Kiplin Hall & Gardens provides a stunning backdrop to recover and recuperate as we emerge from the fear and anxiety of the last year.
Our mental health and wellbeing may have been neglected, or taken a battering of late. But there are things we can do to support our mental wellness. Kiplin has a reputation for tranquility, calm, enjoyment, and reflection. Making us the ideal venue to host wellness events.
This spring we are delighted to be working with two local organisations on the theme of mental wellbeing.
Firstly, Laura Bruton Psychotherapy and Counselling. Laura holds a MSc in Psychotherapy from Newman University and is accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy as a Full Clinical Member. Laura offers one to one counselling and therapy sessions, whilst walking or sitting in the grounds of Kiplin Hall & Gardens.
Laura explains why outdoor therapy can help people’s wellness, as well as allowing for safer practices during COVID-19.
“There is increasing evidence that spending time in nature has a significant impact on wellbeing. By providing therapy outdoors, my clients have the ability to benefit from spending increased time in the natural environment whilst also working through their issues in a supportive relationship. Therapy works best when you think about your whole self – your thoughts, behaviours and feelings. Working outdoors supports a holistic connection to all aspects of ourselves. As the realities of climate change and the relationship between humans and our environment becomes clearer, many people are wanting to connect more fully with the natural environment and understand more about their relationship to the wider environment. Therapy outdoors allows a deeper connection to yourself and the earth.”
Laura also describes how talking therapy can be useful to people experiencing mental ill-heath.
“Sometimes we get stuck in familiar yet difficult situations, patterns of thinking and behaviour which can feel hard to get out of. Sometimes life takes us by surprise and we experience things that feel barely tolerable.
“Therapy provides a space to consider these situations and challenges, and to consider choices and come up with strategies. As a therapist working alongside my clients I aim to provide a supportive and non-judgemental relationship that can help process difficulty and allow you to become more connected to your inner self.”
Sessions with Laura take place on Mondays and can be booked directly with her following telephone/video call consultations to work through background information. The in-person sessions last for 60minutes and cost £60, including entry to Kiplin Hall & Gardens and parking. Find out more HERE
Secondly, we are delighted to host Ruth Hawkes and Louise Thompson of Pure Wellbeing Arts who are running Family Wellness Workshops at Kiplin this June. Pure Wellbeing Arts aims to support people’s mental wellbeing through the power of art and drama. The family workshops at Kiplin use wonderful art and drama activities to help people connect with nature and each other. The activities will be suitable for children from 5-years-old up to adults.
Ruth is a former Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist, creator of Ruth’s Arty Experience and an arts tutor at Mencap and Chopsticks charities. Louise is a Secondary School Teacher and creator of Pure Imagination Drama Company, which facilitates drama workshops in schools. Together they combine their skills and expertise to build engaging experiences for families to use creativity to express themselves, bond, heal and ultimately, grow together with a greater sense of self within the family unit. The workshops at Kiplin Hall & Gardens take place on Thursday 3rd June, a morning and an afternoon session. Places must be booked in advance as spaces are limited, tickets are £8.00 per person. For more information and to book click HERE
The public can also enjoy a simple visit to Kiplin Hall & Gardens, spending time alone, or with family and friends in the ample grounds. (At the time of writing the rule of 6 or the mixing of two households in outdoor spaces applies.) Located half way between the market towns of Northallerton and Richmond, and within easy reach of the A1, Kiplin Hall & Gardens can serve as an ideal outdoor meeting point for family and friends in the region. With formal gardens, lakeside paths, woodland walks, rolling lawns, open pasture and the productive walled garden, Kiplin has a range of outdoor spaces to offer. Explore the grounds on a long walk or seek out your favorite view at which to pause. Bird hides offer, those patient enough, a window into a wilder world on the lake or lily pond. The Tea Room is currently offering a delicious menu of take-away sandwiches, soups, cakes and bakes to be enjoyed as picnics in the grounds.
Tickets are great value at just £12 for adults, £6 for children, £10 for concessions and are valid all year during opening hours. Repeat visits allow people to witness the changing seasons, helping them to feel grounded and present in the world. From bud to bloom, duckling to drake, life is effervescent in the habitats at Kiplin.
Some visitors even find themselves so drawn to Kiplin that they become volunteers, supporting the work of the charity to maintain and preserve the hall and gardens, as well as telling the histories of those who lived and worked here in the past. Opportunities to get involved include, but are not limited to, room stewarding, tour guiding, gardening, archives research and more. To find out more about sharing your skills and time with Kiplin click HERE or become a Friend of Kiplin HERE