Join us in the serene surroundings of Hintlesham Golf Club to 'take a moment' and celebrate the NHS birthday, while taking part in workshops hosted by our Staff Wellbeing Team and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

This ESNEFT staff event, organised by Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, will present you with all the help and support on offer through our Staff Wellbeing Team, who provide mental health and wellbeing support to all members of the ESNEFT family. 

The Charity Team will also be on hand to talk to you about some exciting new projects and share updates on the brand-new Wellbeing Garden at Colchester Hospital, created in collaboration with the RHS.

Free canapés, cupcakes, cocktails and tea and coffee will be on offer to all guests, as well as the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the peaceful nature.

This event has been kindly funded by the Royal Horticultural Society and NHS Charities Together.

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Each wellbeing session is running at various times across the day.
Please note that sessions are limited so we ask that you book a maximum of 2 sessions per person. If you book more than 2 sessions, you will be contacted to arrange cancelling the extra sessions.
Sessions are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Wellbeing Walk

Nick is a wellbeing practitioner offering an invitation to become more connected with nature during a 1-hour workshop. Explore the grounds to engage with the natural world. 2pm and 5pm

Botanical Skincare

Drawing inspiration from the gardens, immerse yourself in a hands-on session exploring and blending key essential oils from plants associated with relaxation, stress relief, happiness, energy, clarity, calm and strength. 2pm and 5pm


2pm: Join Elle for an energising Mood Boosting Flow Pilates class, to strengthen and lengthen your body, whilst elevating both your physical and mental wellbeing. Finish the session with 10 minutes of guided mindfulness, designed to refresh and reinvigorate the mind.

5pm: Join Elle for an invigorating Stress Releasing Flow Pilates class, to remove any built up stagnant energy and elevate the mind through thoughtful and restorative movement. Finish the session with 10 minutes of guided mindfulness, designed to release stress and calm the mind.

Tai Chi

Rising Spring Tai Chi Class. Find new ways to relax, let go of stress and live more healthily. Tai Chi is an ancient system of movement that improves balance, flexibility and core strength. It is for everyone. 2pm and 5pm


2pm: Join Jannette for an energising Vinyasa Flow Yoga class, you will be guided through a series of fluid yoga poses, synchronized with the breath. You'll explore a variety of yoga poses designed to build strength, flexibility, and balance. The session will finish with a deep relaxation.

5pm: Join Jannette for a restorative Yoga focusing on passive, supported poses held for longer periods. Through the use of props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks, we create a cozy and comfortable environment that encourages profound relaxation and release.

Swing Clinic

The fundamentals of golf, grip, aim, posture, swing, with training/demonstrations with the club's PGA professional golfers. 2pm and 5pm

Hand Massage

This Massage is extremely beneficial and very relaxing. We utilise all the muscles in our forearms, wrists and hands daily, often without realising the tension that can be held there. It is also often a main trigger point from shoulder pain at the wrist. This 20 min Massage also incorporates elements of Hand Reflexology. 20 minute sessions will be running each half hour across the event.


This immensely relaxing and increasingly popular healing therapy allows our minds to become still. We are all energy and Reiki allows us to become balanced and harmonious with our peaceful higher selves, raising our emotional vibrational frequencies. This promotes better sleep, stops over thinking and much more. This 20 min Chakra Cleanse will concentrate on balancing your 7 main energy centres and with that comes inner calmness. 20 minute sessions will be running each half hour across the event.

RHS Communities Workshop – Grow to Eat Well

Simple growing recipes to grow plants that are good for your wellbeing. 2pm and 5pm

  • Sow a simple salad to grow on your windowsill for fresh nutritious leaves
  • Explore the smells and tastes of easy herbs to add to summer drinks and teas
  • Learn how to take cuttings to ensure a continuous supply of your favourite herbs

RHS Workshop (Macramé)

One of our most popular workshops last year is making a return! Make a Macramé plant holder from scratch for a fun, creative way to display potted plants. Using specialist knotting techniques, your plant holder will be completely unique and makes a perfect gift. You may even take the techniques you learn in the workshop and begin a new hobby. 3.30pm

Staff Wellbeing We are dedicated to supporting the long and short-term wellbeing of our staff. They are amazing, passionate people who want to ensure they can provide the very best levels of care at all times. To do this we need your help. We are encouraging our community to donate or fundraise so that we can continue to support the emotional, physical and financial wellbeing of our staff. Find out more