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Live Well with Mindfulness

8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

Change date, times etc:

1st May – 19th June 2019:

Wednesdays 1.30 – 3.30pm from 1st May to 19th June 2019
Retreat Day on Saturday 8th June 2019 from 10.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: St Peter’s Church Hall, Button Lane, Bearsted, Maidstone ME15 8NJ

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Our ‘Live Well with Mindfulness’ course is back again, by popular demand!
Come and join us for this world-renowned 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.  This structured, secular approach will enable you to learn and embed a range of mindfulness practices.  We will help you to bring them tangibly and practically into your everyday life to improve your physical and mental health and help you live well.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being fully aware of what’s here right now.

It is developed by purposefully paying attention to what is going on in your mind, body and world around you in the present moment, without judgement.  This can help you to experience things with a fresh perspective – and enable you to make wise choices and take skillful actions – leading to new possibilities which better support your health and well-being,

Take a look at our Yoga and Mindfulness page for more information.

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

The world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is a structured, secular approach to embedding mindfulness into our daily lives.

It is scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and it will also help you:

  • Learn to cope more effectively with what life throws at you.
  • Avoid getting caught up in worry about the past or future.
  • Respond as opposed to react, which opens up new possibilities.
  • Bring acceptance and kindness towards yourself.
  • Find balance and a sense of peace.
  • Live life well – with focus, calm and clarity.

Most people completing the MBSR course report many lasting physical and psychological benefits and also gain skills to help them deal with:

  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Fatigue and sleep problems

However,  it is not necessary to have a specific health issue – or even to feel particularly stressed – to benefit from MBSR.   Whatever your life situation, MBSR offers new ways to take care of yourself and deal effectively with whatever arises, so you can live a fuller and healthier life.

Completing an 8 week MBSR course is also a pre-requisite for other mindfulness training, including teacher training for MBSR and Mindful Self-Compassion.

Our MBSR course

Our Be … Naturally MBSR course follows the original framework created by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970’s, which has successfully helped many thousands of people to manage their physical and emotional pain and improve their well-being.

Throughout the course you will learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, feelings, moods or social interactions – and apply these mindful skills and approaches to enhance daily life.   So, even when you can’t change what life brings you, you CAN choose how to best respond to it.

 “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Sessions take place in a safe, relaxed and friendly setting – giving space for your mindfulness practice to gently unfold and grow.  The course is led by Jayne Dunsbee, who trained to deliver MBSR at Bangor University and follows the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers. She is supported by Julie Wraight, who has completed an MBSR course and also Mindful Self Compassion teacher training.

The interactive weekly sessions include guided mindfulness meditation practices, gentle movement, group discussion and exploration as well as instructions for home practice.  The Retreat Day will enable you to experience a whole day of mindfulness through guided practices and periods of silence.  We will provide all course materials – including notes to accompany each weekly session as well as worksheets and online guided audio mindfulness practices.

Please aim to attend all 8 weekly sessions, as your mindfulness practice develops week-on-week.  It is essential that you attend the first session, as this is the foundation of the course.  If you have to miss one of the other sessions, we will ensure you are provided with session materials and the all-important instructions for the home practice that week.  However, we respectfully suggest that you do not plan to miss more than 2 sessions during the 8 weeks as this could compromise your experience of the course and also your mindfulness practice.

We look forward to sharing this mindful journey with you and to helping you to develop and embed a practice that will help you to live your best life possible.

Home practice

To gain maximum benefit from our course you will be required to practice mindfulness daily, between the weekly sessions. We will provide you with everything you need to support you in this – however it is essential that you are able to commit to the home practice, as much of your learning will come from the practice between sessions.

We encourage you to incorporate time for practice into your daily routine, for the duration of the course, so it becomes a new helpful ‘habit’ and a part of your regular day.  Of course, we also recognise there may be times when this is just not possible – and at such times, being kind to yourself and working with what comes up for you can also be valuable.

Venue and cost:

St Peter’s Church Hall is conveniently located close to Maidstone, with ample parking.  It provides you the space to explore and develop your mindfulness practice in a supportive, warm and friendly environment.

Cost: £245, [check cost] including all sessions and course materials