We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.
– Brene Brown

This workshop offers an introduction to the experience and practice of mindfulness and self compassion. It’s a day out of your usual routine to come together with other members of the community to experience simple ways to relax, discover a sense of inner safety and learn how to work with your mind and nervous system to embody a greater sense of peace. It is specifically designed for residents of Mt Tomah, Bilpin and surrounds.

As a community we’ve all been impacted over the last couple of years by the fires, the pandemic and, indirectly, by the recent floods. Whether the impact for you has been direct or indirect, it can be easy to think you’re the only one experiencing unexpected effects and that you ‘should’ be coping differently. Things like a flat mood, a sense of going through the motions, experiencing anxiety or fear, feeling out of control and/or sleep disturbance are all natural responses to what we’ve been through. You are not alone.

A sense of connection to others in the community can be therapeutic in and of itself. Coming together to learn and experience simple and accessible supports that you can weave into your day anytime and anywhere, that are portable and free, is empowering. You will discover things that you can do for yourself, not as a replacement for professional support but to work alongside it if it is in place. Things that will help you release from stress in a healthy way.

Using these tools of deliberately intervening with the mind can, over time, develop a greater sense of self reliance, a return to joy and a greater sense of inner peace in addition to a greater recognition of our common humanity.

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Saturday 18 June, 11am to 5pm

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Free to locals of Mt Tomah, Bilpin and surrounds

What we will cover on the day

  • Develop an inner sense of safety
  • Explore who we are; body, breath, emotions, thoughts and beliefs and how to work with these aspects of ourselves to create greater harmony and well being
  • Discover our underlying uncaused joy
  • Explore how to be a friend to ourselves
  • Experience short and long mindfulness/self compassion practices
  • Learn tools that can help with sleep disturbance

What to bring

  • Please bring a cushion or pillow and a rug if you think you’d like to lie down for the longer meditations/mindfulness practices.
  • Yoga mats are available in the room but feel free to bring your own if preferred.
  • You might also like to bring an eye pillow if you like to use them.
  • Please bring your own lunch, there is a fridge for storage. Afternoon tea and tea and coffee will be provided.

About your educator – Catherine Sherlock

Catherine Sherlock is a Yoga Therapist, Mindfulness Educator, and Positive Neuroplasticity Trainer. She loves to help people develop skills and strengths to help manage their vulnerabilities and challenges. In her small, intimate retreat space in Bilpin she offers classes, workshops and weekend retreats for people to pause and recalibrate.

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