MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION:
a 9-session course for personal development, health and well-being
Dates & time: 6 March (orientation)
13, 20, 27 March;
3, 10 April;
No class on 17 April (Easter)
8, 15 May
plus afternoon practice workshop on Sat. 29 April
All classes 18.30-20.30 (6.30-8.30pm), Mondays;
Afternoon workshop 12.00-18.00 (12 noon-6pm), Sat. 29 April
Course teachers: Jennifer Cramb & Andrea Woods
Venue: Equilibrium, Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough
We are pleased to let you know about our next Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme in Peterborough, starting in March 2017, and based at Equilibrium Yoga and Well-being Centre. 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!
Barbara Reid, Growing Edges - everyday Mindfulness
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 or audio downloads. 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:
- 6 March (orientation)
- 13, 20, 27 March;
- 3, 10 April;
- No class on 17 April (Easter)
- 24 April;
- 8, 15 May
- plus afternoon practice workshop on Sat. 29 April
All classes 18.30-20.30 (6.30-8.30pm), Mondays
Afternoon workshop 12.00-18.00 (12 noon-6pm), Sat. 29 April
The course is led by Jennifer Cramb and Andrea Woods. They have trained in Mindfulness Based Approaches in accordance with the requirements of the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers and Teacher-Trainers with Barbara Reid/Growing Edges.
Jennifer Cramb works as a coach, facilitator and change consultant for companies in the Cambridgeshire area, and is accredited as a professional executive coach. She is also training as a Viniyoga teacher.
Dr Andrea Woods is a clinical psychologist working in the NHS with adults and their carers, and delivering training. She also uses mindfulness based approaches as part of her clinical work.
Both Jennifer and Andrea are committed to their own personal mindfulness practice and in line with the UK Network Guidelines receive regular supervision to support their teaching.
Equilibrium Yoga Centre
Equilibrium is in south Peterborough in Woodston, and is easily accessible from the town centre and from outside of the town. There is a free car park, and there is a good direct bus service to the town centre from Shrewsbury Avenue. Equilibrium has comfortable and informal studio space which is our base for this course. For more information about the Centre, please go to their website: www.equilibriumyoga.co.uk
The fee for the course is £260, which is payable in advance. Earlybird fee: £245 (limited numbers). The fee includes tuition, a learning manual and three practice CDs (also available in download form). Please note that online bookings attract an 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 at Growing Edges (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:
Alternatively, you can request a paper registration form from Barbara Reid and return it with your cheque (contact information below).
IMPORTANT: 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.
- A non-returnable deposit of £90 will be charged for any cancellation received after 20th February and before 6th March. Please also note that we are unable to make any refunds once the course has started (i.e. from 6th March onwards).
- The minimum class size is 6 people. It is seldom 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 before you start the course.
- Certificates of attendance and participation are available on request, and only to participants who attend all sessions. Tutorials are available for missed sessions for anyone for whom full attendance is a pre-requisite to enter subsequent training. Tutorials are £50 a session (one hour).
Please contact Growing Edges if you have any questions:
t: 01733 252322 m: 07970 877092
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