WELCOME TO BLOOM
BLOOM – THE HEALTH SPA FOR THE MIND
The core mission of the social enterprise, and the design of the building itself will provide an oasis of calm that invites you in to relax, take care of yourself and re-energise.
The social enterprise will provide positive benefits for the mental health, physical health, and social care of the local community, and will add to the local economy by creating jobs, trade, and business opportunities.
The building and gardens will be designed to nourish sustainability to the environment for generations to come.
BLOOM will be a place for families and friends of all ages to re-connect with nature, find therapies to boost their well-being, ignite their passions in life, and be a place to develop skills in resilience, positive thinking, and self-care.
When I pitched my social enterprise idea for ‘BLOOM’ to Richard Branson and Virgin Media in May 2016, my Health Spa for the Mind concept was welcomed by so many!
203 people gave it their vote to win the #Voom2016 competition!
My video was shared on Facebook 196 times!
11 people donated their hard-earned cash!
Tons of people tweeted about it!
The Bloom project has received offers of advice, time, and energy from people all around the globe, including coaches, therapists, wellness consultants, financial advisers, marketing/PR gurus, doctors, architects, mental health charities, and Directors in the NHS. Many people stepped forward to talk about their own mental health and encouraged Bloom as something they wanted to see in their world.
Check out the brilliant article by Ed Jackson, about Bloom as a New Hope for Mental Health HERE!
This is not nothing. This is something. This is a mission that has already started to gather momentum, and can only go forward.
I am hugely grateful to everyone who has connected with me, and the Bloom project so far!
Watch the latest video log from Bloom and hear about where it all began…..
THE BLOOM MODEL FOR WELL-BEING
Learning simple ways to nourish the 5 vital aspects of our life:
BODY – MIND – CONNECTION – PASSION – COMMUNITY
is the foundation for positive mental health and well-being.
See my video pitch for the competition #VOOM 2016 HERE
My ambition for the BLOOM Health Spa for the Mind is to build a Well-being Eco-Centre comprised of 6 BLOOM Pod structures – the Coaching and Well-being Pod, the Bloom Cafe Pod, the Library & E-Learning Pod, the Recreation & Family Pod, the Hydro-Therapy Spa Pod and the Entrance Pod.
The main structure and outdoor areas of Bloom will be enclosed within Eco-Therapy Gardens – community allotment spaces that everyone can enjoy. Bloom will add to the bio-diversity and sustainability in the area by attracting natural habitats of birds, bee populations, and wildlife, as we develop the gardens, orchards, and growing areas.
The secret garden path will lead from the Recreation and Family Pod to the Courtyard Garden, Bloom Tea Room, and the outdoor play areas and sports pavilion.
It will be the perfect place to chill out with your family, make new friends, and get to know the Bloom Team, and our great volunteers.
There will be several event spaces around Bloom, as well as meeting rooms, and conference areas, and an Amphitheatre within the grounds! These spaces can be hired out, and fully catered, to host workshops, meetings, evenings of culture and music, inspiring talks, and much more.
Bloom will be growing its own vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices, to supply the Café Pod, by end of Year 1, and in time will create its own line of preserves, chutneys, pickles and juices. All other food and drinks for the Bloom Café Pod and the Bloom Tea Room will be freshly prepared on site, sourced from local farmers and suppliers, minimising the ‘food miles’ carbon footprint.
Bloom is going to be constructed and organised in harmony with nature, using sustainable materials and building methods. Future-proofing solutions across the site will capture energy from the sun, including solar energy roof panels, and a ‘walipini’, an underground greenhouse which uses simple plastic sheeting to harness the sun’s power, instead of glass.
SOON WE WILL BE ASKING YOU TO JOIN IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE BLOOM ECO-THERAPY GARDENS!
We will be asking volunteers to join in the mission of planting, watering, nurturing, and preparing all of the growing areas, and for lots of people to contribute their own plants and seeds to the mix! In helping us to build a solid foundation for the Bloom gardens in this way, volunteers will not only find new ways to bloom in themselves, they will make a significant contribution to a sustainability project.
Novice gardeners and expert gardeners welcome!
If you like what you see here, and want to support a revolution in mental health, please consider a one-time donation, or a regular donation as a patron or sponsor, and help us to build BLOOM – The Health Spa for the Mind.
Thank you for your support, Sasha 🙂