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Mindful-In-Nature: Mindfulness and Mental health recovery in the outdoors - 9 week course

Mindful-In-Nature is a new 9-week course offering a unique combination of mindfulness and nature connection to support mental health recovery, resilience and wellbeing.

The course will run every Tuesday from 10.30am – 3.30pm for 9 weeks and will take place in our beautiful woodland in the grounds of Sharpham House. A simple lunch is included which will be prepared together by the group. 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.

This course is for you if you:

  • Are aged 18 or above
  • 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 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 

What you will learn

  • Mindfulness and nature connection practices and skills to help manage stress and enhance wellbeing
  • 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

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, 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 sire are on uneven ground and the course 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.


Level of commitment

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 9 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 a CD. We recommending 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.


Costs and how to book

Costs for the course are £195 per person including all resources, travel and lunch. To book your place online please click the link below.

Thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, there are bursary paces available for people experiencing financial hardship. To apply for a bursary please contact our Programme Administrator [email protected] or phone on 01803 732542

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

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Costs and how to book

Costs for the course is £195 per person including all resources, travel and lunch. 

Book easily and securely online below, or by phoning 01803 732542 or emailing us

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy

Bursaries available for this course

Thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund, there are bursary paces available for people experiencing financial hardship. To apply for a bursary please download the application form and send to [email protected]  or phone 01803 732542

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

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