PausePoints launched

The Gwylan team had a lovely day out, meeting the staff and children at Sea View Community Primary School.

Film made on our recent visit – Music from Verdisa

School for the community

We came away from the day feeling we had made new friends and were particularly impressed with the level of wellbeing across the school.  It was great to see children having such a varied and balanced education experience: we particularly enjoyed seeing the children playing around the blossom tree, touching and learning about nature and their own senses. The panoramic views of the beautiful Swansea coastline were also breathtaking and we were made to feel very much at home in this welcoming, friendly school.

 

Emotional and mental well being

During the fun day, we visited all the classes in the school, demonstrating how the children can experience 6-12 minutes of mindful movement, breath-breaks and relaxation in the classroom.  Yoga has been linked to the latest research in well being, with more and more evidence suggesting that breaks taken during the day, particularly with movement, has a long-term effect with regards to concentration, productivity and overall physical, emotional and mental well being.  To conclude our visit, we met with the teachers who then received the interactive resources and had their own session to relax at the end of their first day back after Easter holiday.

 

This calming resource, using the framework of yoga, will support further wellbeing in the school. Children  will take home these new and lifelong skills to parents and friends in the community.  This collaboration will unite, recharge and reconnect, using the NEF evidence-based ‘five ways to well being’ to promote and empower healthy communities.

 

The Gwylan team would like to thank Seaview Primary School, NUT Cymru, Prospect and PCS Cymru for making this truly worthwhile and exciting collaboration possible.

To explore how PausePoints can be easily incorporated into your well being agenda, click here to contact us today.

 

It’s our Birthday

Well where do we start?  It’s been an amazing year, casting back to the days we started – late nights and meeting in Coffee shops, developing this company and nurturing Gwylan.

Over the year we have delivered to many schools, colleges/universities across this fine land, met thousands of children, supported young people on the crossroads of life, been on the TV, received over 20 thousand views on social media, made several films, produced a massive sand art with local schools, attended a meeting with Cabinet Secretary, Kirsty Williams, at the Senedd, connected locally and nationally, delivered a Keynote speech, visited a straw bail house, laughed, cried, been happy and sad.  A year of living, a year of choice, determination, resilience and opportunity.

To put our company to the test, we will explore how we related to the five ways to well being, have we actually ticked the box to say we are officially a well being company – a picture is worth thousands words!

Connect

We believe in the power of communities, particular inter-generational connection.   Connection through self and other, we had a lot of fun, children designing their own sand art and taking part in a beach yoga session last summer for International Yoga Day.

Keep learning

We often talk about this in Gwylan, we have learnt it’s ok to have fun and laugh, we discover so much about this experience and something we feel is every persons’s birth-right to experience.

 

Be Active

Find what works for you, experience what makes you smile.  Outdoors or in doors – being active is what we do.  We had a laugh and fun with a set of bowls on the beach, the sun was shining, we could taste the sea air and we were connecting with self and others, exploring endless possibilities.

Take notice

This really touched our hearts, the Futureworks learners made a home-made tree for their classmate who was spending his first Christmas in his new flat.

Give

Resident star Kieran sang to Rachel, our host for the day. The group also gifted a hand made labyrinth.  Tears were shed on that thoughtful day.

We feel we have gone from strength to strength and hope these picture give an idea of the journey over the last year.  Apparently, the first year is the hardest but we can actually say we’ve loved every minute at Gwylan.

Thank you to our beautiful families and all the kind and beautiful people we have met over the last 12 months.  Special thanks to ModernDesign & Print, Siân Melangell Dafydd, James Snow, Joelle Brindley, Subdivision, Futureworks, Golden grove School, Seaview Primary School, Pendergast School, Ysgol Glan Cleddau, Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Ysgol y Preseli, Ysgol Maenofferen, Ysgol Parcyrhun, Tenby Primary School, Narberth School, Monkton Primary School, Business Wales, NUT Cymru, Prospect, PCS Cymru,  Small World Theatre, Yoga Satsanga, University of Wales, Canolfan Hermon, Canolfan Clydau, Narberth Natural Health Centre , Bridge Innovation Centre,  Quiet Earth Retreat, Sand Circles, BBC Radio Wales, Heno S4C, Tenby Observer, et al