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Mindfulness Based Living

About the course

Mindfulness training is the practice of becoming aware of how distracted the mind is and releasing the mind from striving. It is a simple practice but it is so different to how our minds normally behave it takes time to shift away from the autopilot mode that we usually adopt.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is ideal for beginners and for those who have previous experience of mindfulness and want to develop their practice.

Please note that this mindfulness training is educational and not intended to be a treatment for people experiencing mental ill health. If you have recently received or are currently receiving treatment from a GP, psychiatrist, psychotherapist or counsellor for an ongoing mental health condition, you will need to discuss this with your mental health professional before enrolling on this course. Also, if you have recently or are currently going through a traumatic life event such as a separation from a long term partner, the death of a close family member or friend or redundancy, this may not be the right time for you to attend this training. 

If you are unsure if this course is right for you at this time, please ask for a discussion with the mindfulness teacher to help decide if our course is right for you.

Why study?

It is helpful to have a support when starting out with mindfulness and practising in a group is far more beneficial. Mindfulness is not a quick fix or a relaxation technique, neither will it mend or resolve anything, but with practice it can help us to be less reactive, see things with more clarity and deal with them calmly and effectively.

Mindfulness offers the opportunity to be kinder and more compassionate to ourselves. Freeing your mind from the bonds of distraction will open up all kinds of possibilities.

This is a 9-week course consisting of 8 two hour classes preceded by an introductory week. Mindfulness is a faculty we all have and like any other faculty it can be developed through training and practice to improve our wellbeing.

Everybody gains something different from practising mindfulness, however research shows that it can be helpful in many aspects of life, in particular to:

  • better sleep 
  • manage stress , anxiety , and our various mood states
  • increase our capacity for happiness 
  • build resilience 
  • increase concentration

We will also be looking at how we feel about aspects of ourselves and our lives, and will explore kindness practices.

Where will this course take me?

The Mindfulness Association offer a range of courses and retreats enabling you to take your practice further.

Core modules

  • What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
  • Start Where We Are
  • The Body as a Place to Stay Present
  • Introducing Mindfulness Support
  • Working with Distraction
  • Exploring the Undercurrent
  • Attitude of the Observer
  • Self-acceptance
  • A Mindfulness Based Life

How will I be assessed?

There are no assessments associated with this course, participants who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of attendance.

Will I have to provide anything?

Participants are invited to bring a cushion and a mat for their own comfort.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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