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8-Week Course
Mindfulness
for Wellbeing

  Tues. 25th Apr -20th June

Follow-up Mindfulness Workshops
Spring 2017

4-Month Course Mindfulness for Women

Sat. 7th October 2017 - 27th January 2018

8-Week Course Mindful Self-Compassion
Autumn 2017 TBC


Introduction to Mindfulness for Wellbeing
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"The 8-week MBSR course deepened my practice and supported my regular practice. The group was supportive and there was a lovely atmosphere in the sessions. Mindfulness is a key part of my life and the course provided lots of useful practices and information to support this."

Sara Edwards







A little kindness
and gentleness
toward yourself

is wiser than
any amount of analytical
problem-solving


Mark Williams












Mindfulness provides
a simple but powerful route for getting
ourselves unstuck,

back in touch
with our own wisdom
and vitality ...

The most important point
is to be really yourself

and not try to become
anything that you are not already ...

being in touch
with your deepest nature,

and letting it flow
out of you unimpeded

Jon Kabat-Zinn



 
MBSR/MBCT Mindfulness Courses in Somerset-Wiltshire

Mindfulness works in every moment of life
Mindfulness works in ordinary ways - every day of your life

8-WEEK COURSE in FROME: "MINDFULNESS FOR EVERYONE AND EVERYDAY"

Introduction
Course Structure and Content
Participating in the Course
Recommended Reading
I'd like to join, what do I do next
Next Course
Related Pages

Introduction
The "Mindfulness for Everyone and Everyday" course is the mainstay of learning about mindfulness. Everyday Mindfulness runs this MBSR/MBCT-based course at regular intervals in the Frome area, on the Somerset-Wiltshire border. The mindfulness course is easily accessible from local towns such as Mells, Shepton Mallet,  Wells, and Glastonbury in Somerset, and Warminster, Westbury, Trowbridge, and Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire.

"Mindfulness for Everyone and Everyday" is intended for anyone who encounters the challenges of daily life, and wishes to develop ways of living life more fully, as well as for people with health issues or a history of depression. The course is a hybrid of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), adapted to the needs of the participants. It is an experiential and educational programme, rather than a form of therapy or relaxation. The course is taught in a spirit of kind acceptance and light-heartedness, and whilst we may be dealing with difficult matters from time to time, the classes are usually also full of laughter and humour that comes with our shared humanity.

The 8-week course consists of an orientation session followed by weekly 2.5 hour classes in a group, with a day-long retreat in the latter part of the course. During the 8 weeks we will learn simple mindfulness meditations and exercises to integrate mindfulness into everyday life, and discuss our experiences. We will explore themes such as Awareness of our thoughts, feelings and bodies; Dealing with difficulties, Self-acceptance; Taking care of ourselves, etc. At home we practice the meditations each day, with the help of CD's and a workbook provided with the course. We also experiment with mindful daily activities. A certain amount of reading is recommended, but not essential. Participation in the programme requires considerable input from you. As with most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out of it.

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Course Structure and Content
  • Initial Telephone Assessment Interview - A 30-minute interview to answer any questions you may have, and discuss whether the course is right for you at this time.
  • Group Orientation Session - Before the group starts, the group meets to get to know each other and discuss guidelines on the course.
  • 8 Weekly Classes - 2.5 hour sessions, with mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement, followed by group exercises and discussions.
  • Home Practice - 1 hour every day, doing mindfulness meditations or gentle Qigong movements, as well as mindful daily life activities.
  • Set of Guided Meditations and Colour-illustrated Workbook - To support you in your meditations and learning, and to make notes of your experiences.
  • Day Retreat - Between classes 6 and 7 we will meet for a full day retreat in the Somerset countryside, practicing different meditations together.
  • Teacher Support - Whenever you feel the need for extra support in between classes, or would just like to talk some things through, you can contact the teacher(s) by phone or email.
  • Course Themes - Awareness of our thoughts, feelings and bodies; Awareness of pleasant and unpleasant experiences; Dealing with difficulties, Self-acceptance; Mindful communication; Taking care of ourselves, Applying what we've learned, etc.
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Participating in the Course
Doing the course can be a challenging undertaking. Paradoxically it can be stressful to commit to daily meditations in what may already be a busy schedule. Learning to bring closer attention to experience can be difficult, before a greater freedom emerges. However, most people who have completed an MBSR/MBCT course report major benefits, and the greater your personal input, the more rewarding you are likely to find this course. If you want to learn about mindfulness, but this is not the right time for you to commit the time and energy for in-depth home practice, you might want to consider taking part in the Mindfulness for Wellbeing course.

It is important to bear in mind that the course is not a form of therapy. It teaches important life skills, but there is little opportunity to discuss particular personal situations. It is a good idea to think about your personal support during the course, from friends or family or a counsellor/therapist. If appropriate, I can refer you to a therapist who is familiar with the MBSR/MBCT approach.

Whilst the programme is very effective in preventing recurring depression, it is not suitable for people currently suffering from an episode of depression. If you have a history of depression and are in doubt about taking part in the course, it is recommended you discuss this with your mental health professional or GP.

For difficulties or questions around the mindfulness practices in between classes, you can contact me to talk these through. More often than not they reveal themselves as opportunities for new insights and understanding.

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Recommended Reading
The best book to start with is "Full Catastrophe Living", by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He has also written "Mindfulness Meditation for Everyday Life" (also published under the title "Wherever you go, there you are"). "The Mindful Way Through Depression", by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, is also very accessible and applicable for anyone. It comes with a CD of mindfulness meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn. These books can be reserved at your library, and are available on-line or from good book stores.

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I'd like to join, what do I do next
Once you've read the Everyday Mindfulness information about mindfulness and about the 8-week course and feel you would like to join, please contact Dan or Eva
by phone or email to arrange a free initial assessment interview. This interview does not commit you to anything - we will discuss if the course is suitable for you at this time, and answer any questions you may have. If you feel ready to go ahead, you can then book your place.

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Next Course
Dates and Times
Summer Course:
Orientation Session: Wednesday 26th April 2017, 7-8.30 pm
8 Weekly Classes:    Wednesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th May, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June 2017, 7-9.30 pm
(Please note there is no class on Wednesday 31st May)
Day Retreat:                Sunday 11th June 2017, 11-5 pm
Autumn Course:
Orientation Session:  Monday 25th September 2017, 7-8.30 pm
8 Weekly Classes:  Mondays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th October, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November 2017, 7-9.30 pm
(Please note there is no class on Monday 23rd October)
Day Retreat:              Sunday 19th November 2017, 11-5 pm
Teacher                     Dan Lupton
Venue                        Steiner Academy, Park Road, Frome BA11 1EU
Fee                         £225 incl. all course materials and Day Retreat. A limited number of concessions available from £150. Payment is due at time of booking. Payment in installments can be negotiated.
Cancellation Policy:  Bookings which are cancelled up to 2 weeks prior to the course will be refunded minus a £50 booking fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks before the course starts cannot be refunded, unless the place is filled. In that case the booking will be refunded minus a £50 booking fee.

                               
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Related Pages
You can read more in related pages:

Mindfulness
Mindfulness →
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness → 
Is Mindfulness for Me
Mindfulness →
Benefits and Applications
Mindfulness →
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness →
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
About the Teacher
Testimonials
Resources →
Reading

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