AndBreathe in the Outdoors...
We (adults and children) all have five basic needs; Survival, Belonging, Power/Self-Worth, Freedom and Fun. Currently, in day to day life , these needs can be forgotten, disregarded and ignored. ‘AndBreathe in the Outdoors’ aims to nurture the five basic needs within a Forest School based approach to Wellbeing.
The ‘AndBreathe in the Outdoors’ sessions will endeavour to address the five basic needs as follows:
Survival – Participants will work together and alone to build dens, erect tarpaulins, gather materials to make a fire, then cook/bake over the fire.
Belonging – The ethos within the AndBreathe outdoor session will always be inclusive. The aim is to nurture a sense of belonging for everyone taking part. That will mean different things for different people.
Power/Self-worth – It is hoped that all participants will experience a sense of achievement, accomplishment, pride, importance and an outer sense of being heard and respected, and feeling competent and attaining recognition. Participants will have a say in the planning of sessions, so that the activities are relevant.
Freedom – Freedom is the need for independence and autonomy; the ability to make choices, to create, to explore, and to express oneself freely; to have enough space, to move around and to feel unrestricted in determining choices and free will. AndBreathe sessions will also encourage and support participants to move freely and to create and share independent thoughts.
Fun – We all need fun! Fun includes experiencing enjoyment, laughter, relaxation and learning.
AndBreathe… will be teaming up with Wellbeing with Agnes for most outdoor sessions. Our aim is to actively promote an environment where adults and children have an opportunity to feel that their five basic needs are being met, because if these needs are not being met, we can all ‘behave’ in a way that is perhaps not helpful.
Gillian, AndBreathe, is an Educator and Wellbeing Facilitator. Agnes, Wellbeing with Agnes, is a qualified mental health nurse and Mindfulness facilitator.”
AndBreathe in the Outdoors' sample programme:
Arrive, introductions and house-keeping rules
Introduction to mindfulness
Wellbeing & Forest School skills and activities
Snack and free time
Continuation of Wellbeing & Forest School activities
AndBreathe... Wellbeing for All Beings
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