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24th Oct, 2021

Outdoor nature course launched to improve mental health

A FREE outdoor course created for adults to support their mental health has been launched in Rugby.

Creativity in Nature uses nature as an inspiration to create art, and teaches ancient forest crafts and mindfulness techniques.

Led by local artist and craftsman John Noble, participants will meet in Cock Robin Wood, off Dunchurch Road, and use natural materials to create structures and art, including the techniques of Hapa Zome and forest bathing.

The course is free to residents thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council, and is being delivered by Escape Arts in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.

An Escape Arts spokesperson said: “So many people have been isolated or suffered mental health challenges during the pandemic, so it is really important to support those who need it.

“There is a well-recognised relationship between access to green space and improved mental health and wellbeing, with a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression.”

The course, which runs until July 14, takes place on Wednesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Visit https://recoveryandwellbeing.co.uk to book in advance. Email dionnesambrook@escapearts.org.uk for more information.

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