capacitar in scotland
equipping - connecting - supporting
Over the past 13 years, nearly 200 people across Scotland have done the training with founder Dr Pat Cane. 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 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.
A current focus of the global work is supporting young climate activists, and a new manual is available: "Empowering Strength & Resilience: Capacitar Self-Care Practices to Accompany Youth & Other Climate Activists in Our Climate Emergency" by Pat Cane and Sharon Duggan. If you would like a copy, please fill out the Scotland Contact Form.
Capacitar Scotland has joined with the Queens Nurses Institute Scotland (QNIS) and COPE Scotland on a project funded by a grant from the COVID-19 Health Care Support Appeal. It has enabled us to offer the foundation training to 24 more Queens Nurses. This began in November 2021 and was completed in May 2022. A Wellbeing Resource Booklet has been put together and is downloadable here. 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!
"In my current post, as a teacher of autistic teenagers I have used Capacitar every week as part of the mental health and wellbeing curriculum. Simple holds (halo, head, shoulders and crown) and breath work have a very calming influence on the young people and staff."
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:
ZOOM with Sheila Mae Hamilton (Isle of Skye) - one hour session
Mondays 11.30 - 12.30 pm
for more information and the ZOOM link, please email Sheila
ZOOM with Jane Groombridge (Arbroath) - 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
ZOOM with Nancy Adams (West Lothian) - 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
ZOOM with Su van der Plas (Aberdeen)
Fridays at 6.30 pm
A wellbeing class via Cornhill Community Centre
for more information and the ZOOM link, email Su van der Plas
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
Equipping - Connecting - Supporting
This course is now closed to applicants, but there are 'Taster Sessions' being offered at the Bield in 2023 while we wait for another Training opportunity to arise. Visit the 'Training and Taster Page' or see the details below.
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.
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