Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Mindful-In-Nature is a new Sharpham programme offering a unique combination of mindfulness and nature connection to support mental health recovery, resilience and wellbeing.
This day-long course will give you an introduction to the Mindful-In-Nature approach and the chance to spend some time outdoors in a beautiful setting. You can either attend the day as a 'one-off' experience, or as a taster for the Mindful-In-Nature 9 week course.
The course runs from 10.30-3.30pm and will take place in our woodland in the grounds of Sharpham House. The woodland site offers an outdoor kitchen, toilets and a covered fire shelter for wet and cold weather conditions. A free minibus service running from Torbay to Totnes and Sharpham will be provided by Bob the Bus (details will be sent to you once you have booked).
This course is for you if you:
- Are aged 18 or above
- Would like a safe and gentle introduction to mindfulness and nature connection practices
- Have personal experience of mental health difficulties or challenges such as depression or anxiety
- 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 supportive setting
- Are curious to learn how the practice of mindfulness and nature connection can support your overall sense of well-being
What you will learn
- A safe and accessible introduction to Mindfulness and Nature Connection. The day will include some theory, but will be mainly experiential (learning by being). Activities will include an introduction to meditation, some simple mindfulness and nature connection practices such as awakening our senses in the outdoors and working with nature as a mirror to our thoughts and feelings
- An introduction to skills to help you be steadier with whatever is happening, without resisting it or judging it as good or bad
- How to apply mindfulness and nature connection to your daily life
Your Physical and Mental Health
The Mindful-In-Nature courses are not intended as an alternative to clinical treatment and we offer our courses as an aid to recovery, wellbeing and helping to prevent relapse. We recommend that participant’s 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 where activities take place are on uneven ground and the day will include some walking in and around the site. Please contact us if you have physical health or mobility difficulties to make sure we can best accommodate your needs.
Once you have booked onto the course you'll receive a link to a confidential form where you can provide information about your physical and mental health 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.
Costs and how to book
Thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund we are able to offer this day long course on a sliding scale based on individual financial circumstances. This can be any amount from free of cost up to £70.00 for the day. Please enter the amount you feel able to pay at the point of booking.
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