Introduction to Mindfulness
This day course introduces a variety of Mindfulness techniques to help us cultivate this way of being and is suitable for those new to Mindfulness and those who wish to refresh and practise their skills.
The Introduction to Mindfulness course draws on the approaches of both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Jon Kabat-Zinn) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Teasdale et al) and is an approach to handling the stresses and strains of life by bringing our full awareness to the present moment, thereby enabling more choices.
The Introduction to Mindfulness course is an introductory course, while the 8-week Mindfulness course covers the full programme of mindfulness techniques and applications.
Check out our What's On calendar to find out when we are running the next Introduction to Mindfulness courses.
What does the Course involve ?
You will be introduced to various mindful practices (involving sitting, lying down or gentle movement), during which we bring attention to our sensations, emotions and thoughts. Through cultivating mindful awareness, we can learn to be more steady with whatever is happening without resisting it or judging it as good or bad. This can enable us to be less caught up in painful feelings or thoughts about the past or future.
Full instructions will be provided by the teachers and there will be periods of inquiry to discuss and share experiences arising through the practices. We will also learn how to transfer mindfulness techniques to our daily lives.
Getting the most out of the course will require some work on your part. You will gain most if you can commit to home practice, through a gentle but regular daily discipline of meditation and awareness practices. Making the commitment to devote time needed for this personal exploration can feel difficult, but most people find it well worth the effort.
Who is the course for?
The course is suitable for most people and you will be taught in a group of no more than 15 by experienced teachers.
We all experience difficulties in our lives and the course can introduce you to skills that will help you to manage these more effectively. The courses are not appropriate for people who are currently suffering from an episode of major depression or psychiatric illness. We also request that people do not attend the group under the influence of alcohol or drugs (except prescribed medication).