The Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses
The Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Meditation Courses including the Jon Kabat-Zinn Eight Week Mindfulness Course, Deepening Mindfulness and Mindfulness for Health Professionals courses.
Mindfulness can help us be with physical and emotional stress, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. Not by rejecting our experience but by learning to be present with it in a consciously spacious and kindly way - that is mindfully.
Mindfulness helps us know a stillness in the middle of our busy minds and be less afraid to feel what scares us. It is not a quick ﬁx nor a miracle cure, it does take work on our part, but what it offers is real and lasting, and of beneﬁt to others.
The Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses first started in 2006. Since then I have been joined by Laurence Milburn, Suzanne Cowderoy and Nigel Wellings who together with me now facilitate the courses. For further information on mindfulness meditation and all courses: www.bath-bristol-mindfulness-courses.co.uk
The Eight Week Mindfulness Course - full information.
What does the course involve?
The course provides the means to start, continue and deepen being more mindfully present with thoughts, emotions and body sensations. It also supports an attitude of kindness and compassion towards ourselves and others. These two combined can really help us be a healthy human being and taken further, much further, can reveal our deepest potential. Before you ﬁnally decide that this course is for you there is a free initial private meeting to make sure the course ﬁts your needs. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have and address any concerns. At this point you may decide to continue or not. If you go ahead the course consists:
- A class for two and a half hours, either in the evening or Sunday mornings once a week for eight weeks.
- A full day of mindfulness exercises and discussion between weeks six and seven.
- Two CDs containing guided meditations on mindfulness of our body sensations, breathing, walking and stretching.
- A work book to support and chart the growth of your mindfulness. There is also the possibility of additional support during the course should you need it.
Who is the course for?
All of us! The programme is known to beneﬁt people with a range of physical and a psychological problems but it is not necessary to have a speciﬁc health problem to ﬁnd it helpful. We all have times in our lives when we experience difﬁculty, stress and struggle and for some of us this is our daily experience. The problem or illness itself can not always change but the way we relate to and cope with the difﬁculty may shift, making it all feel easier. Developing greater awareness can open us to be able to change how we approach our experiences by taking more pleasure in the good things and dealing more effectively with the bad. We can see how our habitual and reﬂex reactions to events often add layers of difﬁculty for us on top of the original problem!
The course is therefore potentially open to any of us who are at a point in our lives where we wish to, and are ready, to do something different. People also come to mindfulness courses to gain skills in dealing with particular conditions.
Mindfulness meditation has helped people with a range of problems including:
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and panic
- Sleep disturbance
- Fatigue Skin disorders.
What do I do if I am interested?
Either contact me, Philippa Vick, or Laurence Milburn by phone or e-mail to arrange a private individual meeting to see whether the course is for you at this time. This ﬁrst meeting, prior to the course, will take about 20 minutes and it is an opportunity to tell you a bit more about the course, to answer any questions that you may have and to explore together whether the approach will be beneﬁcial to you.
The course requires a commitment from you to regular home practice. It can feel challenging to both ﬁt the practice into your life and also the process can feel quite intense. The intention of the course is to develop our ability to be more aware of our moment by moment experience. This can open us to both the pleasures and also the challenges of our lives. It is important that you really want to do this and this meeting will enable you to reﬂect on all this with someone who knows what it is like.
There is no charge for this meeting and you may decide following it that the course is not right for you or it is not the best time for you to take it.
Support during the course
Mindfulness helps us to be consciously present with small changes in our physical sensations, emotions and thoughts in each consecutive moment. It is not about where we generally are in our personal lives but rather how we can be consciously aware of our experience in this present moment.
For this reason, there is little opportunity or time during the course to support any current ongoing personal problems not related to the practices. Therefore, if you would like support for any personal concerns, this should be pursued through individual work with a friend, counsellor or psychotherapist.
However should you experience any difﬁculties in connection with your mindfulness practice in between the sessions, how to do it and what it may bring up, we will be available via e-mail during the working week and you can also make contact on the phone. It is important to use this as a resource rather than get stuck in any difﬁculty as most difﬁculties are surprisingly easy to resolve.
How much does it cost?
The course fee is £240 payable in advance by cheque made out to Philippa Vick or Laurence Milburn.
Small Print: The non-refundable deposit confirms your place on the course. Once you have accepted this place the full fee becomes due on the first night of the course and will only be repaid in circumstances where the course cannot run or has to unexpectedly finish before completion.
The fee includes:
- eight 2.5 hour sessions.
- a one day session.
- between session e-mail/phone contact if you need support with the course work.
- CDs and work book.
If in exceptional circumstances you ﬁnd that you need more support than is envisaged here and that you would like further individual meetings, than this may be arranged for an additional fee.
Courses run in each of the three terms in both Bath and Bristol. Contact us for the dates and times of the next course in your area.
Lansdown Grove Hotel, Bath / Oddfellows Hall, off White Ladies Rd., Bristol