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Mindfulness Training Courses

Make the most of your potential and cope better with life
Discover your natural happiness and well-being
Learn mindfulness and how to apply it

Applied Mindfulness, enables us to begin to notice the tendency of the mind to constantly return to ‘problems’ and how this can lead to ‘over-thinking’ and pre-occupation and the resultant stress reactivity through the body when the powerful chemical mix of the ‘fight or flight’ response is released.

Noticing the stress reaction in our bodies and the thinking that causes it helps us to unravel this process and interrupt it. Practice helps us to challenge thinking about our situation, bring compassion in moments of difficulty and choose actions to support ourselves.

We begin to learn that whilst we cannot control outside events, but we can have a greater autonomy in how we respond to them. This gives a greater resilience and sense of control, helping us to be happier and more emotionally balanced.

Mindfulness means awareness, we pay attention to the present moment, knowing what we are doing, as we do it. As we practice paying attention, we come off ‘auto-pilot’ and learn how to respond rather than react. This helps us to recognise our own stress patterns and change unhealthy behaviour and promote patience and insight.

Mindfulness has been shown to help with stress, anxiety and depression, pain management, lowering blood pressure, improved sleep and concentration. Participants often say they feel happier and have a renewed sense of enthusiasm and well being.

Supported by scientific evidence and thousands of research studies into the uses of mindfulness, it is now used in the workplace (by large companies such as Apple and Google), schools, prisons, and hospitals worldwide.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Courses (MBSR)

Course Dates for 9 week course:

Course at St John’s Church Hall, Crowborough:
Tuesdays 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Orientation session on Tuesday 17th September and continuing for 8 further sessions until 19th November (no session on 15th October).
St John’s Church Hall, St John’s Road, Crowborough TN6 1RZ

Evening Course at The Horder Centre, Crowborough:
Mondays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Orientation session on Monday 16th September and continuing for 8 further sessions until 18th November (no session on 14th October).
Horder Healthcare, St John’s Road, Crowborough, TN6 1XP

Mindfulness Retreat for both courses Saturday 9th November.

Format: This Mindfulness course is an 8 week experiential learning program which was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It is designed to help you learn new ways of dealing with stress, emotions, pain or illness or simply to bring more balance and happiness to your life. In weekly two hour sessions which include: individual practice, psycho-education and group discussions, you learn to cultivate mindfulness. This is supported by your own home practice and you are invited to do around 45 minutes each day.

Course Aim: The aim of the course is to help us learn new ways of handling our moods and emotions and to take better care of ourselves so that we can live a happier more well rounded life. During the course we develop the skill of being aware of our experiences (whether they are pleasant, unpleasant or neutral) so that we can learn to respond more skilfully to situations as they arise rather than reacting automatically.  Mindfulness practice develops our awareness of the small changes in the physical sensations in our body; what is happening in the world around us (using our physical senses) and our thoughts, emotions and moods.Through the course participants often find that the problems they are facing have not changed but that they are able to learn to relate to them differently, improving their mental and emotional balance and wellbeing.

Mindfulness is a way of engaging the mind and body to pay attention to the present moment, intentionally and without criticism, becoming more aware of what is going on in your body, mind and the world around you. The practice of mindfulness enables you to develop a sense of calm however intense a thought, feeling or sensation may be, helping you feel more in control and able to make clearer more creative decisions. This in turn increases your confidence, resilience and empowerment in responding to difficulty.People completing Mindfulness programmes report that they gain lasting benefits, such as:

  • increased enthusiasm and energy
  • greater self-confidence
  • easier to relax
  • better able to handle stressful situations

Resources: Includes nine course sessions (2 hours), total 18 hours, contact between sessions with your instructor (if you need support with the course work), learning materials and recordings on MP3 or CD.

Cost: Orientation and 8 week course = £199

Secure your place with deposit £50. Payment plan available.
Places are limited so early application is recommended .
Some concessions available.

Mindfulness Retreat day (with tea, cake fruit etc) Payable separately, £50

For further enquiries and to book please email or phone 01892 664883 / 07794538517.

Julie Stannard  – Trained and experienced Mindfulness teacher (Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University) Level 1 and Level 2. Over 30 courses taught since 2011.

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