This is the gold-standard in mindfulness training, bringing together the internationally recognised Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction (MBSR) programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the later adapted Mindfulness-Based-Cognitive-Therapy (MBCT) programme.
The course gives a practical and experiential introduction to a range of Mindfulness practices. Participants learn to wake up to their present moment experience, instead of the tendency we have of being lost in the past (regret, rumination) or in the future (worry or overthinking).
The practice of Mindfulness is ancient, thousands of years old. It originated in Buddhism as a practical way to alleviate self induced suffering caused by the dysfunctional ways we tend to routinely deal with experience. In the late 70s, Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course by adapting Mindfulness for a secular and scientific context. So, it is a totally practical course requiring no allegiance to any belief system. Vast scientific research shows huge benefits in physical, mental health and emotional health in diverse contexts, business, education, sports etc.
What does the Mindfulness Stress
Reduction Training include?
Taught in a gentle facilitative way that supports you in your development. Each participant is given:
All the course materials including a handbook and a range of guided meditation audio files that can be easily downloaded for home practice. 6 to 8 sequential modules, each with a specific theme. Session activities include short meditation, talks/ presentations on the specific theme of that module, experiential exercises and dialogue.
Impact of the Mindfulness Stress Reduction Training?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training enables participants to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase the sense of personal confidence and resilience. Participants gain strength to face and deal with the challenges in their lives, open up options, alleviate stress and relate to themselves in a kinder more accepting way.
Feedback from participants
- Feeling more energetic, contented, calmer and more composed
- Enhanced self-confidence and self acceptance
- Renewed ability to handle stressful situations / challenging times
- Better focus, ability to concentrate, be productive
- Kinder, more understanding of self and others
- Things go better and I feel lighter!
- More self awareness and seeing what is really happening more clearly.
What participants say…
Inspiring, motivational and a safe place to talk about areas of difficulty. I’m way less stressed and anxious that I used to be. Mindfulness has opened my eyes to see things differently. I’ve gained understanding and confidence that make me a better manager. Joanne is a real professional and so easy to talk to.Participant
Words cannot express how much your wonderful teaching has enriched my life. I am looking at everything with new eyes and have a huge appreciation for life and living. You truly have a gift in the kind and compassionate manner you deliver your training; thank you from the bottom of my heart.Participant
Life changing – Most rewarding course I have ever taken. Learnt skills to calm myself when my buttons get pressed. I’m less reactive and make better decisions. I notice ‘stress’ and change my mind/body state. Support myself and others when challenged. The day seems to go better.Participant
Much more self aware, able to remain confident and calm even when deadlines are approaching. I don’t believe all the drama my mind can create. Just focus on giving my all to the task in hand and taking a breather before I move onto the next thing.Participant
I’m a better listener and communicator. I’ve changed my approach. Less rushing and more paying attention to each person I speak with! I manage my mind state (most of the time!) more calm, energy, confident and appreciative.Participant
Found the course revelatory! Shifted my perspective about working effectively/managing people –I’m a nicer boss. Mindfulness helps me focus and concentrate. Good to share with group and recognise similarities and all we have in common.Participant
What skills will I develop?
- Reduce negative mood patterns, more focus /concentration
- Develop more calm, clarity, vitality and happiness
- Become a better listener, more attentive in all interactions
- Grow self acceptance, confidence, patience
- Boost adaptability, openness and positivity
- Sleep better.
Is there supportive research evidence?
Yes. This programme accounts for most of the empirical evidence which has been published around mindfulness in recent years.