8 Week Mindfulness (MBCT) Course for Health and Wellbeing
The 8 week mindfulness course is based around Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This is a highly acclaimed, evidenced-based skills training program, combining the ancient wisdom of mindfulness and cognitive psychology. Developed by the University of Oxford Centre for Mindfulness.
Is this course right for me?
This course is orientated towards improving overall health and well-being for adult members of the public.
- It is right for anyone with an interest in exploring meditation and wanting to gain an awareness of the patterns of their own mind
- For anyone who is curious about how we can use mindfulness and meditation skills within daily life to manage stress, anxiety or mood
- It is right for anyone who wishes to cultivate skills towards thriving in your health and fitness, hobbies, home, work and family life
- The course is also right for those who wish to find greater contentment, self-compassion happiness & appreciation
No previous experience of mindfulness or meditation is required, the course is aimed at complete beginners to offer a clear and enlightening introduction to mindfulness. For those with experience, this course provides a fantastic refresher and an opportunity to deepen practice.
How is the course run?
We meet over a series of 8 sessions with between 6 – 12 people within the group. It is a complete course and not designed as a drop in.
We meet usually once a week at the same venue and the duration of each session is 1-hour 45 minutes. Each session orientates towards a theme. We practice different mindfulness meditation techniques for focussing our awareness and attention on what our physical senses are currently experiencing.
Meditation techniques include: sitting and lying down meditation, mindful movement including gentle yoga postures, stretching and mindful walking.
The course is experiential, in other words, learning from your own experience of what you notice, what you are aware of and where your attention is drawn to during your own meditation practice. It is your experience. To aid and enhance skills and learning we also engage in interactive experiential group exercises.
Important: This course is not a form of group counselling or therapy, either formal or informal. It will not, therefore, be suitable for anyone suffering from severe clinical depression or other severe clinical mental health problems. Other therapy avenues would be more suited and helpful.
Themes of the 8 week course:
- Session 1 – Awareness and Automatic Pilot
- Session 2 – Living in Our Heads
- Session 3 – Gathering the Scattered Mind
- Session 4 – Recognizing Aversion
- Session 5 – Allowing Things to Be as They Are / Letting Be
- Session 6 – Thoughts Are Not Facts – Seeing Thoughts as Thoughts
- Session 7 – “How Can I Best Take Care of Myself” – Kindness in Action
- Session 8 – Maintaining Mindfulness – What Now?
- meditation skills
- awareness of the habitual patterns of your mind
- ability to respond skilfully to situations rather than react
- taking a daily breathing space
- being more present in your daily life
- Changing your relationship towards stress, thoughts and moods
- Clarity and balanced acceptance of experience just as it is
- greater self-compassion and kindness to yourself and others
- deeper appreciation of the good things in your life
- enhancing relationships to those most important to you
What does it involve for me?
A significant level of commitment is required as most learning will take place in the home practice. You will be invited to develop a daily mindfulness meditation practice for 30-40 minutes per day and fulfil other brief exercises during the week to support your learning. Mindfulness is a practice, you get out what you put in, therefore creating time to cultivate and build your practice into your daily life over the 8 weeks is crucial for your experience during the course and for your journey.
Guided meditations are provided for your home practice which can be downloaded and played on your smartphone or stored on your laptop. If you do not have access to a laptop or smartphone, a cd will be provided for you. You will also have access to the Oxford Mindfulness Centre App. Handouts will be emailed to you the day before each session with worksheets for the coming week and summaries of the themes.
What do I need to bring?
Wear comfortable relaxed clothing, you may also wish to bring a rug or shawl.
Chairs will be provided, but if you wish to bring a cushion or meditation stool please feel free.
If you have a yoga mat, please bring this with you (you will be advised on which sessions you will need to bring it). If you do not have a yoga mat, this is not a problem, one will be provided for you.
Water will be provided.
What is the Cost?
The course costs £190. This includes all the insightful course materials, guided mediations to keep, continuous teacher support and a free app.