What we're about

This is a group for people interested in well-being and walking, and the interplay between the two. Join us for monthly walks in the South Downs, incorporating nature connection activities and facilitated discussions around mental well-being, all led by a wilderness therapy guide.

The host, Julia, runs ipse wilderness; an organisation facilitating wilderness therapy journeys, workshops and local walks. Find out more here. (https://www.ipsewilderness.co.uk)

NB - Public transport or car-sharing is encouraged. Please use the comments section under each walk to offer or request lifts. Or contact Julia, who can usually offer lifts from Brighton.
Booking is advised but it is also always OK to just turn up at the start point on the day and pay cash.
Newcomers always welcome!

Upcoming events (5)

Embrace the Dark

Stanmer Park

£20.00

This is a series of three immersive walking-talking nature connection experiences facilitated by 'ipse wilderness' and 'Sussex Mindful Walks'. These are summer evening walks for women, held at a rural location near Brighton. The aim of the walks is to empower women to feel safe, connected and at home in the darkness. We will be exploring the physical and emotional aspects of darkness; the reality of spending time outside at night, and the metaphorical concept of darkness in our moods, emotions and mental well-being. We will begin with a check-in circle, and after some discussion and nature connection exercises in the gloaming, we will take a short walk. We will walk as a group, at a gentle pace. Along the route, there will be short stops where we will gather to take inspiration from nature, which will be translated into questions for discussion as we walk on. Over the walk, you will have the opportunity to walk and talk with different people, allowing you to feel free to express your thoughts and feelings uninhibited. The shared journey and supportive atmosphere will create a sense of connection and authenticity, so that everyone has space to share and to listen. There will also be moments of silent contemplation and an opportunity to find your own 'solo sit spot' in nature. Poetic readings will be used to enhance the experience at certain points. Each walk will end with circle time around the fire; time for reflections and sharing a snack and hot drink. There are three walks which stand alone as experiences, or can be combined to take you on a more profound journey: July 15th. Meeting the Shadows Aug 19th. Grief and Healing Sept 16th. Finding the Magic Wear walking boots and bring warm clothes and a torch with you.

Walking Together

Beacon Hub Brighton CIO

£10.00

WALKING TOGETHER - A SOCIALLY DISTANCED LOCAL GROUP WALK. After so long isolated from others, this is an opportunity to connect with others and nature, in a small group (6 max) on a short (2-3 miles) guided walk around the Ovingdean area. This is a facilitated well-being walk, which includes nature connection activities and paired talking exercises, all conducted at a safe 2m distance. There will be invitations to share with your fellow walkers and to listen to others' experiences as we emerge from lockdown. Wear sturdy walking shoes and suitable clothing for a leisurely-paced summer walk. Carry a water bottle, a snack and an extra layer.

September Walk - "Balance" - Wild Park

Wild Park Local Nature Reserve

£10.00

Join us for a gentle 2.5-mile circular walk around Wild Park and Hollingbury Fort. The walk is fully guided and includes nature connection activities and paired talking exercises. The theme this month is 'Balance', inspired by the approaching autumn equinox and there will be invitations to share with your fellow walkers how you seek and maintain balance in your life. Wear sturdy walking shoes and suitable clothing for a leisurely-paced autumn walk. Carry a water bottle, a snack and an extra layer. There will be the option to stay for refreshments afterwards, so you may wish to bring some money. Buses from Lewes and Brighton or a short walk from Moulsecoomb train station. NB - Public transport or car-sharing is encouraged. Please use the comments section to offer or request lifts. Or contact the host, Julia, who can offer a lift from Brighton. Cost: £10.

Embrace the Dark

Stanmer Park

£20.00

This is a series of three immersive walking-talking nature connection experiences facilitated by 'ipse wilderness' and 'Sussex Mindful Walks'. These are summer evening walks for women, held at a rural location near Brighton. The aim of the walks is to empower women to feel safe, connected and at home in the darkness. We will be exploring the physical and emotional aspects of darkness; the reality of spending time outside at night, and the metaphorical concept of darkness in our moods, emotions and mental well-being. We will begin with a check-in circle, and after some discussion and nature connection exercises in the gloaming, we will take a short walk. We will walk as a group, at a gentle pace. Along the route, there will be short stops where we will gather to take inspiration from nature, which will be translated into questions for discussion as we walk on. Over the walk, you will have the opportunity to walk and talk with different people, allowing you to feel free to express your thoughts and feelings uninhibited. The shared journey and supportive atmosphere will create a sense of connection and authenticity, so that everyone has space to share and to listen. There will also be moments of silent contemplation and an opportunity to find your own 'solo sit spot' in nature. Poetic readings will be used to enhance the experience at certain points. Each walk will end with circle time around the fire; time for reflections and sharing a snack and hot drink. There are three walks which stand alone as experiences, or can be combined to take you on a more profound journey: July 15th. Meeting the Shadows Aug 19th. Grief and Healing Sept 16th. Finding the Magic Wear walking boots and bring warm clothes and a torch with you.

Past events (37)

August Walk - "Exuberance" - Southease

YHA South Downs

£10.00

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