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About the 8 week course

About the 8 week course

Is the  8 week MBSR course for me?
This course is suitable for the general public (over 18 years) and is intended to help a broad range of people who wish to develop new ways of responding to the ups and downs of life and to develop their overall wellbeing. Some participants are motivated to do the course by challenges in their lives, such as stress, pain, anxiety or illness; others are simply interested in improving the quality of their life.   For professionals who want to bring mindfulness into their work doing the course themselves as a participant is an important first step.

There are some people for whom this course might not be suitable at this moment in time. These include but are not limited to, people with: type 1 diabetes, current alcohol or drug dependence (except for prescription medication), anyone who has experienced a disturbing life event in the past year or has a history of trauma or are receiving psychological therapy or suffering from major depression or psychiatric illness.

Although mindfulness is being researched as a response to specific mental illnesses and conditions, our training and experience does not cover all of these. Due to these limitations, we would not usually offer places to anyone currently experiencing dissociative disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, severe self-harm, suicidal intent or actions. 

If you are unsure about the suitability of the course for you please get in touch to discuss your situation further.

What’s involved?
This course is 2 hours a week for 8 weeks plus a practice day  (10 to 4 on a Saturday or Sunday). The group size will typically be between 8 and 15 people. The main elements of the course are:

• Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
• Gentle stretching and mindful movement – this can be adapted to suit individual needs
• Group interaction – in the whole group, pairs and small groups
• Self-reflection – exploring new approaches to old patterns of thinking and reacting
• Homepractice – practice CDs and other activities (30 to 45 minutes a day). Making time for this is essential if you want to get the most out of the course.

What are the next steps?
Complete the booking form and make the full payment. You will then be contacted by the tutor to arrange a telephone discussion to go through your application and this typically takes no more than 30 minutes.   This will be an opportunity for you to understand more about the course and the commitment needed and to ensure it is appropriate for you at this time.  If you mutually decide it is not your payment will be refunded in full.