Nurtured by Nature: How the Great Outdoors can Help us Find Ourselves

Throughout history individuals have ventured far and wide on spiritual or religious journeys to ‘step out’ of themselves and connect with something bigger.
What is it about the great outdoors that specifically helps us (re)discover ourselves?
Illustrated by Aryadevi Bhargavaraman Continue reading Nurtured by Nature: How the Great Outdoors can Help us Find Ourselves

Mind Over Munros: Journey of 282 Summits

The benefits of nature for our mental wellbeing are well founded. When it comes to the exploring the great outdoors, it’s tough to beat a hike to a mountain summit.

How about 282 of them?

We chat to David Lever – one of just 6000 ‘Munroists’ – who tells of his 52-year journey traversing spectacular landscapes and challenging environments, summiting all 282 Munros – Scottish mountains that each exceed 3000ft in height. Continue reading Mind Over Munros: Journey of 282 Summits

The Bravery of Vulnerability

We spend so much of our existence trying to stamp out any hint of vulnerability.
We believe that by being a rock, reliable and unfazed, we can support our friends, our families, our colleagues, our bosses.
But if we are supporting everyone else, who is supporting us? Words: Chiara Torelli. Illustrated by James Kretschmer Continue reading The Bravery of Vulnerability

Creative Connections

“Creativity became my other world to escape to and communicate from when no-one was there, when everyone left and no-one would listen. It became the only thing in my life that I had any control over. The only thing that never gave up on me. It became a place I ran to when nothing else made sense, it became my best friend when I had none. It became my diary, my confidant – the only reason to keep on breathing and keep placing one foot in front of the other. In a world where so many are misunderstood, where even more are ignored despite multiple attempts to reach out, Creativity literally saves lives.” A powerful, personal story written and illustrated by Bonnie Ross Continue reading Creative Connections

5 Things to Remember if You’re Having a Rough Time

“When life gives you lemons – make lemonade”. But what if life gives you lemons, and this time you can’t make lemonade?
Perhaps you’ve been given so many lemons recently your tools can’t cope with the volume of lemons. You don’t have enough juicers, you don’t have enough energy, and before you know it you’ve crumbled on the kitchen floor, just wishing the lemons would stop. Here are 5 things to remember when life gives you too many lemons. Illustrated by Louise Beryl. Continue reading 5 Things to Remember if You’re Having a Rough Time

Mindfulness Activity – Bake and Make: Sugar Rose cake toppers by the Little Cherry Cake Company

When it comes to activities that improve our wellbeing, it doesn’t get much better than decorating cakes.

This activity is creative (which stimulates our imagination), meditative (which helps us focus and de-stress) and can be collaborative (especially great if you have kids).

Most importantly though, you get to eat something delicious afterwards.
Continue reading Mindfulness Activity – Bake and Make: Sugar Rose cake toppers by the Little Cherry Cake Company