capacitar in scotland
equipping - connecting - supporting
Over the past 15 years, nearly 250 people across Scotland have done the training with founder Dr Pat Cane or local Trainers. We use this training regularly for our own personal well-being and spiritual nourishment. But in the spirit of 'healing ourselves - healing our world' many of us also offer well-being sessions or workshops in our local communities: in special schools for children with autism; with survivors of domestic abuse and rape; with refugees and people seeking asylum; with people living with mental health problems; in hospices and with people living with cancer and other life-threatening diseases; with midwives and pregnant mums; with carers; with adults with severe learning difficulties; in spiritual direction and on spiritual retreats; and in universities.
We send out a regular newsletter (sign up if you would like to receive it) which provides information of local sessions, taster days and training. Capacitar International has a dedicated YouTube Channel with Pat Cane (and others) demonstrating many of the practices.
QNIS and Capacitar have been nurturing an ever-strengthening relationship that, over the past 3 years, has seen 40 nurses involved in the THT Training. Among them have been Nurse Educators, Care Home Managers, Health Visitors, District Nurses, Prison Nurses, Community Mental Health Nurses, and Nurses who hold Executive positions in the community. We worked together to source funding for the nurses which included the Royal College of Nurses “COVID-19 Health Care Support Appeal” and the Scottish Government’s “Workforce Wellbeing Fund for Adult Social Work and Social Care”
In order to continue to support the nurses who have done the training, QNIS has developed a Community of Practice to help nurses keep connected and share experiences of using Capacitar practices, as well as providing a safe space for peer support.
QNIS has highlighted the need to engage with and raise awareness about the importance of Self Care and Wellbeing. They now have a section of their website dedicated to resourcing their membership in Wellbeing, including several videos of Queen’s Nurses demonstrating the Capacitar practices they have learned (see the images below).
But perhaps most importantly for Health and Social Care professionals in the UK is that Capacitar International and QNIS/Capacitar Scotland have been working together to provide a new Capacitar manual that will support this sector in the UK in a way that is accessible and sensitive to their specific needs. This will be another invaluable tool for promoting wellness in the Health and Social Care Sector in the same way that the other Capacitar manuals have provided support and empowerment for Refugees, Climate Activists, Children and Families, People living with Cancer and their Carers, etc.
In 2021, a Wellbeing Resource Booklet for Nurses and Midwives was put together and is downloadable here. Also during the lockdown for Covid-19 QNIS put together this most inspirational Leadership Dance, including Queens Nurses across the Lowlands, Highlands and Island of Scotland... you cannot help smiling at the highland cows joining in!
For more information, please get in touch using the Scotland Contact Form below.
Towards Health and Well Being Sessions
(using Capacitar practices)
These 'face to face' sessions are now being offered across Scotland:
June Underwood and Glen Cousquer (Edinburgh University)
Tuesdays at 1.10 pm - 40 minutes
Capacitar Tai Chi at the Chaplaincy Centre -
Edinburgh University -- or join on Zoom
Meeting ID: 837 5537 1490 Passcode: taichi2122
for more information please email June
Bield Capacitar Team The Bield - (Blackruthven)
Wednesdays at 1.30 pm - 30 minutes
Wellbeing Session with Capacitar Practices at The Bield, Blackruthven, Perth
for more information please email Marianne
Fran Marquis and Linda Nicolson (Arbroath)
Thursdays at 10.30 am - one hour
Wellness Class at the Old and Abbey Church Hall
for more information please email Fran
Shona Grimmond (Forfar)
Mondays at 10 am
Wellness Class at Kingsmuir Village Hall, Lownie Road, DD8 2RT
for more information please email Shona
Maggie Lunan (Banton) - one hour session
First Tuesday each month from 10 am - 11 am
Healthy Living Group
for more information please email Maggie
Helen Kinloch (Ashfield) - 30 min session
Each Sunday at 9.45 am
for more information please email Helen
Christopher Rowe (Milton) - 40 minute session (in person & on Zoom)
Wednesdays at 10 am
Tai Chi practices at Colston Milton Parish Church - Milton G22 7QP.
for more information and the ZOOM link, email Christopher
Claire Young (Connexions Fullarton, Irvine) - one hour session
Tuesdays at 11 am
This is a class of predominantly Capacitar practices, a bit of general physio-type stretch and strength and small amounts of info re the body mind connection.
for more information email Claire Young
Finn's Place (Glasgow) - 60 min sessions
Each Wednesday at 2.00 pm
Each Friday at 9.30 am
Each Friday at 11.00 am
for more information please email Jacqui at Finn's Place
Alison Bunce (Greenock) - one hour session
Every 2nd Friday evening at 6.30 pm
St John's Episcopal Church Hall, Greenock
Linda Nicol (Inverkeillor)
weekly Wellness Class with Capacitar Practices
for more information please email Linda
join a zoom session:
Weekly ZOOM with Jane Groombridge - one hour session
Monday (2 pm) for those who have completed the 4-module Training;
For Anyone: Tuesday (1 pm); Wednesday (8 pm); Saturday (9.30 am)
for more information and the ZOOM link, email Jane
Daily ZOOM with Nancy Adams - 30 minute session
Daily at 5.30 pm
A 'meditative movement' session to bring a gentle close to the day.
We do Tai Chi of the Elements, followed by one of the short Capacitar dances.
for more information and the ZOOM link, email Nancy Adams
Videos of Practices done by Capacitar Scotland members
click on the links below:
Queens Nursing Institute Scotland Wellbeing Practices with Claire Cable and Jenny Patterson
Mind and Body with Claire Young
Wellbeing with Rev Ali Newell at Edinburgh University
Mindful Tai Chi Meditations with Nancy Adams
An Opportunity to join a 5-Week Capacitar Tai Chi and other Wellness Practices Workshop at Edinburgh University
June Underwood is teaching a 5 Week Capacitar Tai Chi and Other Wellness Practices Workshop throughout the academic year. It is in person now at The University of Edinburgh, Sport & Exercise, but you don't need to be a member of the Sports Centre to attend.
Wednesdays 1200- 1300 - this is part of her Departments offering so they charge just £35 for 5 weeks. It is a good opportunity to introduce people to a variety of Capacitar practices.
This is the link to the website:-
For more information, contact June
Trauma Healing and Trauma-Informed Workplaces
We have practitioners across Scotland who work with some of the following: nurses and other people in the health sector; survivors of rape and domestic abuse; families; children; teachers; environmental activists; etc. If you are interested in finding out more about how we might be able to support you in your workplace, please fill in the form below.