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INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS

The Introduction to Mindfulness course shows you how to see the present circumstances of your life with clarity and freedom and open your heart to the wonderment of life. It offers practical skills to reset and reconnect as you go about your day.

 

This Oxford-developed three week course is designed to introduce you to the foundations of a mindfulness meditation practice.

The key to optimal wellbeing lies within us all.

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, & non-judgementally.”

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

ABOUT MBSR

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an evidence-based, eight-week meditation program. It is one of the most widely known clinical programs of its type, designed to integrate mindfulness into everyday life, facilitate increased well-being and reduce psychological distress. The programs creator, professor emeritus Jon Kabat-Zinn, is an internationally renowned author, lecturer, teacher and scientist who has been attributed to transforming Eastern mindfulness practices into methods for the West. He designed this program for people suffering chronic and acute stress, chronic pain and illness, and associated anxiety and depression.

 

MBSR has become the gold standard in mindfulness training around the world. The techniques taught in this program supports our ability to manage the stresses of everyday life and improve our mental and physical wellbeing which is essential to life.

MBCT-Ca

A specialist eight-week Mindfulness programme for those who are affected by cancer.

 

The MBCT-Ca program, or Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer, is a structured group intervention that aims to help individuals affected by cancer, manage the psychological and emotional challenges that can arise during and after cancer treatment.

 

The key objectives of the MBCT-Ca program include:

  1. Reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety: The program teaches mindfulness and cognitive behavioural techniques to help participants cope with distressing thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to their cancer experience.

  2. Improving well-being and quality of life: By cultivating greater present-moment awareness and self-compassion, the program seeks to enhance participants' overall sense of well-being and ability to engage in meaningful activities.

  3. Promoting effective self-care: Participants learn skills for managing stress, pain, fatigue, and other cancer-related symptoms through mindfulness practices and lifestyle changes.

  4. Facilitating post-traumatic growth: The program supports participants in finding personal meaning and positive life changes that can emerge from the cancer experience.

 

The MBCT-Ca program is typically delivered in a group format over eight weekly sessions, led by trained facilitator Nadine Anderson. It draws upon the established Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy approach, with adaptations to address the unique needs of individuals affected by cancer.

“A kindly approach to cancer.”

— Trish Bartley

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