Mindfulness Practice offers an 8 week programme which combines the original programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (MBSR) and the more recent work of Segal, Williams and Teasdale (MBCT) The curriculum of the former was revised in 2009 by Melissa Blacker, MA, FLorence Meleo-Meyer,MS,MA, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D,MA This course "is designed to teach participants how to integrate and to apply mindfulness in their everyday lives and to the range of challenges arising from medical and psychological conditions and life stresses." (Blacker M, Meleo-Meyer F, Kabat-Zinn, J, Santorelli,S. 2009)
The course comprises 8 weekly 2 hour sessions on a weekday evening and 1 all day silent practice session which falls on a weekend day between weeks 6 and 7.
Courses are held regularly in Leeds.
The cost of the course is £200 which includes the taught hours, the all day practice, course workbook and 3 practice CDs.
Leeds. Courses in Leeds are facilitated by Geraldine Breakwell and are held in the beautiful Garden Room of the Quaker Meeting House in Adel, three miles from the city centre. (LS16 6AZ) There are good transport links to the venue and car parking on site.
The next courses will begin on:-
Thursday 9th October 2014 Fully booked.
Thursday 8th January 2015 Booking now
We appreciate that for some people groups are uncomfortable or difficult, others cannot fit the group commitment into busy lives. If you are unable to attend a group or prefer learning on a one to one basis private classes are available. Classes will follow the same format as the group sessions. In recent years Geraldine has also started to teach the course using live Skype sessions.
Maintaining Mindfulness. On completion of an 8 week course many people feel a desire to continue to develop and deepen their practice and to do that with the support of a group. From time to time various follow on groups,retreats and workshops are offered. The next day of silent guided practice will be on Saturday Nov 16th 2014. Free to 8 week "graduates" £20 for others.
Weekly silent group Each Friday from 5.15-6.15pm there is opportunity to practise silently with others. This session is unguided and comprises one 40 minute sit, and one 15 minute walking meditation. These sessions are open to all with no requirement to have completed a course or to come every week. We ask a contribution of £1.50.
OCD Group This small support group explores ways in which we can use the tools of mindfulness and compassion as a response to OCD and anxiety. The group,facilitated by Geraldine, meets on alternate Friday evenings 6.30-7.30. This group is currently closed to new members. Please contact Geraldine to join a waiting list.
Retreat. January 23-25th 2015. This weekend of silent mindfulness practice will be led by Geraldine and held at lovely Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire. The cost of the weekend is £135 and accommodation is in single rooms.
These retreats fill up very quickly and there is a maximum of 20 places so please register your interest in the winter retreat so that you will receive details directly.
Monthly Mindful Mondays These gatherings, for which no previous expereince of mindfulness is necessary are normally held on the thirsd Monday of the month from 7- 8.30. Please email for details and to register interest. The next meeting will be on Monday 15th September.
Salisbury. Courses in Salisbury are facilitated jointly by Geraldine and Will. It is with regret that we announce that for the time being Salisbury 8 week courses are suspended.
The only entry requirement for joining a course is a willingness to engage fully as best you can. This involves an intention to commit, with gentleness to yourself, to the home practice for which you will need to find about 45 minutes each day.
For more information or to request a booking form email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01943 873843 or 07740 649082