tree trunk. In addition to camouflage and large eyes, the butterfly is able to make a hissing sound by rubbing its wings together, audible even to human ears. This butterfly must appear quite threatening to any predator that might come across it.
Stories are a way of bringing the past and future together, a rich tapestry of emotional textures, to reflect on to form dreams. We travel in our minds back to places we have seen for a inspiration for future endeavours. I remember this day well, spending a couple of hours with a photographer I have been waiting to meet, someone who has captured what I offer as a Wellbeing Practitioner in a way that i 'feel' i offer.
All those photos for 'clever marketing' will be reduced to the fake news pile that they are promoting. Techniques of a professional "touch" artist, crafted over many years, and many more to come.
Thank you Ginny for all the stories I will be able to tell, now I have the visuals I've been waiting to tell them with.
Ginny Koppenhol Photography