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What is mindfulness?

Here at Sharpham, we can help introduce you to mindfulness - or deepen your existing practice. For more than 30 years, we've been helping people to understand and apply mindfulness to their daily lives.

Helping you to live life with more awareness

Mindfulness is a skill that enables us to live our lives more fully aware and in the present moment.

Through developing a mindfulness practice we begin to notice our habitual thoughts and emotional patterns which are often associated with past or future events.

Being able to observe rather than react to those patterns can really help to manage stress and enhance our sense of wellbeing. A growing body of evidence recognised by the the National Institute of Clinical Excellence demonstrates the positive effect of mindfulness. See our Mindfulness Resources page for more information.


Be prepared to commit to the process

Let's be clear: the mindfulness work you'll do on our courses (and retreats) isn't just about relaxation. And sometimes your journey will be challenging and confronting. However, by learning mindfulness as a skill you'll be expanding your awareness and your understanding of yourself, whilst developing a deeper appreciation of life and a life-long skill to manage difficult and stressful situations.

Although mindfulness can be helpful in managing depression and anxiety, our courses and retreats are not recommended for people who are currently experiencing an episode of clinically diagnosed anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illness. We do not offer mindfulness as a 'clinical intervention', but rather as an aid to everyday health, well-being and in supporting recovery.

As part of our booking process you will be asked to complete a questionnaire so we can help ascertain if our courses / retreats are right for you at this time.

Explore the mindfulness learning we offer - or get in touch for more details or if you'd like us to create a tailored programme for you and your organisation.

If you would like to know more about the information on this page, please contact:

Name: Ben Ballard, Programme & Development Manager
Tel: 01803 731801
Email: [email protected]
Address: The Sharpham Trust, Sharpham House, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7UT