A day of talks, walks and a performance, exploring the rich terrain at the nexus of art, nature, and well-being. We invite you, an audience of artists and professionals working across these domains, to immerse yourself in a day of mindful experiences and stimulating conversations. Together we will explore and extend our understanding of the role art can play in supporting well-being activites in forest environments.
The Way Through the Woods addresses the benefits to well-being that engagement with nature represents and explores the role that art – and particularly mindful, contemplative art – can play in bringing people into forests, woodlands, and other natural settings.
It will bring together artists, forestry & woodland organisations, and mental health professionals with the aim of inspiring change, sparking discussion and collaboration, and promoting activity at the rich nexus of arts, nature, and well-being.
The event will take place at Hardcastle Crags, the beautiful National Trust protected wooded valley in the heart of the Yorkshire Pennines. The area boasts 160 hectares of unspoilt woodland and more than 15 miles of footpaths. At its heart is Gibson Mill, where we will be based for the day, a lovely 19th century mill reflecting the story of the site’s industrial heritage.
The Way Through the Woods is being hosted by the University of Huddersfield’s Mindfulness and Performance Project in partnership with The National Trust.
For more information or to confirm your place at The Way Through the Woods, please RSVP by 1st March to DramaEvents@hud.ac.uk