• FGF 2019

      Feel Good Festival

      28 January - 8 February 2019

  • Feel Good Festival 

    Try something different to help you feel good in February!

    We believe wellbeing is fundamental to a positive staff experience; the Feel Good Festival provides an ideal opportunity for you to take stock of your overall wellbeing and try something new.

    Every year teams dedicated to support your wellbeing come together to bring you two weeks of great initiatives to help you feel good in February and beyond. Feel Good Festival 2019 was brought to you by colleagues from Brookes Active, Communications, Occupational Health, OCSLD, Human Resources and Staff Experience.               

    The underlying themes of the Festival, which research has shown to make a major contribution to how we feel, are the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’:

    Wellbeing is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.

    Zeno of Citium
    1. Be active and care for your body
    2. Connect with the people around you
    3. Keep learning
    4. Give to others
    5. Take notice

    By making small lifestyle changes to fit in exercise, eat healthily and take time to relax, we can give more energy to these five behaviours that help us to feel good, appreciate those around us and get the most from life at home and at work.

    Explore the Festival Programme from 2019

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    Open Lecture: Happiness is Just a Goal Away

    20 March 2019
    6.00 - 7.00PM
    JHBB Lecture Theatre Dr. Christian Ehrlich talks about how it’s not what you do, it’s why you do it that makes you happy. This lecture is in celebration of International Day of Happiness.
    OBU Documentary Club: Walk With Me (2017) 7 February 2019
    6.00 - 7.00PM
    JHBB Lecture Theatre 'Walk With Me' is meditative film about a community of Zen Buddhist monks and nuns who have dedicated their lives to mastering the art of mindfulness with their world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmmakers: Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh, 94 Mins.
    Occupational Health and OCSLD have teamed up to bring you a variety of activities.
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    African Drumming  

    Headington Hill

    We will introduce one of Africa's most popular drums, the Djembe from West Africa. Experience the joy and power of this ancient art form and discover the drummer within!

    3 Tips for staying well at work  


    Marston Road


    Harcourt Hill

    Stretch, enjoy sweet smells and relax!

    Learn these three techniques: Desk yoga, essential oils for reducing stress; Body scan.

    Tai Chi  


    Open your breath, gently strengthen your core, experience inner calm.

    The Keys to Resilience  

    Headington Hill

    The following workshop will cover, emotional health and wellbeing and Learning the Keys of Resilience, the knowledge, behaviours, and skills that can enhance resilience. You will identify practical steps they can take to build resilience and build a personalised action plan.

    Dragon Slaying Stories



    Discover how the stories we tell ourselves shape our brains and how to create your own dragon slaying stories - stories that will boost your energy and confidence at work.

    Tech in Mental Health


    Headington Hill

    Harcourt Hill

    Meet the AI friends that are reshaping our mental health and wellbeing. Is it only humans that can help humans?

    You can now watch the seminar here.

    Working with Emotions  

    Harcourt Hill

    This workshop looks at ways to use our emotions to help us enhance our sense of well-being. You will explore the purpose of emotions, how to use our awareness of feelings to enhance our understanding and ways to express feelings safely and constructively.

    Meet the Brookes Coaching Pool  

    Headington Hill

    If you are interested in coaching or have been thinking you might benefit from coaching come along to meet the Brookes coaching pool.

    They will be on hand to share their own experiences of coaching and why they believe it is such a helpful intervention for so many people.

    Staff can access Brookes Sport classes through a membership or on a pay as you go basis for the same great rate as students.

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    Lunchtime Jive   Headington Sports Centre Studio

    Learn some Strictly skills with this fun lunchtime jive session ideal for beginners or those with experience.

    Step and Vibe Bollywood Dance Session   Headington Sports Centre Studio

    Come along and have some fun learning a basic Bollywood dance routine. No natural rhythm or dancing experience required, just enthusiasm and energy.

    Staff Swim  

    Harcourt Hill

    For a limited time, staff can enjoy free swimming without a membership.

    Staff Yoga

    Mondays and Wednesdays

    12:00 - 13:00

    The Garden Room, Buckley, Headington

    Stretch and Relax to energise your day. £4.80 PAYG or included in Fitness and All Inclusive memberships.

    Evening Ballroom and Latin Dancing


    20:00 - 21:00


    Develop your Strictly skills! £4.80 PAYG or included in Fitness and All Inclusive memberships.

    These free 20 minute private consultations offer an opportunity to asses how the choices you make with your lifestyle affect your health and body composition. Using state of the art equipment we will provide you with a full body composition analysis, blood pressure, functional movement test and a lifestyle review, with practical advice on how to improve your health.

    These checks are not designed to replace a consultation with a doctor or other health professional. The results may highlight areas you wish to focus on or seek further guidance.

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    Couch to 5k

    7 February - 25 April 2019

    Every Thursday

    13:00 - 14:00

    Headington - meet at Headington Sports Centre

    Led by a qualified run leader, this 12 week course will take you from absolute beginner to being able to run 5km, with a target of taking part in the Harcourt Hill parkrun on Saturday 28 April. The course will start at a very low level with plenty of walking, building gradually each week so that you run for longer periods of time. The course is completely free and the leader is a volunteer member of staff.

    For more information and booking

    Mental Health Awareness Course

    4 February 2019

    27 March 2019


    Calling mental health champions - develop a good understanding of common mental health problems and how to help.

    Mental Health First Aid course

    31 January 2019

    1 February 2019


    Mental health first aid - learn how to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

    Express interest in this course here.

    6 Weeks of Mindfulness Various See booking page

    Untangle the mind with kindness. Over the 6 weeks you will develop the tools to understand how to apply mindfulness to your every-day life.

    Book your space here

    DSE Assessors training  

    Headington Hill

    Build your confidence as a DSE assessors and practice the skills needed to undertake DSE assessments in the workplace.

    The Chaplaincy team organises regular events throughout the academic year. Events are open to everyone - both students and staff, and for people of any faith or no faith. View the full timetable here

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    International English Club



    Garden Room (BCK.G.20) Games and activities designed to help you practise English and have a bit of fun. All welcome.
    Meditation for Relaxation



    Garden Room (BCK.G.20) A non-denominational directed breathing meditation for relaxation.
    Crafternoon Tea


    13:00 - 15:00

    Garden Room (BCK.G.20) Drop in for craft and a chat. Bring your own project, learn a new skill, or just come for a cuppa and a chat. All welcome.
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