Mindfulness Courses

Bath, Bristol and Wells

John Waller UKCP reg. psychotherapist




Mindfulness courses for all kinds of people



 The next Bath course begins:

  29th of January, 2015.



 The next Bristol course begins:

31st of January, 2015.




dates to be confirmed



Friday evening mindfulness meditation drop in session dates (for those with some experience of meditation):

 October  31st, November the 14th and 28th.




Next  open retreat day at Ammerdown:

7th of December, 2014






☺The courses usually fill to capacity. This enables me to cut down on advertising and keep course costs low (225)




The  mindfulness MBCT course provides a high level of practical and theoretical guidance and support in the practices of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. The course helps participants develop new and 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 Insight tradition 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.

The eight week mindfulness course is 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 mindfulness MBCT course report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:

  • An increased ability to relax and experience calm
  • Greater energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for life
  • Heightened self confidence and more acceptance for life as it is
  • An increase ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations


For  Counselling & Psychotherapy please click on: www.mindfulapproach.co.uk