Mindfulness at St Michael's Hospice in partnership with Breathworks

Unfortunately, all Mindfulness events have been cancelled until further notice. We hope to reschedule and will post details on this page as soon as possible.

In partnership with Breathworks, St Michael’s Hospice runs Mindfulness for Health and Mindfulness for Stress courses throughout the year (details of the courses can be found below). Mindfulness services are available for patients, their family and carers, and the wider community.

To help with the quality of your life, a Hospice Mindfulness practitioner can guide you to relate more helpfully with your thoughts and health problems, which can bring about changes in mood, increasing levels of happiness and well-being.

With a mindfulness approach, you can learn helpful ways to cope with the difficulties, pressures and circumstances within your daily life.

Mindfulness can bring a sense of stability, calmness and pleasure. It can also help you to make clearer decisions, leading to better outcomes for your present circumstances.

St Michael’s Hospice can offer one to one meetings, taster sessions, regular drop-ins and a programme of Mindfulness courses.

Mindfulness course dates (full details can be downloaded at the foot of this page)

Mindfulness for Health 2020 – on five Sundays. Dates are: 5th January (1.15-5.30pm), 19th January (1.15-5.30pm), 2nd February (1.15-5.30pm), 16th February (11am-5.30pm) and 23rd February (2-4pm). Please note all dates are alternate Sundays except the last one. Full details here

Mindfulness for Stress 2020 – on five Sundays. Dates are: 8th March, 22nd March, 5th April (all 1.15-5.30pm) and 19th April (11am-5.30pm) and 26th April (2-4pm). Please note all dates are alternate Sundays except the last one. Full details here

If you are interested in the above courses, please contact Gail at mindfulness@smhospicehereford.org or ring 01432 852647.

Drop-in sessions are held at St Michael’s on the final Monday of each month (excluding December and Bank Holiday Monday’s) from 2.30pm – 3.30pm.

Dates for 2020:

Monthly Mindfulness Drop-ins:

January 27th

February 24th

March 30th

April 28th

May 26th (Tuesday)

June 29th

July 17th

August 24th

September 28th

October 26th

November 30th

December 14th

Quarterly Mindfulness All Day Practices:


Saturday 25th January, 2020 (9.45am-4.30pm)

Sunday May 3rd

Sunday July 26th

Sunday 1st November

For more details about any of the above events, contact Gail Calthrop on 01432 852647 or email mindfulness@smhospicehereford.org

Masterclass – 24th April

A Masterclass with Vidyamala Burch (pictured right), co-founder of Breathworks, and Gail Calthrop (left), RN and Breathworks Practitioner at St Michael’s Hospice, who are offering a Mindfulness and Compassion in End of Life Masterclass on Friday, 24th April, from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

To find out more, and to book a place, click here

Further Mindfulness events will be added to this page throughout the year.

To read about a year of Mindfulness with Breathworks, click here

Read about Breathworks’ research here

Mindfulness testimonials:

Catherine Rees (Mindfulness for Stress)

‘From my point of view, one of the key things was the affordability of the course.

‘I would definitely recommend it to others.

‘I’ve attended Mindfulness classes before but this was my first experience of Breathworks.

‘It really focuses on the techniques that can help reduce stress, and doing it at the Hospice made it accessible. I subsequently found that it really helped with my anxiety.’

Helen Lee (Mindfulness for Health) –

‘I was drawn to Breathworks because of its emphasis on living positively with health challenges and the accompanying stresses.

‘The course did not disappoint.

‘I enjoy practising mindfulness every day, whether it’s listening to birdsong on a walk with my dog or chopping vegetables to make soup.

‘Gail is a nurturing tutor who created a positive environment for learning: there was no pressure, just acceptance and support. ‘Mindfulness has become a way of living.’

Please contact Gail Calthrop for any questions and enquiries about the Mindfulness service. Gail is happy to talk to patients, family members, carers, health professionals and the local community about St Michael’s Hospice Mindfulness service. mindfulness@smhospicehereford.org 01432 851000 Ext 2647