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Nearby Nature Project in the ARCHES Recovery College, Clonskeagh



5 X 3-hour workshops


Nature Connection plays a role in mental health recovery. Research  suggests that slowing down and connecting with nature through the senses can help reduce negative thinking patterns. Humans seek connection to nature due to our evolutionary development within it. Connecting to nature can reduce distress and act as a source of Meaning in Life.

ARCHES Recovery College is partnering with HSE Health and Wellbeing to collaborate on the Nearby Nature Project. The aim of this project is to create a mindfulness-based nature connection walk along the Dodder River walkway in Clonskeagh.

The walk will consist of 5 wooden plaques based off the ‘5 pathways to nature connection’: Contact, Beauty, Meaning, Emotion, and Compassion. Over 5 workshops, we will reflect on these nature connection pathways and create the plaques.


Location: ARCHES Recovery College, Clonskeagh, Dublin 6

1pm – 4pm Tuesdays 9, 16, 23, 30 July and 6 August


The Recovery College welcomes anyone residing in Community Healthcare East (Dublin South East, South Dublin, and East Wicklow) who either (1) identifies as having a lived experience of mental health difficulties; (2) is a member of a family impacted by poor mental health; or (3) is a mental health professional working in the Cluain Mhuire or HSE Mental Health Services.


Please complete the following form to register for a course, talk, or peer support session in ARCHES Recovery College. Note we will only use your contact details for the purposes outlined in our privacy policy (e.g. to send reminders, update you on any changes, or promote new programmes).

Start Date : July 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Session 1 July 9, 2024 1:00 pm

Session 2 July 16, 2024 1:00 pm

Session 3 July 23, 2024 1:00 pm

Session 4 July 30, 2024 1:00 pm

Session 5 August 6, 2024 1:00 pm

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July 9
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm