- Celebrating Our Senses - Mindfulness and Wellbeing Walks
- Marking Our Tracks - Further Afield - Songs For Quiet Steps - Empty Church Walks
- Singing Ringing
- Marking A Fine Line Mosaic Way Marker Project 2012 / 2013
- New Vistas / Wider Horizons, October 2011
- Back to Books and Invisible Threads
- Tara Badcock's Invisible Threads
- Carole Miles's Invisible Threads
Monday, 27 February 2017
Our Mindfulness meditation - Direction - was lead by Carolyn Bantin Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation. It was a dreary day, we were coming to the end of the project, we decided to take things slow.
We retraced part of a walk made with Miles and Dacombe during Light Walks For Dark Days using a Fortune Teller to guide our steps.
We collected a series of images of interesting doors
We visited Dulleys Museum, played the penny arcade machines.
looked at the old school books, remembered favourite toys.
We made plans for the end of project celebration in March
and made button tree keyrings.
and were able to have our picnic in the Museum.
Monday, 23 January 2017
The sixth in a series of Mindfulness and Wellbeing walks.
Our Mindfulness meditation - Location - was lead by Carolyn Bantin. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation.
We have found that to start
each walk with a meditation
helps to create a calming,
warming, gentle frame of mind.
It is an excellent aid for
slowing thoughts down,
helping us relax into the walk
and our surroundings.
Carole had swapped a felted landscape vessel for some ceramic pebbles by artist Lincoln Kirby Bell who has been creating pebbles and leaving them in hidden locations all over the world
"its just been a means of creating a curiosity for the finder, having a bit of fun,mischief and giving the finder cause to contemplate its significance, how it got there, who left it and why. I have dropped pieces deep in the worlds oceans, in rivers and lakes, buried them in the rain forest of central America, left them in the Australian desert, in the Himalayan mountains, on the busy streets of New Delhi, London and Marrakesh just to name a few of the places they have been deposited in the more than 40 countries of the world I have lived, worked and travelled in during the last 25 years." Lincoln Kirby Bell
We walked into the clearing, chose our pebble, making sure to enjoy it's qualities before we each found a place to hide it.
We found pieces of salt glaze stoneware edging, bricks trapped in earth, stones and trees covered in moss.
If you found one of our hidden pebbles
we would love to know!
It must have been very cold overnight as we found some large lumps of ice which became a mini installation with sea glass and shell from Carolyn's pocket.
Walking along the path it was kind of grey
walking back we had mist through trees
and sparking patches of sunlight
Our picnic was punctuated by music played by Gavin, who hoped to bring one of his many guitars but the unpredictable weather made him worried it might rain. Instead we were treated to a fabulous mini concert via is laptop!
A penny for your thoughts or rather a tin of treasures
containing Carolyn's Pecan Flapjacks
We loved the beautiful light on the misty field
opposite and had wanted a group shot in front
of it - however with the light in the wrong
place everyone's faces were in shadow
so we stood in front of the wrought iron gates instead!
Feeling fully fortified we decided we would
walk the other half of the Pocket Park Trail,
taking time to revisit the mysterious tower
attached to one of the houses.
The light was changing once again
We found a fantastic den
that Pete just had to try out
and a rope swing.
This was a beautiful walk.
Thank you to everyone that helped make it so special!
Walk distance 4 miles.
The Celebrating Our SensesMindfulness and Wellbeing walks made possible with a Grant awarded from Margaret Giffen Community Fund and Northamptonshire Community Foundation and with support from NStep.
Monday, 5 December 2016
The fifth in a series of Mindfulness and
Wellbeing walks to celebrate our senses.
We walked from the Green Patch
along the river path to Warkton.
Inspired by the exquisitely carved feathers
of the angel which is part of one the
St Edmunds Church, Warkton
artist Carole Miles decided to create a
temporary installation of printed feathers
suspended within a copper framework.
A feather seemed a good motif for Touch -
which could be feather light yet very powerful.
We followed a trail of feathers
and sat inside or
stood around the outside.during
our Mindfulness meditation - Touch -
was written and lead by Carolyn Bantin
We felt very tranquil as we closed our eyes
and allowed our minds to hold and enjoy
the words, breathing fully and deeply.
feeling relaxed and in touch with ourselves.
We had our lunch in the meeting room
We folded origami fir trees and
wrote some thoughts about the day.
We stopped to play Pooh Sticks on the bridge.
We walked back to our start point with
quicker steps and lighter hearts.
One walker said to Carole
"You make the best walks EVER!"
Many thanks to Anne-Marie Sandos who worked on the Montague Monuments Project and is now working in education and outreach for Boughton House for making it possible for us to visit, create, meditate and have our lunch within this peaceful place. Many thanks also to Michael Miles AKA Copper Man for helping with the installation.
Walk distance 3 miles.
The series of Mindfulness and Wellbeing "Celebrating Our Senses" walks have been made possible with a Grant awarded from Margaret Giffen Community Fund and Northamptonshire Community Foundation and with support from NStep.
PS - you may catch a glimpse of a familiar red head singing her heart out with the Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir during Remembrance and Rebirth – Songs for the Montagu Monuments in May 2016 :-)
Monday, 21 November 2016
The fourth in a series of
Mindfulness and Wellbeing walks.
Our Mindfulness meditation - Look -
was lead by Carolyn Bantin
in Kettering Civic Society Meeting Room
on Platform One at Kettering Station.
We examined small packs of fossils
and thought about time and journeys.
We looked above our heads and
below our feet and collected a series of images
of things we noticed on our walk
which can be viewed here
which can be viewed here
We collected Ginko leaves as we
were lucky to find several lovely
specimens during our walk - the
Ginko is also known as a living fossil
and it's other name is the
maidenhair tree as it's leaves a
re similar to the maidenhair fern.
In the garden next to the Alfred East Art Gallery
we collected more leaves in gorgeous, flame reds
and we explored St Peter and St Paul's Church
We made our way through the town
to the Fuller Meeting Rooms and museum
where we had a private tour of their collections.
and played the talking Drum
We filled in our walk journals
and had our picnic indoors then made
a dash back to the station through heavy rain.
Walk distance 2 miles.
Many thanks to David, our guide at Fuller Museum and Monica from Kettering Civic Society for the use of their meeting room, both helped make the walk special and different.
The was first in a series of Mindfulness and Wellbeing "Celebrating Our Senses" walks made possible with a Grant awarded from Margaret Giffen Community Fund and Northamptonshire Community Foundation and with support from NStep.