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How Reconnecting to Yourself in Nature Can Help You Surrender to This Moment

May 30, 2019 |


If there’s a place to go to reconnect to who you really are, it’s the Pods at Wootton Park in Warwickshire.  As I sit here in one of their gorgeous treetop pod houses, surrounded by the songs of nature, I really drop back into the peace and serenity that is my natural state.

I awoke this morning to the sun gleaming through the window and the sounds of a cockerel and, as I’m typing this, there’s a beautiful bird singing me a song just a few metres away in the trees surrounding my little pod.  Beyond that, there are rolling hills, and I’m surrounded by every shade of green you can possibly imagine, as the gentle breeze waves the leaves around in the trees, causing soft shadows to appear on my balcony.  The fresh, clean scent of outside is permanently with me.  It really is bliss!

Last night I was in my hot tub outside my pod, sitting in the warm bubbly water whilst the rain was dropping softly on my hair, and I felt such serenity.  From the moment of walking up the steps to the wooden delight, the luxury of the experience was evident with underfloor heating, my own little kitchen, and the cutest little bed – and all under the stars and little star-shaped solar lights!  If you wanted, you could watch TV, too, but I enjoyed just being totally engrossed in the beauty.


Immersion in the Outdoors

More than that, this total immersion in the outdoors (and it’s a treat in this beautiful treepod, I have to say!) is a reminder that life is just happening all of the time.  The experience offers a gentle tapping back to inner wisdom that nature (just like ourselves) has everything it needs already within; that we are part of something so much bigger that we can’t really explain, but that we just know has its own plan.  It’s an embodiment of the fact that we are supported by life – and the closer you can get to that, seems to be the closer that we can remember who we really are underneath all of our suffering.  Nature helps us see our true essence.

Before I got here, I had been in my head yesterday, thinking about some of the things that caused me emotional pain or discomfort, and whilst I know that my experience comes from what I think, I still felt I couldn’t drop out of it.  I had worries, and was trying to figure so much out – as is typical in our human nature; but somehow, here, I found myself unwinding – without really trying.  I’m pretty sure it wasn’t to do with the complementary chocolates, either (though it could have been?!), but as I sunk into the hot tub on the veranda, high up in the trees, I began to melt into a space of surrender.  And that’s what, I’ve come to see, is important.


Learning to Surrender

You see, what I’ve learned over the years, is that so often we fight against what is happening in life.  But we don’t need to; in fact, the more we resist something the more it stays.  When we can begin to accept what is, in this moment, we see that we are always ok, no matter what is going on.  And whilst that’s easy to do in a hot tub in the serenity of nature, it’s more about the idea that even just allowing some time for self-care – some time to practice a pause – can really help us to see the clearer path as to how we can return to our natural state of wellbeing.  Just allowing yourself some space and time to be with yourself can help you reconnect and find your own peace.  Being immersed here reminds us of what’s already within us; our innate resilience.  For me, time in nature is that beautiful reminder that life is happening all the time without us forcing anything, and so when you are surrounded by it, all of a sudden, you find yourself back in a peacefulness that existed all along, but which you had perhaps forgotten about!


Truth Retreats

I’ve been saying to myself for a while now that, as well as my workshop events, I’d love to create some special space to get a beautiful group together.  A group of connection, where we can hang out, chat about life, and immerse ourselves in what is meaningful for these lessons; a space from which to share an understanding that helped me find freedom from suffering, by simply understanding that we aren’t who we think we are.  You see, whilst it is easy to drop out of our heads and into our hearts in such a peaceful place, this is also accessible to us no matter where we are, by simply understanding something special that I share about how the mind works.  I want you to be able to take that home, so you can drop into the feeling of being ok and feeling freedom, no matter what your suffering.

And so, as well as my 10 day Bali retreat, I’m also planning some beautiful 3 day retreats, 1 day retreats – and even one-to-one retreats for those who’d like to work more privately – in these pods, here in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside – just 6 miles from Stratford-Upon-Avon.  I’m offering a space for you to find freedom and to come and learn more about that magical place inside all of us which can never be touched.  Lessons from nature; this is the perfect place to do that.

If you’re interested, email, and I’ll keep you on the list for more information!  In the meantime, enjoy nature and stay curious!




Nicole Barton

Life Mentor, Nicole Barton, is something of a unicorn within the self-help industry for her candid notion that nobody needs self-help. She is a breath of fresh air in her admission that while anything that leads us into soul-led expression is useful to shift us from our heads and into our hearts, none of these practices are prerequisites to peace, as long as people reconnect to the simple truth of who they are. Nicole supports people in finding freedom from suffering through workshops, global retreats and one-to-ones, and is working on her first book. Visit her at and

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