Healthy Cells, Healthy Bodies (Talk)

With Amber Thorne

Thursday 20th 10.30am to 12 noon and again at 7.30pm to 9.00pm

Yin Yoga

With Tarryn Biswas

Monday, June 24th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm then weekly on Monday, until Aug 26, 2019

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 24th June - Pure Balboa Dance Demo with Karim Ahmed

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 19th June 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 27th June

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