Mindful Sense & Savour Workshop (In-Person)

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Join us for a summer evening outdoors, connecting mindfully with nature at Chelsea Physic Garden.

In mindfulness, we train our minds to be present by resting our attention on a sensory anchor such as the breath, sounds, sights, or sensations. Practising mindfulness outdoors can offer a particularly rich experience and help us more easily switch from the ‘doing’ mode of our minds into the being mode of mindfulness. Mindful nature connection is known to have a therapeutic effect and can provide a nourishing break from our everyday environments.

About the Workshop

We will begin the session with a short grounding meditation practice to help us to settle after the busyness of the day. In doing so, we will reflect on some of the principles of mindfulness through our practice. This will act as a primer before we attune our senses to the full spectrum of sights, sounds, and sensations that we can experience in nature when we mindfully pay attention.

We will explore the garden using mindfulness as our looking glass. Along the way, we will enrich our experience by engaging with the natural world and wildlife around us.

This session will include:

  • Guided mindfulness practice.
  • Mindfulness activities using the garden and nature as inspiration.
  • Gentle mindful movement and mindful walking.
  • Periods of silence and group reflection toward the end of the session.

  • The workshop is suitable for beginners and experienced mindfulness meditators alike. It offers the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your practice if it has lapsed to help refresh or support an ongoing mindfulness practice. Those new to mindfulness will be welcomed and supported within a community of like-minded people.

    What's Included:

  • 1.5-hour workshop with The Mindfulness Project
  • Entry into Chelsea Physic Garden after general public opening hours with the option to arrive early to enjoy the garden at leisure before the session.
  • 15% discount on any online course or workshop with The Mindfulness Project after the workshop.
  • 20% off in Chelsea Physic Garden Cafe on the day of the workshop. Please note, the cafe is open during general opening times only.

  • You Will Need:

  • Yoga mat or towel to sit on during the session. Please let us know in advance if you require a chair so that this can be arranged.
  • Any additional props that will allow you to stay comfortable during the workshop, such as a cushion or blanket; noting that body temperature often lowers during periods of stillness.
  • Suitable footwear that is comfortable for slow-paced walking. You may wish to bring shoes that can be easily removed to enable barefoot walking.
  • Please wear comfortable, weather-proof clothing suitable for every possible eventuality, including sunscreen.
  • We recommend leaving any bags at home, so you are free to move around.
  • A bottle of water, particularly in the eventuality of warm weather.

  • Chelsea Physic Garden

    Sitting on the Thames Embankment, and sheltered by high walls, Chelsea Physic Garden is one of the oldest and most respected botanic gardens in Europe. Founded in 1673, it is the oldest in London and is renowned for being one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world.

    Further Information:

  • No previous mindfulness experience is required.
  • The Chelsea Physic Garden will close to general visitors at 5pm. Please show the Visitor Experience Team a copy of your ticket after this time, where requested.
  • This event is non-refundable. If you are unable to attend you are welcome to transfer your place to someone else. We kindly request that you let us know a minimum of 24 hours in advance via friend@londonmindful.com.
  • All profits from the event will be reinvested equally into the charitable work of The Mindfulness Project and Chelsea Physic Garden.
  • Mindfulness practice will take place on the lawn in the grounds of the garden and around the garden. Please let us know if you require a chair in advance.
  • This session will include formal meditation practice and gentle mindful movement which is suitable for everyone.
  • In the event of poor weather, please bring appropriate wet weather clothing as the event will go ahead wherever it is safe to do so. A small space has been reserved in the instance of bad weather, however, please note that unfortunately, this is not wheelchair accessible.
  • There will be a maximum of 22 participants attending this workshop.
  • Please note, due to the location of the garden in central London, there may be some air traffic noise overhead during the session. We invite you to build this into your practice.
  • Pre-existing credit and transfers cannot be redeemed against this event.
  • Discounts do not apply to Chelsea Physic Garden members.
  • Attending a mindfulness workshop is often a nourishing experience, but may not be suitable for those experiencing severe difficulties or certain mental health conditions such as PTSD or clinical depression. Please contact us via friend@londonmindful.com if you are unsure whether the workshop is suitable.
  • Please let us know in advance if you require any additional assistance to enable you to attend this session.
  • Registrants will receive additional details a few days before the session.
  • Please note, any property left unattended during the session is at your own risk.
  • Please see our standard terms and conditions for cancellation policy.

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