Mindfulness Courses in Cheshire
The next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course starts on Wednesday 3 October 2018 from 6.30-9.00pm in Sandbach Town Hall (Booking Essential)
Mind body awareness offers secular mindfulness courses including MBSR courses and Mindfulness for health and wellbeing courses to help you to learn new skills to manage life’s ups and downs and access greater balance and calm. You’ll be able to explore mindfulness practices within a friendly and supportive group setting. All courses involve bringing mindfulness into your daily life, allowing you to learn to respond to your experiences, rather than reacting automatically. This can help you to feel more in control of the choices you make and enable you to rediscover a sense of contentment and ease.
Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness training can change both the structure and function of the brain for the better, enabling us to become more flexible and adaptable, more resilient and less stressed. There is evidence that daily mindfulness practice can lead to significant health benefits, ranging from reduced inflammation and improved immune function to reduced blood pressure and enhanced emotion regulation.
Positive benefits can include:
- greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- increased self-confidence
- improved sleep patterns
- new ways to manage the chattering mind
- an increased ability to cope more effectively with stress
- greater compassion for ourselves and others
- new ways to manage difficult relationships
- greater focus and calm
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course in Cheshire
This 8-week mindfulness course is based on the MBSR programme, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and is an experiential and progressive course. It includes an additional orientation session the week before the main course starts, to enable you to experience the type of mindfulness practices and self-reflection that you will encounter on the course. There is also a day of mindfulness practice allowing you to retreat from everyday busyness and pressure.
Venue: Sandbach Town Hall, High Street, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1AX
Parking: There are lots of parking spaces behind the hall
Dates (Wednesdays) October 3 (Orientation session), 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 6.30-9.00 pm (Please arrive a few minutes before we start, thanks)
Please note: The course will be held in the Charter room. Please use the main entrance and take the lift or stairs to the first floor, where you will find the room.
Mindfulness Practice Day: SUNDAY 4 November from 10.30am -4.30pm (Venue to be confirmed).
This session involves guided mindfulness practice, a period of silence during lunch and tea breaks and time for discussion and reflection at the end. Water, tea, coffee, biscuits and grapes are provided. During the session we move directly from one practice to another. There is an invitation to slow down and take care of ourselves. The practice day is also open to non-course participants who have completed an 8-week mindfulness course, with daily home practice, at a cost of £25.
MBSR Course cost: £250 (Paid in advance)
The cost includes the orientation session, the mindfulness practice day, course handouts and access to guided mindfulness practices.
How do I book?
Please complete the booking form below and return with your payment by on-line banking to confirm your place. If on-line banking is not possible, please get in touch and we can arrange payment by cheque.
Sort code: 11-05-70 (Halifax)
Reference: your name
This mindfulness course involves 8 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours and a full day of mindfulness practice. As each class builds on the previous session, you are encouraged to attend all of the classes.
What happens in the course?
Each week of the course there is a different theme. We look at how we tend to react automatically to situations and learn to recognise how our thoughts and internal chatter can influence our health and wellbeing. We explore how it is possible to take a new perspective when we bring patience, non-judgment and openness to our experiences, allowing us to have more choice in how we respond. Throughout the course we explore how we can bring mindful awareness into our lives from time to time, by slowing down, appreciating the good things and accepting the things that we can’t change.
We learn to tune into life moment by moment through guided mindfulness practice focusing on the sensations of the body and breath. During the course we explore mindfulness practices while lying down, sitting, walking, standing and moving. You’ll be encouraged to take care of your body and only do what feels comfortable for you. All activities can be done while sitting in a chair, if you prefer.
During mindfulness practice, you’ll be invited to notice thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, with a sense of kindliness and self-nurture, letting go of any tendencies to be judgmental, analytical or self-critical. By learning to focus our awareness on our sensory experiences, we can switch our mind and body from stress reactivity to the ‘rest and recover’ mode, helping to restore a sense of balance and wellbeing in our life.
In each session there is an opportunity to reflect on what you have noticed either in pairs or with the group as a whole. Group work is friendly, supportive and confidential. Participants will not be asked to discuss or disclose personal information. There is no religious or spiritual content.
To benefit fully from this course, you are encouraged to undertake daily home practice lasting for 45-60 minutes. The research evidence indicates that the more time spent practising mindfulness meditation, the greater the impact on stress reduction and improved health. However, this is entirely up to you and there will be no pressure to do so, should you decide not to.
Who is the course suitable for?
Mindfulness can help people experiencing work and life stress, lack of energy, low self-esteem and insomnia, as well as people who are facing difficult relationships or feel ‘stuck in a rut’. The course can also be beneficial for people who just want some time and space for themselves or to support their health and wellbeing. People over age 18 are welcome. If focusing your attention on your breath or noticing your thoughts and feelings may be very difficult for you, it may be better to wait before starting the course.
If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, please feel free to call Wendy on 01606 556206 or 07795 243346 before making your application.
What do I need?
Please wear warm comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, pillow or cushion and warm blanket. If you might get a little uncomfortable lying on the floor, please bring a duvet or an extra yoga mat to lie on as well.