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Introducing Movement & the Mind: A Pioneering Interactive Conference

A virtual conference recognising, exploring, and celebrating the connections between mind, body, and planet.

Visit the our dedicated website and register here to confirm your place.

Active Devon is working with GP and medical educationalist Dr Lucy Loveday to host Movement & the Mind, a one-day international, interactive event. It will recognise, explore and celebrate the connections between mind, body and planet.

The virtual conference will take place on Friday 18 June 2021.  Delegates will hear from a global community of experts, adventurers and advocates. There will also be leaders from across many disciplines, These include medicine, psychiatry, psychology, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, neuroscience, mindfulness and movement.

Inspired by the true story of her father’s journey with severe depression to recovery and now the unfortunate reality of relapse, exacerbated by lockdown and the challenges of the past 12 months, founder of Movement & The Mind Dr Lucy Loveday will lead this one-day journey of discovery.

Dr Lucy Loveday said:

“When I was 11 years old, my dad was hospitalised by a severe mental health crisis. He was rendered almost unresponsive by depression, but over the years I observed him transform his health through running. It offered him solace and a sense of freedom, and he’s since run several marathons.”

“Driven by a curiosity to understand how movement benefits the mind, as well as the science behind positive psychology and mindfulness for human performance, I embarked on a journey of discovery. Through countless inspiring conversations along the way, I’ve learned that dad isn’t alone.”

“Movement & the Mind is the culmination of this dynamic and evolving journey. It means so much to help bring people together for this critically important conversation, and, in a small way, to help put movement at the centre of the mainstream healthcare agenda.”

Hosting this pioneering day, Matt Evans, Active Devon Chief Executive, said:

“Active Devon is a community-focused, non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and supporting Devon to be active. We believe movement is central to living healthier, happier, and more connected lives, regardless of age, ability, or background.”

“Having previously collaborated with Dr Lucy Loveday to support the social prescribing agenda in Devon, we are delighted to be partnering again, this time to host the 2021 Movement & the Mind virtual conference.”

Resources generated by this event will support local initiatives using physical activity, sport, and movement to positively impact the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Devon.

For further information visit  movementandthemind.co.uk and follow Dr Lucy Loveday on social media using @drlucyloveday. Conference places are limited. Register now to avoid disappointment.


Complete list of speakers and contributors:

Dr Lucy Loveday

GP and Medical Educationalist and founder of Movement and the Mind @drlucyloveday

Dr Simon Rosenbaum

Exercise Physiologist, Associate Professor and Scientia Fellow at the University of New South Wales, and Director at ESSA and ASTSS

Dr Brendon Stubbs

Highly Cited Researcher and Head of Physiotherapy at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Ann Gates

Pharmacist, Philanthropist and Founder of Exercise Works!

Gelong Thubten

Buddhist Monk, Meditation Teacher, Author, and Speaker

Brad Sanderson

Physiologist, Researcher, and Director of Research & Evaluation at Smiling Mind

Dr Ben Martynoga

Neuroscientist, Science Writer, and Author of The Virus

Caroline Williams

Science journalist and author of Move! The New Science of Body Over Mind

Kate Bone

Lead Coach at Stormbreak

Katie Maggs

Lecturer, Swimmer, Photographer, and Founder of Tonic of the Sea

Dr Charlotte Marriott

Consultant Psychiatrist and Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician


Jo Moseley

Joy Encourager, Mid-Life Adventurer, and Beach Cleaner

Dr Bernadette Dancy

Health Coach, Lifestyle Changes for Stress Management Specialist, and Co-Founder of RunWell

Darryl Edwards

Movement Coach, Researcher, Author, and Founder of the Primal Play Method™

William Pullen

Psychotherapist and Founder of Dynamic Running Therapy

Dr Amit Arora

Physician, Geriatrician, Researcher, Regional Clinical Director, and Aging Specialist at the National Institute for Health Research

Kathryn Meadows

Pilates Teacher, Post-Natal Specialist, and Founder of the Mother of All Movement Podcast

Dr Amit Mistry

Consultant Psychiatrist and Chair of the Sport and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Helen Garr

The Wellbeing GP, Deputy Director of NHS Practitioner Health, and Physical Activity Clinical Champion at Public Health England

Alex Staniforth

Adventurer, Ultra Runner, Speaker, Author, and Founding Director of Mind Over Mountains

John Allison

Founder of StreetGym® and Motion to Mind™

Dr Anna Huette

GP, Lifestyle Medicine Specialist, Health Coach, and Yoga Teacher

Dr Joseph Firth

Widely Published Academic and Expert on the Role of Digital Technologies on Physical Activity and Mental Health

Joanna Hall

Fitness, Wellness & Walking Expert and Creator & Founder WalkActive

Blanche Ellis

Visual Artist, Illustrator and Graphic Facilitator