We love celebrating our customers, you’re all part of Team FINDRA. Our Customer of the Month feature is back to round off June, and this month it’s over to Emma Estrela Corrie, a Wim Hof Method instructor based in the Lake District…
I absolutely love the outdoors and I’m really grateful to be living in the Lake District. Generally, my days here are hiking, biking and chasing waterfalls. I discovered the Wim Hof Method as a way of regulating stress through cold exposure and breathwork.
I didn’t want to put off living anymore and I felt intuitively that walking the Camino (A European pilgrimate trail) would help me process the Wim Hof Method (WHM) Winter Travel experience I just been on weeks before. The breathwork involved with the WHM was a welcome release of suppressed hormones and I felt lighter and better after each breathwork session. The Camino allowed the pieces to settle in a new way of self-trust.
Although walking has always been a part of my life, over the last 3 years it has played a bigger focus point as its truly refreshing to slow the pace of life down. In January 2017, I walked The Camino and being outdoors, communing with nature on a daily basis allowed change to occur within me. The Camino is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe dating back to the 9th century.
Every day of my pilgrimage, I realised that the nature I was seeing on my route was becoming more inspiring and was teaching me to break down my thought loops and to ‘let go’ of what was no longer important to me. My mantra for the Camino was to live each day: “Today is today and tomorrow is tomorrow”. The experience harvested my inner strength and voice, I even became aware of the weight of my rucksack by 150grams!
Back in Cumbria, I continued my connection within nature. I felt different with more inner strength, connection and self-belief than I have ever had before; becoming comfortable in my own skin and trusting my gut feelings.
The year before, I had read some books on ultra-running and somehow the seed was planted that I could do this too. I entered a Marathon and Ultra Marathon.
I made my training about aligning myself with nature’s rhythms. It was about investing in myself, stepping outside the conditioned mind, cultivating self-understanding and honing a positive mindset. Part of my investigation was to pioneer new ways of feeling relaxed and feeling abundantly connected to my body and to nature, in a way that could actually be simpler than what we have been taught in the past.
Connecting with Nature
I simply connected with nature every day. I saw raw beauty in the tarns I swam in, noticing little details such as tiny glistening raindrops on the moss as I relaxed under a waterfall. The cold brings you back to the present moment. Hiking in the fells, passing shaded trees at that time, brought me a delicious smell of seasonal wild garlic. Walking barefoot, I explored movement, climbing and hanging from trees. My adventures every day were a balance of struggles and challenges, yet I felt alive as they rewarded me with more joy, more fulfilment and a sense of purpose as I explored and anchored.
I saw that everything was active in nature. I experienced this and I began to feel a part of this balance. I now believe the stewardship of nature and our environment begins with loving ourselves in nature and feeling our connection to it.
This has led me to welcome change in what I eat and what I wear. I now have minimalized my wardrobe and enjoy wearing natural fibres. I actively seek clothes that are independently made, local with an ethos that is more aligned to the way I live. I came across the FINDRA store at the Kendal Mountain Festival in 2016. The marin merino cowl navy neck top, yellow merino neck warmer and oatmeal hat has travelled on the Camino and Mount Snezka in Poland and even met Wim Hof!
I travel a bit and I find FINDRA clothes adaptable for the travel, my recent red cowl neck jumper was worn at Royal Ascot as well as Prague city. I have many favourites of my 8 items of FINDRA clothing bought over the years. If I had to pick one it would be my grey caddon merino cowl neck top as it is so versatile.
Thanks to Emma for telling us more about her amazing adventures! You can catch Emma over on Instagram.