The teaching of mindfulness based approaches can be adapted to the needs of individual groups and organisations through a process of consultation with the trainers.
We are able to offer:
The foundation of the teaching we offer is based upon the evidence-based eight week programmes developed by Jon Kabat Zinn in health care settings (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR) and by John Teasdale, Mark Williams and Zindel Segal (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, MBCT) for relapse prevention in depression.
These programmes are adaptable to a variety of populations and contexts and are suitable for the corporate sector, health care settings, educational contexts, community well-being projects as well as for work in deprived communities, prisons, etc.
The courses we offer can be incorporated into staff stress management and well-being programmes, skills development for enhancement of resilience and “happiness”, skills training for counsellors, educators and therapists to deepen awareness and empathic communication. They will help people to develop a personal practice of mindfulness which can be incorporated into all aspects of our lives whether that is for managing personal stress, deepening a sense of well-being and quality of life, enhancing personal relationships, parenting skills or adjustment to life changes such as loss or illness.
We are able to offer courses which provide steps towards the training of mindfulness teachers, following a recommended training journey and the development of competencies. We are not, however, able to provide accreditation of individuals as mindfulness teachers or trainers. The first steps towards becoming a mindfulness teacher is the development and deepening of one’s own practice of mindfulness over an extended period of time followed by the development of appropriate teaching skills, within an ethical framework of kindness, non-judging and compassion.
We endeavour to train participants so they will eventually be able to offer in-house mindfulness sessions to their own places of work / organisational colleagues so that a long-term mindfulness resource will be left in place after their training.
The usual format for our mindfulness courses consists of two hourly sessions on a weekly basis for eight consecutive weeks (this could also include a full day of silent guided practice). The core practices covered include:
In addition, we offer courses for the teaching of teaching skills. This can be offered in the form of a seven day residential teacher development retreat or could be adapted to different contexts.
Course participants will receive a completion certificate. We are working towards the accreditation of our courses.
All of our trainers have their own personal practices of mindfulness which they have developed over a number of years. They continue to support the deepening of their practice and teach from that experience.
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally, to the unfolding of experience moment by moment
Mindfulness refers to keeping one’s consciousness alive to the present reality. It is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves
“Mindfulness is a universal human capacity – a way of paying attention to the present moment unfolding of experience – that can be cultivated, sustained and integrated into everyday life through in-depth inquiry, fuelled by the ongoing discipline of meditation practice. Its central aim is the relief of suffering and the uncovering of our essential nature”
Mindfulness is knowing what is happening, when it is happening, without preference.
Mindfulness is… a turning towards life…. To live life as if each moment is important, as if each moment counted and could be worked with, even if it is a moment of pain, sadness, despair or fear.
I have learned to be happy where I am. I have learned that locked into the moments of each day are all the joys, the peace, the fibres of the cloth we call life. The meaning is in the moment. There is no other way to find it. You feel what you allow yourself to feel, each and every moment of the day.