Immerse yourself in nature, yoga and creativity at Halsway Manor’s first Wellbeing Week, exploring how we can improve our sense of wellbeing through learning to pay more attention to our mind and body and the world around us.
Daily yoga practices will deepen our understanding of how the body moves and relates to our thoughts and emotions, and we’ll take creative artist-led walks in stunning landscapes to inspire the spirit and help reconnect us to a calmer, more focused self. There’ll be good nourishing food, plenty of time for restful solitude and lots of tips and ideas to take away with you.
Bring along your yoga mat (if you have one), loose comfortable clothes, a journal or sketchbook, walking boots and outdoor clothes for all weathers, and be prepared to leave feeling calm, refreshed and ready to face the world again.
Monday: Arrive from 4pm, dinner at 6.30pm. Followed by a gentle movement practice to relax and release from your journey.
Tuesday: After breakfast, Tracey Roberts will guide a yoga practice to develop our perception and sense of awareness. Followed by a walk on the Quantock Hills with writer Alice Maddicott, seeing the natural world through the writer’s eye and journaling our responses. A gentle evening yoga practice will round off the day.
Wednesday: The morning yoga practice will introduce meditation and mindful breathing. The afternoon walk with painter Alison Jacobs will include some ‘mindful walking’ and noticing how we connect to and collect memories of place. Followed by an evening yoga and mindfulness practice.
Thursday: Morning yoga followed by some group exercises to help us identify ways to increase wellbeing in our everyday lives. In the afternoon, be prepared to get a bit wet and muddy as we ‘follow the tideline’ with coastal expert Nigel Phillips, releasing our inner child to play in the rockpools, breathing in the sea air and exploring this special place. In the evening, we’ll round off our week with a guided deep relaxation and some thoughts to take home.
Friday: Breakfast and farewells.
Who’s it For?
The yoga practices will be exploratory, mindful, nurturing and fun. Everyone works at their own level, so sessions are suitable for all, from experienced yoga students to beginners. We’ll explore yoga movements, breathing practices, relaxation techniques and meditation.
The afternoon walks will be creative, with an emphasis on fun, and no experience needed. They will be tailored to meet the requirements and abilities of the group, but a reasonable fitness level is required as even short walks may include steep climbs. Car sharing will be necessary for some of the walks.
Tracey Roberts is an experienced British Wheel of Yoga qualified teacher, an enthusiastic walker and sketcher of the great outdoors, and has spent 26 years working in the arts as a practitioner, trainer and mentor, nurturing people’s creativity. She is interested in how a yoga practice that improves the natural functioning of the body and observational capacity of the mind can help us live more comfortably and happily in the world. She encourages exploration and an individualised approach which is both playful and confidence-building. Yoga as creative movement, sketching as a meditative practice and the art of walking to develop perception, are just some of the ways that Tracey spends her time.
Alice Maddicott is a published writer, artist and keen walker from Somerset whose work has appeared in UK & overseas anthologies and magazines. 2015 saw the release of her collaborative poetry book ‘The City’ with Serbian poet Ana Seferovic and the Travelogue of the ‘Car Boot Museum’ project. With a special interest in writing and place and creative nature writing, Alice also works in site-specific locations using found materials to create surprising poetic interventions written in situ and documented using photography and film. Writer in residence for the 2015 Bath International Literature Festival her work also includes writing for young people, including scripts for the BBC and has over 14 years’ experience of teaching creative writing and running education projects.
Alison Jacobs is an artist from Somerset, who lives and works in the countryside exploring the rural landscape and environment. Alison became known as a photorealistic painter of cows and farm animals – the animals were painted on the canvas removed from the landscape to echo our own disassociation from food production and working animals – before refocusing her practice to re-engage with the countryside and Geography of the landscape. She likes to work outdoors enjoying the challenge of painting away from the comforts of her studio in Washford. She is an avid sketchbook and iPad Artist and loves to share her passion for Art in her workshops.
Alison helped establish and run Contains Art as a volunteer Director and studio holder where she worked in a shipping container on the East Quay of Watchet for 3 years. Alison is a member of Somerset Art Week and Gallery4Art. She has exhibited her work throughout the South West and in London, and has paintings in Private Collections around the world.
Nigel Phillips has worked as a nature reserve manager/ecologist for more than 30 years. He lives on the Quantock Hills close to the Somerset coast. He lectures on and photographs many aspects of Somerset’s wildlife and his 2011 book ‘Somerset Coast – A Living Landscape’ is an essential – and beautifully photographed – guide to this unique and little explored part of the British coastline.