Our August blog to keep you all updated on the latest developments at Mindful Future.
We hope you are all having a good summer and finding time to take a mindful break. Jo has just returned from a Mindfulness Retreat at Taraloka in Shropshire. This was an Advanced Mindfulness course for trainers run by Breathworks, for trainers who have already completed their Initial Mindfulness Trainers course.
The week involved a residential retreat in a beautiful setting, where participants were all invited to ‘unplug’ by turning off our phones, laptops etc. This was quite a challenge for some! Part of every day was spent in total silence, including mealtimes, which was an opportunity to eat, study and carry out other tasks mindfully without interruption.
Jo has now completed the Advanced training and will be running a practice Mindfulness for Stress course in September with supervision from a Breathworks trainer. Successful completion will enable us to run Breathworks accredited Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Health 8 week courses.
The photo above shows the centre piece from our closing ceremony.
Here are some more photos from the week:
This was followed straight after with a Mindful Movement trainer’s weekend in Manchester, which was run at the beautiful Manchester Buddhist Centre in the city centre. Being in the centre of Manchester was quite a culture shock after a week of peace and quiet at Taraloka!
Jo has now been trained in Mindful Movement, which is a moving meditation. She will be incorporating this into our future courses.
We were delighted to learn recently that we had received a small grant from Comic Relief to enable us to run a mindfulness course for family carers. We will keep you posted on how this goes.
We are also through to the final stage of the bid to become part of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. If we are successful this will give us access to a year of mentoring and workshops with successful social entrepreneurs as well as some much needed funding.
In addition, we are working hard on other grant bids to enable us to work with more people with barriers to access.
Social Enterprise Activities
Jo has been giving talks to local groups including Hafal Crossroads and Newport Carers Forum and delivering mindfulness taster sessions, which have been well received. We are hoping to do further work with a group of family carers through our Comic Relief grant.
Cardiff Half Marathon
Jo and Executive Committee member Mikinda Hawkins have signed up to run the Cardiff Half Marathon in October. Jo is raising money for Ski 4 All Wales and Mikinda is running for. Clic Sergeant. Please sponsor them if you can at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jo-swift4.
Hope you all have a wonderful summer, I will be seeing some of you at our Retreat Day at Hilton Court on 27th August, which is now sold out!
Jo is a director of Mindful Future and an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher. Breathworks is one of the leading Mindfulness organisations in the UK