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8-week Beginners Mindfulness Course
Thu 6 April 2017, 20:00 – 22:00 BST
“ 8 week Mindfulness course with Silva was life changing - I didn't want it to end and I'm putting all the tools that Silva taught us into practice each day - even something as simple as taking time to look at a beautiful sunset or the wonders of nature - makes my heart sing! ” — Donna Keyte on Mar 8, 2017
This course is an Introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, which is suitable for beginners. The location is a private house in South Abingdon, and there will be no more than 6 participants. Sessions will last 2 hours (8-10pm).
Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to our moment by moment experience in a way that is non-judgemental and kind. In the beginning we notice how our attention is like a butterfly flitting from one thought to the next. So we start by slowing down and settling our mind through regulating breathing and counting. We then introduce practices that ground us allowing our attention to drop out of the swarm of thoughts in our heads into the sensory awareness of the body. We then learn to rest in the present moment getting used to disengaging from our habits of compulsive doing. And then, when we notice our attention drifting away into thinking, we learn to work with the mindfulness supports of sound.
We are initiated into this process through the core practices of settling, grounding, resting and mindfulness support. We also practice body scan and walking meditation and simple practices for integrating mindfulness into daily life. We simultaneously work on developing kindness as a basis for self compassion.
Participants will receive an Attendance Certificate if they've attended at least 6 sessions.
Teas are provided, meditation cushions, meditation benches and meditation chairs are available. The floor is carpeted softly. Please make sure you wear comfortable clothing.
A non-moulting little fluffy dog that looks like Snowy is part of this group, always. His name is Jack, and he is nervous to start with but settles quickly. He's usually loved by everyone.
The course starts on 30th March and will run for 8 weeks every Thursday evening from 20:00 to 22:00.
More Feedback from Mindfulness Clients:
“ I had the pleasure in participating in 8 weeks Mindfulness course facilitated by Silvia and I loved it. I have learnt and practised different techniques and then implemented some of them in every day life. Already can see the positive change in my daily life: more peaceful, definitely more 'here and now' what is delicious in nowadays hectic environment, I breathe deeper and I am grateful. So simple, but how often we do forget that? Silvia is a great teacher. Always creates very warm, calming environment where you feel just comfortable and ready to expand, grow. I had an opportunity to go for 8 weeks journey with some amazing ladies and would like to say BIG thank you to all of you for begin part of that journey. Now I am waiting for more courses as I did not want it to end it at all ! Aleks ” — Aleksandra on Mar 15, 2017
“ I am so grateful to Silvia for the beginners mindfulness training. I really did not want the course to stop. For the first time that I can remember I have been able to literally rest my mind. Silvia nurtured a peaceful, trusted and safe environment for sharing, experiencing meditation and self-development. And sharing that journey with other like-minded souls was inspiring and comforting. ” — Farah on Mar 12, 2017
"The environment is safe, restful and restoring. Activities are varied, interesting and peaceful and Silvia brings it all together in a lovely way."
"Silvia provides a relaxed and welcoming environment for the Mindfulness Meditation Meetup group she hosts. She uses her wealth of personal experience in mindfulness and meditation to provide innovative and useful sessions that aid personal growth and awareness development. It is clear that Silvia’s work in this field is vocational and that she has a real skill in faciliating the mindfulness and meditation group sessions."
"Silvia puts so much thought and love into the content of her evenings and half day retreats. The space is so warm and welcoming and there are always such lovely people to share it with. Long may it continue and would highly recommend."