In books of old, ‘the well’ is often at the heart of things. It was literally and symbolically the centre of the community, representing everything that the people needed to endure and thrive. The people gathered, they got what they needed, they went out refreshed.
‘The Well’ is our holistic and practical response to covid-19. We’re using all our resources to serve our community on and around campus in these tough times.
Match up the recipe numbers to the cookery-classes and follow along as our team cooks each meal with you. Each dish is quick but tasty, using a few simple and affordable ingredients to create a heart-and-soul-warming dinner for one.
You can find our cooking class videos here.
We provide three different Well Packs, allowing us to respond to the unique needs to each person who refers to The Well:
Well Pack A offers seven dinner-kits a week, with fresh and dry ingredients, recipe cards and online cookery step-by-step classes for each meal – everything made easy so that eating well becomes a simple pleasure.
Well Pack B provides seven pre-cooked, chilled and ready-to-heat meals for those within our community who aren’t able to cook for whatever reason. Prepared and cooked in Milk & Honey, then packaged-up and delivered with love.
Well Pack C is aimed more towards TLC for the soul. If food needs are not at the top of the agenda, we’ll provide inner-glow bakes, cakes and sweet treats, link you in with our nurturing Wholeness programme, and we’re always up for a socially-distanced chat for a bit of human contact too!
Our cookery classes with The Well team are available whether you receive a Well Pack or just fancy following a super-simple, tasty and affordable meal. Cooked in Milk & Honey café, join the team as we cook a variety of plant-based and wallet-friendly easy and delicious
On the wall in Milk & Honey, we have a mural, drawn by a friend of ours when we opened three years ago. “We believe in the abundant good in our fine city of Manchester”, it begins…. Lockdown has shown us just how fragile much of life is – including our food supply. At Milk & Honey we work with local suppliers, and also with growers to use up surplus harvests to minimise food waste.
The Well Project has been able to take things further, drawing on the desire of so many to work together to tackle the problems caused by COVID-19. We’re working with smaller partners organisations who share our vision – some are donating freshly baked loaves each week, whilst others who work across the country to redistribute surplus food from the food industry. From Foodbanks to farmers, urban growers to local family wholesalers… we’re grateful for all the support. You’re helping us make The Well happen.
Get in touch for more information or to work with us:
The Wholeness Programme at St Peter’s House is based in our beautiful, onsite Wholeness Studio. Working with friends and trusted colleagues, we deliver a programme that is unique and nurturing, focussed on restoring and honouring wholeness in the full human experience.
Whilst our Studio is closed, our programme is fully digital and available to all our online visitors! We invite you to explore this free resource of Studio Sessions, podcasts, classes, blogs and meditations, and hope that you will find your time with us gentle, inspiring and restorative.
When lockdown happened, life went digital – including our Wholeness Programme. During this time we have recorded and curated an online library of Studio Sessions – all freely available to all our online visitors, and offered as an integral part of The Well.
Our diverse sessions are unique and nurturing, focussed on restoring and honouring wholeness in the full human experience. The full range of our Wholeness Studio Sessions are accessible to all, and encompass embodied practices (such as yoga and pilates), meditations, explorations of faith, arts-based responses to the unique situation and more.
We look forward to the day we can deliver our classes and session face-to-face in the Wholeness Studio again, but in the meantime offer our online library of content alongside our Live programme.
Suitable for all. Enjoy, my friend.
Pretty much beginner, may as well have a go if you’re fit and well
A bit of a step on, but you may surprise yourself. Sit out anything you’re not sure
Do this if you know your way around a yoga mat.
You know you’ve got this.
Switch off from your screen and listen along to our short wonderings…
Event Running Order:
7pm: Introduction and short ’settling/grounding’ practice, led by Hannah.
Conversation around feelings and experiences of the past few weeks.
Reflection, using pencils and paper and guided by Selena. We will light an on-screen candle during this time in memory of Sarah Everard, and thinking of her family and friends at this time.
Mindfulness Meditation, led by Hannah, and followed by shared reflection time.
*Please bring your own pencils and paper to join in the reflection time*
Hannah Skinner is one of our Directors and leaders of the chaplaincy team here at St Peters House, and is experienced in leading people and groups through ‘hard conversations’ dealing with painful emotions and tough feelings. Selena Tai leads the Mandarin Community, drawing this International group into a safe and welcoming space, and is experienced in leading reflections and mediations using art and multi-cultural themes.
This event is designed for anyone who identifies as a woman to gather to share feelings and experiences – therefore, in this instance those identifying as male are not invited to attend. We may run a second event which is more focused on conversations between those identifying and men, women or non-binary – but this is not that event.
Feeling all stirred up? A million feelings swirling in your heart, head and tummy since the horrific murder of Sarah Everard and subsequent conversations around women’s safety and lived experience? We get it… Particularly in our ‘locked-down’ lives it can be hard to process, reflect and express all these hard feelings. Many people may have found conversations in the public realm this week hard, as they may have been triggering of past experiences or memories. Even if you have not been directly triggered, the tone and content of the week’s reporting has been heavy and upsetting.
We would like to invite you to an event on Tuesday 30th March, 7-8pm to gently explore feelings which may have arisen around these topics.
’Safe Spaces: Women’s Voices’ is a chance to gently be with your own emotions over the last few weeks. This is not a protest or activist event (though there are many other such vital events you may wish to join), and it is not a space where we can offer counselling or focused emotional support. Instead, using reflective practices and short periods of mindfulness meditation we will allow ourselves time to be with our feelings as they are. There’ll also be times to talk and share together.
Pilates is all about strength, balance and alignment, and – seriously – have we ever been in more need of being strong, well-balanced and getting things a little more lined up?! This session gives you the chance to do something for yourself – Stand taller! Stronger! Better equipped to face the challenges head-on – whilst connecting with your fellow human in an interactive, community class led by Rachel from our studio.
Monday at 1 PM
Start the day with gratitude and purpose without leaving your room. A 40 minute Hatha yoga session to set you ready for anything, followed by 20 minutes to connect and chat with your yogi class-mates – wherever they may be. Pop the kettle on, pour some cereal and prepare to mull over a different question together each week. Do it all in your pyjamas… this is the ’new normal’ after all…
Tuesday at 8:30 AM
Celebrating all things in Mandarin! This fun festive evening is the best to help you get away from the “isolation” with interesting topics and friendships to share! Join Mandarin Community with this one-hour social gathering to explore your online social life further.
Following our Facebook page to find out new topic for each session: https://www.facebook.
Fortnightly Tuesday at 7 PM, 9/23rd Feb, 9/23rd March
Wednesday at 1 PM
Interested in faith? Longing to get closer to the truth or engaging in the most intriguing debate for humankind at all times? Welcome to join Selena at Breakfast Bible Study every Thursday morning for a half-an-hour refreshing and recharging of your mind from the nourishing of the Bible scriptures!
Please feel free to contact Selena if you have any further inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursdays 9 AM
New Year, New You!! Come back on track and say goodbye to your Lockdown belly! Join our popular “Pilates in Mandarin” with Selena and our qualified Pilates instructor Iris. This one-hour session with pilates practice and social will refresh and lift up your body and mind.
Fortnightly Thursday at 7 PM, 4/18th Feb, 4/18th March, 1st April
Our accredited teacher Amy will guide you through some mindfulness practices, gently leading you to the still places beyond the hustle.
Fridays at 1 PM
Are you the brilliant person to join our team and help us communicate digitally to the student
community about all that is happening at St Peter’s House? We have many exciting plans to
and we need someone to help us get the message out there!