Eight-week introduction to mindfulness course
The mindfulness course includes:
- Eight-weekly two hours sessions and a day retreat.
- Course handbook.
- Collection of guided audio mindfulness downloads.
You will learn a variety of mindfulness practices and will be supported to practice these at home in between the course sessions.
The home practice forms an important part of this mindfulness course. There is an opportunity in each session to talk about your experiences of practising at home, any obstacles that arise and how to deal with them skillfully.
This week mindfulness course will teach you simple, practical skills to enable you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings. In any situation, including challenging ones, you will be able to choose how to respond rather than being pulled into unhelpful stress reactions.
Completing a mindfulness course will enable you to:
- Steady and calm yourself.
- Gain a broader perspective.
- Make better choices when you are stressed, anxious or frustrated.
- Be less reactive.
- Rather than feeling taken over by frustration or worrying thoughts, mindfulness provides a structured way to create a pause and to calm yourself. This can have a profoundly positive impact on how you behave, perform at work and feel about yourself.
“I got so much more than I had hoped for from the course – I wish I had done it years ago.”
“I feel like I am in charge of my life again. I don’t have to let my thoughts or mood take over, even if I’m feeling angry or anxious about something, I now know it won’t colour everything.”
People attending a mindfulness course report lasting benefits such as:
- More energy.
- A greater capacity for joy and happiness.
- A quieter, calmer, more focused mind.
- An increased ability to relax and sleep well.
- More self-confidence
- An increased ability to handle stressful thoughts, feelings and situation.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends completing an eight-week mindfulness course for the treatment of anxiety, stress and depression and for promoting well-being. This is due to the growing scientific evidence which supports the effectiveness of mindfulness approaches.
About the host
Mindfulness has been integral to my personal life since 1998. In 2011, I completed training with Bangor University and have been offering mindfulness training to organisations and individuals since 2012.
In 2014, I completed training with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer to deliver the eight-week mindful self-compassion course.