Preview of Workshops for Bridport Mind Fest 2018

We’re so excited about the range and depth of our workshops this year, we couldn’t wait to share them with you!

A complete line up, including more workshops, confirmed times and any booking information will be released with the full programme later this year.

Friday 5th October – Laughter & Yoga by Denise Hodgeson

Laughter Yoga is good for wellbeing, it is exercise that brightens up the day. We will learn about how it can support our wellbeing. There will be a short presentation and then we will experience it in the moment!

Venue: United Church
Time: Afternoon TBC

Friday 5th October – Creative Writing for Wellbeing by Sarah Cooper

This workshop encourages you to “go for it!” In a supportive and confidential group, you’ll be led through a creative process and encouraged to follow your stream of consciousness wherever it takes you. Spell how you like, punctuate where you want to, make up words as you wish, be playful with words, give the story a different ending, or take the path less travelled. No previous experience necessary!

Venue: Friends Meeting House
Time: Afternoon TBC

Friday 5th October – Oops Wow! by Jo Burlington

Its an Art Group that’s usually for toddlers, but this time grown ups are allowed toc ome and play! Come and rediscover the joy of poster paint, have a go at drawing while dancing to musicand take a line on an adventure. These sessions are about fun,and freedom and doing things together.

Venue: Youth Centre
Time: PM TBC

Saturday 6th October – Try Yoga by Lesley Wilson

A one hour drop in yoga session, suitable for interested beginners or experienced practitioners by a variety of teachers. Come and discover for yourself how all aspects of yoga practice can suppport your mental wellbeing.

Venue: Chapel White Room
Time: AM TBC

Saturday 6th October – Mental Health and Stress in the Workplace
by Dr Jonty Heathersedge and Colin Tracy

Dr Jonty Heathersedge appeared in the Street Doctors Programme a few years ago. He is a GP who has made a special study of Mental Health and has written a book on Mindfulness. He is very concerned about the impact on people’s health of stress in the workplace, and this workshop will focus on this. We hope that local employers and employees will come to the workshop as well as anyone interested in stress…. which is probably all of us!

Venue: United Church
Time: PM TBC

Saturday 6th October – Creative Writing by Carol Hyde

A creative experience working individually and in groups. Its great fun Sharing and reading aloud, writing whatever you want. This is definitely not an English lesson! How much you take part is up to you. What’s said in the room stays in the room. Cups of tea and a joyful and expressive workshop suitable for all abilities.

Venue: Friends Meeting House
Time: PM TBC

Sunday 7th October – The Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing by Louise Wender

In keeping with this year’s Mindfest theme we will explore and share ideas around the ‘Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing’ – connect, be active, keep learning, be mindful, give to others – as outlined by the government, the NHS, and Mind. I will present ideas drawn from professional work and research and will invite you to share your experiences, thoughts and initiatives. An exploration and sharing of ideas around the theme of “The Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing”.

Venue: Mountfield
Time: PM TBC

Monday 8th October – Introduction to Mindfulness by Tanya Remnant

The benefits of Mindfulness, The Neuroscience of how Mindfulness works. This will be followed by focusing on each part of our bodies, a body scan, and/or a meditation exercise. If you have never tried before this is a good introduction.

Venue: Mountfield
Time: 5pm – 7pm

Tuesday 9th October – Treat your sleep by Ellie Sturrock (NHS)

Struggle to nod off? Given up counting sheep?!  Pop along to this session designed to help you understand the biology and psychology of sleep and provide you with some preven strategies to use for poor sleep.
NB: This is not a treatment session.

Venue: United Church
Time: AM TBC

Tuesday 9th October – Making Work, Work by Rachael Quick and Ross Adams (NHS)

This session is designed to offer employers and managers a space to talk about their employees mental health needs and how as an employer, they can support their staff with their mental health needs.

There are two opportunities to attend this workshop.

Venue: Mountfield
Time: AM TBC & 5pm – 7pm

Tuesday 9th October – What is CBT by Sandra Healey (NHS)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a popular tool to support mental health and wellbeing. This workshop informs you about CBT and how you can apply it to yourself. It can help towards reducing stigma and promote early treatment, and will demonstratehands on how to use CBT to improve your wellbeing.

Venue: Mountfield
Time: PM TBC

Wednesday 10th October – Dose of Happiness by Maria Morris

Easy ways to get your daily dose of happiness through the power of nature and using your five senses. Most people like nature, but are unsure why. This will give you insights and bring you closer to nature in a way you never experienced before. Why nature is so powerful and effective in helping you to destress and feel at your best. Enjoy feeling fabulous and more energised.

Venue: United Church
Time: AM TBC

Wednesday 10th October – Non Verbals Toolbox by Harriet Laurie

A fun interactive workshop to learn how to recognise emotional states by reading body language. Find out the difference between shut down and bored; observe whether aggression is dominant or impulsive. We will share non verbal action-based strategies to respond to others or take care of yourself when emotions run high.

Venue: United Church
Time: PM TBC

Wednesday 10th October – Try Yoga by Lesley Wilson

One hour drop in yoga sessions. For interested beginners or experienced practitioners by a variety of teachers, for those who want a taste of how all aspects of yoga practice can suppport mental wellbeing.

Venue: United Church
Time: 5pm- 7pm