Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Courses

BACKGROUND
Mindfulness for Stress Reduction is a secular group based programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (PhD) and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the 1970s to alleviate a wide range of health problems. The programme involves training in mindfulness meditation together with discussion on stress and life skills. Particular emphasis is placed upon daily home practice.

The evidence base  shows significant positive effects amongst participants suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, MS, mild anxiety disorder, psoriasis and cancer. More than 100 papers have been written which indicate that the effects of the course are relatively long lasting especially if post course group practice is also offered.

COURSE
The 8 week course begins with an introductory session. It leads the participant skilfully through a series of meditations and gentle physical exercises designed to help one to become aware of habitual thought patterns which often lead to stress, anxiety and depression and to offer tools to be able to transform these into more positive mental states.

Meditations range from 3 to 40 minutes. These can lead to a more relaxed and peaceful state of mind. The course is endorsed by many health care providers and is highly recommended by those who have experienced its benefits.


The cost, including all course materials and full practice day with lunch, are:

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction evening course = £300 (concessions available)

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction morning course = £250 (concessions available)

 

Full Practice Days
All course graduates are welcome to join the full practice days. Places needed to be booked in advance through the contact form Cost £30, including lunch (concessions available).

Drop In Sessions
The regular Friday evening drop in sessions for course graduates will take place on the SECOND FRIDAY of each month from 6.30-8 pm. This is a chance to refresh your practice and reconnect with fellow course members.

Half Day Practice Mornings

These take place usually on the last Saturday of each month from 10 am to 1 pm. They are open to everyone and give the opportunity for people to refresh their practice or to try out a taster session. Cost £15 payable on the day or in advance.

 

 

Spring 2019

Morning course

Thursdays (10:30-12:30), 17 Jan – 14 March

Full practice day on Saturday, 24 Feb (10 am to 4 pm)

Evening course

Thursdays (18:30–20:30), 17 Jan –  14 March

Full practice day on Saturday, 24 Feb (10 am to 4 pm)

SUMMER 2019

Thursdays (10:30-12:30), 9 May – 4 June

Full practice day on Saturday, 22 June (10 am to 4 pm)

Evening course

Thursdays (18:30–20:30), 9 May – 4 June

Full practice day on Saturday, 22 June (10 am to 4 pm)

AUTUMN 2019

Thursdays (10:30-12:30), 19 Sep – 7 Nov

Full practice day on Saturday, 26 Oct (10 am to 4 pm)

Evening course

Thursdays (18:30–20:30), 19 Sep – 7 Nov

Full practice day on Saturday, 26 Oct  (10 am to 4 pm)

 

MBSR/MBCT Drop In Class
14 Dec – 6.30pm – 8 pm
11 Jan – 6.30pm – 8pm
8 Feb – 6.30pm – 8 pm
8 March – 6.30pm – 8 pm

12 April – 6.30pm – 8 pm

Half Day Class

24 Nov  – 10 am – 1 pm
26 Jan – 10 am – 1 pm
16 Feb – 10 am – 1 pm

30 March – 10 am – 1 pm

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