Social Groups & Activities
Our House Our Haven run a number of social groups and activities throughout the year aimed at fostering social connection and greater wellbeing. These groups are largely informal classes and workshops and are open to anyone in the community. They are often free to attend, and equipment is provided.
Follow our Facebook page for updates on activities and schedules.
Gentle Yoga Relaxation sessions
We currently conduct a fortnightly very gentle relaxation/stretch Yoga class with all willing participants. The session can be accessed from a chair or from a mat. In the recent weeks, we have adapted this class to be a Live session from our Facebook page, so despite the current Coronavirus circumstances, people can still benefit from the relaxing effects of the mindful breathing that takes place.
Participants range from patients suffering very severe Mental health illnesses with low mobility capability, to those who are suffering mild cases of anxiety and depression, as well as staff that don’t want to miss these sessions.
Clients report that this is very effective to help them cope with what they are going through and brings a sense of peace.
Carlos Pineres conducts these sessions. He is a very experienced Yoga teacher with students ranging from Seniors to teenagers. He teaches mainly Hatha Yoga and his classes are highly centred on a mindful, very gentle body stretching and strengthening. In his most recent training, he studied Yoga Therapy applied to Trauma, grief and loss. He is very caring and puts everyone at ease.
Our Drumming Circle is one of our popular regular activities. Running weekly, all willing participants will have a djembe to play.
Fridays at 10am and other times by request.
Drumming induces relaxation, as it helps people release tension and emotional burdens. It also brings you to the present moment.
At our circles, there is no specific agenda. One person proposes a beat and the rest of the group follows until the whole group achieves a harmonic sound. Speed varies, and it seems to naturally ebb and flow. No one is more or better than the person sitting next to them, creating a sense of comradery and community.
Drumming is known to stimulate the brain as it synchronises the right and left hemisphere, as well as creates new neural connections. In addition to this, it is fun and therefore boosts the immune system.