Walks of Wellbeing – gentle guided walks with a focus on friendship and mindfulness – will take place in three different locations in Dublin and Glendalough in April and May. This series of walks is part of the MindMatters CoI project, a Church of Ireland 3-year initiative that aims to raise awareness of, and respond to the mental health needs of, communities across the island of Ireland.

Canon Lesley Robinson, one of the organisers, has encouraged people to come along and spread the word about the events.

“The Mind Matters project is a great opportunity for us in the Church to reach out to those who may be struggling with their mental health, supporting others who are, or just conscious about the need to protect it. I was delighted when the Revd Garth Bunting approached me about organising some joint events in our Rural Deaneries and hope they will be of benefit to many people,” she commented.

The Revd Garth Bunting added:

“I’m especially looking forward to the walks we have planned. The idea of combining exercise, promoting friendship and taking pauses to reflect and pray, seems to me to be like little pilgrimages or caminos right on our doorstep. And they help promote mental health.”

“I have benefitted personally from seeking out help with my mental health. About 15 years ago I went to see my GP about feeling down. I was diagnosed with depression. My GP set me on a journey to improve my mental health and psychotherapy has been at the core of that. Today, I manage my mental wellbeing in a much better way, and know quickly when I need to give it more attention,” he added.

Sunday 2nd April, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny (meet at the Red Stables), 3-5pm

Led by Rev. David White

Sunday 7th May, Phoenix Park (meet at Papal Cross), 3-5pm

Led. by Rev. Ruth Noble

Saturday 27th May, Glendalough (meet at St. John’s Church, Laragh) 11am-4pm

Led by Rev. Brian O’Reilly (please bring water and a packed lunch)

More information on any of these events at 086 0386415 or 0879091561

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