I began facilitating and leading NatureConnect groups in 2010 in Sydney's Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore. I conducted sessions in various local bushland and harbour reserves for people of all ages and backgrounds. I ran these sessions, mainly early morning once during the week and the weekend, over a number of years. I stopped when I moved to the Blue Mountains and have slowly begun to run NatureConnect sessions in 2017. While I have a number of testimonials from those times I share just the recent ones here.
The experience of Darwin’s Walk was delightful. Peter’s input and guidance was clear, simple and yet profound. The silence and meditations at various points along the way helped us to connect with nature in a very deep way. The emphasis for the mindfulness instruction was using our breathing as an anchor to bring attention back to the present. It help us become increasingly mindful as we entered a little into the ‘Spacious Presence’. After the walk I remained conscious of a deep stillness and calm within me all the afternoon.
Truly a gentle and sacred experience, connecting to nature and the messages that nature provides uniquely for each of us at any particular moment. Peter has a wealth of experience, which he shares generously and sensitively . The activities during the walk enhance the ‘journey’ within as well as the external ‘journey’ through this beautiful and inviting landscape - full of surprises!
These sessions provided me the opportunity to learn and explore myself and nature, feeling safe and calm as I do this. I was able to connect at a deeper level and learn mindfulness skills while actually practicing them. I appreciated being guided by Peter to really hone in on an individual tree/flower. Accepting it, noticing without judgment, being grateful and allowing connection and love to flow. I felt more connected to myself! I was surprised at the feeling I got when I hugged the tree. (Lol). The sessions were positive for me for the following reasons: 1) required discipline to slow down and go inward, and connect with nature. 2) setting aside the time and space to listen and to get to know my self better, 3) the physical benefits of walking and yoga, 4) gaining a sense of mastery over my mind, 5) a sense of safety. This is the beginning of a new connection ritual and I would definitely recommend to others, and have already done so.
Thank you for your guidance on Saturday. I felt very calm and peaceful after the session. I enjoyed the quiet reflection by the river, watching the movement, listening to the sounds. I also enjoyed the contemplation and the connecting with the tree. It was a peaceful interlude in a busy world. It was a reminder that we are only a very small part of the natural world. By connecting with the natural world we can benefit from the peace and calmness it has to offer. Thank you again
This was a new and unique experience for me. You will enjoy and appreciate being guided through the bush by Peter. His approach is very gentle and relaxing and expansive and his techniques are geared to more awareness and understanding of the bush and energies around us and the connection with nature was spontaneous and beautiful. I’m going to join more of Peter’s walks and it is a great way to keep our daily stresses and busy lives at bay.
On Nature-Connect sessions with Peter, I experience something unique. Its very different from my usual bush walks, as much a walk into my inner world as it is a walk in the beauty of nature. With his gentle guidance and encouragement, I begin to really perceive what is around me by truly being present in the moment. From the very first session I released my usual way of being in nature and saw Peter's approach to be an initiation into a new level of connecting with nature, or rather experiencing a sense of loving oneness. Peter's passion and his authentic approach for facilitating connection and inner peace is powerful. He understands the various dimensions of human-nature connection - emotional, spiritual, physical, mental - and his guidance, for me, is an invaluable gift to receive.
"By participating on one of Peter's connection sessions over a 10 week term, I learnt the techniques and activities that then allowed me to go out alone to do my regular practice. It really helped me deal with some of my mental challenges at the time and certainly it helped me feel calm and connected. While the activities seemed so simple, there was something profound that arose when I did them. The skills were transferable to the rest of my life and that helped me feel more empowered to better deal with my crap and situations that were getting me down. Its great to be able to get connected whenever I want"
"I thoroughly enjoyed Peter's connection sessions. By learning to be mindfully aware and more sensitive to my surrounds, I gradually began to see and feel more. It felt like a veil was lifted just by sensing more in the moment and becoming more grounded, physically and mentally, with the earth. Peter has wonderful insight into both nature and the connecting process. I would highly recommend his programs!"
"In my world I'm so busy that I find it hard to take actually take any time for myself. And I know that I need to. So the opportunity to be led by Peter White on a what is really a guided tour of some of Nature's internal and external treasures was a great pleasure. In the first part of the session, in just a short while, I found myself going inwards and finding stillness, clarity and calm. I luxuriated in myself and in nature. In the second half, Peter gently opened my eyes, ears, touch - all my senses - to the beauty and joy of Nature all around. The fact that we were in a special part of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park probably helped too! If you love or enjoy nature and care about your health and spirituality then I encourage you to take this walk into nature with an experienced and intuitive guide like Peter. You will bask in the afterglow. Thank you, Peter"