MBSR Intensive: 5-day Mindfulness Course and Retreat, September 2017
Monday, 18 September 2017 at 11:00 - Friday, 22 September 2017 at 14:00
Treat yourself to a peaceful break in the North York Moors and learn mindfulness meditation in a week!
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a group course which teaches mindfulness meditation as an effective and dependable counter-balance to the stresses of life. This course aims to develop life skills (rather than providing a ‘quick fix’), thereby promoting a greater awareness of ourselves, others and the world around us, as well as a greater capacity to manage stress and improve attention.
Traditionally, MBSR courses introduce mindfulness meditation techniques gradually over an eight-week period. Our "intensive" MBSR course provides a unique opportunity to accelerate this learning process through a comprehensive 5-day programme in a private venue where participants are supported to fully immerse themselves in mindfulness.
What to Expect
The MBSR Intensive course is taught in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a maximum of 10 participants, and includes guided sessions, group discussions, practical exercises and free time for independent practice. Over the week delegates are introduced to different forms of mindfulness meditation practice, including:
- An Introduction to Meditation - Why spend hours doing nothing?
- Awareness of Awareness - The key to living in harmony
- Brain Basics - Making the most of evolution
- The Mind/Body Connection - The power of thought and state of mind
- Mindful Perception - How the brain creates our mental world
- Mindfulness in Relationships - Integrating our mental world with others
Each session is backed by sound scientific research and presented in an easy to understand format. Participants also receive a course workbook and meditation recordings to support future practice and the integration of mindfulness skills into their daily lives.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Delegates completing our MBSR courses report benefits including:
- A greater capacity for relaxation and calmness
- Better able to cope with the effects of chronic illness
- Less worry, anxiety and depression
- More energy and enthusiasm
- Enhanced emotional control, resourcefulness and resilience
- More self-confidence and creativity
- Better quality sleep
Who can Attend
This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice.
We have a diverse range of participants on our MBSR courses, from students and parents of young children, to corporate directors and healthcare professionals. Participants join for a variety of reasons; from simply taking the time to prioritise their wellbeing, to those who wish to adopt a complementary approach to managing health concerns such as high blood pressure, IBS, CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, anxiety and depression.
Barmoor (www.barmoor.org.uk) is a private country house beautifully situated on the edge of the North York Moors, just a short drive from the market town of Kirkbymoorside. The accommodation is simple but lovingly cared for, with facilities including a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge and sitting room, as well as nine bedrooms, six bathrooms and a large terraced garden.
The house stands alone in an area of stunning natural beauty but limited public transport options. If you have concerns about reaching the venue, please let us know as we are happy to arrange car shares or lifts wherever possible.
The facilitators for this course are Robert Broughton and Lauri Bower.
Robert is a professional mindfulness, well-being and emotional intelligence coach, specialising in stress and neurobiology having trained with some of the field leading researchers in the US and the UK. His background includes 30+ years of personal meditation study and practice. Robert founded The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion in 2009 and continues to take the lead in both managing the business and instructing courses. Over the past six years he has facilitated mindfulness training for over 600 delegates in a variety of settings, including schools, universities, charities and the NHS.
Lauri is also a mindfulness course instructor, as well as our retreat programme lead. She has 30 years of personal meditation and mindfulness practices and 15 years' experience organising and running retreats. She joined York MBSR in 2012 and recently completed her Ph.D. researching the key teachings of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, (now published as a book, In the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism). Lauri has facilitated MBSR training for over 200 delegates so far.
If you choose to cancel your booking, we will refund:
- 100% of the course fee, minus a £30 administration fee, if notice is given at least 4 weeks before the course commences.
- 50% of the course fee if notice is given at least 7 days before the course commences
- 25% of the course fee if notice is given less than 7 days before the course commences
- No refunds will be issued after the course commences
In the case that the course is cancelled by the organiser, any fees paid will be refunded in full.
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The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion offer a range of courses and events for individuals, healthcare professionals, schools and organisations centred on the practice of mindfulness meditation.