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Natural Rhythms

This weekly session combines group support and creative therapy in a natural setting for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The group is sensitively facilitated to encourage sharing and personal reflection. Participants are invited to slow down and enjoy being in natural surroundings, with attention paid to the changing seasons. Sometimes there might be a short guided relaxation exercise or a walk in the woods. Any activities offered are entirely optional and require no particular skill. 

The group recently reflected on what they get personally from coming to the Natural Rhythms Group:
“Helps to find the natural rhythm in me.”
“Friendly support, understanding, company.”
“Like a support group but different, it takes me beyond my cancer.”
“I can say the things that friends and family don’t want to hear.”

Where does it take place?

In the late spring, summer and early autumn the group meets at Powdermill Wood in a yurt. This is a Mongolian tent, which provides a lovely, light, circular space. In the winter we use a log cabin in the woods.

Times and dates

The group meets for two hours on Wednesdays in four-week blocks, with a short break between each block. We start at 10.30 but you are welcome to arrive from 10.15 for refreshments. The morning finishes at 12.30.

Our 2018 dates are:

Lammas/First Fruits - July 11th, 18th, 25th | August 1st

Autumn Equinox - September 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

All Hallows/Samhain - October 17th, 24th, 31st, November 7th

Winter Solstice - November 21st, 28th, December 5th, 12th, 19th


You do not need to book a place, however, please do let us know when you are planning to attend your first session so that we can provide you with directions and inform the facilitator. Thereafter you are free to participate as and when you want.


Toilet facilities are available nearby up a flight of stairs and may not be accessible to those with restricted mobility.


The group is led by fully-qualified, experienced facilitators.


If you require transport please contact the office on 01424 456608 and we will do our best to arrange this for you.

The Yurt, by Iris

"It’s Tuesday morning and I am off to a meeting for Natural Rhythms being held in the Yurt. What’s a Yurt I ask myself – it’s a Mongolian Tent. The only tent I know anything about is when I went camping as a girl guide, sixty odd years ago at High & Over near Seaford. Fifteen minutes later arriving in the woods and there in front, set amongst the bluebells and the fresh green leaves of Spring, is the Yurt. It looks like the round old fashioned haystacks. We go in through double wooden doors.There’s a log burning stove and it’s lovely and warm inside and lots of rugs on the floor which is solid and plenty of chairs, as I was worried if I had to sit on the floor, because I would never have got up again. It’s about 25 feet in diameter, there is a window at the top and the sun was shining through, making it look so peaceful and quiet and all you could hear were the birds singing.We had coffee and chatted and then went for a walk in the woods – what a great morning.I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next visit. I am one of the people who sees a great view , lovely flowers and stores it in my mind for a rainy day or when things aren’t going great. This is one memory that will be stored for future reference" ~ Iris

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My counsellor has supported me wonderfully well through some very challenging weeks with the death of my father along with a deteriorating terminal cancer condition. The opportunity to 'talk' has been so helpful and I always return home with new positive thoughts or reflections prompted because of his skills and patience listening to me. Thanks so much. I approached The Sara Lee Trust to get help for my father who is in total denial about his terminal lung cancer. However I ended up having the therapy to learn to cope with my father. The jigsaw of my life is complete now and I cannot thank you enough.

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