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Mindfulness Amongst The Peaks 14-17 April

Slow down, breathe out and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings of the Peak District. A weekend that combines the practice of mindfulness with the natural release that wild places offer us. Aimed at both those who are new to mindfulness and those with some experience of mindfulness.

The Peak District National Park provides the perfect backdrop for this weekend of mindfulness in the great outdoors. Both the location, a converted farm high above Ladybower Reservoir, and the mindful focus of the weekend, provide the ideal way of stepping out of the busyness of everyday life and experiencing the nuances of the natural world at a slower pace.

The weekend will be led by Martin Summerfield, an experienced mindfulness coach and will begin on Friday evening with a welcome and an introduction to mindfulness and its benefits for wellbeing.  On the first full day we will use the farm and its surroundings to practice some mindful movement, walking and sitting. There will be a chance to explore local reservoirs. After dinner a campfire (weather permitting) will provide the opportunity to share experiences and a mindful marshmallow or two!

On the second day we’ll head out for a hike into the surrounding hills and valleys, with an opportunity to weave in mindful practices to fully appreciate views of the atmospheric gritstone edges and spectacular rock formations nearby such as the Alport Castles.

Both beginners and those with some experience of Mindfulness are welcome; early morning meditation and mindful movement sessions (similar to Tai Chi) are offered but are very much optional. It’s all about stopping, reconnecting and recharging, maybe even exploring how we each engage with this wild life of ours.

We’ll be staying in beautiful isolation in the heart of the National Park (our nearest neighbour is a mile away).  Our converted 18th Century farm has great facilities, with plenty of space to relax both inside and outside.  If you've never come on an EC Adventure before, they're informal, friendly and great fun. We generally have singles, couples and small sets of friends coming along, from complete beginners to adventure professionals.  What we all share is a love for adventure.  Ages tend to range between mid 20s and mid 40s but anyone over 18 years old and young at heart is welcome.

More about our mindfulness coach

Martin Summerfield has trained with Bangor University to deliver secular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses and currently runs 8 week Mindfulness courses for the public, as well as in workplaces. He has practiced Mindfulness for over a decade and adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines for UK Based Mindfulness Teachers. As well as being a Mindfulness teacher Martin is a qualified Mountain Leader and has spent the last 20 years working with groups in the outdoors. He ran a successful project getting young people from Manchester out into the Peak District (1998-2008) and currently combines his Mindfulness work with his work as a freelance Outdoor Instructor in the Lake District, where he lives with his wife and two children. 

PAYMENT

Reserve your place by paying a £75 deposit

  • Standard price is £249 EC CLUB Members**/£264 non-EC CLUB Members

Price includes:

  • Mindfulness coaching & instruction from an experienced mindfulness teacher and guided walks with experienced walk leaders as above
  • 3 nights accommodation in shared rooms
  • 3 x breakfasts
  • 2 x dinners (Sat/Sun)
  • Light supper on Friday
  • EC Host

Any questions please email enquiries@explorersconnect.com

Exciting news: We have a new booking system.  It will save you time by remembering all of your important details.  It will also automatically recognise if you are booking during the earlybird discount period and if you are an EC CLUB Member so you'll never miss a discount. 

 IMPORTANT: If you purchased EC CLUB Membership on our old system then we have already created an account for you, please sign in using the email address you asked us to contact you on when you bought membership

**If you haven't joined EC CLUB yet, then this is a great time to do so, it’s only £40 per year to access to local events only open to CLUB members – as well as discounts on other local events, our weekend events and loads of other adventure related discounts.