This Taking it Further curriculum develops your learning from the 8-week course in a number of new ways as a broader set of formal mindfulness practices are introduced. You will have already learned how mindfulness can be your teacher, offering you skills to meet life’s challenges and difficulties. New practices will be introduced to further support your learning (for example to calm agitation or to help with sleep or prepare for a challenging situation).
Many people’s practice tends to ebb and flow; some people discontinue their practice altogether. This course is intended to help you overcome blocks to continuing practice, identify positive reasons to practice, and reinforce the learning from mindfulness practice that supports your mental health and well-being.
The place of informal, everyday practice is emphasised. Our experience and research suggests that participants value being reminded of practice, sharing their experiences and learning from one other (Hopkins & Kuyken, 2012). Informal practices are introduced in a way that takes things that you are, perhaps, already doing and supports you to do them with increased awareness and responsiveness.
This 12-session course can be delivered in a number of different formats: once per week; once every two weeks; once a month; or in a more intensive retreat-like format. It is intended to:
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?
Full course dates: 02/10, 09/10, 16/10, 23/10, 30/10, 06/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11, 04/12, 11/12, 18/12 at 18:00-20:15 UK time.
PLEASE NOTE: The UK time zone changes during this course. The UK is currently in British Summer Time (BST) and changes to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on 29 October 2023. Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 will start at 18:00 BST, and the remaining sessions will start at 18:00 GMT. Please ensure you check the timings of this course and how this corresponds to your own time zone.
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