WORKSHOPS AND COURSES
Drama2Calmer Mindfulness offers 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) courses for adults and mindfulness and meditation workshops for adults, children and families in Wandsworth, South West London.
***Currently all workshops and courses are offered live online via Zoom***
FREE ORIENTATION SESSIONS
This workshop is an introduction to mindfulness. It includes some practices and information on the benefits and history of mindfulness and MBSR.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to assist people with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. It is a practical approach which trains attention, allowing people to cultivate awareness and therefore enabling them to have more choice and take wise action in their lives. It was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979 and it is now taught all over the world.
8-WEEK MBSR COURSE
Mindfulness-based stress reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training. It is designed to help participants develop their own mindfulness practice and learn new ways of handling difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods. It was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979 and it is now taught all over the world. It is particularly helpful for people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and pain.
The 8-week Drama to Calmer-Mindfulness MBSR course is a highly participatory, supportive, and structured course and offers:
Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
Gentle stretching and mindful movement
Group dialogue and mindful communication and discussion
Exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
A workbook with daily assignments and home practice materials
A set of Guided Meditations will be made available to the participants for home practice.
Session 1 - What is Mindfulness
There is more right with us than wrong
Session2 - Perception and creative responding
How we perceive the world and ourselves
Session 3 - Mindfulness of the Breath and the Body in Movement
There is both pleasure and power in being present
Session 4 - Learning about our Patterns of Stress Reactivity
Wherever you go, there you are
Session 5 - Working with Stress
Mindful Responding instead of Reacting
Session 6 - Stressful Communications
Session 7 - Lifestyle Choices
How can I best take care of myself?
Session 8 - A Mindful Life
Keeping your Mindfulness Alive
8x 2.5hr sessions
Full day retreat day
Optional 1.5 hr orientation session
WORKSHOPS FOR ACTORS
Mindfulness, meditation and the actor
This workshop is an introduction to mindfulness and meditation and includes information on what mindfulness is and how you can incorporate it in your personal life and your acting.
There are many parallels between mindfulness and acting. Both require you to be in the moment, have clarity of thought, feel connected to and aware of your surroundings as well as your body, mind and emotions. We don’t always achieve this state in life. Similarly it is hard to feel a sense of presence, focus and connection while acting. Often our mind is commenting on how an audition or performance is going and we worry about the outcome.
Mindfulness is a natural and an intuitive state of presence in which we can feel more connected, real and alive. This can be immensely helpful in life but also in acting. When practiced regularly mindfulness can be a powerful way to retrain the mind and allow us to rediscover the joy in acting (and life) and navigate our way through this competitive and stressful industry. It is a practical skill that can help to reduce stress, aid mental clarity and improve emotional and physical wellbeing.
This 3-hour session will be practical and include meditations and mindfulness practices based on the 8-week MBSR course.
No prior meditation experience necessary.
Workshops for parents and their children
Come join us for a unique workshop exploring mindfulness and meditation with your child.
'The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.' -THICH NHAT HANH
In our fast-paced society it has become increasingly evident that even children are becoming sensitive to the effects of stress. Mental health in children and teenagers has become a growing concern in our society. Mindfulness is a great way to work against that. When practiced regularly it can help develop and optimize each child’s capacity to reduce stress and anxiety and improve executive function (attention, rationale, emotional regulation and memory retention), sleep and self-esteem.
Similarly being a parent can be wonderfully rewarding and life-affirming but it can also be immensely overwhelming and stressful. Mindfulness can help you to slow down and respond rather than react to the demands of being a parent. Moreover it can allow you to share the skills of contentment and acceptance with your children as they learn best from example.
When practiced regularly mindfulness can be a powerful way to retrain the mind and help us to connect to the joy of being a parent. It is a practical skill that can help to reduce stress, aid mental clarity and improve emotional and physical well-being for you and your whole family.
This fun workshop will show you how you can establish a simple meditation and mindfulness practice in your family home and give you a chance to connect to yourself and to your child in a nourishing and new way and perhaps even help you rediscover your own inner child.
The session will include simple mindful and drama games, visualizations, breathing exercises, yoga and arts & crafts.
This parent-and-child workshop is appropriate for children between the ages of 5-10 and will run for 2.5 hours.