MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION:
a 10-session course for personal development, health and well-being
Dates & time: 17 September (induction); 24 September; 1, 8, 15, 22 October; 5, 12, 19 November; plus full one-day practice workshop on Sunday 9 November
18.30-20.30, Wednesdays; and 10.00-16.00 on Sunday
Course teacher: Barbara Reid
Venue: Prestons Health, Alexandra Road, Peterborough
We are pleased to let you know about our next Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme in Peterborough, starting in September 2014, and based at Prestons Health. The course is suitable for anyone who would like to establish a regular personal Mindfulness practice, achieve better emotional balance, and develop lasting skills in managing stress, particularly the stress that derives from health concerns. It is supported with a comprehensive course workbook and audio materials. We hope you might join us!
Mindfulness can be defined as knowing what is happening, while it is happening, without preference or judgement. By being mindful we develop self-acceptance and compassion both towards ourselves and to others. Learning to practice Mindfulness can help to bring us back to our direct experience and to the present moment. It prompts us to re-examine the relationship we have with our experience of day-to-day life and its problems, dramatically improving the quality of our lives and expanding our resources for coping with stress.
Mindfulness is generally taught in courses which are commonly referred to as ‘8-week courses’, of which this is one. These structured training programmes are delivered by trained teachers with their own personal Mindfulness practice. They have been heavily researched and we know that they are effective. The NHS and the Mental Health Foundation are both enthusiastic about how they can help people.
This course provides a firm foundation in Mindfulness practices and skills. It blends together the skills contained within 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 Mark Williams at the Centre for Mindfulness at Oxford University. It also incorporates kindness, self-compassion and acceptance practices.
The programme enables participants to bring Mindfulness practice and qualities into their own lives, to become familiar with the range of core practices, and to devise their own personal practice to support the development of their own Mindfulness. The classes will be experiential and practical. The key practices will be introduced, and there will be opportunities to reflect on and inquire into what we notice as we practice together, and alone. As the programme progresses, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about recognising and responding to problems and difficulties, and bringing Mindfulness skills into daily life.
The sessions are developmental, and participants are provided with full learning support, in the form of a course handbook and practice CDs. Please note that to gain the maximum benefit from the course, participants are encouraged to commit to home practice of around 45 minutes a day outside the weekly sessions, using the handbook and CDs for guidance.
The weekly sessions will take place in a safe and relaxed context, with space for reflection and conversation. The emphasis will be on providing space for Mindfulness practice to unfold, and bringing kindness and a light heart to this process.
Who the course is for
Most of us can benefit from developing Mindfulness. Whether we come to the practices out of personal curiosity, from a place of stress, because of an illness or trauma, or because of a work interest, Mindfulness can reconnect us with the parts of our life experience that we avoid or that we unconsciously miss out on. Some people join the courses for personal reasons, others because they are interested in bringing the principles into their work. Whatever your interest, the first step is to establish a firm foundation of Mindfulness practice for yourself. This course focuses on helping you to make this step, and then maintain your commitment.
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:
- 17 September (induction);
- 24 September;
- 1, 8, 15, 22 October;
- 5, 12, 19 November;
- plus full one-day practice workshop on Sunday 9 November.
The weekly class runs from 18.30-20.30 on Wednesdays. The day of practice workshop will run from 10.00-16.00 on Sunday 9 November.
The course is led by Barbara Reid who is an experienced teacher of Mindfulness-Based Approaches. She trained as a Mindfulness teacher at Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice at Bangor University, Wales, gaining a Master’s with distinction. She is now part of the core teaching team there, teaching on the Master’s programme, facilitating teacher training retreats and supervising Mindfulness teachers. Barbara has taught adults in the university sector for some years, and has studied Mindfulness with western teachers including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, Mark Williams, Paul Gilbert, Chris Germer, Kristine Neff, Jan Chozen Bays and Rick Hanson, as well as with other teachers from the Vipassana tradition. She has taught Mindfulness-Based courses in Peterborough, Letchworth, Milton Keynes and Derbyshire, as well as in organisations and corporate settings. She has practiced meditation and Mindfulness for over 15 years.
Prestons Health is just north of Peterborough town centre, and is easily accessible from the town, and well connected via the main roads to the parkways. There is a free car park, and a good direct bus service to the town centre is nearby. Prestons has a comfortable and informal studio which is our base for this course. For more information about Prestons, please go to their website: www.prestonshealth.co.uk
The fee for the course is £250, which is payable in advance. Earlybird fee: £230 (limited numbers). The fee includes tuition, a learning manual and three practice CDs (also available in download form). (Please note that booking through Eventbrite incurs a small additional booking fee.)
For more information about the content of classes, or whether the course is right for you, or about Mindfulness in general, please contact Barbara Reid (contact details below).
Registering for a place
Please complete the on-line registration form if possible and pay online. You can do this by clicking on the 'order now' tab on this page. The web-link is: https://mbsrpeterboroughsept2014.eventbrite.co.uk
Alternatively, you can request a paper registration form from Barbara Reid or from Matt Howe at Prestons Health, and return it with your cheque (contact information 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. This will be sent to you on receipt of your registration form.
- for all bookings, a non-returnable deposit of £85 will be charged for any cancellation received after 7th September if we are unable to fill the place from the waiting list. Please also note that no refunds are given after the course has started.
17 Church Street,
Peterborough PE6 9BN.
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Contact: Matt Howe
29 Alexandra Road,
Peterborough PE1 3DE.
t: 01733 565911