The Yoga Barn is pop-up yoga studio created by local not-for profit organisation The Wellbeing Campus. We've just opened the doors to this beautiful, old barn space on the grounds of Claremont Farm and we're now in full-flow, delivering a busy timetable of regular yoga and mindfulness classes as well as a variety of well-being courses and events. Our weekend events will bring together the whole gang with family yoga and mindfulness sessions and we'll also have bushcraft, foraging and nature-focused adventures held separately for children to allow parents to enjoy our yoga workshops and some time to focus on themselves. Wellbeing holiday clubs and school mindfulness programmes for kids of all ages are also planned.
However, there are a few things holding us back with this space that we could really do with help on. Being a not-for-profit organisation, we're struggling at the moment to find the money for some much needed refurbishment work. Several impractical issues are holding the studio back from reaching its full potential. Firstly, there's that ginormous, deep-pile, red carpet... some love it, some loathe it! Whatever your thoughts, it is very impractical for yoga as the mats slide about making some postures pretty difficult to hold. Our goal is to get rid of this carpet completely and to bring in some beautiful, white-washed wooden flooring to open up the space and add to the tranquillity of it.
And then there's storage. The studio is in desperate need of some added features that make storing shoes and other personal belongings easier. And we also need to be able to store yoga mats, meditation cushions, blocks and other props.
And then there's an old toilet in need of a replacement and a bathroom that we'd like to add some features to in order to make it more practical and pleasant for your next visit.
Other jobs we need your support with are: a sign for the outside of the building; a website; extra yoga mats (we've already raised some money for this at our Pop-Up Beach Yoga); fold-away chairs ( to start chair-based yoga for local elderly people); art easels (for a new life drawing class starting soon!!).
We've been extremely lucky to have local interior designer James Roberts offer to do our interior design work for us, for free! How incredible is that! He's designing a space with us that's simple, natural, calming and clean - and from the work we've seen of his, he knows what he's doing!
The more beautiful we can make this space, the greater an impact this space will have on the lives of those who come here. Every community is in need of a place to retreat to, where that much needed stillness that is lacking in the 21st century can be enjoyed. A space where you can just BE. During the evenings and weekends this space is completely silent; only the sound of birdsong and the rustling of trees blowing in the wind can be heard.
"Silence isn't empty, it's full of answers".
And we've listened to the silence - that's what led us to you!
About little bit about Louis and The Wellbeing Campus
Yoga and mindfulness are powerful and transformative tools that can help us take control of our lives and overcome the difficulties we face in this modern age. The scientific research proves it as does the anecdotal evidence from the people we work with. Yet, there are still far too many people out here in the community who feel helpless, hopeless and completely lost in their struggles. And this is where we see the likes of anxiety, depression and social isolation arising from.
It was through my own struggles with depression that I came across mindfulness meditation and, at a later date, Yoga. Practicing both yoga and mediation on a daily basis took me off on a journey whereby I was able to start viewing my experiences - and my struggles - from an open, compassionate and non-judgemental perspective. Over time these practices drastically re-shaped my outlook of both myself and the world.
And it’s this that I’m passionate about sharing with the Wirral and beyond, which is why we’ve set up the Yoga Barn. My hope is not only to create a space for adults to let go of stress, to find stillness and to build on that self-compassion that too many of us out here are seriously lacking, but also to create a space where entire families can have fun together, where they can bond even more deeply with one another and where they can grow even more resilient, together.
I believe in the power of communities, and I believe that in seeking the support of the local community with this campaign we can bring this new Yoga Barn to life. Together.
Much love and Namaste x