Upcoming Courses

 

Mindfulness Based Living Course
with Rachael Cheang
13th October - 8th December 2021 @ 7:30pm -9:30pm
18th October - 13th December 2021 @ 10am - 12pm (online)
12th January - 9th March 2021 @ 7pm-9pm (online)

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a life skill which can deepen our sense of well-being and fulfilment. It involves paying attention to what is occurring in our present moment experience, with an attitude of openness and non-judgmental acceptance.

 

Scientific research over the last few decades has shown numerous benefits of mindfulness including:

  • Reduction in stress, anxiety & depression

  • Greater sense of well-being

  • Increased ability to relax

  • Increased self-awareness and confidence

  • Increase ability to cope with difficult situations

  • More resilient to life’s challenges

  • Enhanced communication skills

  • Improved concentration & sleep

  • Chronic pain management

  • Improved immunity, blood pressure & heart rate

 

What is the Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)?

The MBLC is an eight-week course aimed at helping you to develop an in-depth personal experience of mindfulness and to build the foundations of a sustained personal practice, with a view to applying this in everyday life. The course was developed by the Mindfulness Association in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen and is affiliated to the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches BAMBA. The teaching in this course adheres to the Mindfulness UK Good Practice Guidelines. The course starts with an introductory session, followed by 8 weekly 2hr sessions and an optional retreat day and includes explanation, guided practice, group reflection and inquiry. The sessions are interactive with a strong emphasis on experiential learning.

 

What is covered in the course?

Introductory session - What is Mindfulness & Why Practice It?

Week 1 – Start Where We Are

Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present

Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support

Week 4 – Working with Distraction

Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent

Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer

Week 7 – Self-acceptance

Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life

There will also be an optional retreat day between weeks 6 & 7

 

Is this course for me?

The course is ideal for beginners as well as for those who have previous experience of mindfulness and who want to develop their practice. The course is experiential, not therapeutic, as such we advise that if you are undergoing treatment for an ongoing mental health problem, you obtain advice from your mental health professional before proceeding with mindfulness training.  Also, if you have recently or are currently going through a traumatic life event and want to discuss whether now is the right time to start a mindfulness course, please contact us for an informal chat before booking.

 

What’s included?
  • Introductory session

  • 8 x 2hr Mindfulness sessions

  • Optional retreat day

  • A comprehensive course manual delivered electronically

  • A series of downloadable guided meditations for home practice

  • Certificate of completion

  • Support from a qualified mindfulness teacher throughout the course

 

Cost & Booking

The full cost of the course is £175* and can be booked directly through our website. Early booking is recommended as each course has a maximum of 10 places.

* Special Early Bird Rate of £125 if booked directly with us and at least 2 weeks before the start of the course.

As always, if you would like to attend, but feel you are unable to afford the fee, please contact us for concessions as we do not wish to exclude anyone based on cost.

About the teacher

Rachael is a certified MBLC teacher with 10 years’ experience of teaching mindfulness and compassion in both a Buddhist and a Western secular context. In 2018, she obtained a Master’s degree in Mindfulness & Compassion from Coventry University and is currently doing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Brunel University, researching the effects of mindfulness and compassion on Autism. In 2019, she published a paper titled “Do Mindfulness-Based Interventions increase Empathy and Compassion in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review”. She has been practicing meditation for around 25 years and continues to practice within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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