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SongPath UK

Walk the SongPath for Mental Health

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]SongPath is a mental health initiative designed to provide participants with nourishing ways of connecting through walking, talking & music-making on therapeutically curated walking trails in the beautiful landscapes of South Cumbria & beyond. We raise funds for & work with service users at our two local branches of the mental health charity Mind: [url=http://www.mindinfurness.org/]Mind in Furness[/url] & [url=http://www.ulverstonmind.org.uk/]Ulverston Mind[/url]. [/p][p][b]Through SongPath 2019 we raised an amazing total of £5796.75. We'd love to match or exceed that this year. [/b][/p][p]All mental health conditions are characterised by disconnection: from ourselves, our families, our friends & the world around us. At SongPath, we think the road to disconnection is a bit too well travelled. [/p][p] The brain is an inherently connective structure: a rich, intricate web of interrelations and associations. SongPath reflects, harnesses & cultivates this beautiful, powerful & exponential connectivity. By stepping onto the SongPath, we can learn to see things differently: not through a lens of fear, but with a kind, imaginative curiosity, and with hope. [/p][p]The wandering of the legs gives rise to the wandering of the mind, through the doorway of our immediate surroundings, across centuries, continents, modes of thought, fact, fiction, emotions, memories, and back again. In an industrial and digital age of bodily disconnection, music & walking also restore our attunement to natural bodily rhythms. Good mental health is to be found in connections & SongPath has them in spades.[/p][p]SONGPATH 2020: THE OLD FURNESS WAY [/p][p]Sunday 23rd August 2020 10am-5pm [/p][p]?It is with mixed feelings that we announce our plans for this year’s SongPath. We will continue to prepare as if the event will take place on 23rd August, but of course prioritise the mental & physical wellbeing of all participants & will continue to follow the government’s guidelines in our decision whether or not to go ahead. In the meantime, we invite you to explore & share your thoughts on what Furness means to you & how you find connection in your everyday lives, particularly at this difficult time. [/p][p]IF THE EVENT DOES NOT TAKE PLACE PHYSICALLY, WE WILL HOLD A VIRTUAL SONGPATH ON 23RD AUGUST 2020. In the meantime, we will provide online mental health support. Please see our website & social media pages for more details. [/p][p]?Furness Abbey - Abbotswood - Dalton Parish Church [/p][p]?SongPath 2020 takes part of the Cistercian Way as its inspiration to explore the routes and roots of Old Furness. [/p][p]?The event will be free for all but pre-registration online will be essential as numbers will be limited. Pre-registration will be via Eventbrite from 1st July. [/p][p]?We continue to invite donations to Mind in Furness & Ulverston Mind. [/p][p]?We begin at Furness Abbey, thinking about the power of place, the natural symbolism of valleys, how the medieval Cistercians approached mental health & how heritage can heal us.[/p][p] There will be a professional choir bringing the abbey back to life with period Cistercian music & Hildegard von Bingen chant, a medieval trumpeter & other instrumentalists, as well as folk musicians, mental health speakers, a current-day Cistercian, an expert on the natural inspirations of medieval abbey architecture and an artist specialising in illuminated manuscripts.[/p][p] We’ll also think about the personal histories associated with the abbey, its continuing role as an emotional & spiritual touchstone for the local community & in so doing we’ll produce with songwriter Mary Dunsford - Musician a new Furness Abbey Songbook based on memories collected by Furness Abbey Fellowship member, Gary Cunliffe.[/p][p] The core group of Martin Roscoe pianist & Rufus Harrington cognitive behavioural psychotherapist remains the same throughout the day. The SongPath piano will return in its diminutive glory. Community groups, choirs & the Mind choir will again be involved as we make our way back into the deep time of our local sandstone geology, and ‘step into the story’ of Old Furness, as Barrow’s Beautiful Places founder Helen Wall will tell us about the local icon & weather forecaster, Black Combe & we’ll have some singalong walking songs for all to enjoy. [/p][p]?At St Mary's Church, Dalton-in-Furness, their Reverend Ruth Crossley will speak about her approach to mental health & the power of doing things together, and we’ll be led in meditation by one of the practitioners of the church’s Christian meditation group. A more conventional concert with the theme of ‘Music as Medicine’ will end the day, with a significant contribution from Martin Roscoe, Jess & the SongPath choir, as well as other local musicians & community choirs. The day will culminate in the communal singing of the SongPath anthem. [/p][p]?As with our 2019 event, stewarding and refreshments will be provided by Rotary & Inner Wheel respectively.[/p][p]?Please give generously. [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

23 Aug 2020


Jul 5, 2020

Fiona Dobie

Go Jess. So glad you have found a way to do this! 💕

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 14, 2020

Jeff Dandy

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid