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8 Week Mindfulness Compassion Training for Edinburgh University Students at Kings Building

Mindfulness @Chaplaincy Center, The University of Edinburgh

Monday, 23 October 2017 at 15:30 - Monday, 11 December 2017 at 17:30 (BST)

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This course is for university undergraduate students only. The Registration is FREE, however, the full cost towards this course is £20 (subsidised by The University of Edinburgh as the normal cost for these courses outside the University is £200 -£250). We kindly request the participants to make a full payment via a link that we will send once you have registered for the course. Please make sure that you register using your university email.
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Mindfulness refers to ‘kind-awareness’. It is about living fully in the present moment. This means paying deliberate attention to what you are doing, as you do it, without judging or trying to change the experience. Mindfulness and compassion increases moment-to-moment awareness so that we can notice and change ingrained automatic reactions. This enables the individual to respond creatively to stress and difficulty with more choice.

This Mindfulness and Compassion training offers an excellent foundation for understanding and practising mindfulness and kindness meditation both in a direct practical way and also within a group setting. It can offer an insight for many in cultivating a different kind of relationship with oneself and others and enhance your experience of living and being compassionately in the world.

Who is the Course for?

Please note that this training is offered for all the students from The University of Edinburgh. Please bring your Student ID Cards on week one.

Led by Dr Avinash Bansode (Honorary Mindfulness Chaplain).

Dates and Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm (2hrs),

Each Monday starting 23rd October 2017 and ending on 11th December 2017,

Session I: 23rd October.

Session II: 30th October.

Session III: 6th November.

Session IV: 13th November.

Session V: 20th November.

Session VI: 27th November.

Session VII : 4th December.

Session VIII : 11th December.


All Day Session: As part of the course there will be a full away day during the start and end of the course.  The date, times and location for the day session will be provided in week one.

Venue: Chaplaincy Rooms, Mary Brück Building, Colin MacLaurin Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3DW

Donation cost: £20 (total) for 8 weeks (included Course Manuals, Meditations Links for Home Practice and All Day Retreat). The standard costs for the training are £250, however, this course is hugely subsidised by the University of Edinburgh to benefit students.

This Mindfulness and Compassion Course helps you to systematically develop the skill of being present with your experience. The eight-week course aims to assist you in dealing with what can be stressful for you and helps you to take better care of yourself and get the most out of your life. The majority of people completing this programme report lasting physical and emotional/psychological benefits including:

  • An increased ability to relax;
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life;
  • Heightened self-confidence;
  • An increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term busy-ness and stressful situations;
  • Balance and resilience in life and work situations.

Students will be supported throughout the course to incorporate a mindful and compassionate attitude into their daily life. The calming and focusing qualities of mindfulness help reduce stress and enable us to become more patient and present in the learning environment and with the students and staff with whom we work. Calm stability can positively affect cognitive functions like attention and memory and lead eventually toward greater understanding and wisdom.

Mindfulness and self-compassion can also assist with academic work e.g. the need to plan, set goals and priorities, and move back and forth between tasks. Mindful Compassion for others enriches and enhances relationships. It also helps us address issues of pain and suffering in our families, communities and world without becoming overwhelmed.

Privacy Note: Please note that all data and information that you share with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy, researchers and facilitators will be kept private and confidential. To apply for this course please complete the application form through Eventbrite. The information you provide will be used by the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy to select participants, administer and facilitate the course. If you apply for the course you will also be invited to take part in a research project evaluating the impact of the mindfulness courses. This will be conducted by Dr Amanda Martindale and her research team at the Moray House School of Education. The email address you provide on your application form on Eventbrite (preferably your University student email address) will be passed on to the research team so that they can invite you to take part in the research. Unsuccessful candidates will be invited to join the control group. All participation in the research is entirely voluntary and full details will be provided with the invitation email. No other information from your application will be passed on to the research team.

Do you have questions about 8 Week Mindfulness Compassion Training for Edinburgh University Students at Kings Building? Contact Mindfulness @Chaplaincy Center, The University of Edinburgh

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Chaplaincy, 3rd Floor of Mary Bruck Building
Kings Building
Colin MacLaurin Road
EH9 3DW Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Monday, 23 October 2017 at 15:30 - Monday, 11 December 2017 at 17:30 (BST)

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Mindfulness @Chaplaincy Center, The University of Edinburgh

The Chaplaincy is for all faiths and none - a place at the table for everyone. Our team covers a wide variety of beliefs, including humanism and all major world religions, but you don't have to be religious or spiritual to attend events at the Chaplaincy or use our services. All are welcome.

The Chaplaincy offers a wide variety of wellbeing activities, which are all supported by studies indicating that they are likely to improve mental health.

Our main activity in this area is Mindfulness and Compassion Based Approaches, led by our Mindfulness Chaplain, Dr Avinash Bansode (, and our Associate Chaplain, Ali Newell ( 

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