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ONLINE: Wild + Well

27 March 2020 – 30 June 2021

Streaming from Company Drinks at the
Outdoor Bowls Club in Barking Park

Through this difficult period of social distancing and quarantines, we'll be sharing with you small things you can do to feel well and relaxed.
Watch this space… as we upload videos, photos and information, we’ll add it to our blog below.

DECEMBER 2020

MAKING WREATHS TOGETHER

It’s cold outside but there’s still lots of foraging you can do to bring some warmth and wellness!
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This week we’re feeling crafty! Inspired by nature and the festive season, we’re showing you how to forage for and make your very own Winter Wreaths. These are a beautiful addition to any wall or door, whether you’re celebrating Christmas or just want to bring some of the outdoors indoors!

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We’ve pulled together a handy table of plants to look out for when foraging for your foraged wreath materials. The great thing about wreath making is you don’t need much! Just a few willow twigs and leaves will look great. Look out for evergreens, waxy leaves and winter berries for a splash of colour! We found this great link to The Real Flower Company with more detailed advice.

We would usually be getting together to pick and make beautiful Christmas decorations, above are some photos from 2016 making wreaths with the Thursday Group at Park Centre.

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JUNE 2020
RE-WILDING OUR SENSES

This week we are going to look at re-wilding ourselves and our senses, connecting back into our natural wild senses can help keep us grounded and connected. Some animals have developed particular senses and are very good at utilising them out in the wild. We can learn to develop our own senses a little more by learning from them.

This week’s sense is sight, and looking at developing peripheral vision, check back each week for a different sense.

  • Check out the Re-Wilding Your Sight video on our Vimeo Page

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A MOMENT OF CALM:
COMPANY DRINKS GARDEN STRETCH

Every week at Grow Club we start with our Garden Stretch or Mindful Meditation, we will be continuing with our practice and invite you to join in at home. This week, follow Shaun in our short video, a guided mindful walk through the garden, helping us notice and appreciate the tiny details. You can even try this exercise indoors, seeing what you notice when you actually focus on the smaller things….

  • Check out our mindful garden exploration video on our Vimeo page

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21ST APRIL
BE MORE SUNFLOWER

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Every week at Grow Club we start with our Garden Stretch, we will be continuing with our stretching practice and invite you to join in at home. This can help set you up for what ever you have to do through the day. It is particularly important in times like these when we might be carrying loads of extra stress and tension, and moving less. Follow Shaun in our short video online, this exercise is in a seated position, so we can all join in.

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If possible, try being outdoors and hearing the sounds of nature when doing your daily stretches, or even sit by an open window. Can you hear any birdsong?

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6TH APRIL

Weekly stretches

Take a leaf from the Hyacinth’s book and STRETCH into spring

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Every week at Grow Club we start with our garden stretch, we will be continuing with our stretching practice and invite you to join in at home, this can help set you up for what ever you have to do through the day. This is particularly important in times like these when we might be carrying loads of extra stress and tension, and moving less. Follow Shaun in our short video online, this exercise is in a seated position, so we can all join in.

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Do you need any help or support?

The council, in partnership with BD Collective, have launched a Citizens Alliance Network (CAN), to support vulnerable people during these difficult times. If you, or anyone you know, needs help or support, you can find out more on the CAN website.

Please contact us via email if you have any questions about our activities or concerns about the situation and how it might be affecting you in Barking & Dagenham.