Shipley - MBSR 8-week mindfulness course (Wednesday evenings - Autumn)
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at 18:30 - Wednesday, 23 November 2016 at 21:00
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation as an effective and dependable counter-balance to the stresses of life.
MBSR provides a gradual introduction to mindfulness meditation and stress reduction techniques over eight weekly classes. Each class includes guided meditations, group discussions and practical exercises led by an experienced facilitator in a warm, friendly atmosphere with a maximum of 14 participants.
Reported benefits of attending this course include:
- A greater capacity for relaxation and calmness
- Less worry, anxiety and depression
- Enhanced emotional control, resourcefulness and resilience
- Improved self-confidence and creativity
- Better sleep quality
Who Should 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.
Please note that MBSR is not designed to be a "quick fix", relaxation class or group therapy session. This course teaches a valuable life skill, the development of which requires a personal commitment to attending all eight classes and maintaining a regular meditation practice at home. Also, as each class builds on the preceding week, it is important that anyone who misses a class attends a "catch up session". We are happy to accommodate this in the case of illness etc., but regret that if more than two classes are missed you may not be able to finish the course. We therefore recommend carefully checking the course schedule below before reserving a place. Thank you.
This course will be taught over eight classes from 28th September to 23rd November (excluding a half-term break on 26th October). Each class will be between 2 and 2.5 hours long and will take place on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8.30/9.00pm.
The facilitator for this course is Dr. Lauri Bower.
Lauri has over 27 years experience of mindfulness and meditation practice, and has been managing courses and retreats for 14 years. She joined the York MBSR team in 2012 and has recently completed her Ph.D. in Mindfulness. To date, over 180 people have completed mindfulness courses with Lauri.
Frequently Asked Questions...
What if I miss a class?
We are happy to provide catch up sessions for delegates who miss a class. Catch ups are usually provided on a one-to-one basis with the course instructor and take 30 minutes to complete. There is a nominal charge of £15 for this service.
Is there disabled access to the venue?
The venue is accessible.
What further information will I receive?
All our delegates receive "Joining Advice" one week before their course commences. This email will include information on the class schedule, venue and facilities, and a link to our "pre-course questionnaire" which we would be grateful if you could complete before the course commences.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you decide to cancel your place on this course, we will refund...
- Your full course fee, minus a £20 administration charge, if we receive notice from you at least 7 days before the 1st class
- 75% of your course fee if notice is given before the 2nd class
- 50% of your course fee if notice is given before the 3rd class
- No refunds will be issued after the 3rd class
I am considering training to teach mindfulness, will an MBSR course enable me to do this?
In the case that the course is cancelled by York MBSR, all course fees will be refunded in full. For those looking to teach mindfulness we would recommend having a look at the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations which gives guidance on good practice and teacher training organisations within the UK. An 8-week MBSR course is generally considered a good starting point and often a pre-requisite to attending teaching training. If you are looking to follow a particular training route it is worth checking any stipulated pre-requisites.
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The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion
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.