Wilderness wellbeing event in Newcastle will reveal healing powers of nature
A bushcraft night at a city museum will show how nature can boost people's wellbeing as we start another new year blighted by Covid.
The healing power of nature has been brought to the fore by the pandemic, particularly during last year's lockdown when people appreciated their gardens more and made the most of their escape outdoors for essential exercise.
Now a Wilderness Wellbeing and Bushcraft event, a pay-what-you-can evening being hosted at Great North Museum: Hancock on January 21, is set to celebrate the possibilities of nature to make us feel better.
The rescheduled event, suitable for those aged 16-plus, is one of the Newcastle museum's Great North Nights events and sees it team up with the Stomping Grounds Forest School which will be helping to create a cosy evening around the campfire, teaching bushcraft skills.
Stomping Grounds is a local social enterprise helping reconnect communities with nature and its work includes tailored sessions with schools.
The night at the Hancock will include making hot herbal drinks - entirely from ingredients found in the forest which can bring health benefits - and learning craft and bushcraft techniques such as whittling, twine-making and willow-weaving.
There also will be "natural fire pit fireworks" and, at the end of the evening, a traditional campfire story.
A spokesman for the museum said: "This evening will be the perfect way to learn some essential bushcraft skills and support your wellbeing using nature.
"This past year has made us appreciate, more than ever, the physiological and psychological benefits of being outdoors.
"Green spaces have been a lifeline for many people over the past 18 months and now, as we are all starting to come together again, we would like to host an evening to celebrate all the wonderful possibilities that nature can provide us with.
The 6pm-8pm event is pay-what-you-can although the suggested amount is £8 and there is also an option to incude a £2 donation to support local arts and culture. To book see here.
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