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Walk and Talk Wilderness with Julia Gillick

A series of 2hr facilitated eco-therapy walks in the local area linking landscape to emotions via metaphor. You'll be led on gentle-paced walks and guided through a series of topics for paired conversation, creating connections between the self, others and nature. These walks take you beyond 'small talk' and create a structure for authentic, deep and inspiring dialogue, all conducted in harmony with the landscape. 

Children aged 12 and over are welcome to participate. Younger children can attend with parents.

Key benefits

  • Nature connection - reduces stress and boosts creativity

  • Mindfulness - sense of peace which comes from time spent in nature

  • Self-awareness - questions which encourage self-reflection

  • Social bonding - topics which highlight our common humanity

  • Confidence - increased sense of belonging, freedom and joy in the wilderness

  • Fitness - cardio-vascular health and fitness from walking

Afternoon drop-ins include: Nature Story-Telling Workshops and Nature Connection Activities


What's included?

Julia's masterclass is held at The Grange, Isle of Wight. Julia will be co-hosting the week alongside Ignacio Lalanne (mindful art) in June and alongside Marina White Raven (radian energy yoga) in August and each offer a variety of drop-in classes that can be chosen on arrival. The holiday includes twin shared accommodation, all meals and courses. Single upgrades available. Chat through the website, call +44 (0)1983 86 55 66 or email holidays@skyros.com to discuss your requirements. Find out more about Julia's June holiday here and her August week here.


About Julia Gillick

Julia Gillick is a freelance expedition leader, stand-up comedian and wilderness therapy facilitator (www.ipsewilderness.co.uk). With a background in teaching, mentoring and women’s empowerment work, she is passionate about well-being, nature and encouraging people to access the outdoors to support mental health. Julia has qualifications in Counselling, Mental Health First Aid and Remote First Aid, runs a local hiking group in Sussex and leads wilderness expeditions all over the UK, usually accompanied by her labradoodle puppy! 

What people say about Julia and her courses:

Julia was fantastic, welcoming, nurturing and really invited participation in a calm and caring way.

The right balance of walking and contemplation/reflection.

Julia is an inspired and inspiring leader and teacher with a gift for communication, encouragement and inclusion.

Julia is a wonderfully inspirational leader and her course far exceeded my expectations, leaving me wanting more.

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