About Us

aboutgraceWhat is Sea Sanctuary?

Sea Sanctuary is a unique Charity that offers health education on-board a large classic yacht.

We offer individuals an opportunity to experience life afloat through our residential programme, where our clients are encouraged to participate in one of our programmes. We support the needs of a variety of people of different ages, abilities and level of wellness.

We have a very simple remit as a service; we want to support as many people as possible through the medium of Sail Training and health education.

Many of the people we support will present with poor mental health, others may wish for basic respite, some will want to increase their level of self-awareness and some will simply want to experience improved well-being in one of the most stimulating environments available.

Some people refer to this type of intervention (non-clinical) as Wilderness Therapy and it is often referred to as Adventure Therapy. However, Sea Sanctuary’s service is unique and not offered anywhere else in Europe. We offer a combined approach that brings together Sail Training with evidence-based interventions (interventions that have been evaluated and are known to work) which is delivered in an informal style within a group setting. We do not offer intensive Therapy.

You will not find any other organisation offering this type of support and we are the first marine-based Charity to ever receive the formal and financial backing from the NHS.

Sea Sanctuary creates the ideal setting for promoting positive mental health, offering hope and purpose through dynamic, therapeutically-based education amidst Cornwall’s stunning coastal environment. We provide a safe and naturalistic environment as an alternative venue for mental health care. We work in partnership with statutory and non-statutory mental health service providers as an adjunct within the community to their existing services.

Our Philosophy

The ethos behind Sea Sanctuary is based on modern research reflecting the findings of studies based on Sail Training (The Characteristics and Value of Sail Training Experience: University of Edinburgh 2007), wilderness settings and the therapeutic benefits of combining activity and therapeutic intervention for individuals wishing to improve their well-being, all of which is delivered in a non clinical setting.

Sea Sanctuary believes that when working with individuals or groups, the boat itself will provide an underpinning framework that represents a common interest for all involved. The unique setting of Sea Sanctuary- using a working sea faring vessel, makes the probability of therapeutic change more likely due to the stimulating nature of the boat itself combined with the journey around the spectacular Cornish coastline.

The effect of Sea Sanctuary is to further the de-stigmatisation of mental health problems in a society that still increasingly marginalises those with difficulties. It also utilises the locality in increasing the well-being of those individuals requiring support by reinforcing their connection with Cornwall through spending time absorbing its heritage.


A Reflection On Sailing

Our Charity

Sea Sanctuary is an innovative marine based service and is the first of its kind in European waters.

We provide an evidence-based intervention combined with the exhilarating activity of Sail Training. Sea Sanctuary operates within the stunning waters of the Cornish coast.

Our service provides an experiential learning experience and we routinely achieve outstanding results. Sea Sanctuary is available to anyone within the UK (subject to an assessment).

Sea Sanctuary seeks to address the very real issue of mental health well-being for those who most need it.

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