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 30 years or so the original 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Relief course (MBSR) has been adapted to meet the needs of different groups of people, including employees in the workplace, cancer patients, people in chronic pain, school children, prisoners, and people suffering from recurrent bouts of depression, amongst others. Research shows that mindfulness offers an effective for coping with many of life’s challenges and delivers 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. Participants are expected to attend all eight lessons 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 also 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.
Having taught 8-week mindfulness courses to groups in the past I am now focusing on teaching mindfulness to individual clients (or pairs) who prefer a more flexible approach to suit their circumstances. If you would like more information about an individual 8-week mindfulness course please contact me for a free initial consultation or ‘taster session’ to illustrate the different options.