Bake and Breathe

static1.squarespace.com.jpgI’m” sure many of you have heard bakers refer to time in the kitchen as their “meditation”. For many, baking or cooking a meal is a chance to slow down, take stock and put life back into perspective. It’s amazing how theraputic kneading a loaf of bread can be or bashing biscuits for a cheesecake base! But more seriously, time in the kitchen can create a breathing space from the hectic world and emotional pressures we all face.

So, when I saw Miranda Gore Browne’s tweet about the Mindful Kitchen Retreat I was intrigued and took a look at her new website. Partnering with meditation teacher Gillian Harris, Miranda is launching a new series of day long events designed to equip you with the skills to create a “breathing space” in your kitchen.  You can read how Gillian and Miranda came up with the idea here. While Miranda takes you through new baking skills, Gillian will teach you breathing techniques and meditation practices you can incorporate into daily living. There will also be opportunities to forage wild foods and explore the beautiful landscape of the South Downs National Park.

Starting with a day long workshop on 13th May, there are plans to host regular mindfulness events at Miranda’s Kitchen School and at other venues by arrangement. For many of us, life is a constant juggling act, especially if you are caring for kids or relatives. Finding time for ourselves is essential, but often “self care” comes way down the “to do” list. I know, because like many working parents I’ve been there, looking after everyone, but ignoring my own health. These new workshops combine indulgence (In the form of baking in Miranda’s beautiful kitchen school) with the tools you need to bring moments of stillness and mindfulness into the every day.  I’m sure everyone who takes part will leave with a new perspective on life’s tricky balancing act.

You can find full details and booking information on the website, or follow The Mindful Kitchen  on Twitter to keep up with latest news.

 

 

 

 

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