Since its opening last September Outside the Cave (OTC) has gone from strength to strength, offering a range of different courses for individuals, schools and organisations, to help people develop mindfulness practice to improve emotional and physical wellbeing.
Their ‘Mindfulness for Individuals’ courses for adults and teenagers have proved very popular and in 2018 they are looking forward to introducing ‘Tweenage’ mindfulness classes for younger children, aged from eight to 12 years. The centre also delivers beginners yoga classes for both adults and children as well as a host of other activities (from Chakra Move to Sporty B’s Fitness and Exercise) to help get people moving and improve their overall physical and emotional wellbeing.
One of the project’s core beliefs is that people should learn how to take back control of their own lives, and as such it encourages participants to develop mentor and friendship groups to help them support one another with their mindfulness practice after they have taken part in the courses on offer. Thanks to a recent National Lottery award of £9,979, OTC can begin to develop its ‘Mindful Mentors’ programme across the full age range. Their heavily subsidised mindfulness courses ensure no one is unable to access the help that they need due to financial barriers.
A key element of improving overall health and wellbeing is engaging with nature. Thanks to the support of Edwinstowe Parish Council, who generously awarded funding of £200, and the local branch of the Co-op who raised an amazing £510, OTC is currently developing its community garden at the local Royal Oak allotment site. In addition to this they take advantage of the local forest area for inspirational nature walks which lead to creative sessions where individuals can explore feelings and emotions through creative writing, arts and crafts. Lorraine Hill’s weekly ‘Colour in Care’ sessions, also help children form friendships through art activities.
Outside the Cave is proud to support members of the local community in delivering their own wellbeing courses from Sherwood House, as well as the opportunity to space share with local crafters and entrepreneurs, wishing to sell and promote their products. Local wellbeing practitioners such as Purple Lotus Acupuncture, Pure Pampered Holistic Massage and Luna’s Chakra Energy Therapy also operate from OTC each week. The Fibromyalgia support group is going from strength to strength and the Mindful Meet-Up weekly sessions have recently started at the centre. They were given the opportunity to work with students from Meden School in December and Ollerton’s Family Centre and look forward to welcoming more schools and organisations over the coming months.
Since opening its doors, Outside the Cave has become a true community enterprise and looks forward to developing its support groups, classes and activities further in the coming years. Thanks to support from funding applications and the local community members participating in all of its events, the project is able to continue to grow and develop further.
For more information about Outside the Cave contact email@example.com, via Facebook @outsidethecave or call 01623 822428. Alternatively visit them at Sherwood House, Ollerton Road, Edwinstowe NG21 9QE.