Weald Park Wellness Group
Let Nature Nurture You.
Art Psychotherapist, Irene Malvezi, formed the group in January 2019. It is a focus group for all adults, which aims to promote the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of being in nature.
The group runs therapeutic/healing/art outdoor workshops at the Weald Country Park several times a year for two or three hours each time. The aim is to reconnect and cherish nature and to explore how it can support our personal development and general sense of wellbeing. During each workshop we walk through open and shaded woodland. We work with specific designed exercises to enhance our senses and we create reflective artwork with natural materials (no previous art skills needed).
The people on our events might be; those who have experienced psychotherapy or counselling, people who have never experienced psychotherapy or counselling, people who love nature and feel the need for stillness, those who want to focus on personal growth. We welcome adults with learning disabilities.
We comply with Health and Safety regulations highlighting clearly issues to be aware of in the outside environment. Therefore, offering participants the opportunity to work safely outdoors in nature.
Being outdoors allows the therapy process to be experienced across a range of domains (internal/external, self/other, concrete/symbolic, felt/imagined, soma/psyche). It is an embodied process.
Modern research clearly shows the benefits of being outdoors in nature, including: increased feelings of wellbeing, reductions in stress, improved concentration and attention, to name a few.
Who we are:
I am an HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) registered Art Psychotherapist. I recognise the therapeutic effects from having contact with nature and I am interested in ways to explore the self through the relationship with the environment and natural materials.
My work as a Spiritual Companion centres on acknowledgement of the wonder of existence including our deep connection with nature. I have studied the Goddess tradition in Britain and this included work in the landscape especially in Glastonbury, Somerset. As well as training as a counsellor in the 1990s I managed a counselling and mental health service for several years in an inner city further education college. My background is in social psychology. I've led a variety of groups and workshops over the last twenty-five years, and I integrate work outside wherever I can. I have an interest in shamanism, Jungian psychotherapy and Way of Council.
I am a qualified Aromatherapist and Well-Being Advisor. I provide help and treatments to both private and corporate clients. I am constantly inspired by the endless bounty nature has to offer us. I have always been interested in how this can help us to understand our true essence or self at a deeper level; therefore for our own wellbeing. Buddhist meditation and study both relax me and offer great insight into the causes of our suffering as human beings. Being outside amongst nature is a comforting and nurturing space in which we can learn to care for ourselves and for the Whole, of which we are part.
I love the countryside and nature in all its forms, particularly old woodlands. I love walking, cycling, singing and dancing. I'm a published writer and particularly interested in poetry and song writing. I have a deep interest in spirituality and the healing arts. My background is in macrobiotic philosophy and lifestyle, which includes foods, cooking, philosophy, shiatsu massage and yin and yang energy. I have studied Feng Shui principles and counselling, which enables me to help people who wish to bring about change in their lives.
Environmental Arts Therapy
It is a particular approach to Art Therapy where rather than working with clients indoors and with traditional art materials, sessions are outdoors in natural environments. Natural materials, specific locations, natural cycles, themes and elements become integral to the work. It is an opportunity to work safely outdoors, and with nature, allowing individuals or client groups to slow down, observe and listen deeply to life itself, and to develop a better understanding of how to cope with personal difficulties.
Walking The Labyrinth
Walking the Labyrinth is an outdoor healing workshop focusing on the inner self. Participants are guided along a journey into the centre of the Labyrinth. This centre symbolises a safe space where we connect to our inner selves in order to heal and replenish our soul.
Crossing the Bridge
Based on the 'Environmental Arts Therapy and the Tree of Life' book (EAT) by Ian Siddons Heginworth, this workshop happens in November. It symbolises the Alder tree, known since ancient times to be good wood for building bridges. During mindful walking participants collect natural materials and build a bridge over a ditch. The experience of walking across the bridge works as a metaphor - crossing from the old to the New Year. It is an opportunity to observe and transform feelings that may arise during the process.
We often don't realise that we are like trees in many ways and they have lots to teach us. They have their very beautiful parts such as shiny leaves, fruits, and fresh new roots, and also their decaying parts, which reflect the scars on the cycle of their journey. They are often bent and rarely perfect and like us need the air to breathe in order to survive. Sit or stand with your back to a tree – listen. Touch a tree – feel its energy.
In this workshop we walk through woodland surroundings to experience ways in which they can support our wellbeing.
Art Al Fresco
For relaxation and fun, no art experience required.
Please read this feedback from a participant:
"I have no art experience but I love being in nature. I adored this workshop and felt perfectly still and at peace during the two hours we spent drawing bluebells. Irene provided wonderful guidance and I went home to proudly display my masterpiece! I'm moved to do more."
Check for forthcoming events and bookings at our Weald Park Wellness Group Facebook page
Workshop fees from £10.00 to £30.00 per participant.
Weald Park Wellness is a not-for-profit group. Our aim is to bring together the local community to share the benefits of being in nature. To do this we keep the cost of our workshops low so that they are accessible to everyone.
The workshops are suitable for adults. However, if you are under age (14 - 17yrs old) or with special needs/disabilities, you must be accompanied by an adult family member or carer. This person would then be a group participant and also pay the fee.
If you are unable to afford the rate please let us know. We try to ensure that no one is turned away because of lack of funds.
Please get in touch with Irene Malvezi if you have any queries or require more information at or 07715601222.
Weald Country Park - Location