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Mental health difficulties and Sharpham mindfulness courses and retreats

Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety, according to UK best practice guidelines, the practice might not be suitable if you are experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. If you are or feeling very stressed and anxious, meditation can make matters worse. This is because it can be just too difficult to concentrate and thoughts and feelings can quickly start to feel overwhelming. 

For these reasons we have a booking process designed to make sure that a course or retreat is right for you at this point in time.

Our booking process

Once you have booked on to a retreat or course, you'll receive a link to a confidential booking form where you can provide information about any physical or mental health issues and your booking is not confirmed until you have completed this form. 

It’s essential you complete our confidential booking form as soon as possible to ensure we can best accommodate your needs.

If you do not fill in the booking form at least one week prior to the retreat or course you may not be allowed to attend. In these circumstances no refund can be offered.

Click here to see the sample questionnaire

If you are supported by a community mental health care team, we ask you to confirm that you have spoken to a psychiatric nurse or other relevant professional or therapist to help you decide if a mindfulness course or retreat is right for you at this time. We may follow up with you to discuss this further.

In some cases it might be advisable for you to wait until you’re feeling a little better or consider a more gentle introduction to mindfulness such as a 1 day introductory course or similar. If it’s not the right time to come on a retreat  – you will of course be offered a full refund, or transfer to a course at a later date. If you have any question or concerns or would like to discuss whether a retreat or course is suitable for you then please contact us.