8-week Courses

LavenderThe 8-week mindfulness course is the gold standard mindfulness training, including all the key elements of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Life (MBCT-L). The course teaches simple meditation practices that can help us be more present to our experience and manage thoughts, emotions and body sensations, as well as our life choices, more skilfully.

In the course you will learn:

The course comprises 8x2.25hr sessions and a 6hour day retreat. There will be a 2hr orientation session a week prior to the start of the course (26 hours of teaching/group mindfulness practice in total). The sessions are experiential in nature. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences with the group, although this is not essential. The course provides a safe and supportive environment to explore your experience.

All our courses are currently taking place online, via Zoom link. Mindfulness training is very suitable for online learning, and may be particularly helpful in these current challenging circumstances. We recognise that these are challenging times financially for many people - please note that we are able to offer some concessions to people who would otherwise not be able to take a course. Please contact us to apply for a concessionary place.

Our approach includes all the key elements of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Life (also known as Mindfulness For Life or MBCT- L), both gold standard mindfulness trainings. The content for both courses is in any case very similar. Sessions are made up of a combination of mindfulness practices (such as body scanning, sitting meditation and gentle movement), discussions and teaching. We also invite you to develop your own practice through weekly homework (about 45 mins a day). We provide course materials and CDs for you to do this. The cost of the mindfulness course is £275, and the course price includes the orientation session, all eight weekly sessions, a 6-hour retreat day, audio downloads, and course handbook. Pre-registration is essential for all courses.

Upcoming 8-week mindfulness courses:

Wednesday Evening Course (Online via Zoom link)

An orientation session on Wednesday 21st February 2024, 7.15-9.30pm, and then for 8 weeks from Wednesday 28th February 2024, 7.15-9.30pm, taught by Ed Halliwell. (No session on April 3rd or 10th, course ends Weds 1st May). This course includes a six-hour day retreat on Sunday 21st April 2024 (alternative retreat dates are available, and the retreat day can be attended in-person or via Zoom)..Book your place

Wednesday Morning Course (Online via Zoom link)

An orientation session on Wednesday 8th May 2024, 10am-12.15pm, and then for 8 weeks from Wednesday 15th May 2023, 10am-12.15pm, taught by Ed Halliwell. (No session on May 29th, course ends July 10th 2024). This course includes a six-hour day retreat on Sunday 30th June (alternative retreat dates are available). Book your place

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Here are some testimonials from participants in previous Eight-Week Mindfulness courses Ed has taught:

I would recommend this course to anyone and everyone. Meditation could be the most challenging and rewarding ride of your life

Very positive - a definite enhancement in my life. Life-changing, in fact. Ed has been an exemplary teacher.

Extremely beneficial in dealing with stressful life experiences and realising how I have let them condition my life.

Gentle, challenging, informative, worthwhile and a great investment in me.

A very safe, supportive, caring environment.

An excellent course, delivered with great thought and care.

I am really pleased that I am able to practise mindfulness now because I've always been a bit cynical and 'it's not for me' before. It was what I really needed - maybe I resisted because it meant doing things differently.

The retreat was incredible. The surroundings and the sunshine made it even better. The cakes were great! It was a totally self caring time / space.

Beyond my expectations. I've learned that I can manage depression.

The course has given me some good foundations for being in a different way with myself and hopefully others. Thanks for helping me feel awake again.

Opening and enriching - I've been able to include 'bits' of me that I did not like or accept.

Wonderful - it has changed my life and will continue to do so. I've had a door (re)opened into a new way of being. I can see my thoughts much more clearly and accurately.

A pleasant short journey from existing in an internalised world to starting to engage with the external world again.

Very positive! I was certainly a little apprehensive about it at the start but have very much enjoyed being part of the group and sharing / listening to each others' thoughts.

I have learnt to become more in touch with underlying emotions and the importance of tailoring time out from doing.

An immensely positive experience. I am taking my time more, rushing less into things - I don't get impatient in queues, for example. This is extending into big business decisions and reaping big benefits.

I've learnt to be kinder to myself and to stop judging. The retreat day was an extraordinary experience.

Hearing the experiences of others has been incredibly enriching and taught me a huge amount. I didn't expect that!

I've reconnected with joy, serenity and the beauty of life.

I'm more relaxed after learning to be mindful. I feel like I know myself better, and can recognise my feelings.

I've learned how to be kinder to myself... it has helped me be less impulsive and perhaps less irrational then before.

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