I offer the 8-week Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World course which is based on the standard Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses. It aims to reduce stress, anxiety and unhappiness, as well as to promote wellbeing and flourishing. I also offer a taster session to help you decide if learning mindfulness will suit you.
8-Week Mindfulness for Wellbeing Course
Wednesdays 5th February – 25th March 2020, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Exeter Community Centre
What is Mindfulness?
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness is essentially a way in which we can spend more time in the present moment, rather than being so lost in thoughts about the past or worries about the future. It helps us to become more aware of our thoughts, feelings and body sensations and to be able to direct our attention more freely. It also enables us to relate differently to our thoughts, so that we have more distance from, and are less affected by, them. With this extra mental flexibility comes the possibility of making more conscious and skillful choices in life that will better support our wellbeing. It is often said that mindfulness enables us to respond rather react to circumstances in our lives. It further encourages us to be more kind and compassionate with ourselves (and others).
To read more about mindfulness generally, please see my article on What mindfulness is?
What are the benefits of attending a mindfulness course?
The course helps you to take better care of your wellbeing and health, as well as to experience a greater appreciation of life. The physical and psychological benefits of mindfulness meditation found by research studies include:
- Being happier and more contented than the average person
- Better and more fulfilling relationships
- Reduced key indicators of chronic stress, such as hypertension
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Reduced impact of serious conditions, including cancer and chronic pain
- Improved memory and reaction times
- Lowered irritability
- Bolstered immune system, helping to protect against colds and other illnesses
What does this course include?
This course includes:
- 8 (1.5 hour) sessions involving participation in a range of guided mindfulness meditation practices taught in a secular way
- Exploration of experiences within the practices to increase awareness of personal patterns
- A 20-30 minute phone or video Orientation Call before the course to discuss what it involves in more depth, what you hope to gain from it and to decide together whether the course will suit you and if this a good time for you to undertake it.
- The book that accompanies the course, which contains a CD of the practices covered
- Guided audio recordings in electronic format so you can easily have them on your phone or any portable audio device
- Email and/or telephone support between sessions as needed
- A 20-30 minute phone or video call on completion of the course to review progress (optional)
- Discounted attendance at all future mindfulness and meditation Day Retreats I run to help you to maintain your practice
- Lifetime access to my Mindfulness Practice Development Community on Facebook where you can ask questions and receive ongoing support once the course has finished (optional)
I am a fully qualified and experienced MBCT facilitator, trained at the University of Exeter where I was fortunate enough to receive tuition from Professor Willem Kuyken, who is now Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre at Oxford University and highly regarded for his teaching and research.
How have other people found the course?
Here is some of the feedback I have received from people who have attended previous 8-week mindfulness courses that I have facilitated:
“This course helped me through the tail-end of a very rough patch. I had started to feel better before it started but the course definitely was key. I’ve also avoided a few points where my anxiety could have easily spiralled thanks to this course. Thanks to the course I’m back to being able to find joy in things I’m doing. I’m sleeping properly again and I feel able to handle work and my social life…I feel a lot more in control of my emotions and my experiences…it had a very clear, positive impact on my wellbeing.”
“It has been very important in teaching me the necessary skills for coping with stress…I have also found it very important to learn these skills for the future…it can be so beneficial in learning how to have a healthy mind.”
“It’s very useful and practical…Befriending attitude is very useful and I can adapt it to help my problem about being perfectionist…I feel more calm when I study. I think I beat myself up less often when things go wrong.”
“I like the way I view my body now. Before it was just a vehicle – got me around the place. Now I see it as one aspect of the self which is always in one piece, no matter how scattered my mind is and I appreciate it for that.”
How much does it cost to do this course?
I am committed to offering mindfulness courses at an affordable rate and so am currently trialing offering them on a partially donation basis. The minimum charge for the course is £95 to cover costs, which is payable at the time of booking. You will then be invited to give an additional contribution on completion of the course. The suggested additional contribution is a further £50 for those who can afford it, but the exact amount you choose to give is at your discretion. You are encouraged to give what you feel the course has been worth for you, where you can, so that this can be a sustainable initiative.
How do I book a place on the course?
You are very welcome to contact me if you have any questions or you can arrange the initial complementary phone or video Orientation Call by completing the form that the button below takes you to. During this call we will come to a decision together about whether it seems the course would suit you and if it feels like the right time for you to start.
When will the next course be running?
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Mindfulness Taster Session
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Exeter Community Centre
This taster session provides the ideal opportunity to learn more about mindfulness and what attending an 8-week course would involve. You will be invited to try some mindfulness practices and there will be discussion around the benefits of establishing a regular mindfulness practice for your wellbeing.
The minimum charge for this session is £5 to cover costs, which is payable at the time of booking. You will then be invited to give an additional contribution at the end of the session. The suggested additional contribution is a further £5 for those who can afford it, but the exact amount you choose to give is at your discretion. You are encouraged to give what you feel the session has been worth for you, where you can, so that this can be a sustainable initiative.
Please contact me if you have any questions or you can reserve a place by completing the form that the button below takes you to.
One-to-One Mindfulness Sessions
I am also able to offer the above 8-week mindfulness course via one-to-one sessions for those who cannot access a group course. This can be facilitated either face-to-face in Exeter, by telephone or over video calls. Each session will last for 1 hour.
The minimum charge for this one-to-one course when via telephone or video calls is £80, or face-to-face is £160, which covers costs and is payable at the time of booking. You will then be invited to give an additional contribution at the end of the course. The suggested amount for this is a further £80 for those who can afford it, but the exact figure you choose to give is at your discretion. You are encouraged to give what you feel the sessions have been worth for you, where you can, so that this can be a sustainable initiative.
You are very welcome to contact me if you have any questions or you can arrange an initial complementary phone or video call by completing the form that the button below takes you to. Please specify on this form that it is the one-to-one course that you wish to book.
Mindfulness in the Workplace Sessions
I can provide tailored sessions of between 30 minutes and 2 hours for organisations in the Exeter area at a time of day to suit you. I charge £75 per hour (pro rata for shorter sessions) of delivery time. I have previously delivered group sessions for employees at the Environment Agency, DEFRA and Elsevier in Exeter.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss the possibility of me offering a session or course at your workplace.