What is mindfulness?
Jon Kabat Zinn, the originator of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course describes mindfulness as bringing your complete attention to the present moment, on purpose and non-judgementally.
Mindfulness is simple but not easy. We often find ourselves lost in thoughts about the past (e.g. replaying old conversations) or the future (e.g. worrying and planning). Remembering the past and imagining the future are of course necessary and important but spending too much time in either mode is draining. During the course you learn how to spend more of your life awake and aware in the present and you learn a new less harmful way of relating to and responding to your own thoughts and feelings.
What are the benefits?
There is now a lot of scientific evidence supporting many different psychological and physical health benefits of mindfulness. A list of these benefits along with references to relevant research can be found here.
What is the course like?
You can do it either individually or in a group. The individual course follows the same format at the group except the classes are 1 hour and you get more personally tailored feedback and attention.
It’s best to think of the course as a night class. It is not therapy. You are not expected to go into detail about your problems or your life. You will learn a new approach and new skills for dealing with stress and enjoying your life more.
Who else will be in the group?
The course participants are mostly ex-pats, often professionals in humanitarian work and sometimes teachers and business people. Most want to learn new ways to manage work and life stress. Some have a general interest in personal development and see mindfulness as a tool to help them continue their journey of personal growth and discovery.
There will be between 5-10 people on each course. Each class is 2 hours with a 10 minute break in the middle. There are 6 classes. 1 class per week for 6 weeks. There is an optional practice day (4 hours) in the second last week.
You are not obliged to talk in the class although you are welcome to. A large part of each class is spent meditating. We usually begin by doing the mindfulness meditation practice you learned the previous week. After that you have the chance to reflect on your practice and the previous weeks tasks with a partner, and later, if you want, you can share your experience with the larger group. During the middle section of each class I teach a new practice and we all do it together. Each class ends with an explanation of the homework for the coming week and there is a chance to ask questions.
When is the next course?
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Frequently asked Questions
If you have more questions then see Frequently Asked Questions or contact me by email. I don’t post the course fee here as what you pay will depend upon your financial circumstances.
If you would like to join a course I will need to know a little bit about you and your circumstances, so please complete the form below and I will contact you to arrange a time to talk (usually for 10-15 minutes) either on the phone or in person.