Mindfulness

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Courses and Drop-ins

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course Dates

Tuesdays, 7-9pm - Zoom classes

May 4 - July 6; Retreat day, Sat, June 26, 1-6pm

Sept 28 - Nov 30; Retreat day, Sat, Nov 20, 1-6pm

Saturdays, 9.30-11.30am  - Dorking, Surrey

May 22 - July 10; Retreat day, Sunday, June 27, 1-6pm

Oct 2 - Dec 4; Retreat day, Sat, Nov 21, 1-6pm

If the Dorking course is curtailed due to Covid restrictions, it will be run online. Participants can transfer to the next in-person course if they prefer.

Free Trials and Zoom Drop-in classes

 

The taster session will give you a chance to find out a little about what mindfulness actually is, and to see how it might help at this current time. We'll practise a simple mindfulness meditation and you can find out more about the 8-week MBSR course -  for the online course, it's a chance to see how the classes can be delivered in this way. More information about the drop-ins is at the bottom of this page. Please get in touch so we can send you the Zoom link. Contact us to reserve a space as numbers are limited.

Why meditate?

Why meditate video, benefits from meditation

"If you want to conquer the anxiety of life,

live in the moment,

live in the breath."

Mindfulness Course cost              

£225 - in-person course

£195 - online course

(23 hours of teaching)

Includes orientation session,  8 classes, 5-hour retreat day, participant handbook,  MP3s of meditations, email or phone support between sessions.

Discounts

We don't want anyone to miss one of our courses due to financial difficulties. We offer a limited number of places at a reduced rate for those on low incomes. Please get in touch to learn more. 

Directions to our usual Surrey venues

Old Pixham School, Dorking RH4 1PJ

Reigate Park Church

St John's Community Centre

Betchworth Village Hall

Benefits from a meditation course

The meditations and ideas taught on the course have been shown to help people with problems such as:

- Stress and anxiety

- Sleep difficulties

- Depression

- Physical pain

- Body image 

- Compulsive behaviours such as over-eating

Through mindfulness exercises people can learn:

- How to deal with stress

- How to stay calm

- How to stop over thinking

- How to manage anger

- How to deal with fear

People who take mindfulness MBSR courses report benefits including:

- Feeling more in control

- Enhanced relationships

- Increased confidence and self-compassion 

- More energy for life

- Discovering that others have similar concerns

Being part of a supportive group can be very helpful, particularly for those living alone. Participants sometimes set up their own groups during the course, such as What's App, for support and friendship.

What's involved in an MBSR course?

 

 

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) helps us learn new ways of responding to challenges more effectively. The combination of mindfulness and self compassion enables us to live with greater ease, dealing skilfully with difficulties as they occur. 

 

The course is based on the core MBSR practices as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It's an evidence-based, scientifically-proven programme that offers secular mindfulness training, including how to meditate. It includes 8 weekly classes, an orientation session, a 5-hour retreat day, a comprehensive workbook, and supporting calls/emails between the sessions should you wish to discuss elements of the course. The course is aimed at beginners, but MBSR graduates are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis.

 

Each week a new topic is introduced. We usually spend about half the session practising guided meditations, such as the mindfulness body scan, and the remaining time in discussions and learning other mindfulness techniques. 

 

Week 1:  What is mindfulness? Body scan practice

Week 2:  How we interpret events

Week 3:  Mindful yoga movement - resting in the present

Week 4:  How we react to stress

Week 5:  Thoughts and over-thinking

Week 6:  Communication, relationships and coping with emotions

             

Retreat Day 

Week 7:  Lifestyle choices - how we care for ourselves, compulsive behaviours

Week 8:  A mindful life - how to maintain what you've learned

Home Practice

Home practice plays an important part in the course. As mindfulness is an experiential practice, its benefits come through regular practice. To gain the most from the MBSR course, it's suggested that you do around 30 minutes a day, six days a week. This can be done at any time of day or night, and also broken into two shorter periods. Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss this aspect of the course.

 

Learning mindfulness via Zoom classes

Mindfulness training is very suitable for online learning via Zoom classes and Catherine is trained to teach MBSR online. There are many benefits to participating in mindfulness classes online:

- You don't need to travel anywhere!

- You can connect with others as much or little as you wish, and be part of a supportive small group.

- If everyone agrees, sessions can be recorded so you can listen later if you have to miss a class.

- Listening to meditations using headphones can be more powerful and intimate than when listening in a room. 

 

Classes are delivered via Zoom, which is easy to use. No technical expertise is necessary but we're happy to help if you're new to Zoom. There's no need to download anything - you simply get emailed a link to click on before each class. You can also connect with your phone.

"I am learning to label my thoughts, to relax, to be objective. I feel the course is excellent and I really look forward to the sessions.”  Jane, Art teacher

"I am learning to manage difficult situations in a better way by meditation practice. Course literature is excellent."  Christine

Drop-in sessions - guided meditation

The Tuesday morning sessions are for everyone. They're designed for anyone new to mindfulness as well as those with more experience. (Monday evening sessions are for MBSR graduates only). Each session includes guided meditations and has a different focus, such as self compassion, over thinking, sleep difficulties and gratitude. We consider different ways of relating to our thoughts and emotions, and how to stay calm in the midst of difficulties. It can be time to yourself or to connect with others, or just to relax. The drop-ins are very much introductory sessions to mindfulness meditation.

Tuesdays, 9.30am

£60 for two months, come when you like

Free trial session

No charge to anyone in a current MBSR course

One-to-one coaching
and small group sessions

For more personal sessions, the one-to-one or small group experiences may be for you. We're happy to tailor mindfulness training for your needs. Catherine has worked with children and teenagers on a one-to-one basis for many years. Prices start at £30 per hour and for every three sessions, there's a 10% discount. We offer in-person sessions in and around Reigate, Redhill and Dorking, Surrey, and further afield for longer events. Sessions can also be taken online through Zoom or Skype. One to one coaching with children and teens is often done during a walk in our lovely Surrey countryside around Brockham; parents are welcome to come too. 

Acceptance meditation, Catherine  Acceptance, Catherine Nasskau, mindfulness teacher

Catherine, preparing for a lesson