Reconnect In Nature is a community interest company that helps people reconnect with their natural environment, reconnect with themselves and create a community that supports each other.
Since 2009 as the work of Reconnect has progressed, that which has been hidden has slowly revealed itself. What we have all discovered is that our work follows through 5 simple principles.
We believe in nature as a healer.
We foster peer-to-peer support.
We facilitate outdoor and creative activities.
We provide space and time for individuals.
We help boost confidence and skills.
Nature Connections and Wellbeing Courses
We’ve worked with over 70 participants on our courses in Pembrokeshire. Many success stories were recorded with participants experiencing significant shifts in their well being and confidence, improvements in social skills, learning new skills, becoming passionate about the activities that they had discovered and some also gaining employment.
We teaching simple mindfulness in nature skills. Connecting to the natural world is at the core of our work.
Fostering a supportive group environment, enabling new friendships, and improving communication and teamwork skills.
We help people learn camp craft skills, and enable them to be creative through nature art and nature writing
We train people in simple digital storytelling so we can share our message and boost digital skills.
The Journey of Understanding
In September 2014, a community project called the “Journey of Understanding” was delivered in partnership with Time to Change Wales and Hywel Dda health trust. It was a two-day walking journey that helped challenge common misconceptions of mental health problems by promoting the skills and positive aspects of people with mental health problems.
Here is a list of other projects we have worked on.
We offer deeper nature experiences and have worked with participants on overnight residential experiences to help them connect even more with their surroundings and each other.
We work and share knowledge with a range of partners in West Wales including Communities First, Clynfyw care farm, West Wales Action for Mental Health, Drop in at the Dock and NHS Wales.
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Our team is a combination of project workers and volunteers.
Director and Founder
Andrew has considerable experience in outdoor groups, team building, event management, mental health recovery, post graduate mentoring studies and is a mental health first aid trainer.
Mike is a filmmaker and photographer who leads on digital media and storytelling side of our work. Mike also has an MSc in Sustainable development.
Our Volunteer Network
We have a group of volunteers who support our work and each other.
Rev. Chris Rees
Chris is very experienced in supporting people in difficulties in his role as a pastor. He has an MA in pastoral studies.