Illness inspired workshop

Pictured is Penny McCarthy
Pictured is Penny McCarthy
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A Woodford Halse woman’s battle with a crippling condition has inspired her to launch a meditative techniques workshop in Daventry.

Penny McCarthy is running an introduction to Mindfulness at Warwick Court in Daventry on Saturday, November 30.

Mindfulness is based on non-religious meditation techniques blended with exercises and activities which draw on cutting-edge psychological understandings of stress.

The result is an approach which helps people work with their difficulties in a more constructive way and rediscover their enjoyment of the good things in life.

It is something which she discovered while trying to manage her own long-term health condition.

She said: “I have a condition which is similar to rheumatoid arthritis.

“I was initially under the impression that when I went to the doctors, this is something that would be cured and it would all be over.

“But the treatment did not help me manage the pain and it was still very difficult to get around and do things. I found it was getting me down.

“It was then that I discovered mindfulness and it has made an enormous difference to my life.”

From there,she went on to train as a mindfulness teacher at BangorUniversity and is now looking to pass the skills she has used to other people.

She has now set up Mindfulness in the Community, a new non-profit organisation, offering stress reduction courses .

Mrs McCarthy added: “Because mindfulness training teaches people ways of better dealing with our stress instead of focusing on particular problems, it can help people coping with a huge range of difficult circumstances.

“These include chronic pain and illness, caring, unemployment, or simply struggling to cope with the stresses and strains of family and work life and difficult economic times.

“Due to a lack of trained teachers access is still mainly limited to healthcare settings. So I set up Mindfulness in the Community to make it easier for people to benefit from what it has to offer.”

People must book the sessions in advance.

More information is available by visiting or by contacting her on 01327 264284 or email