Mindfulness Courses and Events to nurture the seeds of your well-being,
good health and genuine happiness.
On this lonely Sunday I was contemplating the weather – as one does! The rainbow emanating from the union of the sun and the rain reminded me of the insightful learning we receive from being with, and holding mindfully both joys and sorrows.
Life is not easy and sometimes we need a bit of extra help to make our way through this complicated yet beautiful life. The mindful journey, or the journey toward greater well-being and genuine happiness is not easy to walk by ourselves. Evidence-based Mindfulness courses such as MBSR will give you the strong foundations of experimental and theoretical understanding of the mindful approach and how to use it in our daily life.
Please see here for more details about the MBSR course, (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction).
Mindfulness is a buzz word. When I ask people what they think it means, they often say that they don’t really know or it has to do with relaxation. It doesn’t help to see sometimes on the medias, mindfulness being depicted as a beautiful lady sitting cross legged by the sea!
What is mindfulness? What are the current recognised mindfulness courses available?
What research has shown and how can it help me? These are the questions that we will cover in an Introduction to Mindfulness. For more info click here.
Once you have completed the course or for those who have already done an 8 week course, I offer various events and further resources that are helpful to keep us on track, to inspire, guide and support us along the way. Past participants receive a specific ‘Graduates’ newsletter and my ongoing support. They find it very supportive to meet up from time to time and the mindful community is growing!
Dates of courses and events and some tips for both beginners and mindfulness practitioners:
– Introduction to MindfulnessTuesday 4 December 7-9pm For more info: ClickHere. To book, please fill in the short online booking form. Forms and online payment can be made here: Booking (Please click on 4 Dec on the online calendar) or let me know if you prefer to pay in another way.
Private one to one introduction sessions are available at Cowdray Therapy Rooms, next to Cowdray Hall, Easebourne.
– Refresher Sessions for graduates of my MBSR courses: Mondays 7-9pm (Chapel): 3 Dec, 7 January, 4 February, 4 March, 1 April. (May tbc). Clickhere to book by email. or Online Booking Here
Private and small groups refreshers are also available at Cowdray Therapy Rooms.
– Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 9 week course Includes an orientation session, 8 weekly 2 hour session on Tuesdays 7-9pm, an MBSR retreat day, a workbook and 5 recordings of practices. Next date: 22 January to 26 March + all day on 16 March 2019. For more info: Info To apply please fill in the online application form before paying the deposit.
– Mindfulness in Stillness and Movement: Saturday 12 January 2019 11am-5pm
A nurturing retreat day of mindfulness practices and gentle Qigong movements with Kim Lovelace and myself. Participants will be led through a stream of mindfulness practices such as sitting meditations, the body scan, mindful walking and movements. The day will also include a walk in the woods, weather permitted. More info and booking form here or online.
– MBSR Retreat Day 11am to 5pm Part of the MBSR course, available to past students if space is available (please check fee and availability before booking).
Saturday 17 November (FULL).
Saturday 16 March 2019
Saturday 22 June 2019
– Graduates retreat day to be confirmed in next newsletter.
– Drop in Meditation Sessions on Wednesdays at the Chapel, Cowdray Hall 6-7pm. (No class on 26 December and 2 January). Free of charge. (Click Here for more info).
MBSR course for individuals or couples with elements of awareness coaching
Graduates One to One or small groups refresher/coaching sessions. Please email me if you are interested.
– Mindfulness in the workplace I deliver mindfulness programmes in the workplace. Do contact me for further details if you are interested.
– Paws B mindfulness courses for 7-11 years old. If you think your school or your children’s school would be interested, I now teach this wonderful programme for children in Primary Schools. More info
This period leading to the festive season may bring some stress and difficulties (as well as joy!). I would like to offer two simple tips to keep grounded, to focus and help to break the cycle of automatic pilot.
Grounded Feet: From time to time as you walk to work, to shops, at home or in nature, feel the feet in contact with the ground – not thinking about the feet, feeling the feet touching the floor. This will help to switch your mind from the over-thinking mode to the mode of senses.
The mindful minute. During my last session in the workplace, I offered this minute practice which we can all easily fit in the day. Some of them have already experienced feeling more calm and effective at work.
Time yourself and count how many out-breaths you are doing in a minute – this will give you a time frame. Try 3 times a day, focus mindfully on your breath, counting your own number of out-breaths – that’s your mindful minute! The main focus in on the sensations of the breath coming and going, the counting is done softly in the background.