Safe entry: a 1-day Introduction to Mindfulness
This day-long course will give you an introduction to the practice of mindfulness to better manage stress and enhance your overall wellbeing.
Mindfulness is a means of paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally - Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness pioneer
What will you learn on this course?
- 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, towards better health & well-being
- The opportunity to come to the beautiful and tranquil Sharpham Estate
The day runs from 10am-4pm. Please bring a packed lunch and wear loose comfortable clothing. 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! - course participant
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.
All our introduction days are held in the South Wing at Sharpham from 10am-4pm. Please bring a packed lunch and wear loose comfortable clothing. Teas, coffee and hot water are provided.
Thank you so much for the lovely course...I learned many things, especially to recognise thoughts as just thoughts. Mindful walking outdoors at Sharpham is wonderful. I had such a nice experience in the body scan, I can't even express it. Thanks for your care.
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.
Lynne has a background as a nurse, health visitor and also trained as a psychotherapist at Metanoia in London in the early 1990s. While training as a therapist she became interested in meditation and has practiced for the last 15 +years. She has trained as a Mindfulness Teacher at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre, Bangor University and Exeter University. She teaches MBSR groups for the Mood Disorders Centre at Exeter University and also mentors and supervises students taking the Mindfulness Diploma. She is passionate about teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to people suffering from stress and brings a depth of experience and compassion to her work. She has a daily meditation practice, receives regular supervision and attends regular silent insight meditation retreats. Find her at www.mindfulnessdevon.co.uk
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 at Sharpham. Patti has trained to be a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher with Exeter University and an Integral Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2009 at the Sri Swami Satchidananda Ashram. 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.
Lynne qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 1987 and was 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. She runs Mindfulness for Health courses as an accredited Breathworks teacher and .b courses having completed training through the Mindfulness in Schools Project.
Prof Katherine Weare
Katherine 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 College.
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 has published a book with Thich Nhat Hanh on education. She is a member and regular speaker for the Faculty of Mind and Life Europe.
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.
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 Teacherâ€trainer for many years.
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