Learning mindfulness started in 2016 as a pathway to provide better care for the patients I was treating as a hand therapist in the NHS. It has grown to become this and so much more.
Simply Mindfulness developed after I completed my training to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for the patients I was seeing as a hand therapist in the NHS who were struggling to recover from their hand injuries. Friends began to ask if I could come to their school or workplace to talk to colleagues about how mindfulness can help keep them well and could support the children they work with. Others just asked if I could teach them, or speak to someone they knew who was struggling. People wanted to help each other and mindfulness seemed to be an avenue to do this. I moved to Spire Norwich Hospital where I continue as a hand therapist, but I am also able to teach mindfulness one to one for people living with chronically painful conditions, to help them cope. In addition to teaching mindfulness clinically, I wanted to offer it in the community, so Simply Mindfulness was born.
I set-up Simply Mindfulness in September 2016 to teach the 8-Week Mindfulness Course to anyone who wished to learn. Initially teaching in community centres, I eventually found a home in a newly converted studio at Postwick Hall Farm. Having a base provided the opportunity to expand what Simply Mindfulness could offer. A network of part-time working healthcare professionals and teachers came together to offer mindfulness to specialist groups depending on their skills, interests and training. We now offer mindfulness for children ages 7-18 taught by schoolteachers who have trained with the Mindfulness in Schools Project, and yoga and pilates with instructors who have completed the 8-Week Mindfulness Course themselves. COVID has expanded our services even further with options for ‘in-studio’ or ‘online’ participation. We are now working together to offer mini-retreats and workshops to provide a broader experience for our guests to help them develop an even greater sense of wellbeing. Our final link is nature itself. The Simply Mindfulness Studio is set in the glorious Norfolk Broads right on the River Yare. We are now bringing this element of wellness into classes and mini-retreats to experience the many benefits we know nature can bring.