We know that life can be busy, lonely and challenging. It makes such a difference when we have a safe place to explore our creativity, value and place in community. Breathing Spaces was started as part of an effort to offer community, creativity and Christian spirituality to people from different backgrounds in a variety of ways.
Below are examples of locally run Breathing Spaces.
Space For Life
Space for Life Poole is a creative drop-in community for local women which meets weekly in a local café. Part way through the morning we invite community notices followed by a brief bible-based ‘thought for the day’ and time of quiet and reflection accessible to all. It is a beautiful community of lovely people, hosted by a small team led by Emily Bradbury – get in touch if you want to find out more.
It has a great impact on those that have attended. One member said “it’s unique, I’ve never belonged to a group like it …it feels like an extension of a family”
Watch our new Space For Life Poole video to hear more about this community in our own words
Another strand to Breathing Spaces is a series of one-off Quiet Breathing Spaces. Each one is themed around a relevant topic, and use beauty, creativity or creation to help us find space to breathe and reflect on our inner lives. Quiet Breathing Spaces are aimed at those who just want some time out and may describe themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’. We use creation (the great outdoors) or creativity as inspiration and theme the spaces around topics such as identity, seasons, self-worth, gratitude, fullness of life etc.
Quiet Breathing Spaces draw on Christian spirituality, whilst making no assumptions and are designed to be accessible to all. One attendee has said, “thank you for making it possible in such a noisy, busy world to have time, space and comfort to think, create and connect”.
If people want to explore their own faith journey in a non-judgemental safe one-to-one setting, then Spiritual Accompaniment may be helpful. We have a number of local fully trained and DBS checked people who would love to journey with others as they explore faith. Click here to see more information
We are also working with other local Christians to develop Breathing Spaces in their own contexts.
If you are a Christian based in or around Poole and are interested in developing initiatives like this, we would love to hear from you. Click here for more information
Emily Bradbury – Breathing Spaces Co-ordinator