9-week Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living Course

Nine-week Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living Course

The 9-week Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) course is designed as a follow-on programme for those who have already completed an 8-week Mindfulness course, such as MBSR, MBCT or Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing, either at Sharpham or elsewhere.

This non-residential, weekly course of two and a half hour sessions is for those who want to deepen and enrich their mindfulness skills by integrating compassion practices, exercises and philosophy. MBCL is part of a new wave of heart-based approaches to mindfulness that give a particular emphasis to the qualities of the heart, such as compassion, kindness and equanimity.

The course, which also draws on positive psychology and contemporary findings from the fields of evolutionary psychology and neuroscience, has a clear format, but this can also be adapted to suit individual needs. It starts with learning to be kind to yourself, and then expands this to kindness towards others.


If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete

                                                                                                  - Jack Kornfield


What will you learn?

  • How to cultivate compassion and kindness for yourself and for others.
  • How to deal more wisely with the inevitable stresses of life.
  • Some key concepts from neuroscience and evolutionary psychology that deepen understanding of our unhelpful patterns of perception, thought and behaviour. This understanding helps to reduce shame around these patterns and enables you to choose more helpful ones.
  • How 'heartfulness' practices can enrich and enhance mindfulness skills, in order to cultivate greater happiness, health and harmony.
  • Ways to cultivate compassionate understanding, enabling you to see the world through new eyes.
  • A new set of practices that combine mindfulness skills with ones cultivating compassion and kindness.
  • A refresher of the key skills of mindfulness.

Note: All participants receive a workbook with access to a comprehensive set of downloadable recordings of guided meditations

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for adults aged 18 or above who have already completed an 8-week mindfulness course. It may be that you now wish to deepen your practice by exploring this compassion-based approach, or it may be that your practice has lapsed somewhat and you would like to revive it by exploring it from a different angle. 

You will be taught by an experienced and qualified teacher 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 teacher some idea of your level of support and whether the course is right for you at this time. If necessary, the teacher 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 course does not qualify you to teach mindfulness or Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living. 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 9 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 recommend trying to set aside 30-40 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.


Sharpham South Wing

Mon 6th May - Mon 8th July (no session 27th May half-term)

Timing: 6.30-9.00pm

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

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£195.00 per person (including a resource and audio practices)

Book easily and securely online below or by phoning 01803 732542

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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

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame works as an integrative therapist, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader. Trained in Mindfulness-based approaches with the University of Exeter, he runs 8-week courses for the general public, for teachers and students in schools and colleges, and for various other client groups on behalf of Devon County Council. Having completed additional training in Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL), he is especially enthusiastic about self compassion, Metta meditation and other heart-based approaches within the world of mindfulness. Ollie also works as a Polarity therapist and an integrative counsellor, with a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology and inner journeying.

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