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Courses

I offer Courses to encourage you to hone your own mindfulness skills in Godalming and surrounding villages in Surrey. These Courses are usually taught over 8 (or so) weeks to allow you time to learn the skills in session, and then practice them in your daily life. There is an opportunity to explore your experience whether you choose to learn as part of a group or individually, at each session as well as Home Practice between sessions.

The Courses have developed out of my personal experience as a patient with chronic pain, and the teachings of the evidence-based original MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his team at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) programme developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale, and other mindfulness-based approaches

 

8-week Group Course
The 8-week Group Course is the traditional way to learn this secular mindfulness. I run courses as 8 weekly (where possible) two hour sessions + a "long practice session" (or an optional Day Retreat), in the Godalming and Guildford area. All courses encourage about 45 minutes of Home Practice a day and allow you to appreciate mindfulness experientially.

Next scheduled Group Courses: 

The Oxford Mindfulness Centre has some resources which may help to start or sustain your mindfulness practice.  
Please check their website here


1.  Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L).  ON LINE via Zoom - starting 22 September 2020.  Tuesday mornings 10am -12noon.  Please do use the Contact form if you have any questions or if you would like to be added to the waitlist.  8-week course pioneered by Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC).  An early opportunity to engage with this newly researched course from the OMC.  Suitable for those new to mindfulness and those wishing to refresh their practice.  The course incorporates the essential teachings from MBCT of mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural approaches to support people working with distress and difficulties as well as savouring life, realising their potential and flourishing.  Cost £250 for 8 x 2-hour day time sessions + day of practice (or choice to attend in person, if there are no government restrictions).  I am an Oxford Mindfulness Centre teaching partner for this course.
Note: the audio recordings for this course are guided meditation practices that are made available by the OMC.  My own new audio recordings will also be accessible to you.

2.  Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L).  Godalming (Hascombe) - starting 1 October 2020 if we can resume face-to-face groups.  Please do use the Contact form if you have any questions or if you would like to be added to the waitlist.  8-week course pioneered by Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC).  An early opportunity to engage with this newly researched course from the OMC.  Suitable for those new to mindfulness and those wishing to refresh their practice.  The course incorporates the essential teachings from MBCT of mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural approaches to support people working with distress and difficulties as well as savouring life, realising their potential and flourishing.  Cost £240 for 8 x 2-hour day time sessions (concessions available for previous course graduates - please ask!).  I am an Oxford Mindfulness Centre teaching partner for this course.
Note: the audio recordings for this course are guided meditation practices that are made available by the OMC.  My own new audio recordings will also be accessible to you.

One-to-one
If attending a Group Course is difficult for you, we can discuss the possibility of one-to-one work, either over the telephone or in person (in Godalming or Haslemere). We will have a (free) orientation session to help you decide if the Course is appropriate for you, and if you would like to work with me in this way.  



Follow-On sessions
These Days of Practice is designed for those who have an established mindfulness practice and/or have completed an 8-week course. More details on the Moments page. 


The Mindfulness for Life course (see above) is also suitable for those wishing to rejuvenate their practice.

I will also be offering The Present 7-session course as a Follow On course in the near future.


Mindfulness Teacher Events
If anyone is interested in supporting their work as a mindfulness teacher or trainee by connecting with Friends of Bangor, please do get in touch.  Please see the Friends of Bangor website for more details or send me a message via the Contact page of this website.


Workshops
I am happy to discuss any individual requirements for workshops in healthcare or other settings. These will be tailored to your needs, and will be priced accordingly.

I have also completed the .b!, Paws b and .bFoundations training for the Mindfulness in Schools project, and would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to bring this "taster" of mindfulness into your school.

I have worked with clients, facilitating everything from Taster sessions to full courses and Day Retreats, from local hositals at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust and the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust, to healthcare professionals peer support groups, to schools and colleges, to workplaces, commercial and public sector.  Self-referred clients include those from Godalming, Farnham, Haslemere and Woking and those wanting to live a fuller, less stressful and more creative life.  Do get in touch if you feel you would like to explore mindfulness either for yourself or your workplace.

 

Books

If you would like to pursue some additional reading, the following may be of interest:

- Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn
1990 Piatkus, ISBN 0-7499-1585-4

- Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine, Saki Santorelli
1999 Bell Tower, ISBN 0-609-80504-5

- The Mindful Way through Depression, Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal & Jon Kabat-Zinn
2007 The Guilford Press, ISBN 978-1-59385-128-6 (includes a CD by Jon Kabat-Zinn)

- The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hahn
2008 Rider, ISBN 978-1-84-604106-8

- Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world, Mark Williams and Danny Penman
2011  Piatkus,  ISBN 978-0-7499-5308-9

- Mindfulness in Eight Weeks, Michael Chaskalson
2014  HarperThorsons, ISBN 978-0-00-759143-5

 

Websites

If you would like to take your Practice further, additional information for Courses in the UK may be found at:

- www.oxfordmindfulness.org, for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
- www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness, for the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.

- www.bemindful.co.uk, mindfulness as promoted by the Mental Health Foundation.

- www.bamba.org.uk for the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches