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"Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at alL"Aristotle 

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a bit about what we do...

The Sea Within offers creative well-being activities to children and young adults in the Northwest, with a focus on nature connection and creativity.

Sessions are led by Mindfulness Practitioner Jessica Wilkinson who has a wealth of experience working with young people in cultural, educational and outdoor settings such as; The National Trust, The RHS, Whitworth Art Gallery & Manchester Museum.

Jessica is a qualified Art Teacher and is trained in Children's Mindfulness & Yoga, as well as being a certified Forest Bathing Guide and trained in Holistic Reflexology.

Her sessions aim to encourage others to connect with the natural world in a meaningful way using mindful noticing, creativity, story telling, mindful movement and nature connection activities for all ages.

Please get in touch to find out more or to book

The Sea Within for future events.

www.the-sea-within.com

jessica@the-sea-within.com

07830191943

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what we do

Jessica

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After identifying a need for improved well-being services in schools, Jessica chose to train as a Children's Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher, accredited by the International Yoga Network. She has since used her own personal practice in yoga, art and mindfulness to develop relevant and effective programs. In a previous life she was a Secondary Art Teacher & Head of Textiles

Jessica has a passion for inspiring others to live calm and mindful lives, guiding them to find happiness, contentment and a connection to themselves. She has an infinity with nature and outdoor learning is encouraged wherever possible during her sessions, she prefers the forest as a classroom!

With stress and mental health issues being a cause for concern for many, she believes that a regular mindfulness practice can positively improve our lives and give us tools to cope with what life throws our way.

She is the lead teacher at The Sea Within, delivering sessions to children and young people ages 4 -19, as well as bespoke sessions for adults. 

DBS checked

Public liability insurance

Pediatric & Outdoor First Aid trained

Qualified Teacher & Holistic Therapist

about us

Nature connection sessions

Spending meaningful time in nature encourages children to connect with their senses and feel a sense of awe and wonder for the natural world.

Being in nature is grounding, relaxing and inspiring. Taking time to notice our surroundings and to really be 'in the moment' can help us to be present, give our minds a rest from worries and help us to see the bigger picture in life.

 

During these bespoke sessions participants will experience meditation, movement, breathing exercises, and nature connection activities. All inspired by the beauty of our natural surroundings and our personal experiences during the session.

Please get in touch to book a session. we cater for schools, cultural organisations, private groups and community projects.

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Nature connections
What is mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

What is Mindfulness and how can it improve children's well-being?

Mindfulness can be extremely effective in developing children's imaginations, emotional resilience and overall mental health & wellbeing.

Here at The Sea Within we are passionate about teaching children how to regulate their emotions using creative forms of mindfulness, such as:

Mindful Art

Guided Meditation 

Nature Connection Activities

Yoga Movements

Breathing Exercises

Studies show that a regular mindfulness practice can improve children's attention span, feelings of calm, social skills and caring towards others. When practising mindfulness children are provided with an opportunity to gain a greater awareness of their bodies, minds and emotions, empowering them with valuable life long tools.

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School Mindfulness
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We work in partnership with schools in Greater Manchester and beyond to offer mindfulness sessions for children and young people.

Sessions are delivered in a heart led way and may include  breathing exercises, mindful movement, meditation,  mindful art and nature connection activities.

These sessions encourage children to connect with the natural world, their feelings and each other.

  • Suitable for Key Stages 1 -5

  • Staff wellbeing sessions available

  • SEND sessions 

  • One to one sessions for children with emotional challenges, looked after children and therapeutic needs

Please get in touch with enquiries & to make a booking.

Forest Bathing 

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I am a certified Forest Bathing Guide

Training completed with

Forest Therapy Hub 

Forest Bathing is an ancient wellness practice originating in Japan in the 1980's. The Japanese use the name

'Shinrin - Yoku', which literally means to bathe among the trees...no swimming costumes are needed though!

During my walks you will be guided mindfully through the forest, noticing all of your senses and taking part in nature connection activities along the way. Each activity is an invitation to explore your surroundings curiously and to rest and connect with the forest, feeling fully in the present moment and perhaps gaining some wisdom and insight along the way.

 

Benefits of Forest Bathing

 

  • Studies show that tree essential oils (phytoncides) boost your immune system, lower blood pressure and improve mental health - improving anxiety, sleep and regulating emotions

  • Nature connection can help you to slow down your thoughts and mindfully focus on things that give you joy and pleasure

  • Supports self-compassion & acceptance

  • Improves creative thinking and self awareness

  • Grounding and calms the nervous system 

Please see my events page for upcoming events and get in touch to arrange an experience for private groups or corporate programme. Available for adults, children & families.

cultural wellbeing

Jessica works alongside museums and galleries to provide children's creative well-being programs. Including The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, The Lowry and Factory International.

 

These sessions are designed to encourage children to engage with art and nature in a mindful and inquisitive way, using the gallery collections and the natural world as inspiration. Children are encouraged to connect with art, nature, their own bodies and emotions. 

Please get in touch with any enquiries and bookings.

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Children's Yoga & Mindfulness

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Jessica has been teaching children's yoga for over 6 years and loves to create imaginative sessions for children ages 4 and up.

Her sessions are inspired by nature and she uses story telling, music and mindful activities as part of her heart led sessions.

Benefits of yoga for children and young people include:

  • Improved focus and concentration

  • Improved balance and co-ordination

  • Development of resilience, confidence and self-expression

  • Development of imagination and creative thinking

Available for Primary Schools, one on one therapeutic sessions  and private events. 

youth mindfulness

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The transition from childhood to adulthood can be challenging emotionally, physically and mentally. The pressure of exams, relationships, identity and body image can cause anxiety and self esteem challenges in many young people.

During my sessions students will learn about what mindfulness is and how it can guide them to; regulate their emotions, build self-esteem, reduce anxiety and trust their own inner voice.

Themes are often inspired by nature and current issues, encouraging young people to connect with the earth and to find compassion for themselves and for others.

Sessions include:

  • Meditation

  • Mindful art making

  • Breathing exercises

  • Yoga movement

  • Nature connection activities

Weekly classes available, based in Chorlton - Manchester. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about these sessions or to make a booking.

Upcoming Classes

  • Youth Mindfulness - School of the Heart
    Youth Mindfulness - School of the Heart
    Thu, 06 Jun
    Chorlton-cum-Hardy
    06 Jun 2024, 17:15 – 01 Aug 2024, 18:45
    Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, UK
    06 Jun 2024, 17:15 – 01 Aug 2024, 18:45
    Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, UK
    Creative and empowering Mindfulness class for young people ages 15 - 20
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  • Private Parent & Carers Sessions
    Private Parent & Carers Sessions
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    A chance to slow down, relax, connect to nature and your emotions.
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  • Whitworth - Feel Good Kids Art Club
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    The Whitworth Art Gallery
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    The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, UK
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    The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER, UK
    A feel good art session for 7-12 year olds. Exploring nature, mindfulness and art in the peaceful art garden and Whitworth Park.
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  • Private Family Session
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    Join me for some special time in nature to positively support your family's happiness and well-being.
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