Time spent in nature increases our connection to spirituality and can improve our mental health. If you want more meaning and peace in your life, heading to a local park or getting out of the city into a beautiful green space is a good place to start. For a longer stint in nature, volunteering for a project working on the land restores the soul. Here are some links to charities, organisations and projects that can support connection to nature, wellbeing and spirituality:
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The Children’s Foundation
The Children’s Foundation therapeutic horticulture project offers groups of young people with ASD or learning difficulties and complex needs the chance to undertake a qualification in practical horticulture.
Ecosystem Restoration Camps
One of the best ways to tackle climate change is to restore degraded soil. Ecosystem Restoration Camps is a grassroots movement to restore soil using permaculture principles with volunteering opportunities.
Groundwork offers social and therapeutic horticulture for people with a range of disabilities, dementia, mental health and behavioural conditions and those in need of rehabilitation to transform their lives for the better.
The Nurture Project
The Nurture Project is a therapeutic garden project supporting adults living with mild to moderate mental health issues.
Quiet Garden Movement
Find a quiet garden anywhere around the world.
Seeds of Hope Children's Garden
A garden in Guildford to help children explore feelings of loss.
Thrive uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is a network of thousands of farms across the world where volunteers can work in exchange for food and board.
Youth Hostel Association (YHA)
Youth Hostels are an affordable place to stay to access beautiful natural sights in the UK and all over the world. The YHA in the UK also offers information about camping sites.