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Origins of Mindfulness

1 Day Workshop

with Jake Dartington
Location Online
Date 01/07/2022
Time 09:00 - 17:00 BST


Mindfulness has roots in ancient Buddhist teachings that present a nuanced understanding of what mindfulness is, how it functions and what it means to be a flourishing human being. This understanding has influenced the development of contemporary mindfulness-based programmes and is remarkably congruent with discoveries from psychological science. This workshop provides an introduction to aspects of Buddhist psychology that can inform, enrich and deepen the work of mindfulness teachers. We will examine early Buddhist understandings of the origins of human distress, and how cultivating mindfulness, insight, appreciation and compassion through mindfulness-based programmes can help to alleviate this.

IMPORTANT: You do not need to complete this workshop if you are currently on the OMC 12-month cohort training route.

This training is part of a mindfulness teacher training programme. Please do not sign up for this training if your only experience with MBCT is as a course participant, as your application will not be approved, and you may be charged an administration fee when we refund your payment.

The OMC provides Confirmation of Attendance letters to all participants who attend our training events. Certificates are issued only after completion of the teacher training pathway, through a formal application process not linked to this event.


What will I do on this course?

You will learn how Buddhist teachings have influenced the development of contemporary mindfulness-based programmes and participate in discussions to further develop your understanding of the origins of mindfulness

    Learning Outcomes

    This workshop offers you the opportunity to:
    • Explore the foundational teachings from Buddhist psychology on the nature of mindfulness, human distress and psychological health
    • Investigate the deep congruences between these understandings and the insights and principles underlying contemporary mindfulness-based approaches, especially MBCT
    • Consider the practical implications for how mindfulness is taught and practiced in contemporary mindfulness-based programmes

    About the Teacher

    Jake Dartington

    I am a teacher of Mindfulness-Based Approaches and Insight Meditation. I started to practice meditation in 1995 and trained with Christina Feldman at Gaia House, before starting to lead retreats in 2007. I have masters degrees in Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches, and certificates of competency in both MBSR and MBCT from Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. I lead retreats with a range of organisations including Gaia House, Mindfulness Network, Nottinghamshire NHS Trust, and Bodhi College. I am part of the training team at Brussels Mindfulness and teach MBSR and MBCT near my home in Nottingham.

    Origins of Mindfulness

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    Applications closing: 12/06/2022
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