Mindfulness courses for all kinds of people
Bath MBCT courses begin:
24th of April & 2nd of October.
Bristol MBCT courses begin:
19th of April and 4th of October.
☺The courses usually fill to capacity. This enables me to cut down on advertising and keep course costs low (£225)
dates to be confirmed
Next open retreat day at Ammerdown:
30th of March & 7th of December
This MBCT mindfulness course provides a high level of practical and theoretical guidance and support in the practices of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. The courses help participants develop new more helpful ways to handle negative thoughts, low moods and emotions. This in turn helps prevent and alleviate low mood, depression, and components of depression such as anxiety and stress. However, one needn't be experiencing any of the above to benefit from the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness practice enhances the experience of living.
The courses are centred around mindfulness meditation and basic Buddhist principles. However the courses are non-religious and facilitated in a secular way. The courses are open to those of any or no religious beliefs. This doesn't preclude those adhering to Buddhism benefitting from participating in the courses. Indeed, some Buddhists and others experienced in mindfulness meditation have benefitted greatly from the clear and coherent meditation instruction and rationale used in the courses (there is a lot of misunderstanding about how to meditate which means often people feel they're not very good at it and give up. This need not be so).
The eight week mindfulness course, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, has been running successfully in American hospitals since the 1970s for the treatment of psoriasis, pain, anxiety and stress. It was then termed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. In the late 1990s the course was integrated with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for the prevention of depression and became known as the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course. Results from trials have shown that the MBCT course reduces relapse in depression by 50% in those who have had three or more previous episodes of depression. The course has gained the approval of NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as an efficacious treatment for the prevention of depression.
The eight week mindfulness courses are a culmination of thousands of years of experience, learning and wisdom of many who went before us and some who are still with us. I will endeavour to pass on to you what has been passed on to me along with knowledge and wisdom from the perspective of my own experiences.
My experience and training
In 1996 I had my first instruction in meditation and have practised this and other forms of mindfulness meditation ever since. My meditation practice has developed and deepened over the years and I now instruct in the tradition of mindfulness meditation. In 2005 I completed the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher development training with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at University of Wales Bangor. In 2009 I completed further MBCT supervisor training with Exeter University.
My professional appointments
In 2009 I was appointed supervisor to post graduate students on Exeter's University's Post Graduate MBCT training programmes. I'm presently part of Exeter University's associated staff network providing supervision, advice on service development and training see: http://www.exeter-mindfulness-network.org/about-us-associate-staff.php. In 2010 I provided the MBCT correspondence course for staff of Loughborough University's counselling service. In 2013 I facilitated the MBCT course on Bath University's Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme.
Your input should you join the course
You get out of the course what you put in. The benefits of meditation are cumulative and therefore regular practice is needed to get the best out of the course. You may notice within the first few sessions of the course a considerable improvement in how you feel, but also times when it doesn't feel like anything is happening. At this point one needs to continue diligently with what's termed 'correct effort' of regular meditation practice. Recommended reading is an important part of the course though not as important as doing the practices. It is recommended that you do some reading before the start of the course to orientate yourself regarding mindfulness meditation.
End of course participant feedback
The majority of people completing the MBCT courses report lasting physical and psychological benefits including: