Mindfulness MBSR Courses and Events in 2017
MBSR stands for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. It is a course that has been well-tried and researched since the programme was first devised by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues back in 1979. The 8 week programme gradually introduces different mindfulness practices with the chance to share our direct experience of these with other group participants, in a safe and calm space.
Experiencing stress and anxiety is a common human experience, thus the course is suitable for anyone who wants to find a way of working with this “fact of life”. By increasing our awareness of sensations in the body, as well as of the thought processes that contribute to stress and tension and take us away from a fuller awareness of the present moment, we find that not only is our relationship to stressful events or feelings fundamentally changed for the better, but that our ability to enjoy our lives, moment by moment, increases.
Mindfulness can also be very helpful for anyone experiencing particular problems like chronic pain, more severe anxiety, health issues like high blood pressure or heart disease, to name a few. See the page on Mindfulness Evidence and Research for more in depth information.
If you’re interested in looking into this further, below is a list of courses and events. There are introductory events, details of the 8 Week MBSR Courses through the year, one to one sessions and finally events for people who’ve already done the 8 week course and want to maintain or go further with their mindfulness practice.
To book on one of the 8 week courses listed below, the first step is to fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page. You can also pay a deposit of £50 to secure a place on the course via PayPal. A booking form will then be sent out to you and we will also arrange a phone call to discuss what’s involved in doing the course and to answer any questions you might have. The contact form can be used for more general enquiries as well.
I run regular Mindfulness Taster sessions offering the chance to explore what mindfulness is all about and try out some of the main practices. Check back here for the next date to be announced shortly.
Cost: £10 (includes booklet and CD)
8 WEEK MINDFULNESS (MBSR) COURSES
Friday evenings, 22nd September to 17th November 2017 (no session 27th October which is half term week)
Includes a Mindfulness Day Retreat (optional) 10am to 4.00pm on Sunday 29th October (venue to be confirmed)
Venue: The Spike Community Centre, Warren Road, Guildford GU1 3JH.
Cost: £225 standard rate or £175 for those on low income (includes coursebook and CD/Mp3 audio plus email and phone support)
If you would like to find out at a glance what other MBSR courses are available throughout the local area, visit the website of the West Surrey Mindfulness Network, which myself and several other mindfulness teachers have formed as a hub of reliable information about mindfulness training.
ONE TO ONE LEARNING
This is a further option for those who prefer this way of learning or are unable to make a regular group session. The one to one sessions are delivered by Skype or in some circumstances within your own home. Couples or small groups of friends can also be accommodated. Contact me on the form below for details of costs and more information.
FOLLOW ON LEARNING FOR GRADUATES OF THE 8 WEEK COURSE
One day workshops and retreats are arranged from time to time focusing in more depth on particular aspects of mindfulness practice. Graduates are also able to attend the regular mindfulness retreat days held as part of the MBSR course about 3 to 4 times each year. In addition there are the monthly practice sessions described below.
Monthly Mindfulness Top Up Sessions
For those who have completed the 8 week course (whether with The Mindful Place or another teacher) or who have prior experience of mindfulness meditation.
These are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7.30pm to 9pm, see dates below:
15th June, 20th July, 17th August, 21st September, 19th October, 16th November, Break in December
At St Catherine’s Village Hall, Chestnut Ave, Guildford, GU2 4HF
Cost: £8 (£5 concessionary rate) – No booking needed but you may like to contact me (see below) to let me know if you’re intending to come along or have any questions. There is the option to pay in advance with Paypal below.
Mindfulness Day Retreats and Other One-off Events
The next one is happening on Sunday 29th October, from 10am to 4pm, venue to be confirmed. Costs £20/£15 concessions
Suitable for anyone who’s done the 8 week MBSR or MBCT course or who has an established meditation practice.
To find out more or to book on one of the 8 Week Mindfulness courses or day retreats please complete the contact form below or phone Jackie on 07985 656014. You can also make a Paypal payment below if you’d like to secure a place on the course with a deposit, or for paying the balance at the same time or at a later stage.