Mindfulness Taster Sessions
Mindfulness is first and foremost a practice rather than a theory or concept. This two-hour session will give you a brief introduction to mindfulness and is an opportunity to see if this is something that you would like to take further.
The session is suitable for those new to mindfulness and who are interested in finding out more about the subject, before committing to a regular practice or signing up to our 1-Day Introduction to Mindfulness courses, our 8-week Mindfulness for Health & Well-being courses, or Mindfulness for Beginners Retreats
Our taster sessions are run by members from our group of experienced and qualified mindfulness teachers
What will you gain?
- A safe and accessible introduction to this subject with an experienced and trained teacher
- Information about the 8 week programme, its possible benefits and whether the course meets your expectations and is suitable for you at this time.
Who is the session for?
The session is suitable for most people aged 18 and above, and will be led in a group of no more than 15.
Working with depression and anxiety
Although mindfulness can be helpful in managing depression and anxiety, our courses and retreats are for groups not individuals and are not recommended for people who are experiencing an episode of clinically diagnosed anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illness. In line with current evidence we do not offer mindfulness as an individual 'clinical intervention', but rather as an aid to everyday health, wellbeing and in helping prevent relapse.
We also request that people do not attend the group under the influence of alcohol or drugs (except prescribed medication).
After undertaking this course, many go on to our 1-day introduction to Mindfulness course, our 8-week Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing Course or our Retreats at Sharpham, with accommodation in our Grade 1-Listed Sharpham House, or our Woodland Retreats or at the Barn Retreat Centre
Taster session dates:-
- Friday 18th August 10.30am - 12.30pm at the Chapel House Studio, Totnes . Please clickhere
- Thursday 7th September 7pm - 9pm at Sharpham South Wing. Click here to download directions to South Wing as a PDF
- Saturday 9th September 10am-12pm at The Flow Studio, Torquay. Please click here for directions.
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.
Shahin is a Senior Counsellor in the NHS where she also teaches Mindfulness. She works with people with mental health issues and runs a mindfulness group. She has been a Counsellor for 17 years and, prior to this, worked in education as a Teacher and Teacher‐trainer for many years.
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.
Anna has had a personal mindfulness practice of many years and continues to develop and deepen her practice. Having benefitted greatly personally from mindfulness, Anna went on to train as a teacher, completing her training with CMRP Bangor University. In addition, Anna has trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project, becoming Certified as a .b for Teens Teacher (11-18 years) and .b Foundations Teacher (school staff). Anna has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction courses to unpaid carers for a number of years and has also been supporting the development of mindfulness with teaching staff and young people, within a number of schools in Devon.
Mindfulness Taster Session (Totnes) with Lynne Roberts
Mindfulness Taster Session (Sharpham) with Dan Batts
Mindfulness Taster Sessions (Torquay) with Anna Murch