This four session mindfulness course, led by Michael Chaskalson, runs on these Saturdays: 21 January and 4 & 25 February from 1:30pm to 5:30pm, as well as 11 March from 10:30am to 5:00pm.
The course is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. We combine that with elements derived from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). It follows the outlines laid out in Michael Chaskalson’s book: ‘Mindfulness in Eight Weeks’.
The course comprises approximately 25 people working together as a group. On it, you will learn several key mindfulness practices and have the chance to discuss these and your experience of them in the group.
The course is helpful for generally learning more about mindfulness. It is also helpful for managing stress, anxiety and pain. There is a strong evidence-base for such courses and one like it is recommended by NICE to help prevent relapse of depression.
Many people who complete this course report benefits such as an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, heightened self-confidence and assertiveness, and an increased ability to cope more effectively with stress. They also find that they are kinder towards themselves and others, and more accepting of the situations they find themselves in.
Home practice is an important part of the course, and each participant is recommended to try doing between 20 and 40 minutes of practice, six days per week, between each class.
The course fee of £325 including VAT covers the cost of all tuition, the course workbook and audio downloads to support home practice. There are a few concessions at £175 including VAT available for students and those out of work and receiving benefits.