Mindfulness Meditation & Cognitive Therapy for Depression & Anxiety Reduction

Courses under the The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the prevention of depressive relapse.

Mindfulness based courses are designed to help you learn new ways of handling difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods. The core skill that you will learn is ‘mindfulness’ — a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgmentally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you.

Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase your sense of personal confidence. You are likely to gain a sense of having more options and to realise there is a choice in our reactions to life. Mindfulness practice builds up more strength and knowledge to face the different challenges and difficulties in your life. We will learn to bring awareness to the landscape of unawareness in our minds. Most people completing ‘Mindfulness’ gain lasting benefits including more energy and enthusiasm, a greater capacity for relaxation, more self-confidence and an increased ability to handle difficult situations, and to be more present in ones daily life.

Who is the course for?

Everyone who wants to work to change themselves. The Mindfulness program is known to help with a wide range of problems, both physical and psychological. The course will be useful to anyone who is at that point where they are ready and willing to look deeply into themselves.

What does the course involve?

The course consists of 8 classes. In most courses you will attend a 2 or 2.5 hour class every week to learn mindfulness practices. There are opportunities to discuss these and your experience of them in the group. Home practice is an important part of the course. You will be asked to do 45 minutes home practice, six days per week, between classes. To get the most from the program, you need to work at it. This requires a strong commitment to work through a gentle but rigorous daily discipline of awareness exercises.

Follow up day/Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch up

With Pippa O'Connor
Sunday Date to be confirmed 1.30pm – 6pm
Practice session for those who have completed an MBCT or CMBT course and an introduction for those who wish to find out more about this approach. By donation.

Pippa O'Connor is a qualified Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is also an addiction and trauma therapist. She has been teaching the MBCT programme for the last ten years.

MBCT for Depression

With Pippa O'Connor
A course which aims to prevent further episodes of depression.

Eight Wednesday evenings

Next course starts 24 Sept

24 Sept –12 Nov 7pm – 9pm.
Practice Day Sun tbc 1.30 – 6pm

Each course: £225(waged) £195 (low waged) £145 (on benefits)
Prices include materials and follow up day

CMBT Compassionate Mindfulness Behaviour training

With Pippa O'Connor
This kindly awareness training helps to cultivate wellness with our self and healthy relationships with others. We will learn to be authentically kind and supportive by  increasing our awareness of difficulties with self and other.  We will learn to cultivate the  kindly awareness skills for change and transformation. We will learn about driven, threat and being mode and how to develop the mindful and compassionate self.
The CMBT training is suitable for both new comers as well as those who have completed one of  the Mindfulness trainings MBCT for depression/ anxiety or MBSR for stress course and for any one who wishes to enhance their skills.

Next course starts 23 Oct
Eight Thursday evenings
23 Oct – 11 Dec 7pm – 9pm.
Each course: £225(waged) £195 (low waged) £145 (on benefits)
Prices include materials

Mindfulness for Healthy Living (MBCT)

with Lokadhi
Eight week courses for anyone wishing to enhance the quality of their life through deepening awareness of unhelpful patterns of body and mind. Develop skills to manage anxiety, depression, stress, chronic illness and pain, addictive behaviours – and the ups and downs of everyday life. Suitable for those who are susceptible to depression but who are not actively depressed.
The course is held in a warm, relaxed setting that combines structure, informality and the highest professional standards.

9 Friday mornings including orientation session.

Fri 17 Oct – 12 Dec 10.45am – 1.15pm
Practice Day: Sat 15 Nov 11am – 4pm

9 Thursday evenings including orientation session.

Thurs 16 Oct – 11 Dec 6.45pm – 9.15pm.
Practice Day: Sat 15 Nov 11am – 4pm

(Course costs include materials, CDs and handouts.)

Lokadhī has a postgraduate diploma in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP), University of Bangor, and is under regular supervision. She is an experienced mindfulness teacher and is herself a supervisor, as well as being a qualified and practising psychotherapist.

Mindfulness: Living Well with Pain and Illness

with Simon Osborne. Simon is an accredited Breathworks trainer.
Eight Wednesday evenings starting 17 Sept

This is an eight week course offering self-management mindfulness-based strategies for those living with persistent pain or ill health and the stress that arises as a result of these. It provides a tool kit of resources that can be applied to daily life.
£165/125/85 (includes course materials) and practice day.£30 discount if you are repeating the course.

Mindfulness: Living Well with Pain and Illness
Free Taster Session

with Simon Osborne. Simon is an accredited Breathworks trainer.
Wed 30 April 11.30am - 12.45pm
This taster session is open to anyone who would like to know more about our eight week Breathworks courses which offer self-management mindfulness-based strategies for those living with persistent pain or ill health and the stress that arises as a result of these. The courses provide a tool kit of resources that can be applied to daily life.

Mindfulness Practice Days

Stand-alone practice day/workshops with Lokadhī
Saturday 11 Oct 2014
10.30 am –3.30 pm £40/25
Come along if you’ve already completed an 8–week mindfulness course and would like to support your ongoing practice –
or if you’re considering doing a course and would like to experience mindfulness first hand.
There’ll be an opportunity to ask questions about the course afterwards between 3.30 and 4pm.
Bring vegetarian lunch to share.