4 Week Mindfulness Course April-May 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018
18:30 - 20:30
Cambridge, UK
£65 - £95.00

This 4 Week Mindfulness Course teaches you the core skills taught in the highly acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8 week course developed by Jon-Kabat Zinn. Ideal if you are looking at ways to reduce stress and would like to be introduced to Mindfulness practice.

The course aims to assist you in taking better care of yourself and in getting the most out of living. The majority of people completing the course report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:

  • An increased ability to relax
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Heightened self-confidence
  • An increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations

The aim of the course is to learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, feelings, moods or social interactions. This course is delivered by a clinical psychologist, mindfulness and meditation teacher who has over 20 years clinical experience for in the NHS. Suitable for complete beginners as well as for those who have had some experience of meditation or mindfulness and is taught in a group – in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Over the four weeks you will be:

  • Introduced to simple, clinically proven skills, aimed at building a mindfulness practice that can be easily applied into everyday life.
  • Learn how to become more familiar with the workings of your mind.
  • Learn strategies to help you slow down, gain greater self awareness and recognise habitual reactions that do not serve you well so that you can start to respond to your experiences with more kindness, ease and wisdom.

Thousands of scientific studies now demonstrate how effective Mindfulness practice can be in alleviating stress, anxiety, depression and a whole range of emotional and physical conditions.  An approach so successful it is now recommended as a treatment of choice for recurrent depression in the NHS.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a form of attention and awareness training that helps people relate more effectively to their experiences. It involves paying attention to thoughts, feelings and body sensations in a way that increases awareness, acceptance and self-compassion to help manage difficult experiences, and create space to make wise choices.

What are the benefits of Mindfulness training?

The course will not only teach you ways to reduce stress, but also ways to become more tolerant, ‘stress-hardy’ and resilient, so you will be less thrown by life’s difficulties.

Other benefits include:

  • More energy and enthusiasm
  • A greater capacity for relaxation
  • More self-confidence
  • Greater clarity and focus
  • Increased concentration
  • Increased ability to handle stressful situations

What will be covered in the four weeks:

Week 1 – 19 April: Introduction to Mindfulness and the power of being present and ‘Automatic Pilot’.

Week 2 – 26 April: Exploring non-judgmental curiosity to our experiences; pleasant and unpleasant, and Mindfulness of the breath to manage stress.

Week 3 –  3 May: Dealing with stress, barriers and difficulties in a new way. Moving from reacting to responding – replacing unconscious stress reactions with conscious stress responses.

Week 4 – 10 May: Self-compassion and acting mindfully – how to bring mindfulness into everyday life.

Course dates and timing: Every Thursday starting 19th April ending on 10th May, 18.30 – 20.30 refreshments included.

Timings on the night:

18:30: Arrival, drinks and mingle
19:00 – 20:30: Practice and wind-down

Participants are encouraged to practice at home during the course. Mindfulness is, after all, a practice and this course is designed to help you create healthy habits and practices which can be flowed across into your daily life.

Through a process of taught practice, enquiry and support, this course will encourage a personal practice where you will witness the transforming effect Mindfulness can have.

During the course, please bring to each class:

  • Yoga mat/throw/small blanket
  • Course material will be provided

Price: 

  • Individual & Enterprise Members £65.00
  • Non Member £95.00
  • Early bird rate £80.00 ends on 28 February

Venue: Future Business Centre, 47-51 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD

How to find us: We are located next door to The Box Cafe – the entrance to our venue is situated next to the bike rack.

Parking: FREE off street parking down Norfolk Street or nearest car park: Queen Ann Car Park, East Road

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Course dates and timing: Every Thursday starting 19th April ending on 10th May, 18.30 - 20.30 refreshments included.

Timings on the night:

18:30: Arrival, drinks and mingle
19:00 - 20:30: Practice and wind-down