Experience zen in 11 minutes
This project is the first of its kind in the UK, and Corrine and Kaye can’t wait for as many people as possible to experience the benefits. With their bus they can visit schools, hospitals, offices, parks and public spaces to give everyone the gift of 11 minutes of zen. No experience is necessary to be able to access the benefits of the Zen sessions.
“We are a mobile sanctuary. When people get on board, they visibly shift. It is designed to be airy and light – like a lovely studio space and the accessibility allows us to park right where we are needed,” Kaye says.
How is it funded?
At the moment, The Zen Project’s community work is funded via grants but the duo are working to form partnerships, for example, with a big business based in Camden where they could support their workers, as part of their social responsibility commitment, while also funding some community work.
“These are the conversations we are having. We want to reach a wide range of people,” Corinne says. This summer, they have been taking the bus to festivals and offering paid sessions for festivalgoers.
What are their ambitions for the Zen Project?
“A bus on every corner. We are going to reach a point where we are going to have to get more Zen buses to be serving the community, because, of course, having only one at the moment means we can only be in one place at any one time. People always ask ‘when are you coming back?’” Kaye says.
“We want this to be a service the community knows it can depend on, so they know when we are going to be somewhere on a certain day and time,” she adds.