8-Week Mindfulness Course
Chandlers Ford: Starting May 2017
Stress Reduction through Awareness
I am really pleased to be announce the forth-coming Mindfulness course.
When we’re stressed, depressed or facing pain, sadness, illness or any other difficulty in life we tend to react in ways that make it worse. We try to ignore the problem or numb ourselves, or we struggle to get rid of it, or we go around in mental circles trying to think of a solution. Often we end up stuck deeper in the problem and frustrated with ourselves.
By contrast, mindfulness is learning to pay moment-to-moment attention to the breath, the body, the mind and the world around us, without judgment. Instead of struggling to get rid of our difficulties, we learn to simply be with our immediate experience, as it is. This can create a shift in awareness from which it is then possible to respond to the problem freshly, wisely and with confidence.
When we are mindful, our attention is not entangled with the past or future, and we are not judging or rejecting what we experience in this moment. This can generate energy, clarity and joy. We become fully present in our lives.
This is something that everyone can learn.
TO APPLY: Please contact me via Facebook, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)or telephone(07886535528), I will send you an application form to complete and return. Before or after applying, it is important that you email me to set up a time for us to speak by phone or in person. This is an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and for us to explore together whether this is the right time and course for you.
DATE: The course runs for 8 weeks on Monday evening’s from 6.45-9.00pm; It runs from 14th May to 9th July. There is an additional (optional) Mindfulness retreat day on Saturday 30th June from 10.30-4.00pm.
VENUE: CBT Mills, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire
COST: Early Bird £230 (After 1st May £260)
This Includes 8 weekly 2 hour group sessions; a retreat day (10.30am – 4.00pm); MBSR Manual, course materials and 4 CDs; between-session individual phone or email support if required;
(Concession places are available).
What does the course involve?
The course is experiential as well as instructive. You will be guided in various meditation practices and have the opportunity to personally explore and reflect on your experiences of the practices in small groups and in the whole group.
To get the most out of coming to the class requires work and commitment on your part. You will be asked to practise the meditations for up to one hour every day at home in between classes. Finding this time can initially make the course seem stressful, but it is in the home practice that people gain the lasting benefits of the course.
Is this for me?
The programme is known to benefit people with a wide range of physical and emotional difficulties, but it is not necessary to have a specific health problem to find it helpful. We all have times in our lives when we experience difficulty and stress - and for some of us this is our daily experience. The course draws on both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to offer a mindfulness approach to anyone wishing to learn new ways of working with any difficulties, whether physical or mental.
Developing greater awareness can open us to being able to change how we approach our experiences – taking more pleasure in the good things and dealing more effectively with the difficulties. So while the problems we bring may not change, what may shift is the way we relate to and cope with the difficulty. We can begin to see more easily how often we miss the moments of our lives, and how our habitual reactions often add layers of difficulty on top of the original problem.
The course can therefore be of benefit to anyone who is at a point in their lives where they wish to, and are ready to look deeply at themselves. People also attend mindfulness courses to gain skills in dealing with particular conditions including: anxiety and panic, depression, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, headaches, skin disorders, sleep disturbance, heart disease, eating disorders, and inability to concentrate.
There is little opportunity during the classes to discuss any current or past ongoing personal problems, and it may be helpful to ask a friend, or if appropriate a therapist, to be available for support during the course. In class we will be concentrating on the practices and our immediate experiences of them - in the present moment.
Though I am unable to offer therapeutic support, I encourage you to contact me by email or phone between sessions if you experience any difficulties in connection with the course. After the course finishes you are invited to attend future all day retreats as they arise in the future.
I have over 20 years experience working in the NHS, as a mental health nurse, psychodynamic group therapy facilitator, more recently as a BABCP registered CBT Therapist, working with common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety disorders.
I was introduced to meditation over 15 years ago and I have been able to expand and develop my skills in using mindfulness meditation personally and professionally since then. I trained under the auspices of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and have undergone intensive Teacher Training Retreats, level I,II & III, plus several Continuing Personal Development Training workshops and programmes. I adhere to Best Practice Guidelines and have regular supervision with a member of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. I offer 8 week Mindfulness courses within my role in the NHS, and also offer and facilitate private mindfulness courses, as described here.