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8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course


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Start Date: Wednesday 9th May 2018 for 8 consecutive weeks

Venue: The Sanctuary of Healing, Dewhurst Road, Langho

Time: 10.30 am – 1.00pm with a comfort break

Facilitator: Charlotte Hopkinson, "just breathe" – Qualified Mindfulness Practitioner

Further Information: Call Charlotte on 07801 444825 or email charlotte@live-pilates.co.uk

Cost: £245.00 - £50 deposit and final payment of £195.00 by 2nd May (this includes a jounal, weekly handouts and meditation scripts)

Concessions: "just breathe" is committed to include some concessionary places which are available for those who are in full-time education or in receipt of benefits and not currently working. This also applies for The Sanctuary of Healing staff. Please contact me to discuss

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of not living in the past or tying to predict the future, but about living in the here and now – going back to basics. It is not a religion; it is a way of being calm and intentional with our thoughts and actions. When our bodies are stressed it produces chemicals which can have a corrosive effect within the body.

Mindfulness is best understood through practice and is not about success or failure, it is about practice and changing your relationship to the now. "just breathe" MBSR courses nurture awareness, compassion and balance in life, which are magnified through shared practice, group interaction and cohesion. More importantly participants know that they are in a safe and confidential environment in group discussions.

So, if you find yourself experiencing any of the following then learning to be mindful may be beneficial to you.
• Tired
• Forgetting what you were doing or being distracted
• Constantly thinking about everything and anything
• Bad moods
• Starting a project and not finishing it
• Never having time
• Negative thinking
• On automatic pilot
• Not noticing your surroundings
• Pre-occupied with the past or the future
• Physically exhausted or ill

Mindfulness is living our lives right now, in the present moment, where our real lives are playing out, not bogged down, anxiously ruminating about the past or worried about the future that hasn’t even happened yet! Through mindful living you learn to make better choices in your life, not living on autopilot but becoming “human beings” again, rather than “human doings”.

Mindfulness allows us to calm our minds so that we can live in the here and now, and then we are able to deal more skilfully with whatever live throws at us, whether that is good or bad.

What to Expect in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

The course will be run over 8 consecutive weeks and each session will last for up to 2 ½ hours with a maximum of 10 participants. Each week a different topic will be covered and you will build on previous learning and practices. This includes:

• A mixture of simple meditations, and gentle yet subtle practical daily mindful exercises interlaced with confidential group discussion
• You will be invited to keep a personal journal
• You will complete a mindfulness questionnaire at the start and the end of the course
• Sharing experiences of practicing mindfulness – contributing as little or much as you feel comfortable with
• Learn about the impact of stress on the body and mind, how the brain works when stressed and how to use mindfulness to be more present.
• Learn how to recognise thoughts and emotions, just as they are, no matter how difficult
• You will be encouraged to practice a mindful activity each week, developing your practice and weaving mindfulness into your daily life using techniques taught throughout the 8 weeks


Mindfulness is a practice, it takes time to develop, it will not happen overnight. To get the best out of the course you are encouraged to participate each week, allowing at least 20 minutes per day to introduce and weave mindful practices into your life. If you do miss a session a Skype catch up can be arranged for a small additional cost.

Benefits of Mindfulness
In this 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course you can discover how to:
• Live life more fully and resourcefully – “waking up to your life”
• Increase your ability to handle stress and anxiety with greater ease
• Discover how to live your life in a calmer more resilient way
• Decrease physical and psychological suffering
• Realise that thoughts are mental activity and that they come and go, but do not have to define who you are
• Enhance your ability to cope with pain
• Strengthen connection with yourself and others – improving relationships and being less judgmental
• Recognise and “catch” negative thoughts and acknowledge them without over analysis, and let them go
• Make wiser choices based less on emotions and more on logic
• Enhance self esteem and confidence- helping you to get motivated again
• Increase ability to sleep and relax in a frantic world
• Discover greater energy, zest and enthusiasm for life
• Explore life again with a childhood curiosity
• Discover “space” and “peace” in your life