Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) invites participants to use simple meditation techniques and gentle movement to notice thoughts, emotions or sensations that arise and to learn to be more present to their experience.

In the course you will learn:

  • To stay in touch with the present moment and be less caught up in negative thought patterns
  • To develop more helpful responses to stress
  • To use simple meditation techniques which can transform daily life, including sitting meditation exercises (eg mindfulness of breathing), body scan and yoga

The course comprises eight 2hr group sessions and a one day retreat. Participants are invited to develop their own practice through weekly homework (about 45 mins a day). We provide course materials and CDs to help with this. Research has consistently shown that mindfulness can help people reduce their stress levels and protect against depression.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy is now recommended in the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines for treating recurrent depression. Mindfulness has also been shown to help people manage a range of other health conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, eating disorders and addictions, It has also been shown to improve immune system response and speed healing.

About the Facilitator:

Tessa Watt

Tessa Watt

Tessa Watt is a mindfulness coach and consultant, and has been practising meditation for almost 20 years. She is a co-teacher on the Mental Health Foundation’s online mindfulness course, and an instructor at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre. She is also a qualified yoga teacher, and takes part in ongoing training and development with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.

Tessa is the author of ‘Introducing Mindfulness – A Practical Guide‘.

For more information on Mindfulness please see Tessa’s post ‘What is Mindfulness?’ on our blog, Talking Therapy.


Thursdays, 11am – 1pm. 22nd January (Orientation), 29th January, 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th February, 12th, 19th & 26th March 2015. All-day retreat included – 14th March 2015 (10:30am-4:30pm)


The Awareness Centre, 41 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9JX*. Click here for details on how to find us.

*Please note the retreat will take place at a different location: St George The Martyr, Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA


The course costs £260 and includes audio and a handbook to work with at home. The fee also includes the all-day retreat session which you are encouraged to attend.

Some concessions are available at £200 – please contact Tessa for details.


Please email Tessa or call on 07890361531. Website:

Disclaimer: Please note that all types and forms of complementary therapies are not intended to replace allopathic and conventional medical treatment and care. Nor are they intended to replace proper diagnoses and treatment by a qualified medical practitioner. Complementary therapies are intended to work side by side with conventional treatment.

Also, the therapist cannot guarantee specific results. The therapist may give information or guidance that could bring about positive change and such information or guidance is given for the client to consider. Although the therapist will be as supportive and helpful as possible in all decision making and change processes, any resulting choices and changes made by the client do remain the personal and legal responsibility of the client. Thank you.

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