Mindful-In-Nature: Mindfulness and Mental health recovery in the outdoors - 8-week course

National Lottery Community Funded for The Sharpham Trust Mindful in Nature project
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Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, Mindful-In-Nature is a Sharpham programme specifically designed to support mental health recovery, resilience and well-being for people aged 18+ living locally, by offering a unique combination of mindfulness and nature connection. 

Courses take place 2 times per year. See the Schedule for the current dates.

Sessions will run from the Woodland Campsite, with an outdoor kitchen, and a covered hearth to sit around together.  

A limited free transport service running from Torbay to Totnes and Sharpham will be provided (details will be sent to you once you have booked).


Mindful-in-Nature mental health recovery at The Sharpham Trust

This course is for you if you identify with all of the below:

  • Have lived experience of mental health difficulties or challenges such as depression or anxiety
  • Are aged 18 or above
  • Are new to mindfulness or would like to deepen your mindfulness practice
  • Would like to spend some time outdoors in a beautiful location, surrounded by nature in a safe and supportive setting
  • Are curious to learn how the practice of mindfulness and nature connection can support your overall sense of well-being
  • Are willing to fully commit to the course
  • Living locally (in South Devon)


What you will learn

  • Mindfulness and nature connection practices and skills to help manage stress and enhance well-being
  • How to build personal resilience and an increased ability to cope with difficult and stressful situations
  • A set of skills to help you be steadier with whatever is happening, without resisting it or judging it as good or bad
  • Self-compassion and being kinder to yourself
  • How to apply mindfulness to your daily life after the course has been completed

Mindful-in-Nature mental health recovery at The Sharpham Trust

Your physical and mental health 

The Mindful-In-Nature course is not intended as an alternative to clinical treatment and we offer our courses as an aid to recovery, well-being and helping to prevent relapse. We recommend that participants are in a relatively stable period of mental well-being in order to get the most out of the course.

The course might not be suitable for you if you are currently experiencing a major depression or other diagnosed psychiatric illness such as psychosis or current self-harming. 

Parts of the woodland are on uneven ground and the course will include some walking around the site. Please contact us if you have physical health or mobility difficulties to make sure we can best accommodate your needs.

To apply for the course, please click 'Book Online' below which will take you to a confidential form where we will ask you some detailed questions about your physical and mental health. You will then receive a call from our Mindful-In-Nature Co-ordinator to discuss your application to ensure we can best accommodate your needs. Your booking is not confirmed until you have spoken with our Mindful-In-Nature Co-ordinator.

We recommend that those applying to attend the full 8 week course, also book to attend the taster day in September, if you haven’t previously been to a taster. The booking link will allow you to choose either or both.

If you are unsure about the 8-week course, then come along to our half-day Mindful-in-Nature taster to see if the course is for you.


Level of commitment

We ask that you contemplate whether it is the right time for you to commit to the course. It is important that all participants are committed to help with group safety and cohesion and for participants to get the most out of this valuable opportunity.

If now doesn’t feel like the right time for you, it isn’t the only opportunity. We will be running this project twice yearly for the life of this project. 

Mindfulness is a practical skill and a habit, rather than a theory. 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 commit to attend all sessions and carry out the suggested home practice, which is a gentle but regular daily discipline of various meditation and nature awareness practices, with the help of guidance from audio files. As best you can, we recommend trying to set aside 30 minutes a day for home practice. 

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 beneficial.


The course is delivered on Tuesdays, from 10:30am - 3:30pm.

The next course runs from 10 October - 28 November 2023.

Please see the Sharpham Trust calendar for dates

Mindful-in-Nature has definitely been one of the most meaningful, inspiring, life-changing experiences for me.


I’ve had a complete fundamental change in my being and how I interact with the world


I feel strong, excited and optimistic for the first time in my adult life


I came here feeling quite wary, but from the beginning you made it feel so safe. I was able to open up to myself and others for the first time

Costs and how to book

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The full cost of this course is £275 per person including all resources and transport. Thanks to generous support from the National Lottery Community Fund, there are funded bursary places available for people experiencing financial hardship.

When booking is open for the next course, you will be able to apply for your place by clicking the red Book Online button at the bottom of this page.

When you complete your application you will be asked to select from the following options:

  • Low wage/ benefits = Full bursary
  • Moderate income = Half bursary (£137.50)
  • Higher income = No bursary (£275)

We ask that this is completed honestly and you pay what you can afford. If these amounts do not meet your personal circumstances then please contact our Mindful-In-Nature Co-ordinator on [email protected] 

Please note places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ollie Frame - Mindful-in-Nature leader

Ollie Frame - Mindful-in-Nature leader

Ollie Frame works as an integrative therapist, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader. He is a co-leader on the Mindful in Nature programme at Sharpham, for which he has produced a large range of meditations and resources. He teaches the eight-week course in various settings, including to the general public, to teachers and students in schools and colleges, and to various other client groups on behalf of Devon County Council. Also trained to teach the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) course, he is especially enthusiastic about self-compassion, Metta meditation and other heart-based approaches within the world of mindfulness. As an integrative therapist, Ollie has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology, inner journeying and the therapeutic use of meditation and the imagination. 

Brigit-Anna McNeill - Mindful-in-Nature leader

Brigit-Anna McNeill - Mindful-in-Nature leader

Brigit-Anna trained in wilderness therapy, counselling and mentoring following her MA in Art Psychotherapy. She empowers others to feel  safely held in a group setting, and her approach is strong, safe, transformational and loving. With a rare gift for getting to the heart of the matter and helping others find the deeper truth, Brigit-Anna's knowledge and passion for plants and the natural world is infectious, whether for food, medicine or spiritual ally. She loves to guide us in nature to see it as we have never seen it before; as the missing community we always craved. 

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How to apply:

  • online on this page, when booking is open

Email [email protected] if you've got any questions.

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