Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to our regular questions...
How long is a Fresh Air Fridays Session?
It depends on your local facilitator but they range in length from 1.5 to 3hrs; they can confirm when you contact them.
When do Fresh Air Fridays sessions happen?
Each facilitator sticks with the same day and time but different facilitators offer different days and times. Our vision is to have Fresh Air Fridays sessions every day of the week and all over the country.
What happens if it’s cold or raining?
As a community we don’t believe there is such a thing as the wrong weather; only the wrong clothing. Learning to enjoy ourselves whatever the weather is doing is a really important part of the process. We go out whatever the weather, we just wear different clothes for different conditions. When we learn to enjoy the rain, we can learn to enjoy ourselves when it rains in our lives.
How fit/able do I have to be?
Fresh Air Fridays sessions are designed to be relatively gentle walks, more about space and connection than strenuous exercise. If you have any particular mobility issues, then please let your facilitator know. For example, if it would be difficult for you to step over a stile or stand for any length of time, it is important to confirm with the facilitator as to whether their session is suitable for you.
What happens if I am ill or can’t make a session?
Your membership entitles you to attend any of the Fresh Air Fridays sessions running anywhere in the country. So if you can’t get to your local one on a given date, you can hopefully attend a different one. You will still be delivered all the coaching materials for you to use at your leisure.
What happens if my facilitator is ill?
If your group facilitator is unable to run a session for some reason, wherever possible, an alternative facilitator will lead a session at the same time, in roughly the same place.
What do I need to bring?
You need to dress suitably for the weather conditions, including appropriate footwear. Your facilitator will let you know if you need to bring anything else, which may be a small flask of hot water. You may choose to bring a bottle of water, particularly if it’s warm.
What should I wear?
You need to wear comfortable footwear that you don’t mind getting muddy or potentially wet. Layers of clothing are ideal, so that you can take things off or put them on. Even on a hot day it is worth bringing a warm layer as often groups sit down for a while. Wet weather doesn’t stop us going so make sure that you bring a waterproof coat.
Where will we go?
Your facilitator will have planned a walk suitable for the weather conditions. They will have planned it to take in as much of our natural surroundings as possible, given the area where the session is held. You are likely to go off pavements and roads for some of the session. Lots of our facilitators love walking in countryside, on beaches or by water so we incorporate these places where we can.
What will happen?
Your facilitator will lead you through a few exercises to help you relax and enjoy your surroundings. You will do a breathing exercise and some gentle walking; there is a group discussion on the month’s theme. Our membership sessions stop for a tea break and all of them end with a relaxation of some sort.
What are the benefits?
When you come on a Fresh Air Fridays session you become happier, less stressed and more joyful. You have space to think, which means that you can respond to things in your life rather than react. Over time you will learn how to create more choice in your life.
One of the biggest benefits that Fresh Air Fridays provides is space to stop and pause for a moment. Giving yourself and your brain some space and stillness is good for your mental health, concentration and focus; it makes you more effective in all areas of your life.
When you become a member you become part of a community that accepts and supports you just as you are, but allows you to grow in whatever way you choose.
What is the cost?
It is free to come out on your first Fresh Air Fridays session and see for yourself how great it is. If you choose to join the Fresh Air Fridays community, it costs £36 a month or, if you are able to pay a lump sum after your first session it’s equivalent to £27 per month.
What will I get for my membership?
Your local facilitator will provide at least one session per month.
You can also attend any of the other Fresh Air Fridays sessions taking place around the country.
Access to a supportive on-line community, where you can share thoughts and ideas.
You will receive the theme materials every month by email as well as a podcast series on our themes so you can explore these further on your own if you wish.
How else can I get involved?
The Fresh Air Fridays Community is expanding rapidly and our vision is to have sessions running everyday if the week over the whole country so we can support as many people as possible to lead the lives they wish to lead in total wellness. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in self-development, supporting others and loves being outside, please get in touch.