Mindfulness Session – Taster Session & 8 Week Course
£15.00 – £175.00
Sunday 31st March 10.30am-11.30am
8 Week Course
Dates: TBC – Please email for details
Taster Session – Whether you are looking to be more relaxed, peaceful, happy, have more sleep, be more focused, to be connected or just be curious, then we invite you to join us to explore mindfulness.
We will allow ourselves to let go of preconceived ideas and be open and curious to these techniques. We will explore Mindfulness through some formal practices and touch on ways to be more mindful in daily life, being aware of our moment by moment experience with an attitude of openness and non-judgemental acceptance.
We will experience a mindful body scan and switch from doing to being and allow our body to experience all sensations, physical, emotional, our thoughts and sensory experiences.
This is not a therapy class but an opportunity to meet our instructor, experience mindfulness, hear more about this therapy and hear about our 8 week course.
8 Week Course – Whether you have joined our taster sessions or are ready to take the next step we invite you to our 8 week course. The course will be run by our lovely instructor, Vickie.
Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)
The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) is a weekly mindfulness course. It is an 8-week course consisting of eight classes, which are typically two hours long, preceded by an introductory class before the eight-week course begins.
The weekly themes are:
- Introductory Session – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
- Week 1 – Start Where We Are
- Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
- Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
- Week 4 – Working with Distraction
- Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
- Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer
- Week 7 – Self-acceptance
- Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life
- Follow Up – The Rest of Your Life
What is Mindfulness?
The Mindfulness Association’s working definition of mindfulness is: Knowing what is happening while it is happening, without preference.
As you sit and read this, you can choose to be mindful. You can choose to come into the present moment and know you are sitting here, while you are sitting here.
Spend a moment just becoming aware of your experience as you sit here: any thoughts passing through the mind, any emotion you are experiencing now and any physical sensations you can feel in the body.
Becoming aware of our experience relates directly to the ‘knowing what is happening while it happening’ element of our definition.
Method and Attitude
The Mindfulness Association’s training proceeds at two levels:
Firstly, a technical aspect, which involves the method of how we train and what steps we learn in order to settle the mind, come into focus, remain in focus, recognize and avoid distraction. For example, we do this through meditation with the support of breath, sound, body or movement using a range of exercises.
Secondly, by developing an attitude of acceptance and kindness towards ourselves, so that when the effects of mindfulness reveal deeper levels of psychological activity, we are able to integrate these in a creative and non-reactive way (Nairn, 2001). This aspect is also carried out throughout meditative process.
Both levels are essential and should proceed side by side with one another.
A path for life
Whatever it is that brings us to take our first steps on the journey of becoming more mindful and compassionate, we recognise that the cultivation of present-moment compassionate living is the journey of a lifetime; we aim to provide a wide array of courses to support the journey. Our courses are secular and draw from the wisdom of a broad range of disciplines, including neuroscience, evolutionary psychology
Comfort is the aim of attendees on this course. Please bring two cushions, or a meditation cushion/stool if you have one, along with two blankets. Please wear loose clothing and wear warm thick socks. Most of our time will be sitting on a mat on the floor, however chairs will be provided for individuals who cannot sit on a mat. Tea, coffee, herbal tea and water are at the venue; however, I would suggest bringing a water bottle or flask to keep hydrated. Self-nourishing and care are the main elements of this course. No previous experience is required- Just an open and curious mind.
I look forward to welcoming you on the course – Vickie
Taster Session, Full Course