Mindfulness for Life (sometimes referred to as MBCT-L) is a course designed to cultivate mindful awareness of our body, emotions and mind so that we can live our lives with a greater sense of wellbeing, kindness and resilience. It is an evidence-based course, developed in the light of research at Oxford University and other leading research centres.
It has two main intentions: to offer you some skills to meet life’s challenges and difficulties, both internal and external; as well as skills to develop more awareness and appreciation of the pleasant moments in life that we can often overlook. In other words, to respond more skilfully to all of life’s inevitable ups and downs.
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.
The course includes a longer Day of Practice, usually held on Saturday or Sunday towards the end of the course. This is an opportunity to deepen practice and, whilst an invaluable learning experience, does not form part of the core teaching.
Full Dates: Saturdays: 02/03, 09/03, 16/03, 23/03, 30/03, 06/04, 13/04, 20/04 at 08:00-10:15 UK time
In addition we ask that you reserve 27/04 for the unlikely event that the teacher may need to reschedule a session.
Day of Practice: Sunday 07/04 (08:00-13:00)
PLEASE NOTE: The UK time zone changes during this course. The UK is currently in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and changes to British Summer Time (BST) on last Sunday in March. Sessions 1-5 will start at 08:00 GMT, and the remaining sessions will start at 08:00 BST. Please ensure you check the timings of this course and how this corresponds to your own time zone.
The OMF is a mindfulness teaching and training organisation. This course will therefore be led by two teachers: an experienced lead teacher, and a co-teacher. Co-teachers have completed an extensive 12-month teacher training programme with the OMF, and are assessed as ready to teach courses to the public. They are supported and supervised by the lead teacher in all they do. If you have any questions regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact us. The co-teacher on this course will be Shivam Chawla.
What happens after I complete the course?
I am a mindfulness teacher, supervisor and qualified secondary school teacher. It was while living in Taiwan (2001-4) that I became interested in meditation. Later, when I returned to the UK, I began to explore more fully the benefits of mindfulness meditation for people who suffer from recurrent depression (myself included). Read more here