about mindfulness training,
MBSR and other classes
What is Catherine Nasskau's background?
The MBSR course is designed to help you bring mindfulness practices into your daily life. You'll be given course materials including worksheets and summaries of the ideas discussed. Between sessions, you're encouraged to practise the basic meditations you've learnt for about 30 minutes a day. It might seem like a big commitment, but it's the best way to get lasting value from the course.
Can mindfulness help me?
Our classes aim to help you take better care of yourself and to get more from your daily life. Participants often see results after just a few weeks of training, but it's important to note that mindfulness is not a quick fix. It takes considerable patience, time, effort and care to develop the right conditions for change to take place.
What do I need for the online courses?
We suggest being in a quiet room where you won't be disturbed - but we know this isn't always possible. If you need to leave the room for any reason, you can always turn off your camera and sound. Please be aware that children or anyone else who comes into view in your room will be seen by others.
For some sessions you'll be invited to lie down - you can do this on a sofa, bed or mat. Some people like to wear headphones for the meditations. 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, not at all. People of all ages, many with severe health issues and limitations, practise mindfulness. What's important is to find a position that works for you, whether it's sitting or lying down.
I can't make all the course dates. Can I still attend?
We know it can be difficult to attend every session of a course but we'd recommend that you try not to miss more than one. If you're unable to make a session, including the retreat day, you're welcome to attend that session in a future course. You also have the option to switch between daytime and evening classes if you're unable to attend at your usual time. If you miss an online class, it can be recorded for you to watch at a later date, if the other participants agree to this.
Is a mindfulness course suitable for my current circumstances?
Our courses are designed to help people manage their stress more effectively, increase their sense of joy and contentment, and improve their wellbeing. The process can be challenging as well as rewarding. We ask participants to complete a short, confidential questionnaire and attend an orientation session before starting a course. If you'd like to discuss your circumstances, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
How to choose a mindfulness course?
It's important to find a course one that you can fully commit to - for example, doing the practice exercises for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. We also recommend that you find a course led by a qualified mindfulness teacher. If you're interested in learning more about this, you can read about my qualifications here.
What do you offer once my MBSR course has finished?
We're committed to offering ongoing support once you've completed any of our courses. When you finish one of our courses, you'll be able to book regular practice sessions with us. You can find more information about this on the Graduates page.