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Wellbeing retreats promote mindfulness

Benjamin Land’s Wellbeing 1st mindfulness retreats feature in Moonglade, Alt.Cardiff’s new wellbeing magazine

Benjamin Land leads a group through a mindful eating exercise at Cardiff University’s student union

Yoga fanatic and entrepreneur Benjamin Land has launched Wellbeing 1st, a social enterprise that aims to help improve the wellbeing of young people in Cardiff and South Wales.

The enterprise has already hosted two retreats at Cardiff University, which feature yoga, meditation, vegetarian food and an assortment of other mindfulness activities.

The next retreat will take place on Sunday 28 January, while there will also be a residential retreat occurring towards the beginning of March, although the exact date for this is yet to be confirmed.

Previously a student at Cardiff University, Benjamin saw the struggle and stress that students go through during their degree and wanted to do something to help.

He said, “Wellbeing 1st is my dream of helping young people in Wales suffering with anxiety and depression and other mental health issues,” adding that “It’s going to be set up as a social enterprise. It’s for the benefit of everyone.”

Benjamin Land taking a meditative stance during a yoga session

Benjamin has high aspirations for the enterprise and hopes that in a year’s time it will be widely recognised, with funding from the Welsh Government and the Princes Trust.

An interview with Benjamin about the enterprise will be the featured article in the first issue of Moonglade, a new magazine that launches today in conjunction with AltCardiff.

Moonglade’s goal is “shining a light on calm,” which means that the magazine hopes to highlight calming activities and ideas in order to help people in Cardiff stay mindful and relieve stress.

The magazine contains various features that give advice and profile organisations that can offer help to anyone who might struggle to deal with stress and anxiety. Following feedback from a survey, Moonglade hopes to appeal to people that might not normally read mindfulness magazines.

The first issue is available online now on issuu.

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