Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

Practice mindfulness and connect with nature whilst being guided by skilled and trained mindfulness teacher, Martin Summerfield. You will be invited to take part in simple mindful movements and breathing exercises and you will engage your senses in walking in the local landscape to fully calm and relax yourself.

Mindfulness is a practice that involves becoming more aware of what’s happening in the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or what might happen in the future. It’s about observing what’s going on, in a friendly and non-judgemental way.

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the benefits of practising mindfulness in a range of areas, such as stress reduction, general wellbeing, as well as the many benefits of being in the outdoors, such as helping eliminate fatigue and lowering blood pressure.
Course Level: Open to everyone with a basic level of fitness.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 4 and 16 participants.

Tutor: Martin Summerfield

Our course will be led by Martin Summerfield who is registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness Based Teachers. Martin holds a Mountain Leadership Award and his experience includes over a decade of personal mindfulness practice, as well as experience of leading groups in the outdoors. www.anchorpoint.org.uk

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a set of evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole population. They were developed by NEF (the New Economics Foundation). The Five Ways to Wellbeing have been used across the UK since their launch in 2008. This provides a common language for FSC to communicate our contribution to Wellbeing.

  • Keep Learning
    Learning about urban and natural environments.
  • Connect
    A shared experience. Developing new or better relationships in the outdoors. Seeing others in a different way and meeting new people.
  • Being Active
    Being outdoors in the fresh air, walking and doing practical activity from ecological surveys to adventure activities or conservation.
  • Take Notice
    Being in the natural environment with opportunities for awe and wonder from the smallest creatures to the largest landscapes.
  • Give
    Working together in groups, learning ecological skills and contributing to our sustainable Centres.

Example Timetable

  • Please arrive between 4.00pm and 5.30pm on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before evening meal which is usually around 6.00pm.
  • The course will begin formally after dinner with an introduction to the Centre.
  • If you are non-resident, please arrive by 5.45pm on the first day and then by 9.45am each morning.
  • The course will end at 3.00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9.30am.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance
  • Use of resources including library, workrooms and the centre grounds.
  • Course materials.

*Non-resident course fees include all of the above except breakfast and accommodation.

Before You Attend

What to bring:

  • Clothing that is comfortable and non-restrictive is essential
  • Day rucksack
  • Water bottle, thermos flask and lunch box
  • Warm clothing, suitable footwear and a torch may be useful for walking in the centre grounds. A packed lunch container, sun cream and insect repellent will also be useful.