Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course (1 of 8)

Event

The Concert Room
13th May 2019 19:00 - 21:30

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by life events or suffered from a stress-related condition? Find out how mindfulness can help you in our eight-week programme

You might have heard that mindfulness helps reduce stress. In our eight-week course you will find out how mindfulness can help you by gaining:

  • Insight into your own patterns of reaction to or dealing with difficulty,
  • The ability to respond more skilfully in a pressured situation,
  • A repertoire of short and long practices, enabling you to continue your personal mindfulness practice after the course ends.

This course follows the pattern of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme introduced by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

You'll attend eight sessions, each one lasting just over two hours plus a quiet morning of guided and structured mindfulness meditation practice. 

During the first part of the programme, you'll be developing the skills of being in the present with internal experiences such as body sensations, thoughts, emotions and feelings.

In the second half of the programme, you'll focus on expanding awareness and applying the learning to daily life, life challenges and interactions with others.

Through mindfulness meditation practices and mindful movement, you'll learn to pay attention to your experience of the present moment and cultivating awareness of the mind and body in the here and now.

An important part of this course is your commitment to home practice as most of your learning will be through applying mindfulness to your day-to-day life and by trying to follow the formal practices on a daily basis. 

To get the most out of the course, you'll need to attend each of the weekly sessions or miss no more than two. 

  • Session 2 - 20th May, from 7 pm to 9:15 pm
  • Session 3 - 28th May from 7 pm to 9:15 pm
  • Session 4 - 3rd June from 7 pm to 9:15 pm
  • Session 5 - 10th June from 7 pm to 9:15 pm, 
  • Session 6 - 17th June from 7 pm to 9:15 pm
  • Session 7 - 24th June from 7 pm to 9:15 pm
  • Session 8 - 1st July from 7 pm to 9:15 pm
  • Quiet morning - Saturday 29th June, 10 am - 1 pm

It is also important to be able to commit to regular, formal practice of at least 40 minutes at home, six days a week. 

How to apply

The course costs £75 and you'll need to complete this application form fully. Once your application has been received, Ruth will get in touch with you to discuss how suitable this course is for you at this present time.  If you both discern that is the case then you will receive details of how to pay.  

Your place will only be confirmed once we've received your payment.  Please note the fee is non-refundable once you've started the course.

 

Further information about this course

Who is it for?

Anyone who finds life events overwhelming or who has suffered from stress-related conditions but is not in crisis at the moment. 

You will experience prolonged periods of silence and stillness, either sitting or lying. There will also be some movement involved as you explore body sensations. 

The exercises are suitable or can be modified for anyone with mobility issues or other physical limitations.  If you have any queries, you can discuss this with Ruth.  All equipment, e.g. mats, will be provided.  You should dress in warm comfortable clothing, especially flat shoes, suitable for movement.

 

About the course leader

Ruth Stock follows a Personal and Professional Training Programme in teaching mindfulness through Bangor University. She has been teaching since 2013, and has a long-standing interest in and experience of meditation practice and contemplative prayer.

 

Where

  • Entrance: Giles Gilbert Scott Suite from the carpark.
  • Level access
  • Free parking

Times

Sessions will start promptly at 7:00 pm and usually end at 9:15 pm. The first one will be slightly longer, finishing by 9.30 pm at the latest. 

Tea and coffee will be available from 6:30 p.m.

 

Quiet Morning

Following the seventh session, there will be a Morning of Mindfulness Practice on Saturday 29th June 10 am to 1 pm.  You’ll have the opportunity for silent practice with guidance from the teacher.  If you are unable to attend there will be future opportunities.  More information will follow once you are enrolled on the course.

 

 

Course price: £75

This covers the cost of course materials, equipment and teacher supervision. We do not make any profit from running this course. (The price of an eight-week mindfulness course is usually between £200-300).

We do not want anybody to feel unable to participate because of the price. A reduced rate of £50 is available for anyone on low income who may not be able to meet the full cost of the course.

If you've any queries or need to find out more, please contact Ruth Stock.