This course will include a basic training in mindfulness practices with an exploration of the principles involved and some guidance in how to face challenging events, sensations, moods and social interactions. The structure and content of this course stems primarily from the internationally successful Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy syllabus.
Week One: Recognising our Autopilot Mind
Week Two: Working with the Challenges
Week Three: Mindfulness of Breathing and Body in Movement
Week Four: Being Present
Week Five: Allowing and Letting Be
Week Six: Seeing Thoughts as Thoughts not Facts
Week Seven: Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Week Eight: Acceptance and Change
There is an additional Day Retreat to be attended after week five.
If the students have to miss any sessions then the tutor will offer to recap the following week. ( However missing 3 or more sessions, is not ideal for you)
As part of the training we strongly recommend that the participants complement the weekly sessions with some practice at home, especially trying out the meditation techniques as well as a few observational exercises. This will help the trainees to introduce mindfulness into their daily routines. They will have the chance to share their experiences through a formal mindful dialogue during the class.
The course will include a longer additional Day Retreat session, held on a Saturday, in which those attending will have the chance to practice together for longer in silence and to learn two new complementary meditation techniques.
People who have attended this course (Read Testimonials) have generally found that they learn how to deal with their stress better and are able to enjoy a calmer, more detached perspective on their thoughts and feelings as well as a more vibrant appreciation of their present physical sensations. ( Some more details about this course )
The majority of people completing this programme report lasting physical and psychological benefits including;
an increased ability to relax,
greater energy and enthusiasm for life,
an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressful situations.
The training we offer should provide you with a good foundation for understanding the principles of mindfulness and enable you to begin to practise effectively, both within the setting of the class itself and in your own life. The knowledge and experience gained on the course should help you to cultivate a different kind of relationship with yourself, your environment and other people and enhance your experience of living.