Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction2018-12-06T11:56:23+01:00

“the present moment is the only time any of us have to be alive, to know anything, to perceive, to learn, to act, to change, to heal” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Our 8 week Mindfulness or Mindful Self-Compassion courses are open to all, and will introduce you to an approach that reduces stress, is clinically proven to reduce depressive relapse, helps you manage chronic pain and will support you in finding more peace at work, at home and in your relationships. Whatever the issue that brings you to mindfulness, we are experts in mindfulness for a lifetime, not just a one off quick fix.

Our range of courses are designed to meet the needs of beginners as well as experienced practitioners of mindfulness meditation. We offer an on going 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.

The 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR) is an excellent way to gain a solid foundation in mindfulness. You will learn a range of meditation and awareness practices, that can be integrated into your daily life. The course we teach follows the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (see clip below) as well as some aspects of the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programme (MBCT) developed by Williams, Teasdale and Segal in the UK.   The eight week model is carefully devised and has been clinically proven to be highly effective in working with a range of physical and psychological problems.

What does it involve?

The course consists of eight weekly 2.15 hr sessions and one full day of practice, called the All Day retreat. Each session builds on the learning of the previous week, while the all day session is a chance to deepen and consolidate your experience. Practising the meditations at home is a very important part of the course. You will be given CDs/MP3s to guide you and an accompanying workbook with information about the approach and inspirational quotes and poems.  Groups are small (16 max) and you are given plenty of opportunity to explore and reflect upon your experience. While it is possible to find condensed and teach-yourself versions of the mindfulness course we believe that the most effective and enjoyable way to learn mindfulness is over the full eight weeks in an unhurried way and in a supportive group with experienced teachers.

The course is designed for complete beginners, but those with previous meditation experience will also benefit.

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“I didn’t know what to expect when I began. I have been amazed, during and after the course, at what a valued part of my life Mindfulness has become. It is like an oasis of calm. Zoe and Jaya are caring and kind and put a great deal of effort into making sure everyone gets something from the course.Malcolm, film director

“I had meditated on and off for years but had not been able to sustain a regular daily practice. This course gave me the practice and support I needed and I now meditate virtually every day. This is helping me physically (I suffer with arthritis) and emotionally – in so many ways. I am so grateful to Zoe and Jaya for the gentle, empathic way they facilitated the group and led the practices. I can’t recommend them highly enough.Pauline, counsellor