Breathing into Wholeness

Saturdays, 1.00pm to 4.30pm, (25 May, 22 June)

Come and renew yourself with the power & grace of connected breathing and resonant healing sound. Join Rowan Sterk for an intimate nervous system soothing BREATH & SOUND workshop, to connect with your inner world and body in a grounded, safe, non-overwhelming but powerful way.



The breath session offered in this workshop involves breathing at your ‘edge’, in a circular way (without pause). This way of breathing allows the limiting and unconscious breath and holding patterns that no longer serve to be met, surrendered and released. Hidden aspects held in the body, both positive and negative, will be revealed. True feelings and emotions are expressed and the closed shadow areas in the body (subconscious) will start opening up. Breathing and relaxing into what arises creates the opportunity to embrace all aspects of Self and ultimately relax into our true nature. The ultimate intention of this workshop is to facilitate and nurture a remembrance of our connection to our inner source, the living fire within our Heart. All you need is to breathe gently but steadily and to trust the process. Come as you are..

The program includes meditation, intention setting, approx. one hour connected breathing, transformational voice work, deep rest, a soundbath and a closing circle. Tuning forks, singing bowls and a gong will be played to help your body and mind to let go, deepen and integrate.

Please bring plenty of comfort to lie on, as you'll be lying down for the most part of this session. It's advisable to bring an extra (small) mattress or sheepskin. The venue will be supplying a minimum amount of yoga mats and some cushions will be provided. Make sure to wear some layers of clothes, as you might go from being cold to hot, and vice versa. Bring a bottle of water.

£35 for the workshop (£25 concessions)

To book, and for further information: click here

Qi Gong with Tracie Storey

9.30am - 10.45am on Friday 17th and 31st May (no class on 24th May)

Chi is energy

The vital force of life in the Universe.

Chi travels from the stars, planets and nature through the subtle bodies and animates the physical plane. When we work with Chi and feel its energy running through our physical and subtle bodies, we know from experience the substance of the Universe. We realise that this spirit flows through us physically and permanently. As we develop our own energy, we form a link to the greater parts of ourselves.

The Tao Yin Fa Series empowers the Chi of the organs by stretching the twelve acupuncture meridians, the class includes breath work and mudras, as well as the inner work of sound and colour at the consciousness level. The synthesis of the colour, movement and sound wakes up and redirects Chi within the body.

The Qi Gong class helps you to activate your energy portals by bringing more Qi/Chi to your meridians, organs & more life into your energy system.

During the Qi Gong classes we combine movements on the physical up to the spiritual level using the Tao Yin Fa series which is divinely inspired yet grounded in Chinese Medicine and the 5 element theory and honors the Master's Lineage of Sensei Ueshiba and Sensei Nakazono who trained Fabien Maman of the Tama Do Academy. The class is easily accessible and immensely beneficial and at the most basic level helps one to ground in daily life. Meditation will also be a part of the class as well as elements of mantra - particularly ancient Tibetan mantras which help to empower our organs with voice and chi.

For more information please contact Tracie:-

Lunchtime Lie Down

Wednesday 12th June from 12.00pm to 1.00pm

Designed to fit into a busy schedule, or even break up a dull day, this one-hour workshop explains how you can improve your postural tone and begin to address habits of stress. The benefits of a refreshing lie down can be maintained throughout your day and applied to whatever activities you engage in.

You’ll leave with the beginnings of a skill you can practise whenever you like and if you already have experience of Alexander Technique, it’s a good opportunity to refresh your thinking.

You need to wear comfortable clothes and bring £5 payment. Maximum of six in the group. Please book ahead (by 10 a.m. on the day at the latest) with Reception: 01273 474949,

Contact Kate for further information:


Mindfulness for Wellbeing 8-week course

With Annie Akasati McAuley

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 7.00-9.00pm from Wednesday 1st May | £175/138 concessions

We may have heard that mindfulness is effective in supporting our wellbeing, reducing stress and countering anxiety, low mood and depression, but how can we actually bring this beneficial practice into our lives? Many people find that the support of a structured course, with a group of like-minded people and an experienced trainer is invaluable in bringing this practice into their lives. These weekly sessions include guided mindfulness practice, an exploration of a range of themes including how we can bring greater balance into our daily life and deal with any difficulties we will inevitably face. Annie Akasati McAuley has over 3 decades of personal mindfulness and meditation practice and 20 years' teaching experience. See here for  bookings and information, including the difference between MBCT and MBSR.

Comments from our course participants:

 "I'm a lot calmer, especially in moments of stress in which I would not normally be"

 "I came with an open mind but unsure what to expect - new situations, spaces and people make me anxious but I needn't have been. Well structured; fabulous stress-free location. Like minded people. Each session bought a bit more learning and understanding in a hands-on way. "

 "Supportive, safe space. Incredibly valuable opportunity to explore things with others. Inspiring leader. The group was really great. Lots of trust and good level of sharing."

Remember Mindfulness is offering a 9 week Mindfulness Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) with Debbie

Starting Mondays from May 13th at 9.45am - 12.15pm; or 7.00pm - 9.30pm - £175.00

Includes a retreat day on Sunday 7th July 10am-4pm

This course is suitable for anyone and everyone!  For more information and frequently asked questions please see my recent blog here or visit my website

Also available: A free taster session on 13th May where you will be able to practice some guided mindfulness meditation and some gentle yoga stretches. You will be able to meet me and hear about the content of the 8 week MBSR course.

New Pregnancy Yoga Class with Joanna Johnson

Tuesdays 11.15am to 12.45pm

I have been practising yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2000. I specialise in applying fluid, functional asana (poses), pranayama (breathwork) and yoga nidra (embodied meditation) to all areas of women’s lives: fertility and conception, menstrual health, pregnancy, birth preparation, postnatal recovery and the later postnatal phases, and the menopause and beyond.

I teach classes, workshops and private sessions to women and their partners, and teach and advise on my areas of expertise on yoga training courses. I also run bespoke training courses and mentorships (increasingly online). I have trained with the major providers of women’s yoga that I consider to offer sensitive, ethical, clear ways of approaching the female body (the Active Birth Centre with whom I completed an extensive apprenticeship, Birthlight, Womb Yoga and the Yoga Nidra Network), and this has intersected with my many years of daily practice to allow me to offer individualised teaching within a group setting.

I’m delighted to be teaching a new pregnancy/active birth yoga class at the Open Door, and look forward to sharing practical techniques to navigate the demands and delights of parenthood in ways that honour the wisdom of the female body, yoga’s traditions, and modern knowledge.

Drop in £15, block of 5 (to use within 6 weeks) £70

Concessions available, please ask.

For more information please see or contact Joanna:-

Over 60's Weekly Wellbeing Drop In

Every Monday! 10am to 11.30am 

Weekly activity plus tea and cake in a friendly, relaxed environment.

Next topic, on Mon 20th May - Walk outside of clinic

At the Open Door, Church Twitten, 32 High Street, Lewes, BN7 2LU

Cost: £2 per person

Looking forward to seeing you here!

Yoga with Anita

Next on Wed 15th May at 10.00am.


  • Wednesdays 10-11am

All ages and levels of experience are welcome, and equipment is provided. Each class is an hour long and costs £10.00. For more information please see, email or call Anita on 07764 580767

Vital Spirit QiGong

With Amadis Cammell

7pm to 9pm on alternate Thursdays, next on 16th May

Vital Spirit Qigong (Jing Shen Qi Gong) is an ancient Chinese practice also known as Internal Alchemy (Nei Dan). This holistic style of Qigong is based on the principles and practices of Yin-Yang, The Five Elements and Medical Qigong.

The aim of these fortnightly sessions is to help you access your vital and spiritual resources and heal your body.

Through postures, movements, voicework and breathwork you connect to your life forces (Qi) and integrate your physical, vital and spiritual energies. This results in increased vitality and improved health and wellness.

Through meditation, visualisation and attunement practices you perceive the consciousness, presence and vitality of your spirit (Jing Shen). In Chinese philosophy by experiencing this innate reality you come to realise your integral connection with all life. It also awakens your heart and mind which fosters greater inner harmony, tranquillity, insight and wellbeing.

For the last 30 years I have learned and taught various styles of Daoist and Medical Qigong. I bring insights gained through my study of Classical Chinese language and philosophy, as well as 32 years practice of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, which enrich the classes.

For more information please go to or Facebook - @VSQigong
For further details contact Amadis on 07941 665506 or

Monthly chanting meditation

with Caz McDonagh, 10.30am to 11.30am

One Saturday a month, next on 8th June

£10 per person

We gather in a circle and I guide us through meditation and sacred chants

The chants are a language our energy centres/chakras understand in order to re-harmonise mind and body

I'll guide us through grounding techniques and we'll chant in unison as we get lost in the vibration of sound that we all create

I'll offer you all an optional deeksha transmission; a gentle laying of hands on the head with the intention to bring you what you need for your highest good

It's a really lovely monthly gathering. You're most welcome ♥