Introduction to Tai Chi, one of the wellbeing events planned for the summer.

East Devon District Council’s Countryside team deliver new wellbeing events this summer.

As well as favourites such as rock pooling and bug hunts, this summer the Countryside team are offering outdoor classes in Tai Chi, Meditation and yoga at local beauty spots.

The first of these wellbeing events took place on the Maer in Exmouth on Sunday 1 July, the Introduction to Tai Chi was enjoyed by 11 attendees who learnt the basics of Tai Chi, from local instructor Sam Forder, whilst enjoying the summer sun. The course is repeated on Monday 24 July on Woodbury Common, Friday 4 August on the Maer and Saturday 19 August at Seaton Wetlands.

The next day, the first Outdoor Meditation session took place at Seaton Wetlands. Experienced instructor, Katherine Bolton taught attendees how to switch off from the stresses of day to day life and the benefits of practising meditation. The course is repeated at Seaton Wetlands on Sunday 27 August.

Back by popular demand, the Countryside team is again working with local yoga instructor, Yvonne Waite to bring Outdoor yoga to Seaton Wetlands, the morning of relaxing and stretching will take place in the peaceful pond dipping area on Wednesday 16 August.

Information and Events officer, Elle Taylor said:

We’re really excited to be working with experienced local instructors, who have offered to take their classes outside. Each of these events is a great introduction, and also offers an al-fresco twist to those who are more experienced.

We are surrounded by beautiful places, and unique events such as outdoor Tai Chi and yoga provide a special opportunity to enjoy the peacefulness of our natural environment.

Spaces for these courses are limited and must be booked in advance. To find out more, book a place or to browse other events run by the Countryside team visit: wildeastdevon.co.uk

The Countryside team can be contacted via email: countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk or by phone: 01395 517557.