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✨ Welcome to London Nature Walks and Socials (previously London Relaxing Events )✨

Feeling stressed out from the week and need to let the steam off? Join us for a walk in London's green spots with a good social at the end.

Below are a few facts about stress:

🔸How Stress is Formed

Feedback from the environment is received through your senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and touch. Let's say, intuition is your sixth sense. The brain processes the information received through feelings and emotions or stressors. Inside the brain, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland is activated. Cortisol and Adrenaline are produced. These are boosters to move the body into action.

🔸The Flight or Fight Response

We need stress to keep us moving. It's a basic matter of survival. Inside the primary brain or reptilian brain the amygdala controls the release of adrenaline. This part of the brain hasn't evolved since our earlier ancestors had to escape from the claws of predators.

The problem is that this brain doesn't make the difference between genuine and perceived danger. Today, an angry spouse or a demanding boss may also be perceived as threatening and you're stressed. Acute stress (fight or flight response) is normal and healthy. Chronic stress (when the fight or flight response mechanism remains on) isn't. It only weakens the immune system and the overproduction of cortisol creates anxiety.

🔸Stress is Today's First Indirect Killer

Do a Google search for the statistics on stress and you'll find that over 12 million working days were lost in the U.K. in 2016. Chronic stress is responsible for many heart diseases and cancers, resulting in premature deaths.

Don't let this happen to you! As a unique person, your life is priceless.

🔸Join Us Today to Get Extra Support

Nature walks are also the opportunity to meet like-minded people and share your concerns in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

Looking forward to meeting you...

Upcoming events (4+)

Meet and Learn French Online - Level: Beginner or False Beginner

Link visible for attendees

£9.00

Parlez-vous français ?

Join us on Zoom to learn the French language and culture in a relaxed way. This class is for beginners or for those with little French who would like to learn more for holiday or work. Each class is designed as a stand-alone, so no worry about missing a week!

During the Covid restriction, there were few opportunities for walks and I started an online tutorial in French. Some of you asked for the French Class-Beginner and it is back!

The tutor is a native speaker (myself), with previous experience in group coaching. This class aims at learning the basics of French language with the idea of using the knowledge acquired during the class in conversation. French Grammar and else will be explained in English.

The course will start with a YouTube video upon which the course is built up. There will be repetitions and quizzes to test your progress; classes are structured to meet your learning needs. Handouts will be given, including sometimes some podcasts to support your learning.

The class lasts 1:30 hr and is structured as follow:

10-15 min. for introduction and warming.

40-60 min. for video presentation of tonight topic, involving exercises of listening and understanding.

10-15 min. for quiz on the previous class, questions and closure.
I'll try to make this class as interactive as possible.

French is widely spoken around the world, from French Polynesia, North and West Africa to Canada (Quebec). A foreign language is a good addition to a CV in today challenging market.

You will need a good internet connection with access to Zoom on your PC, tablet or mobile, with optional headphones for a better understanding. A link to the class will be posted on the event page.

The meetup cost per class per person is £9 via PayPal. You will be marked as paid and going upon payment. Please note that no refund is given if you decide to cancel.

If you cannot attend anymore, you may send me a text message on my mobile or Meetup and I'll transfer your RSVP to another class.
For any enquiry, please send a message on Meetup or text to[masked]

River Wandle Trail from Morden to Wandsworth & Battersea Walk/Hike 7.5 m

Needs a location

£5.50

Come along to walk along the River Wandle that was saved from being driven underground like other sewer rivers. Now the Wandle is cleaner and protected as a nature reserve. We shall follow the river to the estuary where the Wandle joins the Thames and then walk along Battersea Reach.

Walk length 7.5 miles/12 km approx., Linear. The ground is relatively flat but you need to be reasonably fit and be able to walk at a normal pace.

The end time is an estimate. It may be earlier or later according to the pace and weather.

On the way, we shall see Morden Wetland and the disused Merton watermill.

MERTON ABBEY MILLS AND WILLIAM MORRIS
From 1600 to the early twentieth century, the textile industry flourished on the banks of the River Wandle. The quality of the water, a chalk stream suited the washing, dying and printing of textiles. Merton mills were established on the grounds of a former twelve-century Augustinian abbey that was dissolved under King Henry the Eight.

The present wheel dates from 1885. Two hundred years ago, there were nearly 100 mills on the River Wandle. Only four survive, including Grove Mill Carshalton, the Snuff Mill and Ravensbury Mill at Morden.

William Morris, the famous artist and textile designer was active at Merton Abbey Mills from 1881 to 1888. He paid and treated his workers well. The Liberty store in London later owned the site from 1904 to the 1970s. After being neglected, the watermill and workshops were restored in 1989 as a visitor centre and arts and crafts market.
https://www.mertonabbeymills.org.uk

We'll stop at Earlsfield for a warm-up drink and a toilets break (4 miles from Morden approx.)

At the end of the walk, there will be optional drinks at the Asparagus pub in Battersea, 8 min. from Clapham Junction Station, and 2min from the bus stop (345 to Clapham Common tube, Northern line).

WEATHER POLICY
The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather
Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice.
We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause.

WALKING POLICY
Personal Safety:
The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition.

You need comfortable walking shoes preferably with ankle support, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks.

Please let the organizer know if you need to drop off the walk, so we know you're well.

Dog Walks:
We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited.

By attending the event you accept our policy.

My number is Beatrice -[masked]

Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend.

Meetup cost per person - There are now two ways of paying:

1 - £ 5.50 with PayPal (PayPal fee included) You don't need a PayPal account. Refund is only given if the event is cancelled. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may give your spot to someone else.

2 - £ 5 payable cash and before the walk starts. Please, let me know you're coming on the event page and I'll add you to the list.

This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

Meet and Learn French Online - Level: Beginner or False Beginner

Link visible for attendees

£9.00

Parlez-vous français ?

Join us on Zoom to learn the French language and culture in a relaxed way. This class is for beginners or for those with little French who would like to learn more for holiday or work. Each class is designed as a stand-alone, so no worry about missing a week!

During the Covid restriction, there were few opportunities for walks and I started an online tutorial in French. Some of you asked for the French Class-Beginner and it is back!

The tutor is a native speaker (myself), with previous experience in group coaching. This class aims at learning the basics of French language with the idea of using the knowledge acquired during the class in conversation. French Grammar and else will be explained in English.

The course will start with a YouTube video upon which the course is built up. There will be repetitions and quizzes to test your progress; classes are structured to meet your learning needs. Handouts will be given, including sometimes some podcasts to support your learning.

The class lasts 1:30 hr and is structured as follow:

10-15 min. for introduction and warming.

40-60 min. for video presentation of tonight topic, involving exercises of listening and understanding.

10-15 min. for quiz on the previous class, questions and closure.
I'll try to make this class as interactive as possible.

French is widely spoken around the world, from French Polynesia, North and West Africa to Canada (Quebec). A foreign language is a good addition to a CV in today challenging market.

You will need a good internet connection with access to Zoom on your PC, tablet or mobile, with optional headphones for a better understanding. A link to the class will be posted on the event page.

The meetup cost per class per person is £9 via PayPal. You will be marked as paid and going upon payment. Please note that no refund is given if you decide to cancel.

If you cannot attend anymore, you may send me a text message on my mobile or Meetup and I'll transfer your RSVP to another class.
For any enquiry, please send a message on Meetup or text to[masked]

Evening River Walk from Pimlico to Battersea Park and Social - 3.5 miles

Needs a location

£5.50

Come along for an evening walk from Pimlico station (Victoria line) to Battersea Park and Clapham Junction (trains and Overground). On the way, we'll see Battersea Power station, the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park and the beautiful Albert Bridge illuminated.

Walk length 3.5 miles (5.4 km) approx. linear.

Though the walk is short, you need to be fit and able to walk at a normal pace. The ending time may vary, depending on the pace and weather.

THE PEACE PAGODA
It was erected in 1984, following a gift from the Venerable Nichidatsu Fuji, Founder of the Japanese Buddhist movement. Following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he pledged to build pagodas worldwide as shrines to peace. (Source: timeout.com)

BATTERSEA POWER STATION
In fact, there are two twin power stations. The first was built in 1929 and it closed down in 1975. The second was build in 1945 and closed down in 1983. The building was listed Grade II in October 1980. Battersea power station has figured on a Beatles album, and more famously on Pink Floyds 'Animals'. An inflatable pig was launched over the station but the tethering broke and the balloon had to be shot down.

(Optional) We'll have drinks at The Asparagus pub at the end of the walk. The nearest station is Clapham Junction (7 min approx.) for trains to Victoria, Waterloo and Overground. There is a bus stop near the pub to catch the 345 bus to Clapham Common (Northern) or Kensington across the road. Though the area is safe at that time, I'm happy to walk with you to the station if you wish.

WEATHER POLICY
The walk might be cancelled the day before or shortened on the day if bad weather is forecast. BBC weather https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather
Other unforeseen circumstances might also force us to cancel at short notice.
We apologise for the inconvenience it might cause.

WALKING POLICY
Personal Safety:
The organizer will ensure that you are comfortable during the activity (e.g. toilet break, gentle pace...). However, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY and need to be fit for the walk. You should let the organizer know if you have a medical condition.

You need comfortable walking shoes preferably with ankle support, appropriate clothing (warm in winter, hat in summer...). It is also recommended to carry bottled water and some snacks.

Please let the organizer know if you need to drop off the walk, so we know you're well.

Dog Walks:
We welcome dogs. Please, check the dog policy of the parks visited.

By attending the event you accept our policy.

My number is Beatrice -[masked]

Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend.

Meetup cost per person - There are now two ways of paying:

1 - £ 5.50 with PayPal (PayPal fee included) You don't need a PayPal account. Refund is only given if the event is cancelled. Otherwise, there is no refund. You may give your spot to someone else.

2 - £ 5 payable cash on the day and before the walk starts. Please, write "I'm coming" on the event page and I'll add you to the list.

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This meetup is organised in conjunction with https://www.meetup.com/London-Stress-Relief-Walks-and-Socials and https://www.meetup.com/Walking-Victorian-London

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