The Meditation Circle was founded in 2012 to offer mindfulness based interventions and counselling services. In the last 8 years we have built up from offering one small weekly mindfulness group in the New Forest, to an organisation that offers 1-2-1 counselling and mindfulness sessions, and professional development workshops and retreats throughout the year.
The impact of Covid-19 on our programme of work has been substantial, with all workshops and retreats cancelled. Though we are a not-for profit organisation, the situation has encouraged us to work differently.
So we are offering 'rewards', or payment for services in advance, for those wishing to donate. They include: one-to-one mindfulness sessions, professional development for counsellors, an online mindfulness retreat and a Forest Bathing retreat. Or simply choose to donate - £1 can help.
NHS staff and other key workers are doing a truly amazing job and deserve all the support that we can give them. The very nature of their job puts them in incredibly stressful situations, including coping with the sick and dying. They are likely to be feeling much increased levels of stress and anxiety for themselves, their families and others. One-to-one counselling can be a very positive intervention for those suffering from trauma and/or other mental health issues.
Donating and/or paying in advance through this crowdfunding initiative will enable the Meditation Circle to continue to meet all its current expenses, and remain viable so that when things return to normal we will be able to continue to offer our regular programme of retreats and workshops. Thank you, in advance, for this.
In the meantime, we would live to give something back to the community by providing free weekly on-line counselling sessions for a NHS staff, key workers and support workers.
If you are a counsellor and interested in joining our team on a paid basis, please send us a message. We would happy to hear from you.
What we are offering
We invite you warmly to make a contribution to what we think is a very worthwhile cause. In exchange we will:
* a free weekly drop-in group counselling session for NHS and key workers for at least 8 weeks from Sunday May 17th at 10am.
And we will provide 'pay in advance' rewards - to be taken at a later date - of:
* an online one-day mindfulness retreat on Saturday 6 June for donations £100 or more or professional development
* an online private mindfulness session for donations of £50 or more.
* a place on a weekend 'Forest Bathing' retreat in the New Forest in April/October 2021 for donations of £350 or more
Where your money goes :
All money raised will go directly to help provide the above services.
Free counselling will be offered on a weekly basis by BACP qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
Our necessary expenses include website hosting & development, materials & resources, advertising, Zoom professional subscription, professional development & supervision, facilitator fees and administration.
Please help us support these heroes!
William, Tim, Sheri, Lorna, Hamish and Ciara