Times and dates of group courses don’t work for you? Prefer to learn one-to-one? Explore Mindfulness through a structured eight-session course at a time that suits you. This can be through distance learning, or one-to-one in-person tuition, or a blending of both. Using the general framework of MBSR/MBCT, we can tailor the course to suit your interest, looking at how Mindfulness can help with stress, low mood or depression, or chronic illness and pain – or simply how Mindfulness can enhance everyday life. We cover the themes and practices of the usual group courses, but each session is conducted on a one-to-one basis over the telephone or online (using Skype, Facetime or GoogleVideo where available) or in person. Each session lasts 75 to 90 minutes. During the session we practise a mindfulness exercise and discuss your experience of it; talk about your practice at home over the preceding week; and talk through the theme for the week and your response to it. It’s also possible to do the course this way with a friend – or as a small group of three.
Homepractice will follow the same general pattern as on the group course, possibly with some additional reading on the background to mindfulness-based approaches to health – this could be from the book “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, or “The Mindful Way Through Depression” by Segal, Teasdale, Williams, and Kabat-Zinn, or Vidyamala Burch’s “Living Well with Pain and Illness”, or the recent “Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. The course can be tailored to your prior experience and preferred ways of learning.
One of the advantages of learning mindfulness this way is the flexibility. Rather than waiting for a course to start, or finding that it’s at a time or place that’s not convenient, you can choose when to start and when the sessions will be. It’s best if we make contact at the same time each week, but we can vary this according to circumstances. You could also have a ‘gap week’ – for instance, if you have a holiday planned. And extra support outside the session time can generally be arranged if required.
The course includes: a preliminary orientation session before the course starts, the eight sessions, support between sessions as required, CDs/mp3s to guide your practice at home between sessions, a course handbook, and a follow-up session one month after the course finishes. The course normally costs £270 – but concessions may be possible, according to circumstances. Enquire for small group rates. Click here to see more information in a downloadable PDF.
Maintaining & developing your mindfulness practice
Once you’ve completed the course, there are various ways to support your continuing practice of mindfulness. Find out more by clicking here.
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