Year of Wellbeing at Dyffryn Gardens
2020 is the National Trust Year of Wellbeing and at Dyffryn we are relishing the opportunity to focus on inner and outer peace for an entire year! We’ll be organising lots of events focused around nurturing your body and mind and making sure that 2020 is not only a year that starts well but ends well too.
There are plenty of opportunities for wellness at Dyffryn. With over 55 acres of gardens and grounds there is always a quiet spot to be found and with our diverse and beautifully maintained gardens spending time in nature is accessible and encouraged. If you’re looking for wild and magical spend some time in our extensive Arboretum, if you’re looking for order and clarity enjoy our formal lawns, if you’re looking to bring nature into your kitchen and diet find inspiration in our gorgeous kitchen gardens, and if you want to see the natural world in miniature visit our greenhouse with our increasingly famous collection of cacti and succulents and our rare and unusual orchid specimens.
Wellbeing in Nature
In the winter we’ll have our captivating snowdrop walk (when the Kennel Bank gets covered in a blanket of snowy white blooms) and the Sleepy Walks for little ones where they can find out all about what happens to plants in the winter and learn about the life-cycle of the natural world. In the spring and summer, we are celebrating all things sweet pea, we have hundreds of varieties and will be cultivating an explosion of scent and colour in our garden rooms. We’ll be encouraging walking for wellbeing, forest bathing and meditating in nature throughout all the seasons.
We also encourage picnics at Dyffryn, a wholesome lunch in the sunshine with beautiful views is bound to warm the heart. In the summer months we get a lot of artists capturing Dyffryn in watercolour and oil paint and are reliably informed that sitting in the quiet and committing the view to canvas is very good for the soul!
The Great Indoors
When it comes to wellbeing it’s not all about being outdoors, Dyffryn House is full of contemplative places to find some peace and quiet. We especially recommend curling up with a good book in the Red Library. On busier days watching the many families explore the history of the impressive Edwardian building provides a great sense of contentment – Dyffryn is fantastic for people watching!
Taking yourself off for a cuppa and a cake in one of our two cafes is also a lovely thing to do indoors, although we do have extensive outdoor seating as well.
Watch this space for more updates on what we have planned as part of our Year of Wellbeing, we’re planning lots of opportunities for learning or progressing in meditation and yoga, writing and painting, walking and creating.