The 8 - Week Mindfulness Course
Stress Reduction through Mindful Awareness
teaches you how to bring your awareness to the present moment through regular meditation, and to use this skill in your daily life.
The course aims to
- assist you in taking better care of yourself,
- increase your ability to relax and to
- cope more effectively with both short and long-term stress,
- face difficulties and illness with greater wisdom,
- appreciate and enjoy the moments of your life more.
The Course involves
experiential training in the various Mindfulness Meditations.
You will be introduced to and learn the meditation practices in class and explore your experience. The skills you learn help to develop awareness of body sensations, thoughts and feelings which are essential for coping successfully with stress, anxiety, low mood and many other difficulties you might encounter in your life.
When we are curious about our experience our focus and perspective changes. We become more aware of the whole situation and less caught up in our own negative processes. We begin to have a new kindness and gentleness towards ourselves, and a lightness and humour towards our difficulties. We are able to choose approaches to life's challenges which become increasingly effective the more regularly we practice.
Between classes you will have the opportunity to practice at home, supported by CDs or MP3s
and a workbook. This home practice is an essential part of the course and people who commit themselves to one hour of practice a day benefit most from doing the course.
Time will be given in each class to the exploration of experience with the practices carried out at home between classes, providing you with guidance and support and helping you through any difficulties which might arise.
You will also be invited to follow some exercises for yourself and also in pairs in the class, so that you are able to notice habitual and often unhelpful reaction patterns and how to introduce new and more appropriate ways of responding.
The course is offered to groups, individuals and as a distance learning course. It includes:
an individual orientation session,
eight 2.25 hour long class sessions,
(eight 1-hour sessions for individuals and distance learners),
a one experiential day on a Saturday or Sunday towards the end of the course,
a workbook, CDs or Mp3 recordings and other learning materials,
a follow-up session 4-5 weeks after the end of the classes
and between-session phone contact with me if you need support
with the course work or the materials.
The 8 - Week Course is offered in small groups of up to ten people on Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm - 8.45 pm three times a year, starting in January, April and September.
Next Group Course begins: Wednesday 29th January 2020
6.30 - 8.45 pm
Following completion of the course, monthly meetings in the evening and quarterly one-day workshops are offered in order to support and deepen your ongoing Mindfulness Practice.
Next Mindfulness Practice Day: "BEING MINDFUL - EXPLORING SPACIOUSNESS”
Saturday 25th January 2020, 10am – 4:30pm
An opportunity to deepen our Mindfulness practice. We will be exploring the theme throughout the day with formal, guided meditation, informal Mindfulness practice and dialogue. How can we notice more often when we fall back into our habitual patterns of reactivity and a sense of constriction or harshness and lose contact with our body and our environment? How to keep our Mindfulness practice alive and fresh? How can we foster a way of being present in our body and mind and also link into the space around us in everyday life? - We will have time to let the theme settle during sitting, walking and movement meditation.
Large parts of the day, including the lunch break, will be in silence in order to be able to focus on our experience from moment-to-moment. In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to have a private conversation with me about your Mindfulness practice and any related questions you might wish to bring up.
Previous quarterly one-day workshops and retreats:
Mindfulness Practice Day: "Confidence” October 2018
Day-long Mindfulness Retreat:"RE-COLLECTING” - July 2018
"EVERYDAY MINDFULNESS” - February 2018
"Being Present – Coming Home” - November 2017
Weaving Mindfulness into our Life - August 2017 Day Retreat
Mindfully dealing with difficulties – April 2017
Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living Course
Current Course Began Wednesday 16th January 2019 6.30 - 9pm ( Next Course dates 2020 TBC )
This course is suitable for people who have done an 8-week Mindfulness course, have maintained some form of regular practice and would like to explore and deepen Mindfulness and Heartfulness more. It offers practical ways of deepening mindfulness skills with compassion. More...
The present is the only time that any of us have to be alive – to know anything – to perceive – to learn – to act – to change – to heal.