Eight-session Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course starting Saturday 7 October 2017  in the tranquil surroundings of St Ethelwold’s House, East St Helen St, Abingdon. 

Dates: Saturdays  7, 14,21, 28 October and  4, 11 November, all from 10am to noon; and ending with a full day 10am to 4pm on Saturday 18 November.

Cost: £290 including online access/2 CDs for home practice, plus a detailed handout for each session.

Led by Sarah Wood and Barbara Wallis.

The booking form is here.

If, having read this page, you would like more information, please email

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NEW COURSE for OUH and MedSci staff, starting Tuesday 17 October 2017:

A six-week Mindfulness course for OUH and MedSci employees, running at the JR on Tuesdays from 17 October to 21 November, 5.15pm to 6.45pm.

Led by Barbara Wallis and Sarah Wood.

The booking form for this course is here.   If you have any queries, please email .

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.