Four-week mindfulness course
Four-week mindfulness course - limited availability (£250)*
Starting July 9th: 10:30-4:30pm (Nucleus Arts, 272 High St Chatham ME4 4BP)
Why do a mindfulness course?
Training in mindfulness allows us to recognise the "gap" between our thoughts, feelings, sensations and our awareness of them, providing us with the choice to respond to them in a more useful way or even see that no reaction at all is necessary as we choose to simply be, remaining aware as our thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go like clouds in the sky of our mind. In this way we can disengage the "automatic pilot" which often drives our lives and have our mind serve us rather than have us be the servants of our wandering and often tiresome mind.
Training in mindfulness can also help us recognise our mind's habits and realise how those habitual patterns create our reality by interpreting events based on our current moods. This recognition in awareness thus slowly frees us from those habitual patterns, allowing us to let them go or act in a way that is kinder to ourselves and others in the moment as we realise that our reality is more fluid and playful than we think.
Mindfulness is a life-skill that anyone can benefit from connecting with and training in. Whether it is to help with life's stresses, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, general well-being or to explore the dimensions of our mind and the experience of what it means to be a human being. It can enable us to find more peace in an often frantic world, reignite a wonder and passion for existence and bring more presence, acceptance and spacious kindness to yourself, others and life in general.
The courses will provide you with the opportunity to learn a combination of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/Cognitive Therapy techniques, through formal and informal practices that can be easily integrated into your daily life, including mindful eating, breathing, walking and stretching as well as a number of other techniques and thought experiments.
The course will be supported by:
- guided audio meditations
- home practice record forms
- email support in-between sessions
- certificate of completion.
Each session will cover two themes:
- Automatic pilot and living in our heads.
- The power of being present and recognising the mind's habits.
- Allowing and letting be and thoughts are not facts.
- Taking care of yourself and maintaining and deepening practice.
The course will conclude with a silent retreat day on Sunday 31st July following the last session, where we will practice the techniques and methods learnt in silence together, allowing us to deepen into and consolidate the practice we have put in over the four weeks.
Feedback from the last four week course:
"I found the mindfulness course truly inspiring. Cesare and Kumanga delivered fantastic training with an informative yet very personal and individual feel. It has changed the way I live my life: Every moment feels more sacred, my mind feels calmer.
I loved the open group discussions and the rapport I had with the group as a whole."
"This has been a fantastic course. I found the course leaders very competent and genuinely interested in the participants and helping them to establish a practice. Coming to the course days has been a nourishing experience - a real treat and I will most definitely continue my mindfulness practice having already seen so many positive benefits in my own life. Thank you Cesare and Kumanga!"
"The mindfulness course has transformed many aspects of my mind and the way I react/over analyse situations. This has allowed me to create more nourishing relationships in my life.
It has allowed me to work towards becoming and maintaining my best self.
Learning to be more mindful has allowed me to become more grounded, I am now more aware of my thoughts and actions.
I have understood the power of giving time and taking care of myself, and how this energy has an expansive effect on those around me.
I have learned how to attempt to connect my mind with my body and this has helped me release tension in problem areas.
The course is brilliant and I will be eternally grateful to Kumanga and Cesare and all those who participated. It has been a very special time in my life which I can look back on fondly with hope, courage and love. Thank you!"
***Please note that this course includes a daily commitment of 1 hour of home practice in-between sessions. The home practice elements are a core feature of these courses, enabling participants to become familiar with them and explore their cumulative benefits. Simply attending the taught components of this course, although beneficial, won't allow for the complete experience and benefits this course is designed to provide.***
***Prior to the start of the course there will be a questionnaire (to assess prior experience and any physical and/or mental health needs) for all prospective participants to complete and return. If for any reason the facilitators deem that the prospective participant isn't suitable for the course at this time, a refund will be issued.***
About your mindfulness instructors
Cesare completed his ‘Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy’ teacher training retreat with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford. He currently conducts mindfulness courses and training for organisations e.g. Young Healthy Minds. Cesare is also a qualified Counsellor with Kent and Medway NHS, and runs a successful private Psychotherapy practice.
Cesare began as a teacher in secondary schools. He later went onto Education, Training and Employment within UK Prisons, and then specialised in addiction and substance misuse counselling.
For over eight years, Cesare’s own meditation practice has been under the guidance of international Buddhist teachers. He set up Bodhicharya Kent and has facilitated thriving ongoing weekly meditation classes for the Kent community in Rochester for the past three years, under the guidance of his main teacher, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.
Over the last 14 years, Kumanga has integrated her creative talent, design training, Buddhist practice and interest in community welfare into her professional life, academic research and charitable activities.
As a PhD Researcher at University of Dundee in Scotland, Kumanga is currently developing a new approach to design practice called ‘Mindful Design Practice’ around the theme of ‘Water’. Following her basic training in mindfulness-based approaches at University of Bangor, she then completed her teacher training in mindfulness-based education under Ven. Thich Naht Hanh and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University.
Kumanga currently runs workshops and specialist mindfulness-based programmes for children, young people and adults. As a Member of Bodhicharya Kent and Bodhicharya Sri Lanka, she continues to work internationally helping to promote the message how developing inner peace can inspire peace within families, communities and nations.
The course dates and times:
Saturday Day: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th July, 10.30am - 4.30pm (with silent day retreat on Sunday 31st July, 10:30 - 4:30pm)
The course will be held at:
272 High St
Please Email Cesare if you have any questions about this course:
Four-week mindfulness course (£250)*
*There are limited concessionary places available. If you feel that you or someone you know is eligible for a concession or complimentary place, then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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