8-week Mindfulness for Health & Well-being

The 8-week Mindfulness for Health & Well-being course is suitable for those new to mindfulness, as well as those wishing to refresh and practice their skills.

This non-residential, weekly course of two-hours provides an in-depth exploration of mindfulness skills and techniques within a tried and tested framework recognised by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence. The course is a synthesis of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and is led by out team of qualified and highly experienced Mindfulness Teachers.

What will you gain?

  • An understanding and recognition of our tendency to live much of life on autopilot and the skills and techniques to help us become more fully present
  • Mindfulness practices and skills to help manage stress and enhance wellbeing in your daily life
  • An increased ability to relax and cope with difficult and stressful situations
  • An ability to be steadier with whatever is happening without resisting it or judging it as good or bad
  • Self-compassion and being kinder to all aspects of yourself
  • Lessons on how to applying mindfulness to your daily life by 
  • A workbook with accompanying CD containing audio files of guided meditations

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for most adults aged 18 and above who want to learn mindfulness as an aid to everyday health and well-being. You will be taught by experienced and qualified teachers in a group of no more than 15. The focus of the course is experiential rather than theoretical with practices to do in your home time.

Although mindfulness can be helpful in managing depression and anxiety, our courses and retreats are not recommended for people who are currently experiencing an episode of clinically diagnosed anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illness. We do not offer mindfulness as a ‘clinical intervention', but rather as an aid to everyday health, wellbeing and helping prevent relapse.

As part of your application please complete and return the questionnaire provided, to give the teachers some idea of your level of support and whether the course is right for you at this time. If necessary one of the teachers may ring you to clarify issues, and you also may wish to contact us for clarification if you have any questions.

We also request that people do not attend the group under the influence of alcohol or drugs (except prescribed medication).

The 8 week course does not qualify you to teach mindfulness. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance providing you have attended a minimum of 6 sessions.

Level of commitment

Mindfulness is a practical skill and a habit, rather than a theory or body of knowledge. Before signing up for the course it is important to recognise that getting real lasting benefit requires the commitment of regular time and effort. It is similar to getting physically fit – you need to practice regularly to train your ‘mental muscle’.  To get the most from the course we recommend you attend all 8 sessions and carry out the suggested home practice, which is a gentle but regular daily discipline of various meditation and awareness practices, with the help of guidance from a cd. We recommending trying to set aside 40 minutes a day, which can be spread around your schedule. You will receive plenty of support for this, including how to fit it into your life.  It may seem a stretch at first, but once the habit starts to be established, most people find it invaluable and highly motivating.

After the 8 week course..

After undertaking this course, many go on to our Retreats at Sharpham, with accommodation in our Grade 1-Listed Sharpham House or at the Barn Retreat Centre or on our Woodland Retreats to help continue and support their practice

The Sharpham House, South Wing course runs on Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9pm on the following dates:

27th September - 22nd November (no session on 25th October for half term)

Teachers: Jo Gosling and Dan Batts

The Totnes course runs on Friday mornings 10.30am  - 12.30pm on the following dates:

12th May - 30th June

Teachers:  Anna Murch and Shahin Popple

15th September - 3rd November

Teachers: Lynne Holmes and Lynne Roberts

The Torquay course runs from

Saturday 14th October -  Saturday 2nd December 9.30am - 11.30am

Teachers:  Anna Murch and Lynne Roberts


I learnt to be more accepting of how I am. To live more in the present. That worrying over a problem is not the way to solve it

I learnt to be kind to myself when suffering from panic or stress, and using breath to soften feelings.

The course at Sharpham House takes place in the South Wing Hall:

Click here to download directions to South Wing as a PDF

The room will be open for participants 15 minutes before the start of the course. Each session runs from 7pm until 9pm.

The courses in Totnes take place in May and September at:

Chapel House Studios, Station Road, Totnes  TQ9 5HW

Click here for directions.

The course in Torquay takes place at:

The FlowPhysio Studio, Tormohun House, off Barton Hill Road, Torquay, TQ2 8JJ.

For full directions and parking please click here


£195.00 per person 

Book easily and securely online below, or by phoning 01803 732542 or emailing us

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy

Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the bookings secretary at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply

Lynne Roberts

Lynne qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1987 and is currently a team leader in the out-patients department at Torbay hospital.  Since graduating she has specialised in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and the emotional impact of these. She has been delivering mindfulness programmes for over 10 years within the NHS and at Sharpham. Lynne runs MBSR/MBCT courses having completed training at Bangor and Exeter University; Mindfulness for Health courses as an accredited Breathworks teacher and .b courses having completed training through the Mindfulness in Schools Project.

Jo Gosling

Jo has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, initially as a Macmillan nurse in cancer care then, after gaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1996, as a Clinical Health Psychologist. She has a longstanding mindfulness practice and has undergone extensive training with teachers from Bangor and Exeter Universities. She has regular mentoring and attends silent meditation retreats to deepen her practice. As a freelance mindfulness teacher she has delivered numerous MBCT groups for people with recurrent depression at the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter, and is a tutor and supervisor on their post-graduate mindfulness-based cognitive therapies programme. Meditation and cultivation of joy greatly support her well-being and creativity.

Ramiro Ortega

Ramiro has practised mindfulness for over 15 years, and Insight Meditation since 2005. He teaches Mindfulness retreats at Sharpham House, as well as 8-week courses for the public, and also facilitates an Introduction to Buddhist Meditation at The Barn Retreat Centre. Ramiro trained to teach mindfulness with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.

Prof Katherine Weare

Katherine Weare is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter and Southampton. Her background is education, developing approaches to promoting wellbeing and preventing mental health problems for school staff and pupils, including work on CBT/ social and emotional learning in schools. She became committed to mindfulness when she found it a personal lifesaver during a health crisis and trained to be a mindfulness teacher through the Mindfulness Based Approaches Diploma at the University of Exeter. Since then she has kept in touch with the roots of mindfulness, teaching 8-week courses, receives regular supervision and attends regular silent insight meditation retreats to support her daily practice and is following the advanced Committed Practitioner Programme at the Bodhi Institute. She has become internationally known for her research and development work on mindfulness and compassion for children/young people and those who care for them. Recently she has advised the All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness and wellbeing which produced The Mindful Nation policy document recommending the widespread development of evidence-based mindfulness across the UK, and spoke in Parliament on mindfulness in schools. She contributed to The Mindfulness Summit online as “40 of the world’s leading experts on meditation and mindfulness” . She advises various mindfulness projects such as the Mindfulness in Schools Project, the Plum Village mindfulness community and is currently writing a book with Thich Nhat Hanh on education. She is a member and regular speaker for the Faculty of Mind and Life Europe.

Dan Batts

Dan has been practising mindfulness since 1994. He trained as a Buddhist monk for 5 years and has completed a mindfulness teacher training retreat led by Jon Kabat‐Zinn. He works as a mental health nurse.

Retreats & Events
8-Week Mindfulness for Health and Well-being in Totnes (with Lynne Roberts & Lynne Holmes)




8-Week Mindfulness for Health and Well-being in Totnes (with Lynne Roberts & Lynne Holmes)

8-Week Mindfulness for Health and Well-being at Sharpham (with Jo Gosling and Dan Batts)




8-Week Mindfulness for Health and Well-being at Sharpham (with Jo Gosling and Dan Batts)

8-Week Mindfulness for Health and Well-being in Torquay (with Lynne Roberts & Anna Murch)




8-Week Mindfulness for Health and Well-being in Torquay (with Lynne Roberts & Anna Murch)