The core skill that you will learn is ‘mindfulness’; a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgementally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you.Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase your sense of personal confidence, of having more options and more strength to face the different challenges in your life.Most people completing Mindfulness Skills for Life programmes report that they gain lasting benefits, such as:

  • more energy and enthusiasm
  • a greater capacity for relaxation
  • enhanced self-confidence
  • an increased ability to handle stressful situations

The course is based on an amalgamation of the Mindfulness Skills for Life course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA and the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale.

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Training Dates and Times (2017/2018)

Dates:  31 October 2017, 7 November 2017, 14 November 2017, 28 November 2017, 5 December, 12 December 2017, 19 December 2017 & 9 January 2018

Times: 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls

Closing date for all applications is 2 weeks prior to the start of the course

Cost

£250.00 per person

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Programme structure

Our weekday evening courses are taught over eight 2 hour sessions at weekly intervals.

The courses typically comprise approximately 25 people working together as a group. On them, you will learn several key mindfulness practices and have the chance to discuss these and your experience of them in the group.

Home practice is an important part of the course, and each participant is required to undertake to do 40 to 60 minutes of this, six days per week, between each class.

This is an adult course, so you can experience mindfulness for yourself. If you develop your own practice you will be able to attend further training to enable you to teach your own students. If you have previously attended a mindfulness foundation course with us you could use this course to develop and deepen your own practice.

Course aims

The core aims of the programme are to:

  • Experience greater wellbeing and personal fulfilment
  • Practise different mindfulness tools and techniques
  • Select and use mindfulness techniques that will work for you
  • Respond more wisely to stressful situations
  • Building your resilience to cope with work or personal demands
  • Achieve improved concentration, focus and creativity
  • Enjoy greater calm and inner peace

What does it involve?

Mindfulness is learned in a highly practical way, through experience rather than talk. We gradually learn to direct our attention in a more focussed way to whatever is actually happening – whether it be breathing, the sensations in our body, thoughts and feelings, or everyday activities such as walking and eating. A 2 hour session will typically involve 45– 60 minutes of guided practice inter-dispersed with discussion, reflection and other practical exercises.