Day 1 - Morning
Mindfulness at The Hamblin Centre, Bosham
If you can’t make it in person, they also host online talks, including popular sessions on astrology.
Day 1 - Lunch
Day 1 - Afternoon
Forest bathing at the Spread Eagle, Midhurst
Day packages include lunch or afternoon tea at this converted 15th century coaching inn, or you can make a weekend of it and stay overnight in one of their sumptuous four poster beds, combining it with yoga classes and use of the Scandinavian spa. Currently running monthly on Mondays, from £35.
Day 1 - Evening
Stargazing on the South Downs or beach
*Contact the Planetarium directly to book this unique experience
Where to stay
Plush Tents Yurt Village, Oakwood, Chichester
Day 2 - Morning
Contemplate art at Chichester Cathedral
25 October-14 November 2021 the Cathedral hosts a major exhibition celebrating the moon, perfect if you were out stargazing the night before. (admission fee will apply).
The Cathedral is free to visit Monday–Saturday (10.00am – 4.00pm) and Sunday (10.00am – 2.00pm).
Day 2 - Lunch
Slow food at The Barn, Chichester
The Barn endeavours to source all ingredients within a 30 -40 mile radius of Chichester, so you can sample great local produce such as Goodwood Farm cheeses, sparkling wines from Ashling Park Estate in the South Downs [link to elsewhere on West Sussex Way website?], locally caught fish, and organically farmed meat and veg. Book one of the outdoor huts for a secluded lunch, or buy a picnic from the shop. Keep an eye out too for the Barn’s upcoming food and wellness events, including yoga and meditation.
Open Tuesday to Saturday 8am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm
Day 2 - Lunch
Wild swimming in the Arun by the Squire & Horse pub, Bury
Safety advice for wild swimmers: As liberating as wild swimming is, do take care. The Outdoor Swimming Society advises: never swim alone; don’t underestimate how cold the water will be (and if possible wear a wetsuit to avoid hypothermia); beware of branches and other obstacles hidden below the water, especially if diving; have warm dry clothes ready to put on as soon as you get out; and test the depth and current before you take the plunge.
And beyond ...
The Sanctuary Project
If you are continuing your mindfulness escape by walking one of the ancient pilgrims routes that cross West Sussex, or you are on a tight budget, contact the British Pilgrimmage Trust about churches offering sanctuary. Rudimentary shelter and a warm welcome can be exchanged for a small donation. Pilgrims could be granted permission to sleep inside the church or to camp in the grounds.
View website: britishpilgrimage.org/sanctuary-project