Introduction to Heart-Based Living

Learn the three foundational practices that underpin
heart-based living: mindfulness; heart intelligence and listening spaces. Available as a 4 day-residential
course or as an audio course.

Audio Course

Explore the four ‘keys to the heart’

  • Stopping and resting
  • Happiness
  • Connection
  • Our relationship with difficulty

Build a deeper, more heartful relationship with yourself and with the world.

The complete audio course includes:

  1. 12 audio talks totalling over 6 hours of learning.
  2. A folder of course resources to help you in your practice of heart-based living including video resources for mindful movement and over 12 different guided audio heart intelligence and mindfulness practices
  3. A suggested schedule for those who choose to follow the course in an immersive programme of learning and practice.
  4. A 6-page post-course resources booklet with on-going focuses for reflection, reading, practice and learning around the key themes of the course.
  5. An open invitation to The Heart Movement app, where the learning and reflection continues as part of a live, in-person facilitated and participative community.


The audio course costs £125 and is available for purchase through Thinkific. Please do email us to discuss supported or scholarship places.

4-day residential training course

  • An immersive environment including talks, guided practices, and small group listening spaces
  • Lead by a team of experienced facilitators
  • Emphasis on techniques and habits that can be integrated into daily lives
  • Ways to truly resource ourselves to greatly enhance our work, relationships and aspirations in the world
  • 3 months of after-course support including online sessions and resources

What will I learn

Using the foundations of mindfulness, heart intelligence and listening spaces, the course explores our 4 keys to heart: stopping and resting, happiness, difficulty and connection.


Mindfulness is attention training, learning to rest our mind in the present moment and to bring our awareness to our bodies. Our courses teach mindfulness as a way of connecting mind and heart as a way to live more fully and allow us space to understand our emotional life.

We explore how to apply it to every aspect of life including sitting, walking, eating, speaking and relating.

Next: Heart Intelligence

Heart Intelligence

Science shows us that our heart is in a constant two-way neurological communication with our brain and is sending more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. 

When we experience sustained positive emotions such as appreciation we see a positive shift in our body and mind which is reflected in a measurable change in our heart rhythms. We teach techniques to create and sustain this beneficial psychophysical state including how we can utilise biofeedback from the heart.

Next: Listening Spaces

Listening Spaces

We will offer concrete ways to listen with our hearts rather than our heads and to open ourselves to more empathic and meaningful communication.

These experiential practices can be applied widely: in personal relationship, the workplace and in community dialogue to open up possibilities for more meaningful communication and understanding.

Next: Stopping and Resting

Stopping and Resting

How can we find ways to effectively replenish and resource our body and mind right in the midst of the stresses and strains of everyday life? We will learn how we can utilise mindfulness practices in daily life to restore wellbeing and sustain vitality even when we feel we do not have enough time to rest.

We will explore different ways of integrating rest into our life including the power of short periods of mindful breathing and developing and maintaining a regular sitting meditation practice.

Next: Happiness


We will look at what causes and conditions lead to happiness and how we can develop habits which create more happiness for ourselves. We will explore how our mind can be hardwired to prioritise negative thoughts and emotions and how to counter that.

Far from being self-indulgent, learning how to focus on happiness will allow us to be of much more use to those around us in need.

Next: Difficulty


We all experience difficulty, it is not something we can get rid of. Rather than spending our energy resisting all the difficulties in our life, there are ways we can move towards them with kindness and curiosity.

Taking this approach to difficulty not only means that we can handle challenging situations much better but also use these situations for opportunities for growth and development.


Next: Connection


Are we fully experiencing a sense of connection in our lives? What causes disconnection? How can we build a bridge between disconnection and connection?

We will have space to understand more about how we relate to ourselves, to each other and to the wider world around us.

First: Mindfulness

I felt like I had been lost and the Intensive brought me home again.


Hear from previous attendees

I was fortunate to attend four amazing retreats facilitated by Lyndsay, Will, Michael, Jasmine and Kareem. Their gentle and authentic teaching style enabled me to connect fully with the experience, and my time with them has been life-changing. They held the space in a caring and safe way, that enabled us all to fully open to the experience. They were authentic in their own sharing of life’s challenges and this created an open environment of mutual trust and acceptance


I had the privilege of being in a mindfulness training group led by the heart-based living initiative team. Over the 20 days in their company, they embodied every aspect of the mindfulness qualities and values they shared.

I felt held in open-hearted acceptance, warmth and authenticity. The impact of the journey we shared had, and will continue to have, an incredible impact on my life personally and on my ability to share with others.


I was blessed to be able to be held and guided by this unique blend of facilitators in 2018. They were each able to weave their individuality effortlessly into a wealth of teachings, heart-led mindfulness practices, and loving care during a retreat over 20 days. They brought me a depth of knowledge and wisdom which enriched our time together. Demonstrating their vulnerability, inspiring personal stories, humour and dedication to living a life from the heart was deeply nourishing for me.



Our standard rate for the fully residential 4-day course is £795. This covers all meals, accommodation, a full schedule of daily talks, activities, and workshops as well as access to ongoing support after the course.

You can choose to pay in 2 instalments with our deposit scheme: deposit payment of 50% due on registration and the remaining instalment will be due 6 weeks prior to the course start date.

There is also a supported rate of £495 and scholarships available.

If you are book at the same time as a friend we offer you each a £50 reduction (use the promotional code of FRIEND).

Supported Rate and Scholarships

We are committed to ensuring that Heart-Based Living courses are available to all who wish to participate, irrespective of financial circumstances.

It is our policy to offer financial assistance for 25% of course places to help make participation more accessible if the Standard rate is too high.

We welcome and encourage people to make use of these options as we want to extend our inclusivity beyond those fortunate enough to afford personal change and growth, allowing us to connect with other areas of need.

Supported Rate
There are places offered on each course at the supported rate of £495 for those who are genuinely not able to afford the Standard rate. All financially assisted places are offered 6 weeks before the start of each course and payment is required in full to secure your place at this time.

Scholarship Fund
There are also places offered on each course through our Scholarship Fund. To apply, you will need to fill in a short, confidential application form. Please email us at to request an application form.

Upcoming Residential Course

30th March to 3rd April 2022

Venue: Sharpham House, Nr Totnes, Devon is set in a majestic location with views across the River Dart, with extensive gardens and beautiful walks in the surrounds.

Arrival: 4pm Wednesday

Departure: 12pm Sunday


If you have any questions regarding either version of the course please do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!