“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller

Introduction Mindfulness

This day-long course will give you an introduction to the practice of mindfulness to better manage stress and enhance your overall wellbeing.

What will you gain?

  • A safe and accessible introduction to this subject including some theory about mindfulness as well as some practical exercises including meditation, gentle movement, awareness of sensations, emotions and thoughts
  • How to incorporate mindfulness to your daily life
  • The opportunity to come to the beautiful and tranquil place (Sharpham House)

The day runs at Sharpham House from 10am-4pm. Please bring a packed lunch and wear loose comfortable clothing. Teas, coffee and hot water are provided.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for most people aged 18 and above who are new to mindfulness or wish to renew their personal practice so no previous experience is required. Lynne Holmes or other experienced teachers will be teaching in a group of no more than 15.

Working with depression and anxiety

Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety, these courses might not be suitable for people experiencing post traumatic stress disorder, acute depression or other clinically diagnosed mental ill-health such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. Mindfulness in this context is not seen as a 'clinical intervention', but rather as an aid to everyday health and wellbeing. It may be worth speaking to the teacher if in doubt.

Next steps...

Mindfulness is a life-long practice so it is important to acknowledge that the day offers an introduction rather than in-depth exploration of Mindfulness.  After undertaking this course, many go on to the 8-week Mindfulness Course (MBSR) or the Sharpham Mindfulness for Beginners Retreat for a deeper and more in-depth experience of the practice.

If you interested in the Buddhist aspect you may find it helpful to look at the Gaia House retreat programme as they offer Introductory Days and short retreats in the Insight Meditation tradition.

You may also wish to listen to talks given by Gaia House or other retreat centre under the same tradition.