Events with Connecting Carers 2021 and 2022
Mindful Movement and Meditation with Meg's Mindful Movement
Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm
30th December 2021
6th January 2022
27th January 2022
24th February 2022
31st March 2022
28th April 2022
26th May 2022
This series offers the opportunity for very gentle mindful movements (can be performed seated) to have time just for you to bring awareness and support relaxation of mind and body. A great way to get some space for evening relaxation in the comfort of your own home. 

Book Club - via Zoom 
Join us here:
Monthly. Next meeting Wed 12th January 7pm to 8pm 

Book club members discuss and choose the monthly book selection. Loved it? Hated it? Didn't get round to finishing it? Come along and share your views on anything and everything about books. This month we are reading "The Other Half of Augusta Hope" by Joanna Glen. Fionna supports this friendly and inclusive group. 

Meg's  Mindful Movement - Mindfulness Mix up Sessions
A new series of online Mindfulness Mix up Sessions is planned for 7.30pm Mondays 17th January to 14th February and you can book your space for the whole series here, and we will then be in touch to get further details from you:

Sign up once for all of the sessions here:

 Want to try something new for New Year?

Or enjoyed Meg's classes before? 

Are you in need of a little bit of you time? 

Are you curious? 

Then these sessions are for you! – Please sign up for these relaxing taster sessions now. Use the link above to book for the whole series. The first three sessions are for one hour and the final two sessions are 30 minutes each. Each session in the series is different to give you a great experience of mindfulness and relaxation. 

Starting January 17th 2022 for 5 weeks - 3 x Mondays 7.30-8.30pm and 2 x Mondays 7.30-8pm:

Monday 17th January 2022 – 7.30-8.30pm: - Mindful Breath work/Movement/Relax:

Mindful breath work and a little bit of mindful movement – noticing your breathing and awareness of your body. Noticing the flow of your breath and how it can help relax the body and mind, slowing everything down. Movement comprises of gentle stretches working with your own ability/any injuries, learning to release any tension held in the body followed by relaxation. Softening and relaxing with every out breath.

Monday 24th January 2022 – 7.30-8.30pm: - Mindful breath work and chair yoga:

Working with the breath – as above – and a gentle introduction to chair yoga. Chair yoga is for beginners or for returners to yoga who now feel it is difficult getting down and up from the floor. Supported by your chair, building strength, a little bit of flexibility, helping with your balance, everything we need. Moving and lengthening the body in every direction – feel taller – feel lengthened – feel the breath deepening and lengthening, aiding relaxation. Short relaxation at the end of class.

Monday 31st January 2022 – 7.30-8.30pm: - Mindful breath work and relaxation:

This class focus is the breath, spending time focusing in on the texture and flow of the breath. (as above). Noticing the calming effect the breath has on body and mind. Followed by a long deep relaxation – 1 hour of total you time – what’s not to like?

Monday 7th February 2022 7.30-8pm:

Yoga Nidra – half an hour of pure bliss and relaxation – research shows that half an hour of yoga nidra is equivalent to 2 hours sleep – so if you are sleep deprived or feel in need of a good rest this is the session for you. This is one of my favourite ways to relax, dipping in energy levels, I lie down and experience yoga nidra, at the end of the session I feel refreshed and ready to tackle whatever lies ahead.

Monday 14th February 2022 7.30-8pm:

More Yoga Nidra – as above

Outdoor photography techniques event planned for Thursday 3rd February 1.30pm to 3pm. This is "face to face" and planned for the Caledonian Canal, Inverness, and the specific meeting location and details will be confirmed to people who sign up. 
Sign up here:

Wrap up warmly and bring your mobile phone with a camera, or whatever camera equipment you have or prefer to use. Eoghan will provide his expert guidance on getting the best pictures. 

Sign up to book your space and we will be in touch to get more details from you and to confirm the specific location and details for meeting up.

As this is an outdoor face to face activity arrangements may change according to weather and Covid-19 restrictions. 

Thank you to the Carers Trust Carer Respite Fund for support of this activity. 

If you are unsure if an activity is suitable for you please check with your GP or other healthcare practitioner. 

We welcome feedback on training events and further ideas for consideration.

Please get in touch if you need help to book on to an event or to get on to Zoom.

We do hope you will find something in the programme that will be of benefit to you. 

Contact us on the Carer Support Line: 01463 723560 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Or via

Further information for Carers 

The Pines 

This is information from The Pines for you to view if of interest. This is a film that explains how having a neurodevelopmentally different brain can impact behavior and social understanding:

These are the upcoming sessions at The Pines available to book:

Remember that you can contact either Thriving Families or the National Autism Society  Scotland  for specific advice.  These are the Pines support services:

Parkinson's UK Carers Group
Meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at 10am.  Group currently meets on Zoom.  For more information contact Cathy Orr on 0344 225 9831 or
Parkinson’s UK website –
Parkinson’s UK Helpline – 0808 800 0303

Connecting Carers support groups, including a general group for all Carers, one with a mental health focus, and "Weens to Teens" for Carers of under 18 year olds.  Contact us on the Carer Support Line: 01463 723560 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm to find out more and joining information for the relevant group or groups. 

If you are an unpaid Carer in Highland and have not yet contacted Connecting Carers you can get in touch:
to get involved with Training events and other relevant services. 
Or contact:  CARER SUPPORT LINE: 01463 723560 MON – FRI 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM