8-WEEK MBSR COURSE
*Next Course runs from 13th October - 1st December 2021 including a retreat day on 21st November*
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
Induction Call (See details below under 'Registration')
8x 2.5-3hr sessions
Full day retreat day on a Sunday between session 6 and 7
Optional 1 3/4 hr taster session before start of the course.
All sessions will be taught online live via Zoom.
*Anyone facing difficulties in these times, please get in touch*
*PLEASE NOTE that acceptance onto the 8-week course is dependent on completing an Application Form and having an initial 20min Induction Call via Zoom.*
The MBSR course is an evidence-based 8-week programme teaching mindfulness and meditation. In accordance with the Good Practice guidelines, as outlined by BAMBA (British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches), the registration process includes a brief induction talk between teacher and participant to determine suitability for the course and to give more detailed information about what the 8-week course entails (You can also book one of our FREE TASTER SESSIONS to find out more and combine that with the induction talk).
To complete your registration process, please fill out the registration form by following the link below. This is part of the enrolment so that we can work together safely. If you answer yes to any of the questions and/or have any areas of concern, please give as much detail as possible. All information given is treated with the strictest confidentiality and will be discussed during the induction talk.
As this will be an online course via Zoom this induction talk is usually done via zoom at a mutually suitable time. That way you can try out Zoom if you are not familiar with it and have an idea of the course experience. This talk usually takes around 20mins. (Please also have a look at some information regarding using Zoom in the requirements section towards the bottom of this page.)
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
I thoroughly enjoyed the MBSR course. It has some great content and Connie is a fabulous teacher. She is insightful, thoughtful and very patient. I loved the group of people that I shared the course with and will miss practicing with them. The course has enabled me to take a much more enjoyable, softer approach to my meditation and the recordings that Connie shares each week have given me a variety of options for my daily sessions.
I booked the MBSR-course not having any previous experiences with mindfulness and meditation and hence not knowing what to expect. I am a very stressed out person, ruminating about the past, present and future and constantly dissecting my personal and business relationships to a degree, that I have trouble sleeping and generally feeling anxious and unsettled. I enjoyed the course very much. For me it was a calming space that gave me the opportunity to connect with other people as well as with myself and the moment I am in. The teacher was exceptionally good, asked questions and took her time to explain things. She was very compassionate and had a calming demeanour. I looked forward to the class every week and am now participating in the graduate sessions because I feel that mindfulness helps me to reduce my stress level and anxiety and it gives me a better quality of life!
I am currently taking graduate classes with Cornelia, and I took the 8-week MBSR class with the retreat day.
I had some short and superficial experiences with meditation beforehand. I enjoyed it before, and saw the benefits. But I hadn’t gotten over the threshold to get into it more deeply.
However, taking the step of committing to a regular class, with a supportive and empathetic teacher, and fellow meditators to engage with and overcome some beginners’ struggles with mindfulness, made me fall in love with meditation (again).
The most important part for me was that the class gave me a regular opportunity to engage with mindfulness and meditation in a setting where I received active guidance.
The benefit for me was that I received a structured introduction from an experienced teacher, who could point out the different point of views on how to approach mindfulness and meditation. The course shows multiple ways on how to integrate mindfulness into the daily life.
I decided to continue with the graduate classes because I enjoy the community and love the regular input.
The external motivation of the class gives me the nudge I need to keep up integrating mindfulness in the everyday life.
I highly recommend Cornelia’s MBSR classes for anybody who is thinking about starting mindfulness meditation.
I did the 8-week course on Zoom and have been attending graduate sessions as often as I can since. In the 8-week course I started to get a really good insight into how I deal with stress and live my life more generally. I was amazed at how much of a bond our group formed even though we were based in different countries and only met on Zoom. Since then I've found the graduate sessions really helpful to stay motivated. Connie covers old and new topics in these sessions. Hearing a different explanation has helped me understand a few of the topics I didn't grasp in the course. Doing the course has definitely changed my life because whilst it's a continuing process I can't go back to being unaware now.
Free Mindfulness Taster Sessions
To find out more about the 8-week MBSR course you can book one of our FREE TASTER SESSIONS. These 'Introductions to Mindfulness and MBSR' are 1.75 hrs interactive workshops including some mindfulness practices and information about benefits and history of mindfulness and MBSR.
Please be aware that this course includes 30-45min homework practice 6 out of 7 days a week for the duration of the programme. Instructions and recorded guided meditations will be provided. To really reap the benefits of the course and mindfulness and meditation in general it is recommended to make sure that you will have time to practice in between sessions.
You will also need to find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. For the sessions we recommend that you have a dining type chair to sit on, you will also need space to practice some gentle Mindful Movement and you may want to be able to lie down for the body scan practice for instance. You can also sit on a cushion on the floor for some of the meditations if you feel comfortable that way.
To ensure the best possible experience for all participants, the course relies on video conferencing which has minimum requirements to work properly. That includes having a laptop or desktop computer with speakers, microphone, video capabilities, and a high-speed internet connection.
To assist you with Zoom, we recommend that you watch a video tutorial online.
To sign up for the free Zoom, please create an account via this link and download the free app version of Zoom.
If you have any questions regarding using zoom, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.