Tree Babies and Tots
Tree Babies is a project supporting the mental health and wellbeing of parents who have young babies and toddlers.
Using nature, we aim within to give parents the space to slow down, reflect and think about their own needs. Something that is often missed when a new baby joins the family.
The sessions are as far a possible based outside, they are non judgemental and welcoming,
Play in the mud, make some nature art, practice some breathing, stretch our muscles, notice the shadows. So much to see, learn and feel in the outdoors.
Don your wellies and raincoat and come and join us.
What does a Tree Babies session look like?
Tree Babies is about ‘being’ and 'experiencing' however this works for you. The sessions are in the main, unstructured although we will have set up various nature 'experiences for you to enjoy yourself or with your child. We will check in with everyone through the session - by this we mean ensure we acknowledge you, have a chat and make sure you have a drink and what you need to be comfortable.
There is no pressure, you can join in as much or as little as you choose
Everyone is given a journal at the start of their Tree Babies journey and you are encouraged to take some time during the session to just stop and reflect. This is designed to help you focus mindfully on your surroundings, make your own notes, scribbles and just 'be' with no expectation. The journals are yours to keep and you will not be asked to share anything in them.
This first half of the session serves to calm your mind, open your thinking, relax, and then allow your thoughts to flow. This can be quite a powerful experience
We sometimes collectively do some art. This can take the form of a mandala using materials from nature and represents how we can support each other as individuals.
There is always a cup of tea or coffee available (you bring along your own thermal cup and we'll provide the brew!)
It’s a full hour of time for you to relax, reconnect, feel and refocus along side others who ‘get it’.