The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course we run is designed to help you learn new ways of handling difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods.
The core skill that you will learn is ‘mindfulness’; a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgementally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you.
Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase your sense of personal confidence, of having more options and more strength to face the different challenges in your life.
Most people completing MBSR programmes report that they gain lasting benefits, such as:
- more energy and enthusiasm
- a greater capacity for relaxation
- enhanced self-confidence
- an increased ability to handle stressful situations
The course is based on an amalgamation of the MBSR course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale.
Our Saturday courses are taught over four 4 hour sessions at fortnightly intervals. There is an additional silent retreat morning before the concluding session.
Our weekday evening courses are taught over eight 2 hour sessions at weekly intervals. They include an optional all-day session on one Saturday.
Whichever format you choose, the courses comprise approximately 25 people working together as a group. On them, you will learn several key mindfulness practices and have the chance to discuss these and your experience of them in the group.
Home practice is an important part of the course, and each participant is required to undertake to do 40 to 60 minutes of this, six days per week, between each class.
The cost of the course is £295 including VAT. This covers all the taught sessions, the silent retreat morning or all-day session, a set of audio CDs to support home practice and a workbook. There are a few concessions available at £175 including VAT for those who are in full-time education or in receipt of benefits and not currently working. Please do contact us if you feel you would like to be considered, otherwise.