The Health Benefits of Nature

Soothe your mind, body and soul this Heritage Week.  Learn how to use herbs as medicine in the Phoenix Park, make a  beautiful mandala in Merlin Woods or stroll along a trail to Mullinhassig Wood & Waterfall to relieve everyday stresses.

Nature plays an important part in improving our mental health. The effects of spending time outdoors in the green environment cannot be underestimated. Enjoy the contemplative side of nature this Heritage Week.

Mindful Walk Gullion's Gems – ‘The Hut’, 37a St Moninna Park, Armagh

Date: 19 August, 10am - 2pm

Admission: £2

Leisurely and mindful guided walk sharing stories of wildlife and history, including Bell's Castle, Clonlum tomb, Kileavy old churches, and St Moninna's well. Your leader Ann, will share stories about the biodiversity and historical sites. You will develop a sensory appreciation of the local landscape and discover some of the hidden gems of Slieve Gullion along the way. You will develop your mindfulness skills through breathing practices, awareness of nature and a mindful picnic (BYO). Please note that a part of the route is steep. Booking is essential.

Outdoor Meditation and Mindful Walk – Wood for the Trees Forest School, Letterkenny Donegal

Date: 19 August, 11am - 12pm

Develop your mindfulness skills though outdoor meditation and increase your awareness of nature through a gentle mindful walk. Booking is essential.


Taking the Waters – Passage East Community Centre, Waterford

19 August, 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Learn about 18th and 19th-century spa treatments and cures and if you're feeling brave try some examples out! Visiting the seaside and trying out spa cures and sea bathing to improve the health became very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Invalids were often sent to recuperate by the seaside. Passage East was where the children recovering from outbreaks of scarlet fever and other diseases were sent by Waterford Workhouse and Fever Hospital.


Natures Mandala – Merlin Park Woods, Galway

Date: 20 August, 11am - 4pm

Come join a day of mindfulness and help create a community Mandala inspired by the foliage & flowers in the woods. Enjoy relaxing in the peaceful surroundings creating beautiful woodland art. An artist led project which allows people to relax, learn and explore the many ways to be at one with nature. Mindful of the surroundings and the sharing of our woodland with our wildlife, all natural materials used will be from the woodland. A chance to learn about the plants ,spend time in the woods , bring a picnic , bring your friends, family and be one with nature.  Sharon Lynch will be our artist and it will be in the Nest Area of the woods.


Hedgerow Medicine - Burrenbeo Trust, Newquay Beach, Clare

23 August, 2pm - 3:30pm

Head on a stroll along the hedgerows at Burrenbeo Trust, where you will be taking on a walk looking at foraging for health in our hedgerows, what common plants it holds and how these plants may be used in herbalism.


Health Benefits of Wild Foods - Edenderry Library, Edenderry, Offaly

23 August, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The health benefits of wild foods around us and how to use them". Bernard Gibney is local known for his Gibney's Garden Preserves. Bernard will be giving a talk on the health benefits of wild food, which are all around us and a cooking demonstration. This event is free but booking is essential. Booking is essential.


Talk: Herbal Medicine - Temperance Hall, Barrack Street, Loughrea, Galway

Date: 26 August, 4:15pm - 5pm

'Herbal Medicine from Garden to Bottle' is an introduction to traditional medicine-making techniques. A talk by Qualified Herbalist Vivienne Campbell. Until about a century ago many medicinal extracts prescribed by physicians (i.e. doctors) were made from medicinal plants. Herbalists continue to use these methods to extract and preserve the medicinal properties of plants. This event forms part of Loughrea Medieval Festival – 25th-27th August, 2017.


Woodland Walks with Nikki - Poulanassig, Mullinhassig Wood & Waterfall, Coachford, Cork

Date: 27 August, 2pm - 4pm

Join Nikki Darrell (well known botanist, practitioner of herbal medicine, aromatherapy and aromatic medicine) as she describes the plants and herbs of Mullinhassig Wood, and their benefits and uses. Car parking is available but limited, and carpooling where possible is preferable. This is an outdoor event, please dress appropriately and wear footwear suitable for forest paths. The entire distance is short, approx 1-2km. The upper path is flat, even and will likely suit all. The lower path is uneven in places, with inclines and may be unsuitable for those of lesser mobility.


Heritage Week takes place from 19-27 August 2017 across Ireland.  For more Heritage Week events happening near you search our listings.