New mindfulness course in Torquay from The Sharpham Trust
A new mindfulness course takes place this autumn in Torquay for the first time, courtesy of The Sharpham Trust.
The South Hams-based charity, which has been running mindfulness courses and retreats for more than 25 years, is extending its reach into Torbay with this eight-week course which starts on Saturday October 24.
The 8-week Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing course is suitable for those new to mindfulness, as well as those wishing to refresh and practice their skills.
“We’re really pleased to be extending our offer into Torquay,” said Trust programme manager Ben Ballard. “This will be the first time that we’ve run public mindfulness courses in Torbay and we expect there to be a good response judging by the increasing interest in mindfulness.”
The Torquay courses will run from 10am-noon from Saturday October 24 to Saturday December 12 at The FlowPhysio Studio, Tormohun House, off Barton Hill Road, Torquay, TQ2 8JJ.
The Trust also runs courses and retreats on the Sharpham Estate and in nearby Totnes.
Anyone interested can find out more and book at www.sharphamtrust.org or by calling 01803 732542 or emailing email@example.com
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance: paying attention to our habitual thoughts, our feelings and emotional patterns without judging them. Being able to observe rather than react to those patterns can really help to manage stress and enhance our sense of wellbeing.
The NHS, the Mental Health Foundation and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommend mindfulness as a way to treat depression, anxiety, stress and pain. There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the positive effects of mindfulness.
What will course participants gain?
Participants on the Sharpham Trust 8-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course will learn and develop mindfulness practices and skills to help manage stress and enhance wellbeing in daily life. They’ll gain an increased ability to relax and cope with difficult and stressful situations, and be steadier with what’s happening without resisting or judging it. They’ll also boost kindness to all aspects of themselves.
The course is accompanied by a workbook and CD containing audio files of guided meditations – ideal for practice at home, in transit or while commuting.
The Sharpham Trust course uses a framework recognised by the UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence.
Ben Ballard said: “Getting the most out of the course will require some work, and people will gain most if they can commit to home practice, through a gentle but regular daily discipline of awareness and meditation.
“Devoting time for this personal exploration can feel difficult, but most people find it well worth the effort, and feedback from previous participants on our courses say the mindfulness skills they’ve learnt with us have been life-changing,” he added.
Who is the course teacher?
The course will be led by Lynne Roberts, who is part of Sharpham’s team of experienced mindfulness teachers.
Lynne qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1987. She is a teacher accredited with Breathworks – an international organisation that promotes mindfulness for people living with pain, stress and illness. Since graduating she has specialised in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Lynne has been delivering mindfulness programmes at Sharpham since the courses were established in the 1990s, within the NHS for staff and at Torbay Hospital.
Retreats and courses now and into 2016
The Sharpham Trust also offers 1-Day Introductions to Mindfulness, as well as mindfulness retreats in Sharpham House, at The Barn Retreat Centre and in Sharpham’s tranquil woodland.
(from a press release)