The January 2021 course will again be online for a small group of up to 12 people. It has been wonderful to offer this course to people in the safety and convenience of their homes this year and a welcome way to meet and connect with others. I hope you will find learning mindfulness online as enjoyable as I have found teaching it.
Mindfulness is so helpful in these challenging times. It keeps you balanced and healthy when there is uncertainty and strain. By learning the skill of of moving your attention from worrying and unhelpful thoughts to focus on the here and now, you feel calmer and in more control of your life. The 8-Week Mindfulness for Life course, developed by the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and taught by Debbie Larson, HCPC registered occupational therapist and BAMBA listed mindfulness teacher, uses neuroscience to teach mindfulness. Research shows that people who complete an 8-Week Mindfulness course experience*:
- Lower stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms when compared to a control group
- Improved working memory
- Improved ability to focus
- Greater satisfaction with their relationships
- Improved fear modulation
- Greater immune function
- Reduced psychological distress
- Lower blood pressure
- Better cognitive scores (particularly in older people and people with Alzheimers Disease)
- Reduced cell ageing
- Improved ability to cope with the pain, anxiety and depression that can accompany a chronic condition
- Improved ability to overcome addiction due to reduced psychological distress
- Improved sleep
* American Psychological Association and Greater Good Science Centre, University of California,
“I found the explanation of what was behind the practice, the science, most helpful. Also gave lots of options of how I can make everyday things mindful eg. now doing my back exercises mindfully”
“Debbie’s sense of fun really helps liven things.”
“I enjoyed the spot on teaching. The YouTube practices. Being part of a group. The accompanying handouts.”
What is the content for the 8-Week Mindfulness for Life Course (MBCT-Life)?
Week 1: Waking up from automatic pilot (mindful eating and body scan practices)
Week 2: Another way of being (body scan and mindful awareness of breath practices)
Week 3: Gathering the scattered mind (mindful movement and breath, body and sounds practices)
Week 4: Recognising reactivity (mindful walking and breath, body, sounds and thoughts practices)
Week 5: Allowing and letting be (approaching difficulty practice)
Week 6: Responding skillfully: thoughts are not facts (mindful listening and compassion practice)
Week 7: How can I best take care of myself? (mountain practice)
Week 8: Mindfulness for life (body scan)
A certificate of attendance will be given if you’ve attended a minimum of 7 of the 8 online classes.
Will I get homework?
30 minutes of daily home practice is suggested to do between the sessions. These can be accessed through the Simply Mindfulness YouTube channel that you can subscribe to for free. Don’t worry, building up this practice takes time and the course is designed to help you do this. Come with the intention to commit to a regular home practice and we will take it from there.
Is it for everyone?
If you are experiencing extreme difficulty or are in the midst of a major illness or a distressing life event, it is not the right time to learn mindfulness. Mindfulness does not replace medical care or one to one therapy. Please contact the organiser or your GP if you have any concerns.
2021 Afternoon Online Course (7 places remaining)
Instructor: Debbie Larson
19th, 26th January; 2nd, 9th, 23rd February; 2nd, 9th, 16th March (no class 16th February)
Time: 12:30-2:30 pm
Booking: Please contact us to book a place. Places can be reserved with a £50 deposit.