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Learning for Wellbeing

Take time for you in 2020. Experience the joys of lifelong learning and nourish body and mind at Marlborough College Summer School.

2019 has been and gone and the possibilities of a fresh year and the dawn of a new decade are now upon us. At this time of the year it is easy to be swept up in the 'new year, new you' trend, which sees a surge of people subscribing to the latest health and fitness fads and making unrealistic, self-critical resolutions that often leave you feeling more disheartened than enriched.

This year, resist the urge to strive for an entirely 'new you'. Instead, turn to Summer School for inspiration and focus on some kinder, more positive ways to nourish your mind and body in 2020 and beyond. After all, learning new skills is one of the 5 steps to mental wellbeing recommended by the NHS. The sense of achievement from learning something new is a great boost to your self-esteem and can help you feel able to get the most out of life.

In addition to taking home a new skill or two, another advantage of lifelong learning courses, especially at Marlborough, is they provide an excellent opportunity to connect with other people - something experts cite is also essential to wellbeing. Whether it is sharing an interest with the members of your course or a conversation struck-up over a cup of tea, the dinner table or at Quiz Night, there are plenty of opportunities to meet and enjoy time with new people. In fact, many of our students return to Marlborough College year after year to renew friendships and enjoy the company of like-minded people.


Top Mood Boosting Courses for 2020

Doing something creative such as painting and drawing, sewing, playing a musical instrument or cooking can be a great way to alleviate stress.

Try this… Course 61. Mosaic Wildlife: Feathers or Fur

Immerse yourself in creating your favourite wild creature in mosaic. Your course tutor will guide you step-by-step through the process of design, colour, cut, shape, place, fix and grout.


Take time to check in with your thoughts and feelings. Writing down your experiences or practising yoga, qigong or mindfulness can all help.

Try this… Course 303. The Importance of Self-Care

During this course, you will explore how to combine gentle yoga, mindfulness and meditation, breathing practice, use of essential oils and self-massage to nurture mind, body and soul. 


Exercise has proven to have a positive impact on the body and mind. Whether you walk, cycle, run, swim or dance, it is a great way to deal with negative thoughts and feelings.

Try this… Course 242. Samba Dance

Unleash your inner samba dancer and wear a smile throughout this course. With uplifting and energetic music, you will lose yourself in the rhythms of Latin America and boost your fitness.


Fresh air and nature is an excellent antidote to the stresses of modern life. Many people find that outdoor activities such as gardening, walking and wildlife watching uplift the spirits.

Try this… Course 330. Walking for Wellbeing

Each day as you walk you will take time to notice and appreciate your surroundings. You will also learn exercises that help with flexibility, balance, strength, general fitness and joint mobility.


Contrary to what you might expect, many people find the act of cleaning therapeutic. Having a tidy, well-organised home can also improve relaxation, focus, sleep and productivity.

Try this… Course 361. Declutter for Good with the KonMari Method™

Learn about the links between clutter and wellbeing and discover how simplifying and reorganising your possessions can have life-changing ramifications.


Giving your time to help others can improve your own sense of wellbeing and happiness.

Try this… Course 362. Counselling Skills: An Introduction to Helping Yourself and Others

In just five mornings, learn how to provide the time and space to explore and understand problems, and work to resolve or come to terms with the difficulties life is posing.


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