When is Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore on TV?

Featuring archive footage and narration from a mindfulness expert, this new series is a collaboration between the BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Headspace Studios.

Himalayan mountains in clouds in Nepal. © BBC

When is Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore on TV?

Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore will air on BBC Four. The series consists of four 30-minute stand-alone episodes:

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  • Breathe: Monday 7 September, 7pm
  • Change: Tuesday 8 September, 7pm
  • Joy: Wednesday 9 September, 7pm
  • Rest: Thursday 10 September, 7pm

Later this year, the episodes will also be re-versioned as 10×10’, called Mindful Earth, for the Headspace app.

Watch a trailer for Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore:

What is Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore about?

With a soothing voiceover and calming sequences, this four-part series is an immersive experience where the viewer is led on a gentle journey of mindfulness, with a different theme each episode.

Sea turtle over a coral reef in Hawaii. © BBC
Sea turtle over a coral reef in Hawaii. © BBC

The series includes stunning footage from The BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s archives, including some never before seen sequences.

“This partnership between the BBC Studios Natural History Unit and Headspace Studios is truly pioneering and comes at a time when the union of the natural world and our mental health could not be more important,” says Julian Hector, head of the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

Lion cubs playing in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © BBC
Lion cubs playing in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. © BBC

Who will be narrating Mindful Escapes: Breathe, Release, Restore?

The series is narrated by Andy Puddicombe, a meditation and mindfulness expert, the co-founder of Headspace and a former Buddhist monk.

“The BBC’s Natural History Unit has an exceptional ability to transport viewers from their homes to some of the most extraordinary places in nature,” says Puddicombe. “Collaborating on this series is very exciting, because we can now take people on a whole new journey, an immersive experience that merges the external world with our internal landscape.”

Watch Andy Puddicombe’s TedX talk:

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Main image: Himalayan mountains in clouds in Nepal. © BBC