In this informative blog, our Wellbeing Practitioner, Sam Havis, shares some information on Self-Esteem... What is self-esteem?The term ‘self-esteem’ is often confused and used to refer to three separate but connected aspects of what makes up our perception of ourselves: Self-Worth - Temporary state of feeling good or bad about ourselves. How we feel when… Continue reading Self-Esteem


You asked for it – warmer weather Sketch Walk!

Following the success of “Night Vision” back in February, we are delighted to share that we’ll be co-hosting another sketch walk later this month with colleagues at Leeds Church Institute and Sketch Club Social. The walk will begin outside our office on 43 The Calls (LS2 7EY) at 5.30pm on Thursday 25 May, with Yusef… Continue reading You asked for it – warmer weather Sketch Walk!


Creating space to explore grief

We are really pleased to be hosting a space as part of "Dying Matters Week", organised by Full Circle Funerals. We will be creating an interactive retreat space at Headingley Methodist Church (LS6 3HZ) on Thursday 11 May from 3pm - 6pm, where you can work your way through a series of five stations exploring… Continue reading Creating space to explore grief

Encounter, Leeds Sanctuary

About Me: Kate

"Hi, I’m Kate Spooner and I am delighted to be facilitating Monday Mindfulness for Leeds Sanctuary.  I qualified as a Mindfulness teacher several years ago and have enjoyed the opportunity since then to teach MBCT Mindfulness courses both in the NHS and in the recovery college, and drop-in sessions for NHS staff. I find it helps to… Continue reading About Me: Kate

Encounter, Leeds Sanctuary

The Leeds Sanctuary Podcast: Encounter and The Great Outdoors

In this episode of our podcast, David talks to Ross Maloney, CEO of Ramblers, about Encounter and The Great Outdoors. They discuss the different encounters which can be found through being outside, how spirituality can be practiced and nurtured outside, and how valuable time outdoors is for breaking up the work day. Thanks so much… Continue reading The Leeds Sanctuary Podcast: Encounter and The Great Outdoors


Creation Meditation

This month's meditation is based on our July 2022 theme of "Creation". Our aim is to give you the opportunity to ponder your connection to the natural world. Can you relate to the idea of nature giving a sense of connection and refreshment? https://soundcloud.com/leedssanctuary/creation Image by James Genchi on Unsplash. Music is Relaxing Piano Music… Continue reading Creation Meditation


Identity Meditation

This month's Leeds Sanctuary podcast meditation was written on our theme of "Identity". Take 12 minutes to pause and ask how you define yourself, and how you feel about the labels you give yourself. https://soundcloud.com/leedssanctuary/identity?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing If listening to this podcast raises something that you'd like to talk through with someone, below is some information about… Continue reading Identity Meditation

Flourishing, Leeds Sanctuary

Everyday Sacrament: Book Launch Podcast

We are so delighted to be able to share with you some of the more formal aspects of our book launch a couple of weeks ago, in podcast form! https://soundcloud.com/leedssanctuary/everyday-sacrament-launch This recording includes an interview with Shaeron Caton Rose, the author and curator of the images, about the process of writing the book; and some… Continue reading Everyday Sacrament: Book Launch Podcast


A sensory meditation for weariness

Many of us find it easier to process our thoughts if our hands are occupied; if we have something physical to ground us and focus us in the moment we're in, keeping us on task. Our theme at Leeds Sanctuary this month is "Weariness", but naming what we're struggling with internally can be very difficult;… Continue reading A sensory meditation for weariness