Practice and integrate mindfulness into your daily life from the comfort of your own home in a course that is accessible for mindfulness beginners and suitable for those wishing to refresh and practice their skills. The 8-week course is an internationally recognised programme incorporating approaches from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
It is especially appropriate for helping participants navigate these challenging times.
We will be using the online application Zoom to meditate with each other.
To use Zoom you will need a computer or a phone with a speaker and camera. Full instructions will be sent with each Online Meditation Alert or you can access them here.
You can also download the Zoom app here to familiarise yourself with it and make sure it meets your system requirements.
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 an online group of no more than 20 people, with opportunities to share your experience in smaller 'break out groups'. The focus of the course is experiential rather than theoretical with practices to do in between sessions.
To get the most out of this course you will need a room in your home where you will not be distracted by other people and which can serve as a confidential space.
The course will take place online using the platform Zoom (see further information below to ensure you have the minimum tech requirements). We'll send out guidance for using Zoom when you book and a guide to getting the best out of this course.
The course is a synthesis of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and is led in real time by highly experienced mindfulness teachers. Click the Leaders tab above to find out more about them.
The weekly two-hour sessions provide an in-depth exploration of mindfulness skills and techniques within an internationally tried-and-tested framework, also recognised by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence.
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.
The 8 week course is also a requirement in order to undertake a mindfulness based teacher training, however the course does not qualify you to teach mindfulness. You will receive a certificate at the end of the course as proof of your attendance (minimum of 6 sessions)
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 carefully tailored audio resources offered by Sharpham Teachers.
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.
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
This course will take place weekly, from 18 April - 6 June, on a Thursday evening from 7pm-9pm.
Bookings will close on Friday 5 April.
I have a more respectful and peaceful relationship with myself
An unforgettable experience for me in so many ways
I had such a nice experience in the body scan, I can't even express it. Thanks for your care
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 our Programme Administrator on [email protected] at least 4 weeks in advance if you wish to apply