8-Week Mindfulness for Wellbeing & Resilience Course
Starting Thursday evening 6th September 2018
Mindfulness is a bit like being given the instruction manual to our own mind! On this course, which follows a formally validated approach, you will learn: what mindfulness is, its benefits, and the many ways to practise mindfulness – leading to the development of your own mindfulness practice.
The course runs over 8-weeks (plus a gap for the school half-term on 25th October) with a small group in weekly two-hour sessions starting at 19.30. It’s supported by providing audio meditation practises and written material for use at home. It’s based on the eight week courses MBCT and MBSR (see below for more detail on this).
The benefits of this course have been far-reaching and have had an impact on all aspects of my life!
Why attend a mindfulness course?
Regular mindfulness practise has been shown many times to be beneficial to most of those who practise, building resilience, enhancing well-being, reducing stress, and improving focus and clarity at work and at home. It has been shown to help us become more aware of the often illogical patterns our thinking mind is drawn into, providing approaches to take back the control we think we should have.
Like any skill, mindfulness requires practise – and this will be your main task as an attendee, practising the mindfulness exercises most days. You will be provided with guided audio meditation recordings which can be listened to either over the internet, or by downloading to your favourite mobile device.
Start date: Thursday 6th September 2018
Time: 19.30 until 21.30
Venue: The Haven Wellbeing Hub, Unit 1-3, 171 Evendons Lane, Wokingham, RG41 4EH
Cost of course: £225
- Week 1, 6th September– Running on autopilot
- Week 2, 13th September– Living in our heads
- Week 3, 20th September– Gathering the scattered mind
- Week 4, 27th September– Recognising aversion
- Week 5, 4th October – The odd thing about ‘allowing’
- Week 6, 11th October – A thinking exposé
- Week 7, 18th October – A time to dance?
- (No course 25th October for school half-term)
- Week 8, 1st November– The present in the future
Mark has an inclusive and generous style which guided us all beautifully through our learnings. Bringing so much more than mindfulness, Mark adds further depth & understanding to how our brains and bodies work so we can take more personal control of our well-being.
More background details?
The approach we take is based on a formally defined course called Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT is the only mindfulness course recommended by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for use in a clinical environment, for example by the NHS. MBCT itself is based on an approach created in the United States called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
We call the course ‘Mindfulness for wellbeing’ because we are not running the course in a clinical environment, and so we are free to dynamically adjust some of the practices to suit those who attend.
If the smallest part of you is entertaining the idea of signing up for this mindfulness course, don’t hesitate or put it off or wonder how you’ll fit it in. Just sign-up. You’ll be very glad you did.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
The course is open to anyone aged 18 years or over.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
If you have further questions, do get in touch using one of the options on our Contact Us page.
What if there is a week I can’t make it?
If we know you can’t make a particular week, we can ensure that you still received the notes for that week, along with the practices. Sometimes it’s even possible to join the training online using Skype, or attend the daytime course for one session. So, don’t worry too much if you know there is one week you can’t make. If it’s two or more weeks I can’t make? Generally, it’s a good idea to book on the following course – but, every situation is different, so do contact Mark to discuss; for example it may be possible to book a number of one-to-one sessions to cover the content you won’t be able to make.
Can I pay by…?
You’re welcome to pay by bank transfer, credit card, cheque, or even cash, we ask for your preference on the booking form.
Can I reserve a place on the course?
You’re welcome to reserve a place with a deposit of £40, which will hold the place until 7 days before the course. So we ask for full payment at least 7 days prior to the course.
What is the refund policy?
A full refund is available if you choose to cancel your attendance 48 or more hours before the first training session, and an 80% refund right up until the first session. A full refund is also available if you attend the first training session and decide that the course is not for you – just let us know within 24 hours of the first session.
What size is the class?
The course is run with a small group, a maximum of 12 people, and minimum of 6.
Is the course suitable for those with depression or other mental illness?
Although mindfulness practice can be beneficial for those who have suffered with depression or other mental illness, the course is unlikely to be suitable if you are currently suffering with clinical depression, unless under explicit guidance of a medical professional. Partly, this is due to the nature of mindfulness practice which invites us to focus on and work directly with our thoughts and feelings – this can be very helpful for those who have suffered with depression, but may not be productive in the middle of a depressive episode. Do please speak with Mark if you’re unsure about suitability.
What are the computer / technical requirements to attend?
The guided meditation practises are provided as mp3 audio files, which can be played on any computer or smart phone. The files are provided for download using web link, and can also be copied to a memory stick, or even a CD provided for participants if preferred.
Do I need to be able to sit in the lotus position or any other special position?
No! There is no special sitting position or physical requirements. For a sitting meditation the suggestion is to sit upright, with your upper body self-supporting (for example, away from the back of a chair). But if that isn’t practical, then you can sit however you choose.
Is it suitable if I have a physical disability?
Yes! Although there are recommended postures for practice (see ‘Do I need to be able to sit in the lotus position’, above), they are not required. There are also simple movement practices – again which can be adjusted or excluded to support anybody who wishes to learn to become more mindful.
I believe it is important to teach mindfulness both competently and ethically. Although mindfulness in not formally regulated in UK, recommendations for ethical practice are provided by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers (the UK Network) for training, practice and supervision, and I follow these guideline, for example:
- Formal and continual training – my training followed the UK Network guidance for training teachers, and I teach according to the guidelines expected for mindfulness teachers. This is the same approach recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE; the UK body providing evidence-based information for health and care professionals, including the NHS).
- Under normal circumstances we will speak on the phone before you start a course to ensure that the course is suitable.
- Confidentiality is key in all of my courses.
- I have regular supervision from an external qualified mindfulness supervisor.
A more detailed description of the guidelines is provided by the UK Network here: Mindfulness-based teachers Good Practice Guide.
It has been one of, if not the best, investments in my life.