8-WEEK MBSR COURSE
*Next Course runs from 1st September - 20th October 2021 including a retreat day on 10th October*
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 the UK network for Mindfulness-based teachers, 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.
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.
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.