Our eight-week programme is now full, but you can register your interest for the next course.
How to register your interest
As this course has started and is now fully booked, you can register your interest by completing this form fully. Once your form has been received, Ruth will get in touch with you to let you know when the next course is due to start.
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.
About the course
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. This course is now full, but use the link to register your interest. You'll need to commit to regular, formal practice of at least 40 minutes at home, six days a week.
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.
If you've any queries or need to find out more, please contact Ruth Stock.