Introduction to Mindfulness – 3-week course – Thursdays
03/03/2022 - 17/03/2022
10:00 - 11:00 GMT
The Introduction to Mindfulness course offers a brief taste of mindfulness practice and theory in a format intended to be accessible to anyone new to mindfulness.
This course is designed for anyone interested in exploring some key mindfulness themes and practices in ways that might support them personally, in everyday life and work.
How is the course different to 8-week courses such as Mindfulness for Life?
There are 3 sessions of one hour each as opposed to 8 sessions of 2-and-a-quarter hours. The group size tends to be much larger than our 8-session courses (usually between 40 and 60 people), and with people joining from all over the world. Despite being briefer than the 8-session format, Introducing Mindfulness explores some key mindfulness themes and practices in ways that might support you personally, in everyday life and work.
This course is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions. Please do not sign up for this training if you are currently experiencing severe problems in these areas.
What happens after I complete the course?
- You will be invited to give your feedback – this is not compulsory
- In the final session you will be given information about ways to carry your practice forwards if you wish to do so
What will I do on this course?
The sessions are group-based, and involve a combination of teaching, mindfulness practices, trying out what is learned in everyday life, and discussion.
- Attend 3 weekly sessions lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. The first session is 2 hours and 30 minutes
- This is a structured course where each session builds upon what has been introduced before. This is why it is important to attend all the sessions
- You will be in a group of up to 16 people, led by one of OMC’s experienced mindfulness teachers
- Each session will have guided and structured meditation practices. Many drawn from modern psychology
- Each practice or exercise is followed by a review of what you and/or other participants experienced or discovered in that practice/exercise. This review does not include a discussion of participants’ past history
- Each session is followed by suggestions for personal practice. This includes both recommended guided practices, and also ways to cultivate new habits of mindfulness in everyday life
- Each session (except the first) includes a review of the previous week’s personal practice
- You will have access to a web resource which gives you guided practices and written material to support each session
The course takes place over 3 sessions, each of which explores a core theme:
- Understanding the mind’s natural tendency to be scattered and to wander; how we can train attention to create choices about where and how we place attention, and how this can fundamentally shape our experience
- Exploring different ways of being and knowing; recognising how much of our experience is shaped by thought; that other more experiential and observing modes are also available to us, and how we can learn to use them to help us flourish over time
- Recognising the difference between reacting and responding; developing ways to create the space to make choices between them, and exploring how this understanding can shape our experience and the quality of our lives
About the Teachers
Before joining the OMC I worked as a school teacher, SENCO, CAMHS liaison and part of the Senior Leadership Team in a Pupil Health Referral Unit in Salford where I taught mindfulness to pupils and led its’ implementation. Previously I was an Assistant Head at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital school and before that, a primary school teacher. I have taught mindfulness courses to teachers, heads, parents and educational psychologists. I have an MSc in Mindfulness based approaches from Bangor University, where my particular interest was looking at mindfulness for school teachers.
I am teacher of Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) and MBCT and the Mindfulness ‘Frantic World’ course. I am a Consultant Midwife at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) where I lead the NHS MBCP antenatal education programme and research. I have an MSc and Clinical Doctorate and trained in MBCP and MBCT through the OMC.