What’s involved in attending a mindfulness course?
Each weekly session you learn meditations and engage in interactive exercises and discussions. Over the course of 8 weeks you will gain insight into your patterns and learn ways to alleviate your stress, whether that’s psychological, emotional or physical. We learn ways of training our awareness through exploring a number of approaches and practices that affect how we think, feel and relate. Between sessions you are encouraged to practise the meditations you’ve been introduced to in class (formal meditations), as well as explore some ways of integrating mindfulness into daily life. You will be expected to set aside up to 45 minutes everyday during the course, which is a big commitment for most of us – but this investment of time and effort is the most effective way to make new habits.
How does being Mindful make a difference?
Mindfulness can be explained in many different ways but at its most simple its simply awareness. So a mindfulness training is an awareness training, building the muscle of awareness as it were so that you can be more aware more of the time. This means that you have more choice about how to approach the next moment, in a way that reduces your stress or suffering rather than increasing it. Most of us are caught up in automatic habitual reactions most of the time. By practicing Mindfulness we can start to recognise our patterns of reactivity and develop more skilful conscious ways of responding.
Do I have to be flexible like a yogi to be mindful?
Not at all. Mindfulness is practiced by people of all ages, including many with severe health issues and physical limitations. You can choose what posture you adopt to meditate and many people find that sitting on chairs works well, but you can also lie down, stand or sit on the floor with cushions or a meditation stool if you like. The most important thing is listening to your body and what it needs to be comfortable and at ease – it’s not an endurance test.
Why learn Mindfulness with Go Mindfully?
Mindfulness seems to be everywhere these days, and it can be hard to choose which course and teacher to pick. It’s really important that you find a teacher who fits you and feels authentic. We are committed to teaching Mindfulness with integrity,and not just as a fad that will too soon lose its sparkle! Mindfulness is not a quick fix, but rather a way of being that we can continue to explore over a lifetime. We have been teaching Mindfulness extensively for the last 6 years, to general public groups and in Higher Education, counselling and charity organisations, the NHS and in business. We draw on years of our own meditation experience, and yoga, qi gong and psychotherapy training. Importantly what we offer is an ongoing community for graduates, so that once the course is over you can continue to be supported and encouraged by others – whether at monthly Top Ups, other courses or residential retreats. The strength of our graduate community represents the value and accessibility of our approach.
Our teaching is rooted in our own experience and practice. We’ve been practising meditation for many years and are dedicated to this path of awareness, insight and compassion for our own growth and for the wellbeing of all. Jaya is also a Dharma teacher which means that she teaches in the Insight Buddhist tradition, as well as teaching mainstream Mindfulness. We are both dedicated students of Buddhist psychology and other mind-body approaches for the ease of suffering and the cultivation of joy and wellbeing.
How much does it cost?
- Eight Week Mindfulness Course £270 (price includes day-long session, workbook and CDs for home practice)
- Saturday Top Up Sessions, including All Day sessions (graduates only) £20 / £50 for 3
- Eight Week Mindfulness Self Compassion Course £270 (£250 Oxford) (price includes additional mini retreat day and workbook)
- Taster Introductory Workshop £15
- Residential Retreats – Price varies depending on venue, please see retreat page or contact us
If you are prevented from attending one of our courses for financial reasons, please speak with us as a limited number of concessions are available for those on low income or unwaged.
What are the Terms and Conditions?
There is a a non-refundable deposit of £50 required to confirm your place. The full remaining fee is to be paid at least a week before the course starts. The fee minus deposit is refundable up to 1 week before the start date. Once the course has started the full fee is non-refundable, regardless of the circumstances, as we are not able to fill a space once the course has started.
How do I book?
Whichever course you want to attend please email us to book at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Taster session and Top Ups for graduates do not require an application form. All other courses do require you complete a form that asks you a few questions about yourself and your current life circumstances. You email us the form and then once received we will arrange a 30 minute telephone assessment session with you, to make sure as far as possible that this is the right course for you at the right time. Please download an application form (see MBSR or MSC page) and email us at email@example.com or use the contact form below if you have a query.
Will I need to bring anything?
No, just yourself in comfy clothes that aren’t tight at the waist so that you can feel relaxed and breathe easily. There are no formal breaks in the sessions usually so have a bite to eat before hand if it’s an evening course, and bring a bottle of water if you like. We have all the equipment you will need including chairs, yoga mats, meditation cushions, stools and blankets.