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More information about the Eight Week Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion Courses
in Lincolnshire

 
These courses are designed to help enhance daily living and to help you cope with stress reactions and other life challenges through teaching a greater awareness of mind, body and breath.  They offer an alternative way of relating to how our minds work and emphasises a compassionate and non-judgmental way of living and being.



The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC): 
 
This is a weekly mindfulness course based on the Mindfulness Association’s (MA) Mindfulness One Year Training.  It provides a unique step by step journey into a deepening experience of being present and accepting ourselves as we are. The course has a solid scientific evidence base in neuroscience and is supported by psychologists. It is consistently evaluated well by course participants who experience clear and definite changes for the good in their lives.

  • This course consists of eight sessions which are 2 & 1/4 hours long.
  • A full day of practice/retreat of mindfulness is also included between weeks six and seven. 
  • Participants will be provided with a manual and audio guided exercises (included in the fee) to support their experience and learning for use in between classes.
  • The course is suitable for people who are new to mindfulness as well as for those who would like to deepen their meditation or mindfulness practice.

The session themes are:
 
            Session 1 – Start Where We Are
            Session 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
            Session 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
            Session 4 – Working with Distraction
            Session 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
            Session 6 – Attitude of the Observer
                 Day of Practice
            Session 7 – Self Acceptance
            Session 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life


The Mindful Self-Compassion Course (MSC):

This is an empirically supported, 8 session training programme, designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion.  Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Chris Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enhance everyday living and also enables participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.  

The session themes are:

            Session 1 – Discovering Mindful Self-Compassion
            Session 2 – Practicing Mindfulness
            Session 3 – Practicing Loving Kindness
            Session 4 – Discovering Your Compassionate Voice
            Session 5 – Living Deeply            
            Session 6 – Managing Difficult Emotions
                 Day of Practice
            Session 7 – Transforming Difficult Relationships
            Session 8 – Embracing Your Life

  • The course runs over eight sessions. 
         Each session lasts for 2 & 3/4 hours.
  • A Retreat/Day practice is also included which usually takes place between session 6 and 7. 
  • Participants will be provided with a manual and audio guided exercises (included in the fee) to support their experience and learning for use in between classes.
  • It is suitable for people new to mindfulness and meditating and also those who are familiar with them and wish to deepen their practice.

Each course is run in a small group and includes:
  • a gentle introduction to several different mindfulness and self-compassion practices
  • short talks
  • experiential exercises
  • sitting, lying and movement practices
  • small group discussions 
  • written exercises
  • how to develop a regular practice
 
What do the courses involve? 
 
  • An introductory session to ensure that anyone interested in the course has an opportunity to find out whether it is suitable for them.
  • The introductory session is held before booking onto the course.  It can be by telephone, face to face or by Skype.  It lasts approximately 1/2 hour and is free of charge.  It gives you an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have and to help you decide whether to book on the course.

What will you need?
 
  • Yourself!
  • The time and space to attend the eight sessions and the retreat/day practice and to make time to practice the skills in between sessions.
  • Warm comfy clothing (layers work best).
  • A blanket and a yoga mat (if you have one).
  • Reading glasses (if you use them) as sometimes there is material to read
  • Pen and paper
  • At home: access to a tape/CD player.

 
All the courses are practical and experiential in their design and participants will get the most out of them with regular practice between and during the sessions.  

Email and telephone contact is provided throughout the course by the faclitators to ensure you have the support to discuss any questions and difficutlies that may arise during the course. 
 

Venue:
This varies depending upon where the group is taking place.
 
Fees: Each courses cost £200 and includes practice CDs and a course handbook.  (Concessions are available.)

Fees are also negotiable if we travel to a venue provided by a group.

 Please contact us to book a place.
 



 Mindfulness and Mindful Self-compassion in Lincoln and the surrounding area


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