In an eight week course the primary skill I teach is mindfulness, an approach to stress and difficulty that involves learning to pay attention to what we are experiencing, moment by moment with both curiosity and care.
Based on courses developed at the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice, Bangor University and the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, this eight-week training course provides a thorough introduction to the practice of mindfulness and its application to stress and difficulty.
Each course is delivered over eight sessions of 90-120 minutes for up to 25 people. In addition to attending the classes, participants commit to a daily home practice of 10 to 20 minutes, six days per week for the duration of the course. This commitment offers the best chance of learning the skills required to reduce stress and enhance well-being.
The eight week course is a very practical introduction to mindfulness with periods in each session dedicated to practicing mindfulness. At other times participants are invited to give feedback about practicing mindfulness, both in the session itself and at home. Each session also explores different themes via teaching and discussion.
Following the course participants report that they:
• have an improved ability to manage stress
• have an enhanced capacity to handle difficult emotions
• are better able to relax and concentrate
• have a greater sense of balance and ease