Stunning wild-ways and spots of West Wales are filmed in 180 or 360 degree—places not accessible through traditional route maps—to create beautiful restorative experiences.
Especially designed to benefit people living with mental and/or physical health conditions, Ords and Ends Virtual Reality Walks and Meditations are currently available for Care Homes in Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and some areas of Carmarthenshire. Care Homes can subscribe and either access the walks through their own device or use ours at regular intervals. Individuals can experience the walks in a fully immersive way through a VR Headset, or using a Projector and Screen which creates more of a social and sharing experience.
Available walks and meditations are filmed and edited by Sarah Beauclerk who has an established history in Art and Design as well as Carework and specifying Mobility Equipment. Her therapeutic piece, ‘Chichi the Rocking Piano’ collected friends through a popular tour of events and exhibitions and was named one of the ten best piano redesigns in The Guardian, and her ‘Restoration Throne’, created with craftsman Patrick Turk, was named a highlight of the Milan International Design Show 2012 in both the London Evening Standard and The Independent. Sarah’s works have been selected for exhibitions at Nhow Milano, the Museum of Modern Art Milano and the Museum of Science and Technology Milano as well as within various UK Design events and parties with Designersblock. She has worked on design and academic research projects as far afield as Rejkjavik where she explored Experience Creation as a Marie Curie Research Fellow, and China, where she also lectured to Industrial Design Students at the National Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou. Sarah’s works have increasingly focussed on embracing storytelling technique and exploring Nature as a route to wellbeing, and a unique quality of the Ords and Ends VR Walks and Meditations is their artistic approach to heal and restore.
Whilst there are an increasing number of Virtual Reality experiences available today – from swimming with dolphins to virtual visits all around the world, which all have exciting therapeutic possibilities, this project aims to reinforce surroundings that will be beautiful and familiar, making the most of the stunning National Park landscape that has been recognised as one of the best in the world. By making regular recent walks available, Care Home Residents can follow the changing of the seasons in real time which will help them to orient themselves with reality – a concept developed especially with people living with Dementia in mind.
There is a huge amount of material available to support the use of VR as a therapeutic tool for people living with chronic disease and disability, and a plethora of information explaining how Nature can heal and help. This project makes use of both aspects to encourage an increase in happiness and overall wellbeing for its users.
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