Iconic Heart Bus to bring mobile wellbeing to Emmaus Cambridge
It’s going to be a busy week for Emmaus Cambridge which awaits a visit from the Heart Bus on Thursday (August 26) and celebrates its 30th anniversary with an open day for the whole family on Saturday (August 28).
The Heart Bus is being driven around the country as part of the National Heart Movement Tour, supporting the nation’s post-pandemic recovery from residual mental health issues experienced during the pandemic.
The iconic American vehicle will provide an open-access, free-to-visit community space and mobile workshop at the Landbeach charity, creating a safe space for those who have been impacted by the pandemic. “Every person who visits the bus will have the opportunity to walk away with practical wellbeing tools that will underpin the rest of their lives,” say the organisers.
The tour enables people to connect with others, experience the benefits of mindfulness and listening spaces, and learn about the ‘technology of heart intelligence’. Launched in 2019, the Heart Movement is dedicated to creating balance, connection and emotional resilience for all who wish to take part. This non-profit organisation is on a mission to support millions of people across the UK in finding new, proven ways to improve their health, wellbeing and fulfilment.
Ri Ferrier, managing director of organisers Heart Based Living Initiative, said: “We are so excited to bring our Heart Bus to Cambridge. We want to respond to the isolation and suffering that people have experienced as a result of the pandemic. We know that heart-based mindfulness practices can help, but they’re not available for everyone. And we want to change that.
“The Heart Movement has a radical vision to bring free wellbeing resources to people from all walks of life. We especially want to visit communities that have been impacted by Covid-19 and invite people to join us for a cup of tea, connection and a safe space for listening and kindness.”
Heart Bus visitors will have the opportunity to attend short workshops and taster sessions with experienced mindfulness facilitators. Sessions to choose from include the science of mindfulness, listening spaces and an introduction to heart intelligence technology using biofeedback. People can learn about breathing techniques to help calm the nervous system, and ways to cultivate happiness.
One Heart Bus visitor said: “Today the big yellow bus with the compassionate staff filled a void in my life – honestly!”
“We will be open to the public from 10.30am to 4pm on the Thursday,” addsRi. “Our team is Leah, the bus captain, Annabelle and Flo.”
A spokesperson for Emmaus Cambridge said: “As a community, we understand the importance of mindfulness and personal wellbeing. The Heart Movement brings a space for wellbeing, listening and human connection, which is exactly what our community tries to give each individual that calls our community, home.
“We believe the movement’s ethos resonates a lot with ours, which is why we are very excited to welcome the Heart Bus into our community.”
Full Heart Bus details here.