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Sail into Life

The two Sail into Life programmes we offer are residential placements, on board our gorgeous wooden yacht, Fire Dancer, a 42ft Holman Sloop built in 1965.

Sail into Life programme
(4 day placement)

We start at 9.30am on Monday morning on-board Fire Dancer and run through to 4pm on the Thursday, offering 3 nights on board our yacht delivering a real experience of life afloat; sailing each day around Falmouth and the Carrick Roads.

Sail into Life (Anchor) programme
(3 day placement)

We start at 9.30am on Tuesday morning at our land-based venue Water’s Edge for a day of taster sessions in Mindfulness, EFT, Chi Kung, and group work. This is followed by 2 days of sailing on Fire Dancer staying on-board for 2 nights; finishing around 4pm on the Thursday.



The Sail into Life programmes are person centred and delivered to meet the needs of those who sail with us.

Our staff include a skipper, therapist/first mate and evening support worker.

The days on-board are structured around sailing the beautiful Cornish coastline and exploring the water ways around Carrick Roads interspersed with psychological education.


In its therapeutic approach Sea Sanctuary adopts mindfulness (although this is not exclusive). This is a scientifically researched approach cultivating:

  • Clarity
  • Insight and understanding which allows our clients to recognise, slow down or stop automatic and habitual reactions
  • Respond more effectively to difficult situations, see situations more clearly
  • Become more creative and achieve balance and resilience at work and at home

The programme is also suitable as a means of prevention, where individuals are encouraged to learn and adopt coping strategies that will see them hopefully avoid poor mental health, or at least, know how to reduce it.

Some of the key themes that emerge on the Sail into Life programme include:

  • General mental health awareness and improving mental well-being
  • Anxiety management
  • Examining unhelpful patterns of behaviour

The Sail into Life programme provides you with a tool box and our practitioners teach you how to use the tools in your day to day life.

Day Sails

We can also offer day sails (no overnight stay) around the Carrick Roads and surrounding areas of Falmouth.

If you wish to find out more about our referral process, click here

For more information, please take a look at the frequently asked questions, funding / bursary information or  contact  us directly for a chat.