While short bursts of pressure can help us to rise to meet a challenge, long term stress can have a major impact on our physical and mental health. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) aims to help participants cultivate the ability to be with prolonged periods of stress, which can lead to poor mental and physical health.
The core skill that you will learn is ‘mindfulness’; a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgementally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you.
As a nation we’re under greater stress than ever , and with symptoms including anger, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, breathlessness and chest pains, it’s something that needs to be addressed. After bereavement and divorce, work is the third biggest cause of stress. As well as impacting on people’s health and wellbeing, it can also damage social lives and relationships
Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase your sense of personal confidence, of having more options and more strength to face the different challenges in your life.
The course is based on an amalgamation of the MBSR course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale.
Our Saturday courses are taught over four 4 hour sessions at fortnightly intervals. There is an additional silent retreat morning before the concluding session.
Our weekday evening courses begin with a 1.5 hour orientation session, then eight 2.5 hour sessions at weekly intervals. This also includes an all-day retreat on one Sunday.
Home practice is an important part of the course, and each participant is required to undertake to do 40 to 60 minutes of this, six days per week, between each class.
The cost covers all the taught sessions, downloadable audio materials to support home practice, practice CD’s and a workbook. The one day retreat is optional and carries a £40 fee.
There are a few concessions available for those who are in full-time education or in receipt of benefits and not currently working. Please contact us directly if you wish to apply for a concessionary space