Spring is the season of awakening, a time to let go of the past and move forward to the present.
In the garden, it is a time of change with so much new life to notice and awaken our senses, as the colours and aromas of nature spring into action. This also makes it a powerful time of year to befriend and heal our minds and bodies from the challenges of modern day living.
Through the practice of mindfulness, we can learn to live more fully in the present moment, to cultivate awareness in our minds and bodies, to make wise choices and to respond differently and creatively to stress in our lives.
Experience how everyday mindfulness practices can help stop the stress-reaction cycle in your life
This Spring join mindfulness coach SamMantra, on one of her introductory taster courses, or book a creative mindfulness workshop and enjoy a day of stillness and floristry using wildflowers and herbs with Florist, Fabienne Egger. For regular meditators and returning students drop into one of SamMantra’s refresher classes in The Dome to top up your practice.
If you miss your chance to attend a class this term, you can find SamMantra and The Medicine Garden’s wellbeing team making a special appearance at the inaugural Mindful Living Show in London on the 2nd and 3rd of June. The Medicine Garden Foundation will be taking a taste of their good medicine from the garden to the show this year. More news and how to book your tickets to the show can be found here.
Sign up for three Friday classes from a range of dates listed below, including an introduction to mindfulness class, a mindful eating and mindful movement class. Each class costs £16 each. Book all three classes as a taster course for a discounted price of £44.
Friday 28th April, Friday 9th or 23rd June
£16.00 per person
Be guided by Sam Weerasinghe, a trained mindfulness practitioner, through some simple everyday exercises to bring a greater sense of awareness and stillness to your life. Open to all, no previous experience required. Book now.
Friday 12th May, Friday 16th June or 30th June
£16.00 per person
This class is designed to make you look at what and how you eat in a mindful way. We often turn to food to comfort our moods and stress. Sam Weerasinghe, a mindfulness practitioner, will guide you through a series of informal exercises that will support healthier eating patterns in your life. This class also includes a mindful walk around the garden’s medicine wheel and some recipes from creative nutritionist, Belinda Blake, Dip ION, from Eat Yourself Fabulous. Book now.
Friday 19th May, Friday 23rd June or Friday 7th July
£16.00 per person
Connecting the Mind and Body in Movement. Through gentle yoga poses and breath work enjoy the healing benefits of mind and body movement with trained mindfulness practitioner, Sam Weerasinghe. Mindful movement is about cultivating moment to moment awareness. This class is ideal for relieving stress and bringing physical and emotional balance into your everyday life. Suitable for all beginners and those with experience of yoga movement. Book now.
Friday 5th May
£60.00 per person
A creative mindfulness practice in collaboration with Fabienne Egger Flowers Be guided through a morning of creative flower arranging exercises and mindful practice, designed to help centre your attention and focus your mind. Enjoy a mindful walk around the garden’s medicine wheel and have a go at making your own herbal teas to help relieve stress and bring calm and stillness to your life. Includes homemade restorative teas, floral hand tied bouquet and handouts packed with mindful living tips. Open to all, no previous experience required. This workshop is limited to 10 places so please book early to avoid disappointment. Book now.
Saturday 20th May or Sunday 2nd July
£22 per person in advance or £25 on the day
Open to all who have attended SamMantra’s classes, courses or workshops, and to those who have completed a mindfulness course before or have their own meditation practice. This top up session is a chance to renew your practice during a mindful morning of shared stillness and reflection. It’s not always easy to keep the practice going after finishing a mindfulness course, so this class offers a chance to refresh your practice alongside others. Bring along a yoga mat, blanket and warm clothes, as this session will include breath work, sitting meditation, mindful movement and a silent garden walk. Refreshments are also included in the cost of the class. Please book to avoid disappointment. Book now.
What people have been saying about our mindfulness classes…
As a busy mum with a long professional career in the arts and business, I was all too used to feeling stressed out. In 2012, I signed up for a meditation course to bring some stillness to my over-active mind. I have not looked back and set up my company SamMantra – my mantra, to a healthier, happier me.
Trained in the MBSR programme (mindful-based stress reduction), I adhere to the good practice guidelines for mindfulness teachers.
I am passionate about working with a range of health and wellbeing experts on developing programmes and events that help eliminate the growing disease of stress in today’s society. Our mission is simple: to work with individuals and groups in a way that allows them to find a sense of stillness in their lives, express their inner creativity, nurture their minds and bodies and learn to ‘just be in the moment’.