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Bringing mindfulness to your organisation – by boat

Whether you are new to mindfulness or already include it as part of your company’s well-being strategy, this project can help you get started in a fun and unique way.

If  your office is close to a canal or navigable river, we can float right up to your doorstep or at least your nearest towpath!

Mindfulness Afloat is a joint venture with Mindful in the City, an established partnership of mindfulness teachers based in London and Cambridge. MITC are experienced in providing advice and training for management and staff in a range of organisations. Their clients include: businesses, universities and government departments.

Client feedback

"We were sat around the wood burning stove and Bob guided us through an introduction to mindfulness. We were seven participants and only two of us had any meditation experience. Bob was clear and reassuring and took us through a varied range of short mindfulness exercises with feedback in-between. The whole session was engaging and I felt I got something valuable out of it. I think all the participants did. I will definitely continue whenever I can. (Beatrix R)

"I would just like to say that I have found Bob’s classes absolutely excellent. Really fulfilling, energising and thought provoking" (Ben - Cancer Research)

Mindfulness Afloat?

Yep, we have created a calm floating mindfulness space for the waterways of London. Our cosy saloon space feels a million miles from the bustle of the city. On the water, is a perfect place to unwind, relax, re-connect and learn to meditate. In fact research commissioned by the Canal and River Trust (from Simetrica) shows that spending just one hour or more by a waterway is strongly associated with "happiness in the moment"

"We know that finding a calm space in a busy office is often impossible, let alone setting one aside for a few days. We can bring Fiodra to you and your staff for their use as a well-being resource and learning space"

Fiodra is a 60ft long, wide-beam canal boat. Her saloon can hold up to 24 people theatre style and up to 16 for workshops. Fiodra is exclusively available to clients during each residency. We are licensed by the Canal and River Trust and all teachers have trained with the Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness.

Read more about Mindfulness in the Workplace

A typical visit

We suggest a minimum of two days which can be extended to five (Mon-Fri) or longer if requested. Each visit is discussed and customised to your needs but typically includes these elements:

• A pre-visit advice and planning meeting or call
• Information to include in your staff communications
• Information on Mindfulness resources
• Presentation and discussion “Mindfulness in the Workplace” (optional)
• Online booking available for staff.

Daily programme example (2 days)

Day 1

• Pre-work Guided Meditation Session (8am)
• Morning - Available as Quiet Space
• Lunchtime - Mindfulness Taster Session (1 hour)
• Afternoon - Available as Quiet Space
• After work - Mindfulness Taster Session (1 hour)

Day 2

• Pre-work Guided Meditation Session (8am)
• Morning - Available as Quiet Space
• Lunchtime - Mindfulness Taster Session (1 hour)
• Afternoon - Available as Quiet Space
• Evening tuition and practice session and QA (6-8pm)

Optional extras

• Presentation and Discussion “Mindfulness in the Workplace” for managers and staff
• Screening of the film “My year of Living Mindfully” 
• Chair “back massages” by professionals
• The Silent Sandwich – mindful eating experience
• Use of the Barge for meetings, social or entertainment functions.

Costs

  • Two-day package including pre-planning meeting: £475
  • Five-day (Mon-Fri) package: £975
  • 3-4 day packages on request
  • Call us if you are a small organisation, charity or enterprise.
  • Optional extras - prices on request

We always discuss our client’s needs before deciding on a programme. We then agree a package of initiatives to meet their needs. This might be a simple staff taster session or a longer term intervention.