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Mindfulness is powerful tool
taught over a period of time
to embed what you are learning.
Mindful Living Course
The Mindful Living course is based on the
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
format of 8 weekly sessions in a group setting.
This will take the form of a 4 session Mindfulness Resilience Course which a combination of mindfulness and ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy).
One to One
If you are unable to attend the regular sessions in a group why not consider learning the skills on a one to one basis?
Follow On Training
If you already have some experience with mindfulness and would like to develop your mindfulness and maintain regular practice.
Benefits of Mindfulness Training With a Teacher
Learning with an experienced and highly qualified mindfulness teacher can be a life enhancing experience that really impacts on how you life & work and provides opportunities to reduce anxiety and over thinking. This course is about so much more than listening to a track on an app.
Participants benefit hugely from the course even if they have been practicing mindfulness themselves for a period of time of have got some basics from a book or app.
“I had tried to learn a little mindfulness from a book with little success. I would definitely recommend a course to learn mindfulness – the classes add a whole dimension that just can’t be captured otherwise.”
“Before the course I was practising mindfulness on a very small scale. The course has really opened my options with mindfulness so it has really become part of my life in a very practical way.”
Mindful Living 8 Week Course
In this course mindfulness meditation is presented in a practical and experiential way. There is a strong focus on learning skills that can be applied in everyday situations at home or at work and that can increase happiness and well being and decrease stress.
The course always benefits from a small group to ensure an individual approach can be taken to learning this valuable skill, while at the same time benefiting from learning in a group.
Each session has a theme and the sessions build on each other to provide practice and understanding in a variety of aspects of mindfulness
“It is already proving very useful in daily life. I am finding that my anxiety levels are a lot lower and I am able to respond to stressful situations rather than reacting to them. I am sleeping better and I am much more aware of what is ‘going on’ inside me and how I am holding myself. My head is clearer and I feel less overwhelmed by situations.”
– 8 week course participant
- Learning different forms of mindfulness practice that can be used to train our attention and build our resilience to stress in our life.
- Choose how we respond rather than finding ourselves habitually reacting to situations in ways that may not be helpful, by understanding about autopilot and looking at how mindfulness can help us to disengage from automatic ways of thinking.
- Seeing the link between thoughts and the state of our mind and body
- Mindfulness can help greatly in managing stress from minor or major irritations to difficulties to deadlines/high workloads and balancing our work/life responsibilities by learning why we react the way we do during stressful situations or social interaction, and practice applying mindfulness.
- Experiencing life more directly so that we can really be present to enjoy the good things in life.
Even over 8 weeks people who commit time for regular practice during each week will experience benefits
The session materials include printed handouts and guided meditations as MP3 downloads or as CDs to support your practice at home. Like any new skill (driving a car, riding a bike) you have to practice actually doing it, not just thinking about doing it!
4 Session Resilience Course
A 4 session Mindfulness Resilience Course covering a combination of mindfulness and ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy).
This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to enhance their well-being, get more in touch with their personal values and thrive in today’s every changing world rather than simply survive. It can also be useful for individuals experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood. This is a short introductory level course.
Rather than worrying about what has happened or what might happen, mindfulness/ACT trains offers the potential to respond skillfully to whatever is happening right now. In this short course, there is a strong focus on learning practical skills that can be applied in everyday situations at work or home.
‘Since doing the training I am able to step back from my thoughts and get less caught up in unhelpful thought loops. As a resuIt, I feel calmer and more in control.’
‘I am starting to use the skills to move in the direction I want to go, rather than get side tracked with negative thinking.’
ACT is a mindfulness-based intervention that seeks to change the way people respond to stress-related thoughts and feelings, enabling them to pursue valued work and life goals, even when experiencing difficult thoughts and emotions.
One to One sessions
It can be difficult to set time aside to on a regular evening each week to join in with the group sessions, particularly if you are in a busy and pressured job. I encourage people to consider the group sessions as way of learning because learning as part of a group adds an additional dimension to your experiences. However it is not possible for everyone and there are also benefits of learning one to one too. The teaching can be tailored to your progress and understanding as it develops and I also make every effort to be as flexible as possible regarding session times so that you can maintain continuity regardless of what life is throwing at you.
Sessions at the Oakdale Centre, Harrogate: £60 per session (1 hr)
Sessions at the Good health Centre, Leeds: £60 per session (1 hr)
Sessions from home training room: Day time sessions: £45 per session (1 hr)
For people with reduced mobility, one to one sessions at your home or via Skype can also be a valuable way to access the training. If long term illness has impacted your financial position, do please get in touch to discuss one to one teaching at a concessionary rate.