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Blue Workshops

More detailed workshops that focus on making positive changes to habits, behaviours and lifestyle. The workshops support you to maintain positive change or take steps towards making a change. These more structured workshops aim to provide you with helpful tools and strategies.  Where there are green workshops available for particular subjects we recommend learners attend these first.

For a list of our workshops and courses, download a copy of our latest printable prospectus.

Classroom Safety

The wellbeing and safety of our staff, volunteers and learners are paramount. Before you book, and immediately before you attend, please ensure you have no Covid-19 symptoms. Also, take time to read our guidelines.

Online Zoom Workshops

Our online wellbeing workshops are delivered via Zoom video conferencing software.  You can download to your device here: https://zoom.us/download.  If you need technical advice or assistance to access Zoom before workshops, let us know and we will be pleased to help.

Please read our Guide to a Safe Online Learning Environment before attending our online wellbeing workshops.


If you have any questions, please contact us at bristol.wellbeing.college@second-step.co.uk or 0117 914 5498

Be Present Series

Spread across green and blue workshops, our Be Present series explores the different ways we can achieve a focused awareness. The workshops incorporate elements of mindfulness and meditation practice that bring us back to the present moment, helping to focus our attention, improve our self-awareness and keep us living in the now.

If you are new to this series we would recommend starting with one of our Green Be Present workshops

DateSession FocusLocationTime
Fri 16 AugSelf-Connection MeditationOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Fri 30 AugVisualisation MeditationOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Fri 6 SepSelf-Compassion MeditationOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Fri 20 SepSoundscapes MeditationOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30
Fri 27 SepStillness MeditationOnline Workshop10:30 - 11:30

Building Resilience

When life gets challenging what do we do to cope and carry on? Within this workshop we discover how we might approach a difficult situation, what behaviours/actions might hold us back and what approaches move us forward.

Fri 19 JulOnline Workshop
Waiting List Only
10:30 – 11:30
Tue 6 AugWellspring Settlement (Barton Hill)10:30 - 12:30

Confidence Building

Would you like to change the ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’? This workshop aims to explore our beliefs about confidence by helping us to recognise our comfort and learning zones. We identify strategies and develop a plan to move towards greater self-confidence.

Thu 15 AugOnline Workshop14:30 - 15:30
Mon 30 SepJohn Wesley's New Room (City Centre)14:30 - 16:30

Finding Motivation

In this workshop we reflect on our personal motivation, and how we can better take action to move towards the things we would like to achieve. We consider what we mean by motivation and identify some simple strategies to get us started.

Thu 22 AugOnline Workshop14:30 - 15:30

Food, Mood & Me

In this two part workshop we explore the effects of food and movement on our mental health. We discover ways in which we can support our wellbeing and stabilise our mood through healthy eating and hydration, alongside learning about the impact of movement on the body, mind and emotions. Throughout these modules we will create a healthy eating plan, recognise our achievements, and record any changes in our health and wellbeing.

Mon 12 & 19 AugJohn Wesley's New Room (City Centre)14:30 - 16:30

Introduction to Coping with Low Mood

An ideal foundation for attending the Coping with Low Mood Course. We consider the impact low mood and depression has on us, and ways we can try to alleviate these symptoms. We explore the term ‘Recovery’ and identify strategies and tools that will better help us maintain wellbeing and find fulfilment.

Mon 29 JulJohn Wesley’s New Room (City Centre)14:30 - 16:30

Reframing Loneliness

Loneliness is an epidemic of our times. This workshop explores how we can better cope and live with isolation by reconnecting foremost with ourselves. By taking inspiration and ideas from a range of individuals, cultures and professions – from the Dalai Lama to the latest research in Western psychology – this workshop involves discussion-based and interactive activities to help us reflect on what we currently do and helpful things we might do to reduce a sense of loneliness.

Tue 17 SepWellspring Settlement (Barton Hill)10:30 - 12:30


We are often very familiar with our critical voice, which damages our self-esteem and confidence. One way to combat this is to become aware of the compassionate and caring sides of ourselves. We explore practising self-kindness as a tool to help reduce unhelpful thoughts we have about ourselves, allowing our compassionate voice to be heard.

Wed 21 AugGreenway Centre (Southmead)10:30 - 12:30

Step into Mindfulness (Level 2)

If you feel you have a good understanding of the concepts of mindfulness, this workshop will review its guiding principles and give you the opportunity to enhance your practice of mindfulness using your senses.

If you haven't attended Step into Mindfulness (Level 1), we would recommend you attend that workshop before attending Level 2. You will find Level 1 on our Green Workshops Page.

New workshop dates available later in 2024

Understanding Yourself

Classically, we are our own worst critics. This workshop aims to help us dispel some of our negativity towards ourselves and improve our outward lives and inner wellbeing by knowing ourselves better, recognising our strengths and attributes and increasing our self-awareness.

Mon 5 AugJohn Wesley's new Room (City Centre)14:30 - 16:30

Unravelling the Menopause

In this two week workshop we will look at the stages of Menopause, how the change in hormones can affect us Physically and Psychologically. We will explore how the menopause can affect relationships and consider different forms of treatment, speaking to your GP and self care.

We will uncover the unexpected advantages of an often difficult diagnosis and discuss ways to prioritise our talents instead of focusing on vulnerabilities. A person is more than their diagnosis!

New workshop dates available later in 2024

Writing Series

In our Writing workshops, we get in touch with our creative side to explore our world through written word. During a time when we may feel stuck or isolated, writing provides a platform to connect with others and discover a form of freedom through expression. Within these workshops, we explore and connect with elements of our being: culminating with a workshop dedicated to writing stories on a chosen theme.

We strongly recommend you have attended at least two other Writing for Wellbeing workshops before attending the Writing with Stories workshop

If you are new to these workshops we recommend that you start with one of our Green Writing Workshops.

DateWorkshop FocusLocationTime
Tue 3 SepEmotionsOnline Workshop14:30 - 15:30
Tue 24 SepMemoryOnline Workshop14:30 - 15:30

Shane's story

"I can laugh at myself and with people"

Since getting involved with the Wellbeing College, Shane’s outlook on life has changed dramatically. Watch this short video to find out more.

For more stories visit the Wellbeing College blog >