Mindful Bread

There is something very satisfying about bread baking; about kneading and shaping dough and creating something from scratch that you can share with others. It gives you a sense of achievement and relaxation.

The workshop is led by Ian Waterland, who worked in health and social care for 28 years, primarily supporting people with mental ill health. In 2013, Ian re-trained to become an artisan baker at The School of Artisan Food and now runs Knead Good Bread Artisan Bakery, a successful micro-bakery in Leicestershire. He also runs short courses at his bakery and teaches people with mental health problems and learning disabilities the joys of making bread.

Ian teaches the theory and practice of mindfulness, combined with the knowledge and practical skills to make your own mindful bread.

Mindfulness topics covered will include:

  • The history of mindfulness and its origins in Buddhism
  • Mindful breathing
  • Senses and mindfulness
  • Mindfulness in practice
  • Benefits of mindfulness

Bread baking topics include:

  • Flour varieties
  • The no-knead method
  • Shaping and baking tips
  • How to be a mindful bread baker

No prior experience of either mindfulness or baking bread is necessary; just enthusiasm and a willingness to work alongside other food lovers to make real bread.

The School of Artisan Food is nestled in the heart of Sherwood Forest on the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire, just a few minutes from the A1 and M1.

The School of Artisan Food makes a conscious effort to reduce waste and packaging. Students are encouraged to bring their own containers to transport their food home.

Refreshments will be available on arrival and throughout the session as well as a seasonal buffet lunch, served at the end of the workshop. All ingredients, equipment and recipes will be provided.

What is the difference between our Mindful Bread and Therapeutic Baking courses?

Mindful Bread explores mindfulness and gives students the opportunity to practice some mindfulness techniques. In contrast Therapeutic Baking puts mindfulness into a much wider framework of strategies for positive mental health, exploring how baking can be therapeutic within this context.

  • Duration

    Half Day

  • Time

    10:00 - 14:00

  • Tutor

    Ian Waterland

Mindful Bread

06 Aug 2022 (Half Day)