At RUNZEN, our workshops and retreats introduce participants to mindfulness and meditation practices, then integrate these skills with running and other activity.

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the UK. Studies suggest a range of benefits for the health of our body and mind when we run. These include helping prevent obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, and boosting sleep quality and mood. In recent years, there has also been a growing interest in mindfulness. Research is linking a regular and sustained mindfulness practice with a decrease in the incidence of depression, anxiety and stress, an improved ability to regulate our emotions, and an increase in focus and attention.

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Our new workshops combine mindfulness meditation methods in movement through running. This enables the act of running to become a medium through which mindfulness can be practised and established.

We believe the integration of mind-body awareness can improve mental health and our running simultaneously for greater all-round wellbeing. These benefits can then be brought back into our everyday life.

Our next events

Mindfulness for Runners: four-week course
Saturday 30th June/7th/14th/21st July 2018
Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent

Mindfulness for Runners: introductory course
Sunday 2nd September 2018
Fort Amherst, Chatham, Kent

Mindfulness for Runners: introductory course
Sunday 30th September 2018
Victoria Park, London E9

Mindfulness for Runners: introductory course
Saturday 20th October 2018
Victoria Park, London E9