NatureConnect Programs

Approach of the NatureConnect Program

Depth connection is approached using the MAPIN Strategy I developed during my PhD research into the consciousness of connection. MAPIN is an acronym for Mindfulness, Affective relations, depth Perception, Imaginal knowing, Nature immersion. The MAPIN approach is a structured exercise that helps participants shift consciousness and experience an expanded sense of self and awareness of nature. This approach is supplemented by contemplative activities such as Qi gong and yogic asanas to help focus the mind and become grounded in body and earth, as part of the embodied approach to spirituality and connection

Purpose of the NatureConnect Program

The overall purpose of the Program is to help you connect deeply with nature, with subtle aspects of your self and with the sacred. Experiences of connectedness will nourish your inner journey towards wholeness. Your wholeness is a consciousness raising journey towards a more balanced, integrative state of being. It is a journey of awakening to your deeper nature, to the sentient and purposeful nature of reality.

Aims of the NatureConnect Program

  • Experience a profound sense of connection with nature & spirit;
  • Become proficient in mindfulness and other contemplative practices;
  • Experience an expanded sense of self;
  • Effectively cope with stress and other mental health challenges;
  • Realise the fragmented, distracted mental states that dominate our normal consciousness
  • Be empowered to control your own consciousness and responses to inner and global issues and challenges
  • Expand awareness of and love for the natural world which you are an integral part of.

  • NatureConnect session locations

    NatureConnect sessions are undertaken in natural places - wild and cultivated - in small groups. They are held in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney where I live in various bushland tracks through national park and reserves. New sessions are being offered at the beautiful, historic Everglades House and Gardens at Leura. Sessions are also organised in Sydney. You will need to contact me via the contact page about upcoming sessions. Private sessions are also available upon request

    Nourish your Wholeness

    Wholeness is coming into a deeper, more loving relationship with human and non-human others, it is about positively dealing with your inner pain and scars, your outmoded beliefs and assumptions and exploring new possibilities for growth and harmony. In your journey to wholeness you are becoming more conscious of the inner and outer forces that fragment your thinking, your sense of self, and move towards overcoming them. Your responses to these forces may be compliance, passivity, addiction, sense of inadequacy, fear, aggression, or trauma but these responses can be restrict your sense of agency, your authenticity,. Living into wholeness is a sign of your maturity, of more consciously doing the hard and easy yards for reaching your highest potential.

    Wholeness is a constantly unfolding process of surrender and acceptance. In being mindful and grateful, you understand that you are always becoming more than what we are and can conceive. For those of us on this journey it it is a day-to-day process of persevering with practices that nourish the becoming and being of our wholeness. This is why practicing NatureConnect ritual is so important - by becoming mindful, silent and loving within the sanctuary of natural spaces, you can practice surrender and allow the unfolding of depth connectedness through intimate relating and bonding to what appears as 'other'.

    Based on a literature search and my reflections of my own journey, the graphic provides a visual overview of the core qualities and associated processes and consciousness states of wholeness. I have written a blog about my reflections upon my journey to wholeness (click here). In essence, it is a journey of self-transformation towards the consciousness of oneness with our deeper Self, spirit and the Divine.

    The Journey to Wholeness: a nature-based perspective

    Overview of each NatureConnect Session

    During each session I aim to balance flow with structure to help participants release their busy minds and normal sense of identity in order to transition from their normal states of consciousness to a deeper, peaceful one, possibly an altered state of unity consciousness. There is no guarantee of this but if the intent and focus and perseverence is there, then deep connectedness and unity may be realised. Each session lasts approximately 2 hours

    Potential outcomes include the following experiences: a deep sense of nature connection, expanded awareness & unity consciousness, expanded sense of self, sense of the sacred, deep calm and equanimity, mental clarity and healing, revitalisation, higher perspective towards life and personal issues

    The structure may vary according to the physical and energetic conditions, and the capacities of the participants. Most sessions are structured as follows:

  • Introduction & instruction
  • Mindfulness warming up
  • Mindful walk
  • Energetic meditation
  • Embodied activity
  • Perception enhancing activity
  • Imaginal connecting activity
  • Gratitude activity
  • Mindful walk
  • Meditation
  • Sharing
  • Return walk