Introduction to Mindful-In-Nature: a 1-day course


We plan to deliver this course in-person in January 2021, however there is the possibility that this may change to an online course due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

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 connectionMindful in Nature National Lottery Community Fund

It 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 10.30am - 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 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 personal experience of mental health difficulties or challenges such as depression or anxiety
  • Are aged 18 or above
  • Living locally (South Devon)
  • Would like a safe and gentle introduction to mindfulness and nature connection practices
  • 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

Mindful in Nature mental health recovery at The Sharpham Trust

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.

To apply for the course, please click 'Book Here' below when applications are open. This will take you to a confidential form where we will ask you some questions about your physical and mental health. You will then receive a call from our Programme 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 Programme Co-ordinator.

If you are also interested in our 9-week Mindful-in-Nature course, we will require further information to complete your booking.


10:30am - 3:30pm 12th January 2021


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


Thanks to generous support from the National Lottery Community 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 £95.00 for the day. Please enter the amount you feel able to pay at the point of booking. 

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.

Brigit-Anna McNeill - retreat leader

Brigit-Anna McNeill - retreat 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. 

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame works as an integrative therapist, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader. Trained in Mindfulness-based approaches with the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for the general public, for teachers and students in schools and colleges, and for various other client groups on behalf of Devon County Council. Having completed additional training in Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, Metta meditation and other heart-based approaches within the world of mindfulness. Ollie also works as a Polarity therapist and an integrative counsellor, with a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying.

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How to apply:

  • online on this page, when booking is open

Ring us on 01803 731802 or email [email protected] if you've got any questions.

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