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 is enabling us to offer the foundation training to 24 more Queens Nurses. This began in November 2021 and will be 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 on any of our events, please get in touch using our Scotland Contact Form below.
Towards Health and Well Being Sessions
(using Capacitar practices)
These 'face to face' sessions are now being offered across Scotland:
Fran Marquis and Linda Nicolson (Arbroath)
Thursdays at 10.30 am - one hour
Wellness Class with Capacitar Practices at the Old and Abbey Church Hall
for more information please email Fran
Shona Grimmond (Forfar)
Mondays at 10 am
Wellness Class with Capacitar Practices 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
Alison Bunce (Gigha) - one hour session
Every 2nd Saturday morning at 10 am
Gigha Village Hall
for more information email Alison Bunce
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 a Tai Chi sequence, followed by one of the 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