27 April 2016
New monthly outdoor mindfulness sessions will be held in Rochdale, marking the start of the Greater Manchester Walking Festival.
The walks are run by City of Trees in conjunction with Rochdale Rangers, with the first walk taking place on Friday 6 May at Hollingworth Lake.
The project is funded by Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group and will run till December 2016.
The aim of the sessions is to help people explore and learn more about the natural world around them, and increase feelings of wellbeing.
The first walk is themed around the ‘signs of spring’, with walkers looking out for bluebells, frogspawn in the pond, nesting birds whilst practicing mindfulness activities along the way.
Mindfulness principles are linked to being ‘in the moment’ and aware of your surroundings – the walks will be a gentle introduction to the principles of mindfulness.
Lucy Holland from the City of Trees team comments “We’re really excited to be working in partnership with Rochdale Rangers to deliver this mindfull walking programme. Hollingworth Lake is such a beautiful and interesting place with lots to see and explore – a great space to focus on wellbeing, meet new people and learn more about the natural world ”.
As part of National Walking Month in May, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is holding the 2nd Greater Manchester walking festival, with over 200 free, guided walks taking place across all ten districts.
The festival runs from 1st to 31st May and features a dozen walks delivered by City of Trees over the month, including the mindfullness walks in Rochdale. The walks are free to attend, but as space is limited you do need to book a place, please contact Lucy Holland on 0161 872 1660; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.