Spirit of Nature Programme

A variety of different nature-based activities allowing you to choose how you want to imbibe the restorative and healing benefits of movement and mindfulness activities in nature with other like-minded people


About This Programme


Welcome to Thriving Communities’ Spirit of Nature programme – your ultimate guide to exercise, movement, mindfulness activities and meditation outdoors in a group setting. Our programme is designed to help you connect with nature, enhance your physical and mental health, and build meaningful relationships with like-minded individuals.

Our approach combines Nordic Walking, QiGong, Meditation in Nature, and Shinrin yoku (Forest Bathing) to provide an holistic experience that nourishes your mind, body and soul.

We understand that everyone has different needs and preferences when it comes to outdoor activities. That’s why the Spirit of Nature programme offers a variety of options to choose from, so you can pick and mix the activities that suit your interests and goals. Whether you prefer the high-intensity workout of Nordic Walking, the gentle movements of QiGong, the tranquility of meditation in nature, or the rejuvenating effects of Shinrin yoku, we’ve got you covered. Our programme is designed to be flexible and adaptable, so you can create your own unique experience in nature.


Benefits of the Spirit of Nature Programme


Nordic Walking


Nordic Walking is an excellent way to burn off calories and engage your musculoskeletal system. In fact, studies show that Nordic Walking burns off 47% more calories than normal walking and uses up to 90% of your musculoskeletal system (which is more than swimming or running). It’s a low-impact exercise that’s kind on the joints and is perfect for all fitness levels. Our expert instructors, Mel & Esther, will guide you through the proper techniques to ensure you get the most out of your workout.




QiGong is a traditional Chinese practice that focuses on the flow of energy in the body. It’s known for its numerous health benefits, including improved circulation, reduced stress and anxiety, and increased flexibility and balance. Our QiGong sessions will help you release tension, improve your breathing, and cultivate a deep sense of relaxation and inner peace.


Meditation in Nature


Meditation in nature is a powerful tool for reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus and concentration, and promoting overall wellbeing. Our meditation sessions will take place in serene outdoor settings, where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and let go of any distractions.


Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing)


Shinrin yoku, also known as Forest Bathing, is a practice that involves spending time in a forest and immersing yourself in its atmosphere. It’s been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved immune function, and enhanced mood and energy levels. Our Shinrin yoku sessions will allow you to connect with nature on a deeper level, and experience the restorative power of the beautiful South Wales valleys woodlands and forests.

Twice Weekly Activities


Wednesdays at 1.30pm


Sundays at 10.30am

The above days and times are provisional. We are looking to survey the best days and times to host these activities. Please complete the enquiry form below so we can assess preferences.

Lakeside Locations

Bryn Bach Park

Merthyr Rd, Tredegar NP22 3AY

Cwmtillery Lakes

2 Lake Villas, Cwmtillery, Abertillery NP13 1LU

Parc Cwm Darran

Bargoed CF81 9NT

Fforest Fawr

Near Castell Coch (from Caerphilly direction just past the Black Cock Inn), Tongwynlais CF15 7JR

Who's it for?

This programme is open to all adults 18+ to support their physical, emotional and mental health.


We offer free taster session and then we offer monthly memberships – the price goes down the more activities you participate in every month. Please complete the enquiry form below and we’ll get back to you with the price. Prices average between £3 and £6 per session, depending on your choices.


How to sign up

Please complete the enquiry form.

What to bring with you

  • Weather appropriate clothing (layered clothing is best).
  • Waterproofs if the weather forecast indicates rain.
  • Gore-Tex trainers are preferred as footwear.
  • Light rucksuck (no handbags) or bum belts.
  • Healthy snacks and water.
  • For Nordic Walking we provide poles and for Meditation in Nature, we provide headsets.

In the event of extreme weather conditions (lightning/thunder, hurricane storms) activities will be cancelled/rescheduled.

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