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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#bririshwool #britishfibre #wool #stashenhancement #minimalism #knittersofinstagram #crochet Slow down, look around you and see the beauty in small things. Breathe fresh air, watch sunsets, make time for friendship, love and laughter. 
A bit philosophical for a wet Tuesday morning, felt the need to remind myself there is beauty in the ordinary. 
#slowliving #naturelovers #foraging #permaculture #homesteading #keepthewildinyou #hedgerows #beautyintheordinary Major dessert envy last night - Mr T chose the baked alaska - need to go back & try this for myself! Delicious food, great service & my "Heaton Mess" was delicious!! Oh and the gin menu - superb! If you find yourself in Newcastle check this place out - Chillingham Rd. Xxx
#heaton #puddinglove #newcastle #eatingout #instafood #foodphotography #bakedalaska Passionflower. One of the joys of our holiday this year was stumbling across the unexpected. We walked past a garden fence covered in these flowers & their ripening fruit. In my schoolgirl French I asked the elderly gentleman if I could take a photo, in better English than my French he invited us in to admire his plot. You can read more about him on the blog, where I've also been writing about how having too much can be a good thing - even if you're a minimalist!
#slowliving #minimalism #permaculture #ediblegarden #girlgardener #zerowaste #livingwithless #bakingandmaking #homesteading #simplethings Star baker! Finally got a photo of me wearing my new sweatshirt, bought from @mirandagorebrowne I ♥♥♥ it so much. The fabric is soft, it fits really well and now washed 3 times it still looks like new! Go buy one before they sell out (also available: "nice buns" & "jammy dodger")
#starbaker #gbbo #kitchenschool #bakemeacakeasfastasyoucan  #bakersofinstagram #baking #lovelythings #instafood #eatme I miss this view so much. Even our current view of sunset over the wheat fields can't compare to a French field of sunflowers!
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