Mindfulness for depression - introductory workshop
This workshop will introduce you to the theory and practice of mindfulness and how it can help with depression. It will cover:
- The reasons why we get depressed.
- Cultivating self-awareness, acceptance and choice.
- Exploring our direct experience and differentiating thoughts from senses.
- Working with thoughts and the ruminative mind.
- Working with the difficult experiences associated with depression.
- Next steps and the rest of your life.
As well as being introduced to some of the key theoretical concepts, you will learn the main mindfulness practices including:
- body scan
- mindfulness of breathing
- working with thoughts
- kindness meditation
This is an introductory workshop designed to give you a taste of mindfulness theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on depression. It assumes little or no knowledge of mindfulness, however you will gain more from the workshop if you have a little experience of mindfulness such as a taster session and some reading. A good book to get you started is "The Mindful Way through Depression" by Williams, Teasdale, Segal and Kabat Zinn.
This workshop is designed to lead on to the mindfulness for depression advanced workshop where you will gain more insight and a deeper understanding of the theory and practices.
It is important that, as best you can, you are not feeling too depressed when you attend this workshop. If you feel you are in the midst of a depressive episode, it is best to wait for a date when you are feeling better.
About the host
Darren has trained in mindfulness with Bangor University, Salford University and Breathworks, where he completed his advanced teacher training.
He is a committed mindfulness teacher and attends regular CPD, including retreats, in line with the good practice guidelines for the UK network for mindfulness based teacher training organisations.