about the course
The 8-Week Mindfulness Course is a comprehensive educational programme of practical training in simple and yet effective mindfulness meditation exercises, together with presentations on the theory and science of mindfulness. The courses are intended for anyone facing the challenges of daily life who wants to develop new ways of reducing stress and living life more fully.
Over the last 20 years or so the 8-week mindfulness course (which was originally called Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief) has been adapted to meet the particular needs of many diverse groups of people, including employees in the workplace, cancer patients, people in chronic pain, school children, prisoners, those with recurrent depression, anxiety or stress, and the military, amongst others. Research shows that mindfulness is an effective strategy for coping with many of life’s challenges and offers measurable improvements in our physical and mental health.
The course includes thirty hours of classwork along with a daily meditation practice, and is designed to integrate mindfulness into the everyday lives of the participants where it often has a transforming effect. Between classes six and seven there is a full day’s retreat when we meet to practise all the different mindfulness meditations together. Participants are expected to attend all eight of the classes, and to practice 45 minutes of daily mindfulness meditation exercises in between lessons, using guided practices on a CD together with the course handbook.
Please consider carefully whether you are able to dedicate this amount of time to your learning. Paradoxically, an 8-week mindfulness course can be challenging, and committing to a daily meditation practice in what may already be a busy schedule can be stressful. Learning to bring closer attention to our own experience may be difficult at first before leading us towards a greater freedom and inner balance. However, most people who complete an 8-week mindfulness course report major benefits, and the greater your personal input, the more rewarding you are likely to find this course.
Apart from teaching 8-week mindfulness courses to groups I also teach mindfulness to individual clients who may be unable to attend a group, or who need a more flexible approach to suit their circumstances. If you would like more information on 8-week mindfulness courses for groups, or wish to find out about individual mindfulness training, I can provide an initial consultation, presentation, or ‘taster session’ to illustrate the different options.