£190 – £250

Mindful Self-Compassion Course 8-week course starting 10th May 2018

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Friends Meeting House Colchester

6 Church Street

Colchester

CO1 1NF

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The MSC 8-week Course

The Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course is an 8-week training programme in developing the skills of mindfulness (that of non-judgemental present moment awareness) and kindness and self-compassion. The course also explores how often we may have an 'inner critic' (a harsh internal voice) and how we can develop a kinder (yet just as motivating) inner dialogue. Development of these skills helps individuals gain greater awareness and control over their emotions and behaviours and helps develop inner resources such as resilience and equanimity.

This course consists of a mixture teaching with number of topics being explored such as coping with negative emotions and navigating difficult relationships. There is also experiential learning using meditation and self-reflective exercises, some gentle mindful movement, poetry and tea :)

This is a science based program that has been developed by Dr Krisitin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer in 2010 and has had over 700 peer reviewed papers published in scientific journals linking the program with increase in participants wellbeing. These studies have found that by undertaking the MSC training participants experience:

Reductions in:

Negative mind states; Depression; Anxiety; Stress; Avoidance

Increases in:

Positive mind states; Life satisfaction, Happiness, Compassion for others; Self-Compassion; Mindfulness

These results were maintained at 6 and 12 month follow up with the scores in life satisfaction actually increasing at the 12-month mark. (Neff & Germer, 2013).

Participants on the course will additionally recieve:-

- Course Handbook

- Supplemental notes exploring the science underpinning the course

- Audio recordings of the guided meditations by Maya

- Access to a weekly MSC graduates group


Dates

Thursday evenings 6pm - 8.30pm (with a 15 minute break during the session for refreshments)

The 8 consecutive weeks are:-

Thursday: May 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

Thursday: June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

(Please note the first and last sessions will run to 9.00 pm)


Feedback from Past Participants

‘I am really learning so much and really changing old habits I thought would be with me forever’

‘I have a deepening connection with what is kind and compassionate within me’

‘such a deep sense of calmness and being centered after I complete a practice – very uplifting’

‘dipping into various practices as and when I need them…they really helped me remain calm and less anxious.’

‘I found it (the MSC course) to be a life changing experience.’



The Trainer

Dr Maya Campbell is a research scientist, psychologist and mindfulness teacher living and working in Colchester. Having initially trained as a research scientist in chemistry and physics, Maya became interested in psychology and mindfulness after having experienced exhaustion and burnout, leading to years of depression and ultimately a heart attack and cardiac arrest. After having been resuscitated, and spending two months in a coma, Maya began years of personal physical and mental therapy. Along this journey she became more and more interested in how people experienced mental distress and did a Master’s in Psychology and trained as a Mindfulness teacher.

In her work, Maya brings her professional training and expertise to her teachings as well as the lived experience of having gone through major traumas and illnesses and flourished despite currently living with the life-threatening disease of heart failure. Maya brings kindness and compassion to her teaching and is especially interested in the teaching of self-compassion to people. The ability to bring kindness and care to the self is profoundly healing, both mentally and physically and underpins all the gains individuals experience through undertaking a mindfulness course.

Maya is an experienced mindfulness teacher and supervisor and has trained to teach mindfulness courses (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) at the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre and Bangor University Mindfulness Centre. She has been teaching mindfulness based courses since 2012 as well as running workshops and drop-ins.

In 2016 she travelled to the USA to train to teach the Mindful Self-Compassion course with the originators Kirsten Neff and Christopher Germer and is an accredited teacher of this course after having done additional advanced training in 2017. Since 2016 she has been teaching the MSC course and has mentored a number of MSC teachers in the UK.

Directions

From Colchester North station, you can either walk (about 20mins) or take a bus from the stop in North Station Road, under the rail bridge and across the road, next to Wickes builders merchants. All services from this stop go to the junction of High Street and Head Street, from where it is a two minute walk to the meeting house.
There is also a Park and Ride bus service from the railway station (not on Sundays).

Car parking on-site is very limited, especially on weekdays. The best public car park is Saint Mary's on Balkerne Hill. This is only accessible from the north-bound side of the Balkerne Hill dual carriageway. Other car parks can be found at here.

What can I bring into the event?

Please dress comfortably. There will be light refreshments and you are welcome to bring any food you wish.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

maya.heartfulness@gmail.com

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