about mindfulness training,
MBSR and other classes
What is Catherine Nasskau's background?
Please click here to find out about Catherine's qualifications and background.
The MBSR course is designed to help you integrate mindfulness practices into your daily life. You are provided with course materials including summaries of ideas discussed and worksheets. Between sessions, you are encouraged to practise the basic meditations you have been introduced in the classes for about 30 minutes a day. It is a big commitment, but is the most effective way to get lasting value from the course.
Can mindfulness help me?
Our classes aim to assist you in taking better care of yourself and in getting more out of living. Although many results are shown after just a few weeks of training, it is important to note that mindfulness is not a quick fix. It takes considerable patience, time, effort and care to develop the conditions for effects to take place.
What do I need for the online courses?
It is helpful if you can be in a quiet room on your own, and some people like to wear headphones. If you need to leave your room for any reason, you can always turn off your camera and sound. Please ensure that children or anyone who comes into view in your room will be seen by others. For some sessions you are invited to lie down, and this can be either on a sofa or mat. For some sessions you will be asked to bring paper and a pen. All resources will be emailed to you. The main thing you need is a PC, laptop or iPad. The classes can be delivered through a phone, but a larger screen is preferable.
Do I need to be physically fit to participate?
No, this is not necessary. People of all ages, many with severe health issues and limitations, practise mindfulness. What is important is to find a position that works for you to practise the mindfulness exercises – this could be sitting in a chair or cushion, or lying down, on a mat or sofa.
I cannot make all the course dates. Can I still attend?
We know it can be difficult to attend every session of a course and we recommend that you try not to miss more than one. If you are not able to make the all-day retreat, you are invited to attend another retreat at a later date. If you are doing the daytime or evening course when two are running at the same time, it is fine to come to one of the other sessions in the same week if that is more convenient, as long as you let us know first. With the online courses, if you need to miss a class, as long as everyone in the group agrees, it is possible for us to record the class for you to watch and participate in as soon as you have the time.
Is a mindfulness course suitable for my current circumstances?
Our courses are designed for people who want to find ways of working with stress more effectively, increase their sense of joy and contentment, and improve their well-being. They gently encourage moving towards experiences to work with them more skilfully, and this can be challenging as well as rewarding. If you have current mental health problems such as a major depressive episode or severe anxiety, or are in a period of a major life challenge such as a recent bereavement, active substance addiction or current trauma, a mindfulness course may not be right for you at this time. We ask participants to complete a short confidential questionnaire and attend an orientation session prior to starting a course. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss your circumstances.
How to choose a mindfulness course?
When choosing an MBSR course, it is important to find one that is run at a time in your life when you can commit to doing the practice exercises (around 30 minutes a day, five days a week), for the duration of the course. It is also recommended that you find one led by a teacher who has a recognised mindfulness teacher-training and qualification.
How much do the courses cost?
- MBSR course £180 / £120 * Price includes 26 hours teaching time, refreshments, orientation session, 5-hour retreat day and participant handbook for home practice.
- Taster session Free
- MBSR graduate sessions £45 / £25 * For five 90-minute sessions
- Weekly drop-in sessions £35/ £15 * For two months, 9 sessions
- * Concessionary price
If you are prevented from attending one of our courses for financial reasons, please get in touch as there are a limited number of assisted places for those on low incomes.
How do I book?
For all courses, you can register here.
If you have any questions, do send a message or phone Catherine on 07366 333 273.
Booking Notes: You can make an online payment using debit/credit card or by BACS.
Alternatively, please get in touch if you would like to use another payment method.
What do you offer once an MBSR course has finished?
We are committed to offering ongoing support for anyone who has completed any of our courses. Regular practice sessions for those that have completed an MBSR or MBCT course, either with Mindful Surrey or elsewhere, are offered. More information about these events can be found on the MBSR Graduates page.