The Life of Breath: History, Texts, Contexts

10-12 July 2018, Durham Breathing is a basic physiological process, yet also has deep cultural, spiritual and personal meaning. However, although breath and breathing are such resonant and urgent subjects, they have never been the subject of systematic cultural or … Read more…

Breath in Choral Singing

Mon 29 Jan, Durham The fourth event of the Arts of Breath series will be practical lecture-workshop conducted by Julian Wright in the form of an open rehearsal with the Durham Singers to consider the place of breathing in choral singing. … Read more…

Visualising the Ephemeral: Breath in Visual Art

Wed 29 Nov, Durham In the second event of the Arts of Breath series, Jayne Wilton will be exploring breath in visual art. ‘Art changes human experience as it reorders our perceptions and engages our emotions’ (Gabrielle Starr, ‘Feeling Beauty: The … Read more…

Raptures of the Deep (Freediving Film Night)

Free diving

23 November 2017, Durham Free-divers can seem like super humans. They have extraordinary, seemingly implausible, control over their bodies, particularly their breathing, and offer a fascinating insight into the connection between mind and body. A series of short films featuring … Read more…

Singing for Lung Health group

Phoene Cave

Every Wednesday 11:00am, Bristol A free singing group, specifically to help your lung health and breathing, meeting every Wednesday from 1st November 2017.  After a successful six-week pilot, the Singing for Lung Health group set up by Life of Breath and the British Lung … Read more…

Celebrate Science

24-26 Oct 2017, Durham – 10am-4pm each day We’ll once again be hosting a stand at Celebrate Science, Durham University’s free family festival. Visit us in the marquee on Palace Green, the heart of Durham’s World Heritage Site, to explore some of … Read more…

Curious about breath at the Oxford Curiosity Carnival

Music therapist and writer Kate Binnie writes:  Friday 29th September saw Oxford’s City Centre transformed by the Curiosity Carnival. This University-organised event sought to bring together researchers across fields of study to share knowledge, answer questions, and interact in creative ways with … Read more…

Breath-Body-Mind Integration: For Breathlessness, Anxiety and Total Pain

6 Oct 2017, Oxford Our collaborator and blog contributor Kate Binnie will be running a workshop for healthcare professionals and therapists of all disciplines and in all settings who work with people experiencing hard-to-reach symptoms in supportive and palliative care. This course will cover Explain how working with the breath and body affects the emotions & down-regulates symptoms Show how BBMI can help with hard-to-reach symptoms in … Read more…

Poetry Reading

29th September 7-9pm, Bristol Join us in the upstairs room of the Lansdown pub in Clifton for a free evening of poetry reading, focused on the relationship between poetry and breath. Damian Walford Davies from Cardiff University, William Wootten from … Read more…

Curiosity Carnival

Curiosity Carnival

29 Sep 2017, Oxford Our collaborators at Breathe Oxford will be bringing breathing and breathless on the streets of Oxford as part of the city-wide Curiosity Carnival. The Curiosity Carnival is a chance to find out what research is really all … Read more…

Singing for Lung Health Group

Phoene Cave

Every Wednesday 10:45am, Bristol A new singing group, specifically to help your lung health and breathing, running as a free pilot for six weeks from 13th September to 18th October. Life of Breath and the British Lung Foundation are collaborating … Read more…

Lost in Translation? Exploring the language of breathlessness

Sponge

Life of Breath post-doctoral researcher Rebecca Oxley writes: ‘Breath Lab’ is designed as a living experiment to promote discussion around a central theme relating to breath, breathing and breathlessness. The aim is not to discuss key research findings, but rather … Read more…

The History of All We Breathe

25 August 2017, Edinburgh DECODING THE SECRETS OF THE AIR Science writer Sam Kean traces the origins and ingredients of our atmosphere in Caesar’s Last Breath. This fascinating investigation shows how what we breathe has shaped human progress, been the … Read more…

The Sound of Breath

24 August 2017, Edinburgh THE BREATH IN SONG AND POETRY How do poets and composers think about breath? The pause in a line or the length of the note impacts greatly on how an audience hears, connects with and interprets … Read more…

An Encyclopaedia of Breath

19-20 August 2017, Edinburgh Feeling ‘peched oot’ from rushing around the Festival? Pause for a lungful and help Sarah McLusky and Mary Robson create an illuminated encyclopaedia exploring the language and history of breath and air. Contribute your words, definitions, … Read more…

A World of Sighs

13 August 2017, Edinburgh FROM POETRY TO PRAYER Seen historically as a way of maintaining a healthy body and mind through the expelling of melancholy, sighing is now fertile ground for psychologists to assess a person’s emotional state. For a … Read more…