Bristol, UK: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR)
- Reduced physical and psychological symptoms.
- Increased ability to relax.
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away.
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life.
- Improved self-esteem.
- Improved ability to deal with stressful situations.
This eight-week course is designed to help you learn new ways of handling difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods. Originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zin at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the course includes guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices, group discussions, individual tuition, gentle stretching and mindful yoga.
The core skill you will learn is ‘mindfulness’ a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgementally, 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, of having more options and more strength to face the different challenges in your life.
Like any skill mindfulness develops with practice over time. Students are asked to commit themselves to about an hour’s home practice each day for the duration of the course, with the support of handouts and CDs provided. There will of course be plenty of time during our sessions to check in on progress and fine tune your approach.
The course offers:
- Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices.
- Gentle stretching and mindful yoga.
- Group dialogue and mindful communication exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life.
- Individually tailored instruction.
- Daily home assignments.
- Two guided meditation CDs and a course workbook.
Eight Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday September 11th, 2012. Sessions start at 7pm and finish at 9.30pm. Plus one all-day session on Saturday October 20th (10am – 4pm).
We want to make this training accessible to as many people with different financial resources as possible, whilst supporting ourselves to continue sharing this work. Please choose your own fee from the range of £150 – £300. Suggested guideline for choosing your fee:
- Choose the lowest figure if you are on benefits and/or regularly struggling to pay the rent.
- Choose the highest figure if you are regularly eating out well and/or paid for by your employer, and/or want to support others with fewer financial resources to attend this workshop.
- Choose somewhere in the middle if you are in between.
When you book, please say the amount you are offering to pay. If you are unsure how to decide, please get in touch with us.
To reserve your place on this course:
(ii) By cheque: go to the Booking Forms page, print out the Printable Booking form at the bottom of the page, fill it in and return it to the Seedofpeace.org address on the payments page. Please include your cheque Deposit of £30.00 payable to ‘Shantigarbha’.
Once we have received your Booking Form and Deposit, we will contact you to:
(i) invite you to fill in the Mindfulness Questionnaire either online or by post.
(ii) arrange a short telephone conversation, to give you an opportunity to ask any questions about the course.
Once your booking for the course is accepted (following the telephone conversation), the deposit is non-returnable and the balance of payment is due before the first session of the course. If, after paying your deposit, you realise that you cannot attend the course, we can arrange transferring the payment to a later course. A Joining Letter with travel and other information will be sent out two weeks before the course.
All sessions held at the Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square, St. Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8PE.
About the instructor:
Shantigarbha has 27 years experience of practising and teaching Mindfulness meditation. He’s trained to teach the programme at Jon Kabat-Zin’s Centre for Mindfulness in Massachusetts, USA. He’s also certified to teach Nonviolent Communication (NVC). Shantigarbha has led NVC workshops and retreats in the UK, the Middle East, the US, India and Sri Lanka and offers coaching / counselling for individuals and couples. In 2011 he ran a reconciliation retreat for 100 Israelis and Palestinians near the Dead Sea. He has written a regular column in Juno Magazine on NVC and parenting. He brings directness, humour, mindfulness and empathy to his trainings. He’s the author of a forthcoming book Empathy: the art of compassionate presence.