SHORT COURSE FOR THOSE WISHING TO DEEPEN THEIR PRACTICE
STARTING FEB 2018:
This is a course for those who have some experience of mindfulness, and wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding. The sessions are designed to reconnect you with mindfulness practice, and perhaps to loosen the grip of some confirmed ideas about how you should be doing, allowing more freedom to be and to act.
What is it we’re trying to do when we bring the mind gently back to the breath, or raw sound, for instance? What actually happens when the mind wanders off on a tangent? And why do things feel unsatisfactory? We will be looking again at the practices learnt in mindfulness courses, understanding them on a deeper level and gaining some insight into how they fit together, and their roots in Buddhist practice.
Dates and times:
Saturday 3 Feb 10am to 1pm
Monday 19 Feb 7pm to 9pm
Saturday 3 March 10am to 1pm
Venue: St Ethelwold’s House, East St Helen Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB.
Course facilitators: Sarah Wood and Barbara Wallis
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about noticing what is here, now. It is seeing, hearing, feeling and being with what is present in the moment rather than worrying about what might happen or thinking about what could have been.
Mindfulness is a simple training that can help us to develop a more heightened awareness of the here and now with an attitude of acceptance and allowing. Using a combination of cognitive therapy techniques and meditations focussing on the breath we can learn how to let go of the ceaseless round of wearisome thoughts, allowing us to be calmer and less anxious.
This is well evidenced by research, showing that conditions such as stress, depression, anxiety and chronic pain can be helped by a regular mindfulness practice.
What will be expected of me?
The courses we run are not therapy groups – you won’t be asked to share your innermost feelings. Participants are however asked to share, to whatever extent feels comfortable, some detail of what they experience during the meditation practices.
A really crucial part of the learning is taking time for home practice during the course. We will be asking you to find between 20 and 40 minutes per day for this. We recognise this may be challenging. Considering how home practice is going to fit into your schedule is an important part of preparing for the course and as teachers we are keen to help you with this aspect as much as we can.
At counsellingoxford we are all committed mindfulness practitioners and run courses for the University of Oxford and for the NHS. We also hold mindfulness courses for the public in Oxford and Abingdon.As Mindfulness teachers we all adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good Practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses.
Feedback from previous courses:
‘Excellent facilitation and kindly leadership’.
‘This course went above and beyond my expectations.’
‘Learning a new skill which I can take on through life which will hopefully help me every day. Definitely feel like it has already helped me gain perspective.’
‘Experiential learning – no note taking, but doing! New, very new learning.’
‘Working with you… to learn the basics of Mindfulness last autumn has given me my life back!’
‘It is something that can change all of life, not just working.’
‘I really enjoyed it – thank you!’
‘The teachers were great – very calm, and they created a very safe atmosphere.’
‘Thank you so much for teaching such a great mindfulness course…I have found the course extremely useful and will continue to use the techniques you’ve taught me.’
See also an article by Sarah Wood and Barbara Wallis – Is Mindfulness for You? in the newsletter of the Natural Health Centre, Abingdon, where Barbara works.