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8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme
Thu 16 February 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Are you chased by thoughts and the to do list?…Do you spend a lot of time re living or pre living your experiences. Are you caught up in thoughts memories and plans?
Mindfulness can help you come back from the cinema of the mind to learn new ways of being. Mindfulness is a very pragmatic way of training your mind, which results in stress reduction, and mental resilience to face the realities of day to day life. You will unclutter and freshen the mind and gain focus. Resulting in improved relationships with yourself and others.
This 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR) is a structured training programme. Classes are experiential and pragmatic, with personal practice. The course programme builds and supports learning outside of the classes by developing personal practice as part of daily life. As part of this participants will have the opportunity to learn more about recognising and responding to problems and difficulties.
In addition course notes will be provided for reference and to support personal practice CDs are included. The course requires its participants to commit to 45 minutes of home practice each day outside of the course.
Who the course is for?
Mindfulness has been heavily researched and its use is wide ranging. People attend the 8 week course for a wide variety of reasons, possibly just wanting to learn more, following a period of stress, or illness, seeking pain relief or because of a work interest. Your reason for joining the course is personal to you; the course will provide you with the space, support and knowledge to build your own practice for a less stressful life.
This course blends together the skills from mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) as taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) as taught by Professor Mark Williams at the centre of Mindfulness in Oxford University. It also incorporates self compassion and kindness to the practices.
Mindfulness is an ancient practise with its roots in Buddhism and eastern philosophy and has been around for thousands of years. In more recent years Jon Kabat Zinn was one of the early pioneers of Mindfulness.
Mindfulness can helps us create a pause between stimulus and response and this in turn gives us more choice in how we respond to events, people, our thoughts, emotions and feelings. It can enable a different perspective or relationship to what is going on in our actual experience and in our behaviour by bringing us back to our direct experience and the present moment we are in. It can help us to examine our relationship with day to day life and how we cope with stress when it arises. Practicing mindfulness can improve the quality of our life and enables us to be better equipped when we have stress. Mindfulness emphasises to the individual the thinking and feeling patterns that accompany depression, anxiety, physical pain, anger, eating disorders and mental and physical conditions.
Course dates and times
The course is developmental, and attendance at all sessions is needed in order to really derive benefit from the programme. The dates are:
Induction and Week one* - Thursday the 16th of February 2017
Week two- Thursday the 23rd of February
Week three- Thursday the 2nd of March
Week four- Thursday the 9th of March
Week five- Thursday the 16th of March
Week six- Thursday the 23rd of March
Week seven- Thursday the 30th of March
Week eight- Thursday the 6th of April
- plus Half a day practice workshop on Saturday the 25th of March.
The weekly class runs from 18.30-20.30 (6.30pm -8.30pm) from week 2 onwards on Thursdays.
*Week one includes induction and so commences at 6pm - 8.30pm.
We are offering the course at an Early Bird Fee of £230.00 until the 1st of February 2017.
The fee includes tuition, handouts and three practice CDs (also available in download form*). (Please note that booking through Eventbrite incurs a small additional booking fee.) In addition please note that no refunds are available, this is due to room fees being paid in advance.
This 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR) is a structured training programme taught by teachers that have their own mindfulness practice and have been trained to meet the requirements of the UK Network of mindfulness teacher’s guidelines.
The NICE guidelines approve the use of mindfulness based approaches within the NHS and much research has now been done to know that it is effective for mental health and wellbeing.
Registering for a place
Please reserve your place on line. Once you have reserved your place and paid in full, a personal information form will be forward to you (see below).
Please also note the following when making your booking:
- All participants will be required to complete a personal information form before starting the course.
- The minimum class size is 6 people. It has never been necessary, but if we receive fewer than 6 registrations, we reserve the right to reschedule the class to start at a later date. If the rescheduled dates do not suit you, we will refund the course fee in full.
- *The course uses audio learning materials which are available on CD, or they may be streamed on a computer, or downloaded in MP3 or WAV format for you to play on ipod, phone, or mp3 player. (CDs may also be played on a CD player or on a computer.) Please ensure you have the means to access and play these materials, It is your responsibility to do this before the course begins.
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