9-week course: Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living

Deepen and enrich your mindfulness skills by integrating compassion practices, exercises and philosophy on this non-residential, weekly course.


If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete

                                             - Jack Kornfield, meditation teacher and author


Meditation and mindfulness courses at The Sharpham Trust

MBCL is part of a new wave of heart-based approaches to mindfulness, giving particular emphasis to compassion, kindness and equanimity.

The 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.

The course content is covered in eight weekly sessions, followed by a practice session three weeks later (after Christmas, on January 6), in which participants are able to consolidate their learning and explore ways to further integrate the teachings into everyday life.

This course draws on positive psychology and contemporary findings from the fields of evolutionary psychology and neuroscience.

It begins with learning to be kind to yourself, expanding out to kindness towards others.

The Sharpham Trust has more than 30 years of mindfulness teaching experience.

Read on for more details on this course and click the Leaders, Schedules and Venue & Directions tabs above for further information.

Meditation and mindfulness courses at The Sharpham Trust

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.

    Meditation and mindfulness courses at The Sharpham Trust

  • A new set of practices that combine mindfulness skills with ones cultivating compassion and kindness.
  • A refresher of the key skills of mindfulness.

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


The time will come,

     When, with elation,

    You will greet yourself arriving

    At your own door, in your own mirror,

   And will smile at the other's welcome

                                            - Derek Walcott


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.

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.

Meditation and mindfulness courses at The Sharpham Trust

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 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.

Meditation and mindfulness courses at The Sharpham Trust

Your mental well-being

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 anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illness. We do not offer mindfulness as a ‘clinical intervention', but rather as an aid to everyday health, well-being 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).


Sharpham South Wing

Monday 28 Oct - Monday 6 Jan (no session on 23 or 30 December)

Timing: 6.30pm - 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.

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

Limited bursaries are available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please email our Programme Administrator on [email protected]  at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply.

Our bursary fund relies on donations. If you’d like to help another to go on a course here through our bursary scheme, you can give online quickly and easily by clicking here

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame

Ollie Frame works as an integrative therapist, mindfulness teacher and retreat leader. He is a co-leader on the Mindful in Nature programme at Sharpham, for which he has produced a large range of meditations and resources. He teaches the eight-week course in various settings, including to the general public, to teachers and students in schools and colleges, and to various other client groups on behalf of Devon County Council. Also trained to teach the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) course, he is especially enthusiastic about self-compassion, Metta meditation and other heart-based approaches within the world of mindfulness. As an integrative therapist, Ollie has a particular interest in Psychosynthesis, depth psychology, inner journeying and the therapeutic use of meditation and the imagination. 

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