Mindfulness for Challenging Times: a free 7-week course for Devon NHS staff
This course comprises 7 weekly, 45-minute sessions. Each experiential session will explore different themes to better understand and integrate mindfulness practice into your everyday life. The course will be led by experienced and qualified Sharpham teachers.
This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh and practice their mindfulness skills and will take place online using the platform Microsoft Teams.
Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally
The sessions will include some guided practice as well some theory and a chance for questions & answers.
Each week will be themed to help you to cultivate a mindfulness practice. The themes will include:
Wk 1 - Being Present/Awake
Wk 2 - Keeping the Body in Mind
Wk 3 - Breath - always with you
Wk 4 - Moving Mindfully
Wk 5 - Working with Difficulty and Challenges
WK 6 - Responding Skilfully
WK 7- Self-care in challenging times and going forward.
What will you experience and learn on this course?
- An opportunity to take a pause in busy day through guided meditation
- Understanding of our tendency to live much of life on autopilot and an introduction to how Mindfulness skills and techniques can help us become more fully present
- Self-compassion and being kinder to all aspects of yourself
- Lessons on how to apply mindfulness to your daily life
- A link to our resources page with practices for you to try in-between sessions
Level of commitment
To get the most out of this course we strongly recommend that you attend all the sessions if you can and sign up to the course as part of prioritising your self-care over these challenging times.
However, we know that many of you have busy work schedules so each session can also work on a standalone basis, giving you an opportunity to take a pause in a busy day.
The course will take place using the online platform Teams. To use Teams you will need a computer or a phone with a speaker and camera. Instructions will be sent with your Welcome email when you book.
You can also download the Teams app here to familiarise yourself with it and make sure it meets your system requirements.
Although mindfulness can be helpful in managing depression and anxiety, this course might not be appropriate for people who are currently experiencing an episode of clinically diagnosed anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illness.
The course is offered as an aid to everyday health, wellbeing and helping prevent relapse rather than as a ‘clinical intervention’.
How to book
To register please click on a link below to join a Tuesday or Thursday course.
Once registered we will send you a welcome letter and joining information
We're really looking forward to working with you.
How to book easily and securely:
- online on this page
- by phoning 01803 732542
Ring us or email us on [email protected] if you've got any questions.
Please click here to see our booking and cancellations policy.