A mindfulness week

In response to the interest that has been shown, this September we are offering our first ever, dedicated mindfulness week.

During this week, each day, we will engage in a variety of practices, including a number of daily sessions of formal “meditation” and also additionally, a variety of forms of “mindfulness in action” including amongst other things, mindful walking and also some mindful talking.

Our intention is to provide an environment and daily framework that is conducive to mindfulness, but also to integrate plenty of opportunities for participants to socialise and relax. Specifically, we envisage starting and ending each day with formal (sitting) meditation sessions and then, during the day, offering a number of mindful activities. Depending on participants’ capacities, we will aim towards a total each day of around 6 hours of meditation and properly structured mindful activities. The rest of the time participants will be free to let go, relax and do their own thing.

 

Walks

Although we will offer a variety of walks (and meditations) in the mountains and surrounding countryside, these will be less strenuous and less physically demanding than the walks on our “walk and talk” weeks. So there is no need for participants to be particularly physically fit.

Food

We will provide all meals during the week. The meals we provide will be exclusively vegetarian (and mainly vegan). Please contact us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.

Drinks

We will provide a variety of teas and coffee free of charge. You are welcome to bring your own non-alcoholic drinks. However, we do ask that you do not drink alcohol during the week (with the exception of the final evening—during which we will relax this rule.)

Eligibility

Although we do not require you to have had any previous practical experience of mindfulness / meditation, we do require that, prior to arrival you have an idea of what mindfulness is, and that, once here, you take the practices seriously and that you remain disciplined throughout the various meditations and mindful activities that you take part in. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or require further details.

If you would like to know more about mindfulness and how it can be relevant to stuttering, you may find this article by Paul Brocklehurst about Mindfulness and Stuttering helpful.

Further development

This will be the first time we run such a week and we are looking forward to developing the programme as we go along, guided by feedback from participants.

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