Mindfulness for Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Exeter Spring 2018

Mindfulness is about being awake and aware – being in the present rather than living in the past or pre-living the future. This Mindfulness course will help you cope more effectively with short- and long-term stressful situations, as well as learning to experience calm and appreciate life more easily. It’s a structured programme of eight two-hour weekly sessions with a Saturday morning of practice, and includes:

  • mindfulness meditations
  • body awareness
  • gentle and simple movement (stretching and flowing)
  • group discussion
  • home practice

You’ll be encouraged to try practising mindfulness in everyday activities and in planned practice between our meetings – audio CDs or mp3s and printed handouts will help support you in this. A preliminary one-to-one discussion will clarify any questions before you start. You don’t need any previous meditation experience, and the course is entirely non-religious and secular.

Where: Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG (www.eccentre.org)

When: Eight weekly sessions, Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm – 8.45pm, 21st February – 18th April (no meeting 4th April). There’s also a Saturday morning session of practice on 24th March (or 21st April) from 9.00am to 12.30pm.

How much: The course costs £195. (Concessions on this price are often possible; please enquire.) This includes a preliminary orientation session before the course starts, the eight sessions and weekend morning of practice, audio and printed materials to guide your practice at home, as well as ‘phone and e-mail support between sessions if required.

You can see and download this information as a .pdf here. Having read through this, if you are still wondering whether the course is appropriate for you at this time in your life, please do contact me and we can talk it over. Phone 07951 820803 or 01392 439715 or mail me at info@mindbase.co.uk. The course is also available individually one-to-one, either in person or by distance learning.

Past course participants have said: “This course has been a lifeline for me.” “With mindfulness, I have the tools to help me cope when things get tough.” “I’m feeling more able to handle life; I have more options in situations that used to stress me out.”

2016_03_29 alternativeWho: Mark Bowden (BA, PGCE) began teaching yoga and meditation in the early 1980s and is a former Director of Bristol Buddhist Centre.  Mark has a long-standing personal practice of meditation and yoga, and has been teaching Mindfulness courses since 2007, having trained with Exeter and Bangor Universities and Breathworks. He also supervises other mindfulness teachers and has contributed to research programmes on mindfulness at Bristol and Southampton Universities.

To find out more about the course or to apply, call Mark on 07951 820803 or 01392 439715 or e-mail info@mindbase.co.uk

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