This is a question I have been asked on numerous occasions about attending a Nature Camp. What If It Rains?
We seem to automatically worry about our comforts when going into unfamiliar territory. We fear stepping out of our comfort zone, we like reassurance that our comforts are being met and that we can feel at home.
If it rains, we always have a choice.
We can complain, or we can choose to accept the rain. However, you will be glad to know that we provide shelters and group tents if the weather decides to play up on us.
You can chill out around the warmth of a crackling log fire and shelter or relax in the comforts of our group tent or perhaps head for your water proof bell tent and have a cat nap while nature does its thing outside. For the more adventurous ones who may like to do a walk in the rain, to just smile and embrace the weather, feeing the fresh drops on your face, smelling the lush pastures, listening to the pitter-patter of light rain or possibly a downpour lashing down and getting soaked before a muddy stroll back to camp. Not on your life I hear you say!
If the thoughts of rain put you off, think again. Personally, I find rain soothing and comforting. I recall, as a child, listening to the rain on the galvanised roof of my Dad’s garage from my bedroom window. I love the sound, it was relaxing and helped me to fall asleep.
Over recent years’ rain has thought me to accept, surrender and let go. A walk in the rain has helped me release tears of pain while strolling amidst the softness of the rain. Nature is non-judgemental and accepting and it is simply natural to heal in nature. We can take situations in our life and people personally but when it comes to nature it is easier not to take our experience of it personally. It is a great way to gently learn to accept the things we cannot change, to let go, and to just be.
Our Irish weather is unpredictable.
We can get annoyed that the rain ruins our summer days. It is moments like this that we can learn from nature that some things can’t be changed. It rains and we can’t stop it, but we can choose to surrender to it and be with it. We can find ways to enjoy it, for in Ireland it will always be here. We are blessed with our varied Irish weather and the benefits it brings us, not least our famous green pastures.
Nature can teach us to surrender and can make us realise how much we try to control situations in our life. Nature gives us a gentle opportunity to practice surrendering, just being and letting go.
Our first nature camp of 2017 is on 19th May. If you think you might like to join us for a stress-free uplifting weekend with mindfulness in nature log onto our Events page.