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 is a mindfulness trainer and consultant, and has been practising meditation for over 20 years.
Tessa is the author of ‘Introducing Mindfulness – A Practical Guide and Mindful London. She is a co-teacher on the Mental Health Foundation’s online mindfulness course and an Associate of the Mindfulness Initiative, a team supporting the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness at Westminster. She also teaches at the London Shambhala Meditation Centre, and is a qualified yoga teacher.
Tessa trained with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and follows the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations.
For more information on Mindfulness please see Tessa’s post ‘What is Mindfulness?’ on our blog, Talking Therapy.
Thursdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm, 12th (Orientation), 19th & 26th January, 2nd, 9th & 23rd February, 2nd, 9th & 16th March. [Please note there is no class on 16 February]
All-day retreat included* – Saturday 11th March (10:30am-4:30pm)
Thursdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm, 13th (Orientation), 20th & 27th April, 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th May, 1st & 8th June
All-day retreat included* – Saturday 10 June (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 £295 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 £225 – please contact Tessa for details.