Sixteen students from Lancaster University enjoyed a productive day of well-being and mindfulness activities followed by working in the grounds at Brathay Hall recently.
The UK and International students, from departments across the university, spent the morning with a tai chi master and inner development trainer Chris Shaw. After lunch they combined circle work and relaxation techniques, with footpath maintenance and gardening duties in preparation for younger students arriving on a residential.
Gabi Lipska Badoti, from Lancaster University Students’ Union explained why the day was a success. She said:
“It gave the students time out for a different sort of learning and being. We had the freedom to enjoy the picturesque estate, including a walk to the lake after lunch, relaxing on the jetty and dipping our toes in the water. We also had the freedom and support to structure the day to suit our needs, including what sort of volunteering the students wanted to do. A day like this gave them the chance to see beyond academic life, connect with others and get the confidence and power to make choices about the opportunities open to them.
“We are very keen to support students with their wellbeing and feeling of belonging. The group came together because they were given time away from the campus to share an experience, work on a meaningful task and get a fresh perspective in the wonderful Lake District setting” added Gabi.