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


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. 

The course will run every Tuesday 10.30am – 3.30pm from 25th September to Tuesday 27th November for 9 weeks (no session 23rd October Half-Term) 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 (details will be sent to you once you have booked).

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 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 health needs 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, Minibus transport and lunch. To book your place online please click the link below.

Thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund, there are funded bursary places available for people experiencing financial hardship. To apply for a bursary please contact our Programme Administrator on [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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The course runs every Tuesday from 10.30am – 3.30pm from 25th September to 27th November for 9 weeks (with no session on 23rd October, which is half-term week).


Costs and how to book

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

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 - FULLY BOOKED

Thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund, there are bursary paces available for people experiencing financial hardship. All bursaries have now been taken for this course. To be added to the wait list please contact us by email [email protected] or phone 01803 732542

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

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Brigit-Anna McNeill - Woodland Retreat leader

Brigit-Anna McNeill - Woodland 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 has been co-leading yoga and meditation retreats for over five years. Trained in Mindfulness with Bangor University and the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for members of the public as well as courses for teachers and students within schools and colleges. Ollie also works as an Integrative counsellor and has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying. Within the world of mindfulness, he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, metta meditation and other heart-based approaches.

Glenn Roberts - Peer Tutor

Glenn Roberts - Peer Tutor

Over the last 5 years Glenn has become a student of mindfulness meditation and associated studies which have enriched his life and helpfully enabled working on his own mental health recovery. In addition to his personal experience he brings that developed from a lifetime spent working in mental health services in Devon, where he has led on promoting recovery-focused approaches for people with complex mental health challenges. His contribution to the course is as a peer tutor from the Devon Recovery Learning Community to support the experience of students as a fellow learner.

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