Safe entry: a 1-day Introduction to Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a means of paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” (Jon Kabat Zinn)
This day-long course will give you an introduction to the practice of mindfulness to better manage stress and enhance your overall wellbeing.
What will you gain?
- A safe and accessible introduction to this subject including some theory about mindfulness as well as some practical exercises including meditation, gentle movement, awareness of sensations, emotions and thoughts
- Tips on incorporating mindfulness to your daily life
- The opportunity to come to the beautiful and tranquil Sharpham Estate
The day runs from 10am-4pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Teas, coffee and hot water are provided.
I learnt that being mindful can have positive benefits on all aspects of life, including relationships with others. I am keen to learn more!
Who is the course for?
The course is suitable for most people aged 18 and above who are new to mindfulness and no previous experience is required. You will be taught by an experienced teacher in a group of no more than 15.
Working with depression and anxiety
Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety our courses might not be suitable people experience experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. We are not able not able to offer mindfulness as a 'clinical intervention', but rather as an aid to everyday health, wellbeing and in helping prevent relapse.
Mindfulness is a life-long practice so it is important to acknowledge that the day offers an introduction rather than in-depth exploration of Mindfulness. After undertaking this course, many go on to our 8-week Mindfulness for Health & Wellbeing Course or our Mindfulness for Beginners Retreats for a deeper and more in-depth experience of the practice.
The day runs from 10am-4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, I felt a sense of acceptance and even appreciation of myself whilst on the course. This was a truly liberating moment.
This course takes place in the South Wing section of Sharpham House (pictured right). We supply blankets, meditation cushions, stools and chairs.
There is car parking near to the venue - click below to download information about getting to us.
The room will be open for participants 15 minutes before the start of the course.
Shahin is a Senior Counsellor in the NHS where she also teaches Mindfulness. She works with people with mental health issues and runs a mindfulness group. She has been a Counsellor for 17 years and, prior to this, worked in education as a Teacher and Teacher‐trainer for many years.
Dan has been practising mindfulness since 1994. He trained as a Buddhist monk for 5 years and has completed a mindfulness teacher training retreat led by Jon Kabat‐Zinn. He works as a mental health nurse.
Patti Summerville - Mindfulness for Beginners retreat leader
Patti began a personal meditation practice in 1996 after attending a retreat at the Tushita Institute, Dharamsala, India. Over the years her practice has been influenced by Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist traditions and in 2013 she took on the role of co-ordinator at The Barn Retreat Centre, an Insight Mindfulness Meditation Retreat centre on Sharpham Estate. Patti trained as an Integral Hatha Yoga teacher in 2009 at the Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram and has undertaken a Mindfulness Teacher training retreat with Exeter University. On a personal level Patti has found great benefit integrating mindfulness practice into her busy, everyday, private and professional life as an Occupational Therapist and is passionate about supporting others on their journey towards more contented, peaceful and compassionate lives.
Prof Katherine Weare
Katherine Weare is Emeritus Professor at the University of Exeter and Southampton. Her background is education, developing approaches to promoting wellbeing and preventing mental health problems for school staff and pupils, including work on CBT/ social and emotional learning in schools. She became committed to mindfulness when she found it a personal lifesaver during a health crisis and trained to be a mindfulness teacher through the Mindfulness Based Approaches Diploma at the University of Exeter. Since then she has kept in touch with the roots of mindfulness, teaching 8-week courses, receives regular supervision and attends regular silent insight meditation retreats to support her daily practice and is following the advanced Committed Practitioner Programme at the Bodhi Institute. She has become internationally known for her research and development work on mindfulness and compassion for children/young people and those who care for them. Recently she has advised the All Party Parliamentary Group on mindfulness and wellbeing which produced The Mindful Nation policy document recommending the widespread development of evidence-based mindfulness across the UK, and spoke in Parliament on mindfulness in schools. She contributed to The Mindfulness Summit online as “40 of the world’s leading experts on meditation and mindfulness” . She advises various mindfulness projects such as the Mindfulness in Schools Project, the Plum Village mindfulness community and is currently writing a book with Thich Nhat Hanh on education. She is a member and regular speaker for the Faculty of Mind and Life Europe.
Lynne qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1987 and is currently a team leader in the out-patients department at Torbay hospital. Since graduating she has specialised in the management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and the emotional impact of these. She has been delivering mindfulness programmes for over 10 years within the NHS and at Sharpham. Lynne runs MBSR/MBCT courses having completed training at Bangor and Exeter University; Mindfulness for Health courses as an accredited Breathworks teacher and .b courses having completed training through the Mindfulness in Schools Project.
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1-Day Introduction to Mindfulness Course - Sharpham (Patti Summerville)
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