SOS – Save Our Sanity
No more stressing over the school summer holidays, This is the Kent Mindful Summer Camp
What is it?
The Mindful Summer Camp is fun first. Second is the delight of young people finding some focus and learning what they can do to direct their energy, including shifting to a new thought or emotion or behaviour.
Mindful Summer Camp involves a small group of youngsters working together on creative activities – so they can have some time out, fun, and learn some Mindfulness skills and how they can use them in everyday life.
What we do:
- Short child-friendly meditations and breathing exercises;
- Mindful walks and Mindful movement;
- Mindful activities: making emotional-weather clocks, glitter-brain bottles, mind balloons, mind path-making, mindful eating; … & much more!
How it works:
Mindfulness helps youngsters connect with the present moment, let go of worries of the past and future, and build peace within themselves and the world around them.
All the activities at Mindful Summer Camp are designed to inspire young people and help them:
- Release stress;
- Find focus, attention & thinking skills;
- Improve social & emotional skills;
- Improve physical awareness & co-ordination;
- Get new-school-year ready.
“I’ve learned to be kind to myself and to others, to help me feel better and maybe help others be better.”
“I’ve learned breathing to help when I get really anxious and that can help me not be so stuck.”
Young people often have ideas of things they would like to improve about themselves but aren’t sure how to make it happen. Just like adults, they can try and struggle to succeed. Mindful Summer Camp helps them find some positive focus on becoming their best selves.
Youngsters attending more than one day get an exercise to practice at home and, if they like to, share their thoughts about how it worked when they return.
Everyone who attends will leave with activities they can practice at home, including family activities. I follow up with their own ‘Helping Hints’ info-sheet tailored to their own wishes and what they enjoyed the most. This helps them keep practicing what they learn and share their new skills. (We plan to make this into a fascinating e-book!)
“I really think it’s done him some good.”
“That was a great tip to help with all the rush in the mornings.”
“We’ve all practiced it at home.”
Who can we welcome?
Mindful Summer Camp is designed for young people aged 8 years and above, and for mixed abilities. No previous experience of Mindfulness required.
When is it?
Dates: Monday 07 – Friday 11 August 2017
Morning sessions: 10.00am-1.00pm
Day Sessions: 10.00am-4.00pm
Where is it?
Challock Health & Fitness: The Old Vicarage, Canterbury Road, Challock, Ashford, TN25 4BJ
I Love this venue – indoor studio, enclosed grass outdoor space, and a walk between woodland and farmer’s fields.
Plus there’s the onsite café ‘More Tea Vicar’.
What does it cost?
£30 per half-day, £125 for the week
£50 per full day, £225 for the week
Who runs it?
Su Ball runs Mindful Summer Camp: Su is an accredited Mindfulness Now coach and certified Master Coach, with 20 years’ experience working with children and families. Founder of the Finer Families Formula designed for families experiencing challenge and crisis.
Ruth Hayes is the owner of Challock Health & Fitness: Ruth has many years’ experience as a parent, foster carer and qualified youth worker. Ruth established Challock Health & Fitness because she strongly believes in the importance of staying fit and active and eating healthily.
Responsibility: We take this very seriously. Both the venue and Su Ball are covered by all relevant insurances and certificates. Su has all relevant professional registrations and is happy to share these with you on request.
How do I book/ask questions?
Right Now: Use the ‘Get in Touch’ button on this website
Please feel welcome to contact me with any questions, including how we can best serve you and your young person.