Stress Reduction Course
Stress Reduction Course
8 weeks - online
Would you like to:
Enhance your sense of physical, emotional and mental well-being
Let go of limiting beliefs and create more happiness and success in your life
Learn how to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and pain
Create more head space, free from chattering and/or negative thoughts
Learn to respond wisely rather than react instinctively
Reduce self-criticism and enhance compassion for yourself and others
Increase creativity, patience and emotional intelligence
Be better able to manage the ups and downs and challenges of day to day life
Learn a life skill to enhance your sense of wellbeing and create a greater sense of balance in your life
"Amazing course - it changed my life" - Anna Thorz.
"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."
- JON KABAT-ZINN
Why I run this course
In 2007 I was assaulted and suffered from PTSD. Prior to this I’d never really heard of mindfulness, never meditated and although I thought I had been happy, I realise now that my life was based on reacting to what life gave me, rather than being proactive and seeking out what I wanted. I wasn’t living a particularly conscious life.
Through therapy I discovered mindfulness and positive psychology and a new chapter in my life began.
Having experienced the transformative effects of mindfulness in my recovery, I developed a passion for wellbeing with mindfulness at the core. I took an MBSR course several years ago and subsequently decided I wanted to teach it and share it’s transformational benefits with others.
Mindfulness has helped me live a more conscious, happy and fulfilled life and enabled me to deal much more effectively with the challenges that life throws at us.
About the MBSR Course
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is the world renowned 8 week course created by Jon Kabat-Zinn, an established American Doctor and Professor, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic, and Centre of Mindfulness in Medicine and Health Care. It is the most well-researched Mindfulness course and thousands of people have benefited it worldwide.
Compassion for yourself and others is also an integral part of this course, which is group based, interactive and practical and teaches you to live more mindfully and compassionately in order to enhance your sense of physical, emotional and mental well-being.
You will learn the essential principles of mindfulness and simple techniques to build your personal practice, so that mindfulness becomes part of your life well beyond the course.
The course combines modern neuroscience and ancient meditation practice. I teach mindfulness in a light-hearted, engaging and practical way, with compassion at its core and so it is easily accessible and applicable to daily life.
Learning and practising mindfulness as a group fosters connection, helps us see and experience common-humanity, develop empathy and gratitude and creates a nourishing community of like-minded individuals, who often stay connected beyond the 8 week course. Experiencing the course online allows us to share the space with participants from all over the world and from all walks of life.
"I got so much more than I expected from the course. It really challenged a lot of my negative habits and I’ve made daily changes that have improved my mental wellness. I’d recommend this to anyone wanting a practical approach to mindfulness and support implementing it into your daily life."
What you will learn
Learn a variety of formal and informal mindfulness meditation practices, and develop practical self-care tools to help you thrive, feel at your best, and build resilience.
Understand the basic physiology of stress and neuroscience associated with mindfulness . Learn how to self-regulate your moods, so that you are better able to pause in challenging situations and manage your responses more effectively.
Recognise the patterns of worry and self-criticism that often generate more stress and learn to relate to yourself in a more accepting and kind manner.
Develop awareness to allow you to have more mindful and meaningful communication, connections and relationships in all areas of your life.
What you need to know
The course is 8 weeks long and the next course starts: September 14th - November 2nd - Tuesdays @ 7-9.15pm.
Each session is 2hrs 15mins
All meditation recordings are included
An e-course book and additional resources are provided to support your learning
Half day (3.5hr) silent retreat in week 6 (optional but highly recommended!) Included in price. (Worth £35)
You will have a 30 minute pre-course call with me
Following the course you will get free access to the MBSR Alumni Facebook group, giving you additional resources, discounts to future courses and classes and the support of a like-minded mindful community.
Early bird price - £165 if you sign up before September 1st 2021.
Regular Price: £195 inc. course materials, meditations and half day retreat
To fully embrace the course and maximise the benefits, you will need to spend approximately 30-45mins per day practising the meditation and/or mindfulness practices that you learn each week at home. I will discuss the best ways to approach finding the time in your busy day in the first week of the course and in your welcome interview. We will also discuss and support each other in this as part of the course.
In the longer term and with regular practice, mindfulness helps with time management and can make you feel like there are actually more hours in the day!
You don't need to have any previous experience of mindfulness or meditation and it is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners, who wish to refresh their practice. Mindfulness training is useful for people of all backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of well-being. The course is practical and educational. It isn't therapy, although it has therapeutic benefits.
Although the course is on Zoom, participants will have the full support of the teacher (me!) and will be able to engage with each other as a group and in breakout rooms.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes - Marcel Proust.
After the course.....
Live a more conscious life, one of action rather than reaction
Have greater control of your emotions
Be more compassionate to yourself and others
Have more headspace for creativity and problem solving
Be more consciously present with family and friends
Have greater patience, be calmer and respond rather than react
Be better able to manage stress, overwhelm, anxiety in all aspects of life
Increase your focus, productivity and resilience
This course will help you recognise what's really important and to live a more purposeful and happy life. This is a truly transformational course - if you're ready to make the change then join the next course, starting 15th September.
Short Quote from Anna - testimonial