Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing
Mindfulness allows us to pay attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally.
This 8-week course provides an in-depth exploration of Mindfulness skills and techniques to help us cultivate this way of being, together with a clear and focused framework within which to practise and develop them.
We have two venues depending on which day your course runs.
On Wednesday evenings, the course will be held in Sharpham South Wing from 7.30pm -9.30pm.
On Friday mornings, the course is held at The Quaker House in Totnes from 10am - 12 noon.
The Quaker Friends Meeting House in Totnes can be found in Ticklemore Street, which lies off The Plains, near the old bridge at Totnes. The address is Friends Meeting House, 3 Ticklemore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5EJ.
Check out our Events Calendar on our home page to find out when we are running the next 8-week Mindfulness courses.
What does the course involve?
The Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing 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.You will be taught in a group of about 15-20 by two teachers who have experience in teaching the Mindfulness groups. The course consists of eight two-hour sessions.
The group meetings will include 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 bemore 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 talk about how to use the learning gained
from the practice in daily life.
Getting the most out of the course will require some work on your part. It requires a strong commitment to home practice, through a gentle but rigorous daily discipline of meditation and movement practices (around 45 minutes daily). CDs will be provided to support you with this. Making the commitment to devote time needed for this personal exploration can feel difficult, but most people consider it worthwhile.
As part of your application please complete and return the questionnaire provided, to give the teachers some idea of your level of support and recent stressful events. If necessary one of the teachers may ring you to clarify issues, and you also may wish to contact us for clarification if you have any questions.
Who is the course for ?
The course is suitable for most people. We all experience difficulties in our lives and the course can teach skills to help manage these. Some participants come to the course because of a specific physical or mental health problem; others come to help themselves with more general stresses. Sometimes people want to do the course for professional reasons as first step towards learning to use the approach to help others, but we insist that everyone fully participates as themselves and not as an observer. This group in itself will not qualify you to teach mindfulness.
This course is not appropriate for people who are currently suffering from 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).