Learning about and Maintaining Mindfulness Practice
My experience of delivering courses over ten years is that everyone who engages with the practice gets some benefit, and for some it can be truly life changing. If you would like to join my mailing list and be informed about the regular drop-in groups please email me.
There are several different ways of experiencing and learning about mindfulness with me, as listed below. Comments from participants are given where available.
Individual Introductory Sessions
If you are new to mindfulness practice it is better to have a few individual sessions first to learn about and experience it for yourself. Most people have between two or four individual sessions before moving onto the drop-in group and/or practicing on their own using an app, CD's or downloads. For more information, please contact me by email or on 0777 202 4653
Mindfulness Practice Group:
For those who already have some experience of meditation there are fortnightly practice groups, one daytime and one evening, to allow people to maintain their practice in a group setting.The practice group allows you to experience regular practice in the company of others. The time is divided into roughly thirds; we usually start with an arriving practice then have some teaching/group discussion followed by a second practice. There are two groups, both held monthly which last for one hour and cost £6. Both groups meet on Tuesdays, but on different weeks in the month. For more information, please click the link above and/or contact me by email or on 0777 202 4653
Introductory Talk; "A first taste of Mindfulness"
"helped us all take stock and ensure we find daily time to be mindful"
Half-day workshops are available at specific events such as Open days at Riverside Wellbeing where I am based. If you would be interested in me delivering this taster session to your organisation, please contact me by email or phone, 0777 202 4653.
Mindfulness for Living:
(not currently available)
"helped me to accept myself more and feel hopeful and excited about the future"
"it has enabled me to help myself in stressful situations"
"stops me having thoughts going round in my head and developing into bigger stories"
"helps me deal with situations in a calmer way"
This 8-week course is inspired by the Mindfulness based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy courses which are well researched and proven to be effective in many areas of life's difficulties. It helps calm our minds, cultivating and reinforcing different neural pathways which allows us to realise that we have a choice as to which thoughts to encourage and which ones to leave alone. We have the freedom to promote helpful, positive thoughts, which can increase our levels of energy and happiness no matter what our circumstances.
Research shows that it has a beneficial effect both on physical states (psoriasis, chronic pain, high blood pressure) and on psychological states (anxiety, stress and depression). In the UK it is recommended in some areas by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
I have delivered this course to community groups, staff in the NHS and a cancer support group. If you would be interested in me either delivering the whole course or a taster session to your organisation, please contact me by email or phone, 0777 202 4653.
For more information about any of these please contact me by email or on 0777 202 4653