Our wellbeing has a great deal to do with what we do with our attention. Being mindful involves intentionally paying attention to each moment of our experience. It is the way in which pay attention, however, with an openness and curiosity, that enables us to develop our capacity to step aside from our habitual tendencies to automatically react to how we’d like life to be – patterns that often unintentionally make life harder rather easier.
As this mindful awareness space opens up. more choices are revealed on to how to move towards a greater sense of well-being. This can include enabling us to face changes and challenges from a calmer and more conscious standpoint and also able to make informed life-choices.
Mindfulness has entered our Western therapeutic traditions with growing popularity from its traditional Buddhist roots due to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues. Kabat-Zinn demonstrated that mindfulness practice has much to offer those experiencing a range of difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood, pain and chronic illness.
Most people also find that mindfulness can be enormously helpful in just bringing greater richness and more meaning to our lives and relationships.
What we Offer
We offer high-quality mindfulness courses in a variety of different formats. Choose from an 8-week course, day-long retreats, drop-in sessions, in-depth course and support sessions.
We mostly teach in and around Dorset/Somerset. In Dorchester courses are held at the Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre and in Yeovil at the Nine Springs Natural Health Centre.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
These are full 8 week courses designed for people who wish to integrate mindfulness into their lives.
The courses aim to help you take better care of yourself and get the most out of living. The majority of people completing the course report lasting benefits including:
- improved relationships at work and at home
- having more energy and enthusiasm for life
- improved self-confidence
- an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.
The aim of the programme is to learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, feelings, moods or social interactions.
Day & Dates: Thursdays – 9, 16, 23, 30 January, 6, 13, 20, 27 February. All-Day Retreat – 16 February (10.30 to 16.00)
Time: 7 to 9pm
Cost: £195 (early-bird rate of £150 for bookings made before 9 December).
The cost includes eight weekly 2 hour sessions, all-day retreat with vegetarian lunch, all course materials, pre-course telephone interview and supporting telephone calls/emails between sessions should you need to discuss elements of the course.
There is an early bird discount is for places booked and paid in full before the date indicated above. There are also a few assisted places for those on low incomes. If you would like to apply for one of these places please contact Jem.
To sign up for this course please complete the application form. On sending your application form you will be directed to Paypal to pay a deposit of £20. If this is difficult for you please contact me directly and if you have any questions or would just like to know more please click here.