The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.
What does the MBSR/MBCT course involve?
On our courses you learn how to be mindfully present with thoughts, emotions and body sensations, supported by an attitude of kindness and compassion. This can really help us be a healthy human being and taken further, much further, can reveal our deepest potential.
The Course either consists one class lasting two and a half hours once a week for eight weeks and one whole day between the fifth and sixth session or three whole days, each two weeks apart, with an option of a further day at the end. Participants are also invited to practice regularly during the week the mindfulness skills taught on the course. In this way, by the end of the course, you will hopefully have created a mindfulness meditation practice that will be largely self sustaining to the extent you maintain it.
Each class introduces mindfulness meditations and the attitudes that best support these practices – kindness and compassion. Typically each session will be a mix of practising mindfulness together, learning new mindfulness skills and reviewing the previous weeks daily mindfulness practice. The Course focuses entirely on supporting the development of mindfulness so that each of us who participate may leave with a set of mindfulness skills and attitudes that will be of profound use for the rest of our lives. And lastly the course is fun.
The course includes:
- A free initial 20 minute meeting to make sure it is the right course at the right time for you. There is no commitment at this point.
- A class for two and a half hours once a week for eight weeks or three whole days spread over six weeks.
- A full day of mindfulness meditations between weeks six and seven of the eight week course.
- Guided meditation downloads / CD’s on mindfulness of our body sensations, breathing, walking and stretching.
- A work book to support and chart the growth of your mindfulness practice.
- Access to the teachers between sessions for the duration of the course.
Who is the course for?
All of us! All human beings sometimes experience being overwhelmed by events, being afraid and being depressed and look for something that will really help. This is what people have said.
What do I do if I am interested?
The course requires a commitment from you to regular home practice. It can be a challenging to ﬁt this practice into your life and also the process can be difficult. The intention of the course is to develop our ability to be more aware of our moment by moment experience. This can open us to both the pleasurable and painful parts of our emotional life. It is important that you really want to do this and this meeting will enable you to ask any questions and to talk with someone who knows what it is like.
There is no charge for this meeting and you may decide following it that the course is not right for you or it is not the best time for you to take it.
Support during the course
Mindfulness helps us to be consciously present with small changes in our physical sensations, emotions and thoughts in each consecutive moment. It is not about where we generally are in our personal lives but rather how we can be consciously aware of our experience in this present moment.
For this reason, there is little opportunity or time during the course to support any current ongoing personal problems not related to the practices. Therefore, if you would like support for any personal concerns, this should be pursued through individual work with a friend, counsellor or psychotherapist.
However should you experience any difficulties in connection with your mindfulness practice in between the sessions, how to do it and what it may bring up, we will be available via e-mail during the working week and you can also make contact by phone. It is important to use this as a resource rather than get stuck – most difﬁculties are surprisingly easy to resolve.
How much does it cost?
The Eight Week Course held in Bristol £250
The course fee is payable in advance by bank order to Julia Richmond. (See small print below).
If in exceptional circumstances you ﬁnd that you need more support than is envisaged here and that you would like further individual meetings, than this may be arranged for an additional fee.
Courses run in each of the three terms in Bristol. Dates for the next course are found at the bottom of this page.
Zen Dojo Buddhist Centre, 91-93 Gloucester Road, Gloucester Road BS7 8AT, Bristol
The non-refundable deposit confirms your place on the course. Once you have accepted this place the full fee becomes due one week prior to the course beginning and will only be repaid in circumstances where the course cannot run or has to unexpectedly finish before completion.