The Benefits of Mindfulness and Forest School

March 1, 2018

Benefits of Mindfulness http://www.mindfulkidsandfamilies.com/mindfulness/:

  • Body and Emotion regulation: when our bodies and emotions are balanced and appropriate in our lives

  • Insight: “self-knowing awareness”…this is key to building positive social connections

  • Attunement with others, i.e.”resonance”. This leads to the other person’s experience of “feeling felt”, of being understood. When children become more “tuned in” to themselves, they are more “tuned in” to others around them

  • Empathy: allow us to see from the stance of another person’s experience, imagining others’ reality and perspective

  • Better Impulse Control/Response Flexibility: the capacity to pause before taking action (this is key with children and teens!); being able to consider a variety of possible options and to choose among them.

  • Fear modulation: our ability to calm and soothe, and even unlearn, our own fears

  • Intuition: access to awareness of the wisdom of the body

  • Increased Attention Span: practice of paying attention can build our attention muscles in our brains

  • Morality: taking into consideration the larger picture, imagining and acting on what’s best for the larger group rather than just ourselves

Benefits of Participating in Forest and Nature School

 

The following benefits have been demonstrated and acknowledged through various studies: Forest School Canada

  • Improved confidence, social skills, communication, motivation, and concentration

  • Improved physical stamina, fine and gross motor skills

  • Positive identity formation for individuals and communities

  • Environmentally sustainable behaviours and ecological literacy

  • Increased knowledge of environment, increased frequency of visiting nature within families

  • Healthy and safe risk-taking

  • Improved creativity and resilience

  • Improved academic achievement and self-regulation

  • Reduced stress and increased patience, self-discipline, capacity for attention, and recovery from mental fatigue

  • Improved higher level cognitive skills

  • Male inclusion in education

     

     

We hope to have you as part of our Forest School Family! Please come join our Wolf Pack!

 

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