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8-week Mindfulness for Health & Well-being

The 8-week Mindfulness for Health & Well-being course is suitable for those new to mindfulness, as well as those wishing to refresh and practice their skills.

This non-residential, weekly course of two hours provides an in-depth exploration of mindfulness skills and techniques within a tried and tested framework recognised by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence. The course is a synthesis of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and is led by our team of qualified and highly experienced mindfulness teachers.

Mindfulness courses at The Sharpham Trust

What will you learn?

  • An understanding and recognition of our tendency to live much of life on autopilot and the skills and techniques to help us become more fully present
  • Mindfulness practices and skills to help manage stress and enhance wellbeing in your daily life
  • An increased ability to relax and cope with difficult and stressful situations
  • An ability to be steadier with whatever is happening without resisting it or judging it as good or bad
  • Self-compassion and being kinder to all aspects of yourself
  • Lessons on how to applying mindfulness to your daily life by 
  • A workbook with accompanying CD containing audio files of guided meditations

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for most adults aged 18 and above who want to learn mindfulness as an aid to everyday health and well-being. You will be taught by experienced and qualified teachers in a group of no more than 15. The focus of the course is experiential rather than theoretical with practices to do in your home time.

Although mindfulness can be helpful in managing depression and anxiety, our courses and retreats are not recommended for people who are currently experiencing an episode of clinically diagnosed anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illness. We do not offer mindfulness as a ‘clinical intervention', but rather as an aid to everyday health, wellbeing and helping prevent relapse.

As part of your application please complete and return the questionnaire provided, to give the teachers some idea of your level of support and whether the course is right for you at this time. 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.

We also request that people do not attend the group under the influence of alcohol or drugs (except prescribed medication).

The 8 week course does not qualify you to teach mindfulness. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance providing you have attended a minimum of 6 sessions.


Level of commitment

Mindfulness is a practical skill and a habit, rather than a theory or body of knowledge. Before signing up for the course it is important to recognise that getting real lasting benefit requires the commitment of regular time and effort. It is similar to getting physically fit – you need to practice regularly to train your ‘mental muscle’.  To get the most from the course we recommend you attend all 8 sessions and carry out the suggested home practice, which is a gentle but regular daily discipline of various meditation and awareness practices, with the help of guidance from a cd. We recommending trying to set aside 40 minutes a day, which can be spread around your schedule. You will receive plenty of support for this, including how to fit it into your life.  It may seem a stretch at first, but once the habit starts to be established, most people find it invaluable and highly motivating.


After the 8 week course..

After undertaking this course, many go on to our Retreats at Sharpham, with accommodation in our Grade 1-Listed Sharpham House or at the Barn Retreat Centre or on our Woodland Retreats to help continue and support their practice

Sharpham South Wing

Thur 27th September - Thur 22nd November (no session 25th October Half-Term) 7-9pm with Dan Batts and Lynne Roberts.

Fri 25th January 2019 - Fri 22nd March (no session 22nd February Half-Term) 10am-12noon with Prof Katherine Weare and Lynne Roberts.


Chapel House Studio, Totnes

Fri 5th October - Fri 30th November (no session 26th October Half-Term) 10.30am-12.30pm with Lynne Holmes and Shahin Popple.


 

It has been an unforgettable experience for me in so many ways.

To partially quote from 'Prelude' by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, (one of the great poems you shared with us, thank you!) you, Sharpham and the course have become some of "the people and places and practices that offer me the warmth of encouragement I need to unfold" and I have learnt to be able to "recognize and receive" this.

 

I learnt to be more accepting of how I am. To live more in the present. That worrying over a problem is not the way to solve it

 

I learnt to be kind to myself when suffering from panic or stress, and using breath to soften feelings.

Sharpham courses take place in the South Wing Hall:

Click here to download directions to South Wing as a PDF

The room will be open for participants 15 minutes before the start of the course.


 Totnes courses take place at: Chapel House Studios, Station Road, Totnes, TQ9 5HW

Click here for directions.


 

 

Costs 

£195.00 per person 

Book easily and securely online below, or by phoning 01803 732542 or emailing us

Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy

Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact the bookings secretary at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply

Lynne Holmes

Lynne Holmes

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


Prof Katherine Weare

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.


Lynne Roberts

Lynne Roberts

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.


Dan Batts

Dan Batts

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.


Retreats & Events

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