Wise Owl Wellbeing
WOW was set up by Sophie Barraclough in 2017 with an aim of:
‘Inspiring people to live life to the fullest potential’.
Our mission is to provide services that:
- promote and encourage activities and practices that enhance health and wellbeing
- support exploration of what it means to be healthy and well
- create the potential for people to live richer and more meaningful lives.
We will do this through delivering:
- Meditation & Mindfulness courses
- Wellbeing Workshops & Retreats
- Outdoor Activities in the Peak District
- Yoga classes (coming soon)
Many things can impact on our health and wellbeing, some within our control and some without. We help people to focus on what it is that they can do. Sometimes the simplest of things can make the biggest of changes.
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can”
We strongly believe in the benefits of mindfulness meditation and see this as a foundational practice that can be learnt by most people. We teach people how to take a mindful approach to life. This helps us to keep a broad perspective on life, allows us to respond rather than react to life’s challenges (of which there are many!) and can bring greater wellbeing and mental clarity.
We also strongly believe in the benefits of being outdoors. Homo Sapiens have spent over 95% of their time on earth, living a much more connected life; to themselves, their community and the wider natural environment. This nature connection is particularly important to us and we use the therapeutic benefits of the outdoor environment to support the work we do. If it is possible to deliver our work outdoors, we will do.
Health can be described as: ‘a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ (WHO)
Wellbeing can be described as: ‘…..a state which allows one to: realise one’s own potential; cope with day to day stresses; work productively and fruitfully; and contribute to the community’ (WHO). It’s a subjective experience with many factors, and can be viewed in terms of one’s overall ‘life satisfaction’
We will be guided in what we offer by using the best current knowledge available on what really works; drawing from: scientific research, how we were designed by nature, and the wisdom that has been gained by human beings all around the world, over many thousands of years!
We will always stay curious and open to learning, knowing that there are many things we don’t know. As and when new information and knowledge comes to light and we will look at whether what we offer is still best practice or if we need to evolve and adapt.