Mindfulness Practice


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:-

1 orientation session of 90 minutes followed by 8 weekly 2 hour sessions on a weekday evening and 1 all day silent practice session which falls on the Saturday between between weeks 6 and 7.

  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 course will begin on Thursday 12th May and is 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.

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.

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.

Silent Days The next day of silent guided practice will be on Saturday 25th June Free to 8 week "graduates" £10 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 £2.

Anxiety and 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 6.30-8.00pm. This is a closed group but currently has one place for a new member.

Retreats. Weekend retreats offer opportunity to practise mindfuless over an extended period.They are lightly guided by Geraldine and held at the lovely Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire. These retreats fill up quickly so early booking is advised. The cost of retreat is £140 for the weekend and accomodation is in single rooms. A limited number of ensuite rooms are available  for an additional cost of £25. For the 3 day retreat the cost is £200  with the same en suite supplement.

Retreat   January 15th 2016. Ending after lunch on 17th or 18th.  FULLY BOOKED


Monthly Mindful Mondays  These gatherings, for which no previous experience of mindfulness is necessary are normally held on the second or third Monday of the month from 7- 9.00pm Please email for details and to register interest. The next meeting will be on Monday 16th May 2016 The cost of these meetings is £6.

The Family of Heart Practices. Kindness, goodwill, compassion, gratitude and forgiveness are heart states that we  can cultivate and practise. There will be a workshop exploring these practices on Tuesday 24th May from 7 until 9.30pm. £15 is the cost of this evening.


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.

 For more information or to request a booking form email gbreakwell@mindfulnesspractice.co.uk or call   01943 873843 or 07740 649082





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