An 8 week Mindfulness for Health practice course
8 October – 26 November, full day retreat on Sunday 7 December
8 Wednesday afternoons 3 -5.30pm with a full day on a Sunday from 11am-5pm
Taught by Bodhilila and Pascual Quiles Course fee £60
Mindfulness for Health is an 8 week mindfulness course from Breathworks which gives people living with pain, stress and illness tools to improve and transform their quality of life. Mindfulness is a state of awareness that enables us to make better choices about how we respond to our experiences even in difficult circumstances. The Breathworks approach to mindfulness is based on accepting our experience of pain, illness or stress and not reacting to it. With mindfulness we can clearly perceive thoughts, physical sensations, emotions and events at the moment they occur without reacting in an automatic or habitual way. The Mindfulness for Health course also includes a compassionate approach, which is integrated with mindfulness from the very start.
‘Mindfulness for Health’ a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being’ (the book which accompanies the course) recently won the British Medical Association award for Popular Medicine, the category in the 2014 Medical Book Awards for books aimed at the general public.
Bodhilila and Pascual are currently training with Breathworks and as part of their accreditation process will be running this 8 week practice course under supervision. The course fee is therefore set at the very low rate of £60.
If you have specific medical or physical needs please contact the course leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7727 9382. Please note the course is not appropriate for people in the middle of a severe depressive episode. It is also not a good idea to begin the mindfulness training if there is so much going on in your life that you are unable to commit to regular attendance and regular practice for the duration of the course.
Bodhilila has been meditating for 28 years and has a well established mindfulness practice. She has supported an MBCT course at the North London Buddhist Centre and supported MBSR courses at Breathing Space (based at the London Buddhist Centre) and she recently co-led an MBSR course for Westminster Mind.
Pascual Quiles has been meditating for many years and he has supported many Breathworks courses in Valencia in Spain.
An 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course
Autumn course 30 September – 18 November, full day on Sunday 2 November. Taught by Dhammagita 8 x 2¼ hour Tuesday afternoon sessions, 3:00-5:15pm, a full day on a Sunday, 11am-5pm. £190 (£150 students, unwaged, pensioners).
Fee includes all course materials. Dates of next course to be announced.
The stress reduction course
Learn effective mindfulness-based strategies to reduce the feeling of stress in your life, help manage difficult sensations, moods and feelings. Relief from stress and anxiety enhance well-being and enable you to feel more relaxed and in charge of your life, and to live more fully and freely. Modern life can often feel difficult and overwhelming. Work pressures, anxiety, family responsibilities, difficult relationships, feeling depressed, physical problems and many other causes can result in high levels of stress. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the feelings and thoughts that result from these things, we can learn to manage them and change the way we react to difficulties. We can learn ways of responding to sources of stress that gives us the breathing space we need to see how to change things or manage the unchangeable with more ease. ‘Mindfulness’ is the basic tool you will learn to use — a way of knowing whatever is going on in your experience in a detailed, non-judgemental way. Strange as it may sound, by enabling you to see things in a new way, this skill changes how you feel about them. It can get you ‘unstuck’ from what seem immovable obstacles, free you from judgement and self-criticism, and increase your emotional, mental and physical well-being. All this gives you more confidence and energy to deal with the challenges and difficulties you encounter, and more chance of feeling happier and more relaxed. This is a tried and tested course with a full syllabus. You will receive guided instruction in a variety of helpful techniques such as mindfulness meditations, beneficial movement & gentle stretching, body awareness, communication exercises and discussions about your experiences of the techniques. Once learned, the techniques can be integrated into your daily life.
Benefitting from the course requires a willingness to explore yourself and work with your habits. It needs commitment to attending and engaging with the weekly classes and the full day. You also need to be able to do a total of between 40 and 60 minutes of structured daily home practice using CDs, handouts and worksheets – this home practice is what enables you to benefit fully from the course. Asking for such commitment may seem stressful in itself, but it can also give you a feeling of real satisfaction and empowerment, and it is only by engaging in this way that you have a real chance to be free from the extremely unpleasant feelings of stress. You will be fully supported in this process by an experienced teacher who has herself known the miseries of stress and the benefits of mindfulness techniques to deal with them.
Dhammagita is trained in the Bangor method and has been delivering MBSR courses for 4 years. She has been teaching meditation for 12 years, with increasing emphasis on the body. She has had a personal mindfulness practice for over 20 years and has found it immensely helpful for dealing with a tendency to depression and a problematic body with long-term back problems. Dhammagita teaches with humour and kindness and enjoys helping others to live real life with more ease and happiness.
A Secular course
Although the teacher is an ordained Buddhist, the course is held at a Buddhist centre and the roots of mindfulness lie in Buddhism, the course is completely secular and is suitable for participants of any religion or none, and any cultural background. The course is limited to 14 participants. The course is based on the clinically proven MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction)approach developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the US and MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) developed by Segal, Williams and Teasdale in the UK, and taught by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. MBSR/MBCT courses are recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Regular attendance is important, so if you know you might miss more than two classes, or the full day, please contact the teacher about it before booking. If you are not fluent in English you may not benefit fully from the course, so please speak to the teacher before booking if you are unsure about this. Please note the course is not appropriate for people in the middle of a severe depressive episode.
Please make sure you have read all the details on this page, and are happy with the ‘important’ section above and understand your commitment before booking. Book by card or PayPal using the buttons below, or get cash or a cheque to the Buddhist Centre, cheques made out to ‘West London Buddhist Centre’. Please note that full payment is required to make your booking. Payments can be refunded up to 5 working days before the course starts (minus £20 cancellation fee). There are no refunds after the course begins.