This programme is taught over four 4 hour sessions on a Saturday on a fortnightly basis.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, staying present and responding skilfully to what’s happening in our lives. Mindfulness helps people manage their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships with awareness and compassion, leading to greater well-being and appreciation, as well as more choice in how to meet difficulties.
Currently mindfulness is being incorporated as an adjunct treatment for chronic pain, used as a means of reducing stress in chronic illness and cancer. It also has a growing use as a method of improving concentration in the classroom. Mindfulness can also be used to help children with ASD manage anxiety better.
Mindfulness is cultivated by a exploring a range of simple meditation practices and approaches to living, as taught on our courses.
Our approach is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, which was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts medical school, and which has been used for nearly 40 years to help with stress, anxiety, and chronic health problems, as well as to promote resilience and flourishing.
We also include all the key elements from the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto.
MBCT is itself based on MBSR and the content for both courses is very similar.
An extensive body of clinical research has shown that this approach to teaching mindfulness is helpful for working with a wide range of conditions, as well as for optimising well-being, and it is now taught widely in healthcare, education, workplaces and other settings.
Saturday courses are taught over four 4 hour sessions at fortnightly intervals. There is also a silent retreat on the Sunday at the end of the course.
Dates for the Autumn MBSR programme.
Day retreat 3rd November
Lunch and refreshments included. CD’s and handbooks included. All courses can be used for CPD purposes.