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Lunchtime Talk

Fri 22 Jul 13:00-14:00 at Pervasive Media Studio Event Space

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Nature, creativity and coaching

In this talk, Roy Kareem will discuss the science of what being outdoors brings to our mental health and creativity, the stories and work that emanate from such experiences, and how we can bring more of it all into our lives.

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Speaker

Roy Kareem

Roy Kareem is currently the Director of Bright Green Future, an environmental leadership programme for 16-19 year olds based at the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol, that aims to greatly diversify those choosing professions that make a positive environmental impact. He is an alumni of the Black and Green Ambassadors for Bristol programme, the creator of the parklives podcast series, and is currently one of the hosts of the Rise Up breakfast show on Ujima FM, a community radio station for Bristol. Roy is a qualified teacher and Forest School Leader and currently serves as a Trustee for the Bristol and Bath Park Foundation as well being on the board of Bristol City Council's One City Environment Board.

This talk will be held in the building and online! Book your free ticket here.

"Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life." John Muir

This Lunchtime Talk is about the science of what being outdoors brings to our mental health and creativity, the stories and work that emanate from such experiences, and how we can bring more of if all into our lives.

an image of a bright orange sunset, setting over rolling green hills

Image credit: Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash

There is now a wealth of research into how being in the outdoors brings us a wealth of benefits: from lowering stress and levels of anxiety, to increasing creativity and generosity. But what are the theories behind this? And how can we utilise this knowledge to bring the best of us out in our work, lives and our relationships to the outdoors and nature more widely? Roy will introduce the concepts, theories and practical examples of how being in natural spaces makes us happier and healthier, from the concept of biophilia to forest bathing, Attention Restoration Theory, and the 'Nature Pyramid'.

As a trained coach, Roy will also introduce the idea of 'nature based coaching', where the outdoors is used as catalyst for thinking and working through everyday problems.

As a former Black and Green Ambassador for Bristol, Roy will weave the concepts of intersectionality and ethnicity into his own interpretation of how we relate to the land and how this can fundamentally affect our individual and collective sense of belonging in nature.

an Image of a clearing in the woods, with yellow sunlight streaming in

Image credit: Dawid Zawila on Unsplash

Join us online on YouTube Live, or in the building on Friday 22nd July 2022 at 1pm for the talk and to take part in the Q and A discussion afterwards. 

This event is part of Watershed's The Future is Collective programme, supported by Arts Council England.

Address:
Watershed, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

Directions:
The Lunchtime talks take place in the Pervasive Media Studio Event Space. To access the Studio, please go to the Main Watershed Box Office entrance and go upstairs to the Café Bar. Walk across the cafe bar, turn right and walk towards the double doors. Go through into the corridor and walk all the way down until you reach the Studio. A member of staff will sign you in, and check your ticket, if you have booked.

The Studio is wheelchair accessible, and the events space has a hearing loop. The last talk of every month is BSL interpreted. 

*Please note this is a hybrid event and will be live streamed so please be aware you will be in the live broadcast and recording when watching in the Studio.


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