8-week MBSR Courses *LIVE* ONLINE GROUP COURSES STARTING 31st OCTOBER 2018
The 8–week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a course in simple meditation practices that can help us develop the skill of being present with our internal experience (physical sensations, thoughts and emotions) and with our external experience (interactions with others, actions in the world) and in the interplay between the two.
Mindfulness can help us become less stressed, happier, and more focused. It can also offer us greater awareness, choice and freedom towards how we respond to both the unpleasant and pleasant aspects of our lives and to its challenges.
Participants will be introduced to the key principles of living mindfully, and to some of the core meditation practices to help cultivate mindfulness in daily life. They will also leave with of ideas of ways that they can begin to develop their own practice.
The Live Online 8 week MBSR course is run exactly the same way as an in-person course. Instead of travelling to an external location once a week however, we connect through the Zoom conference system for 2.5 hours once a week over a period of 8 weeks. The sessions are led in the same way with the same curriculum as in-person courses each session combining didactic parts as well as practice together with the group led by the teacher. After each session participants are given home practice to complete during the following week.
Home practice plays an important role in this course and I strongly recommend considering if you are able to commit to practice up 30-45 minutes per day. Mindfulness is an experiential practice, its benefits come through practice, not through intellectually reading or learning about it. To support your home practice, in the beginning of the course we will email to you an extensive Participants Handbook and each week you will be sent that week’s practice as an mp3 file. Home practice includes listening and practicing together with the mp3’s, reflecting and making notes about your experience and practicing some informal practices during your day.
Wed 31st October to 19th December.
7pm to 9.30pm UK time
Cost of the group option is £220 GBP including VAT (aprox 250€)
CONTENT: The course comprises 8 weekly 2.30 hour sessions.
1:1 Courses are available on application.
Each session is a combination of Mindfulness Meditation practice, discussions and teaching. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences with the group, although this is on a purely invitational basis and is not essential. The course provides a safe and supportive environment for each person to explore their experience. Participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire and participate in a short phone conversation with me before being accepted on to the course.
You are also strongly encouraged to do your own daily personal meditation practice (about 30 mins a day 6 days a week) in order for you to get the maximum benefit from the course.
You might like to try this short 3-Step Breathing Meditation to give you an idea of the practice.
FEE: The fee for the full course including Guided Meditations on MP3 and the Course Handbook is £220 inclusive of VAT payable in full in advance. Participants are encouraged to attend every session.
1:1 COURSES – please email me firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an initial phone call.
System and Other Requirements –
In both cases, to ensure the best possible experience for all participants, the course relies on video conferencing which has minimum requirements to work properly. That includes having a laptop or desktop computer with speakers, microphone, video capabilities, and a high-speed internet connection (not wifi). You will also need to find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. For the sessions we recommend that you have a dining type chair to sit on, you will also need space to practice some gentle Mindful Movement.
To assist you with Zoom, we recommend that you watch a video tutorial online.
I am an experienced Mindfulness Teacher and Coach. I qualified as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher with The Mindful Academy in Spain and am currently a member of the Teaching Team there in support of Philip Woodward (Bodhin) the Retreat Director. I am also a certified Mindfulness in the Workplace Trainer and I run Mindfulness Workshops and Courses for companies in London and Brighton