Ways of Seeing: Mindfulness at RAMM
Take a moment to breathe, relax and enjoy the art and culture around you at RAMM with guided mindfulness sessions.
RAMM is excited to offer six sessions during October and November 2021 that invite you to explore artefacts in the museum collection using mindfulness. You will learn to look at objects in a way we don’t often do in our everyday lives. You’ll also explore how to cultivate awareness of your other senses and breathing. These sessions will be guided by experienced mindfulness teacher Jo Gosling.
In recent years mindfulness has grown in popularity as a valuable skill for self-care that can support our wellbeing. It helps us to connect with the present moment through our senses which, in turn, can deepen our appreciation of artefacts and works of art. If you’re curious, then learning the basics of mindfulness in the museum galleries is a wonderful first step towards bringing it into your everyday life.
Although your learning process will begin in the gallery, it does not end there; the practice of letting thoughts come and go while looking at an object, without getting caught up or carried away by them, can be transferred to real life situations to improve your mental health.
Each live session will be followed by a short 5 – 10 minute guided meditation film on one of the objects covered on the day, available for free on this webpage.
What to expect
Jo Gosling will start each session with a brief calming meditation and a short introduction to mindfulness.
Each week will focus on a different theme and take a close look at a few artefacts in the museum, contemplating them in different ways and cultivating an awareness of our experience as we look. There is no right or wrong to your experience!
We’ll spend some time in quiet reflection, either sitting or standing (whichever works best for you) and some time discussing our experience.
1. 10th October: Down to Earth – focus on the Geology gallery
2. 17th October: Sea & Sky – focus on the ‘In Fine Feather’ and ‘Sladen’s Study’ galleries
3. 7th November: Roman Exeter – focus on Roman artefacts in the Making History Gallery
4. 14th November: World Cultures – focus on the World Cultures gallery
5. 21st November: Echoes of Exeter – focus on the Making History gallery
6. 28th November: Wildlife Photography – focus on Wildlife Photographer of the Year temporary exhibition.
Sessions will take place on Sundays from 11am until 12.15pm in October and November 2021.
You can either book a one-off session, or a number of them. Sessions are free, but limited to 12 spaces so early booking is essential.
We ask all participants to arrive 5-10 minutes beforehand for a prompt start, and to avoid any interruptions.
Chairs and stools will be provided, but please feel free to bring a cushion or whatever would make your experience more comfortable.
Due to this being a pilot offer at RAMM, we are very keen to hear your feedback and suggestions. We will therefore be sending you a short survey to complete in your own time afterwards.
Who are the sessions for?
People over the age of 18 who have an interest in spending time in a calm space and would like to connect more closely with artefacts in our galleries.
Who will be leading the session?
Jo Gosling is a registered Mindfulness teacher. She has a longstanding mindfulness practice with extensive training at Bangor and Exeter Universities. She runs mindfulness retreats at Sharpham House, Devon, having previously worked for decades in the NHS. Teaching Mindful Self-Compassion led to a change of direction in life and she is now studying an MA in Fine Art at Plymouth College of Art.