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INTRODUCTION TO MINDFULNESS TASTER SESSION

This taster session is a unique opportunity for participants to learn both traditional Buddhist mindfulness as well as modern mindful approaches (MBSR and MBCT) as taught and designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the stress reduction clinic at the University of Massachusetts. You will have the opportunity to learn about the history of mindfulness as taught by Buddha 2,600 years ago and learn more about the 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course and the 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course for depression.

During the taster session, we will explore several different mindfulness techniques including: ·        

  • Mindfulness of Breathing meditation
  • Body Scan          
  • Breathing Space
  • Mindful Movement

These techniques can help with managing stress, anxiety, negative thoughts and difficult moments in your everyday life.  

*If you are considering attending the 8 week MBSR or MBCT course, this taster session is a great introduction to mindfulness based approaches.

Our MBSR courses are currently held at the Glasgow Caledonian university, Hillhead library,University of Glasgow and Mindfulness centre in Maryhill.   

Advance booking is recommended as there are only 6 places for this taster session.   

 
The 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Course)  provides a participatory learning experience with the practice of a variety of Mindfulness Meditation Techniques including:
  • Breath
  • Body awareness
  • Movement exercises, and the application of Mindfulness into everyday life.

Learning from an 8 week MBSR course can include

  • The skill of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgementally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you.
  • Shifting perspectives and seeing things in a new more helpful way for you and those around you.
  • Improved confidence in yourself and ability to face life challenges
  • Improved self-care and relationships with others
  • Improved creativity and problem solving skills.
  • An improved capacity to manage stress
  • A calmer outlook in daily live
  • A sense of improved physical, emotional and psychological well being

The course is entirely secular based upon the research and findings of Jon Kabat-Zinn.

The MBSR course has gone from strength to strength, with critical acclaim and support from the international medical community. Here within the UK, the Mental Health Foundation has lent its support and endorsed the course.

The course is taught over eight 2 hour sessions at weekly intervals including an additional all day session.

All our courses at the Centre for Mindfulness take place in very small groups. The maximum number of participants is 08.

Courses run out side the centre may be different. As well as being taught Mindfulness practices you have the opportunity to discuss these and your experience of practice with the group.

In addition to attending the course participants should be aware that home practice is also an important part of the course, and time should be set aside each day to practice Mindfulness.

This can be integrated into daily routines quite simply e.g. several times throughout the day take 5 Mindful breaths. Approach an activity mindfully e.g. brushing your teeth, eating a meal.


All our teachers adhere to the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers.

Course Fees

Employed - £200

Low income - £150


 

The 8 week MBCT Course (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) for post-natal depression
 

Who is this course for?

This course is for women experiencing postnatal depression and thanks to funding from The Big Lottery we are able to offer this course free of charge.

To book your place, you can either get a referral letter from your GP or do a self-referral by calling and speaking to our course leader then booking your place online.

 

What is MBCT?
 
At Glasgow Mindfulness Centre the MBCT course is delivered jointly by a CBT therapist, who has mindfulness training, and a Buddhist monk who has traditional and modern mindfulness training in healthcare and education from the University of Bangor.  This is the only MBCT Course in the UK jointly facilitated by a CBT therapist and a Buddhist monk.  

The 8 week MBCT course integrates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This was developed to help people suffering from depression and again has a strong scientific evidence base and is recognised by NICE in the treatment of depression.

MBCT is about increasing awareness of physical sensations, thoughts and feelings as mental events. There are similarities to the content of the MBSR course however; the aim for those attending has a focus on:

  • People being more familiar with the workings of their mind
  • Identifying time and situations when there is a risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that can lead to low mood and depression.
  • To explore ways of being released old habits and, considering a new way of being in the world and with others.
  • To become aware of the pleasure and beauty in the world as opposed to focusing on negative internal thought patterns.
  • To be kind to yourself and appreciate the moment and not waste energy wishing things were different.
  • To have a balance and not be driven to achieve impossible goals.
  • To have a kinder inner voice and have a sense of peace and to stop the internal battle with yourself.
  • To accept yourself and others as they are and be less judgmental of you and them.
  • To learn forgiveness is a door which can set you free.

MBCT has more focus on particular areas where a person maybe vulnerable or suffer a specific condition e.g. depression. MBCT is more looking at the psychological and cognitive aspects of experiences participants may have.

Within a MBCT course there can also be information shared on conditions which participants experience e.g. depression so that people have a greater awareness and insight into the condition and through the use of MBCT are more able to recognise relapse points and so better self-manage their condition.

The course is taught over eight 2 hour sessions at weekly intervals including an additional all day session.

The course is taught in a group ranging from 4-8 people.

As well as being taught Mindfulness practices you have the opportunity to discuss these and your experience of practice with the group.

In addition to attending the course participants should be aware that home practice is also an important part of the course, and time should be set aside each day to practice Mindfulness. This can be integrated into daily routines quite simply.

All our teachers adhere to the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses published by the UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Trainers.

We currently offer two MBCT Courses. 

  • Mindfulness Training (MBCT) for Mothers

This MBCT Course is aimed at mothers who are experiencing postnatal depression, stress or anxiety.  This course is fully funded, there is no charge for mothers that wish to attend  (not available in 2017).

  • MBCT with Dr. Alistair Wilson and Bhante Rewatha

This course is aimed at health professional that wish to develop both their personal and professional practice.  The cost of this course is £200.

The funds raised by this MBCT Course will be used to deliver Mindfulness Teacher Training in Sri Lanka.

Please see below for course details.

Mindfulness Workshop 9am -12pm 

This workshop is a great introduction to mindfulness and the mindfulness based approaches (MBSR and MBCT) as taught and designed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. We will also be learning about how mindfulness can be used in healthcare and education.

You will have the opportunity to experience all the different mindful meditation techniques from the mindfulness courses:

·         Mindfulness of Breathing meditation

·         Body Scan meditation

·         Loving Kindness / Compassion meditation

·         Mindful Movement (including Mindful Walking outside if weather permits)

 

*If you are considering attending the 8 week MBSR or MBCT course, with the intention of personal or professional development, this workshop is a great introduction to mindfulness based approaches.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Feedback from the August 2015 workshop participants:

“Today was a very special day. I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for several years. Today I felt peace for the first time in many months. The mountain exercise was very powerful. I feel this will benefit me greatly.”

“Today I learned not to feel guilty about setting time aside to focus on myself as this time is well spent and will benefit my family and friends. I was also able to reconnect with some family members I haven’t seen in a while which felt special.”

 “You made me feel that Spring will come again and the mountain will still be standing strong.”

 

Mindfulness Retreat 12pm - 5pm 

The retreat is for people who have completed the 8 week MBSR course, have attended a workshop or already have some mindfulness experience.

A retreat is an opportunity to reduce our distractions and focus on deepening our experience of a particular practice. You will guided through the four foundations of mindfulness in a silent and supportive environment and have the opportunity to really experience the peacefulness that mindfulness can bring.

Please wear loose clothes so that you will be comfortable to sit, lie down and perform simple yoga and qigong exercises. 

Feedback from the July 2015 retreat participants:

“A real sense of peace and calm.”

“ I found today very soothing and restorative.”

“I have found that I have been able to let go of thoughts both past and present in today’s retreat. This is a big step for me as I tend to hold onto things that build up over a series of months.”

*All profits from the Day Retreat will be donated to our Sri Lankan children’s charity Mindful Kids Preschool and used to buy the children school bags and stationary for their new academic year starting in January.

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The Friday practice group is a drop-in session for those who would like to continue their practice with a group sitting in silence.  This session will start by observing the five precepts of Buddhism and end with metta meditation. 

The monks will chant Metta Sutta at the end and practitioners have the opportunity to receive blessings from the monks.  This group is mainly for Buddhist practitioners and for those who would like to explore more about Buddhism.  There is no requirement to be a Buddhist to attend this Friday group.  Participants from all faiths and non faith are welcome.

This weekend retreat, which is suitable for beginners and more experienced meditators, teaches mindfulness meditation based on a fusion of traditional Buddhist practice and modern western approaches to health care and education as promoted in the programme of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Venerable Rewatha, a Buddhist monk of thirty-two years standing, has designed aspects of this course to allow those who are interested in learning mindfulness ways of developing mindful skills as an aid to managing stress. Complete beginners are welcome. The course will include both sitting and walking meditation, Dhamma discussions and mindful movement (yoga).

There will also be opportunities for one to one discussions with Venerable Rewatha Thero.
 
A Mindful Journey at /www.holyisland.org

An experience of last year course participant 

"This was a memorable weekend in a beautiful and peaceful setting, ideally suited to such an event. Bhante was an inspirational teacher, presenting spiritual and psychological aspects of mindfulness in harmony with one another. He also has a wicked sense of humour! Before arriving I hadn't been sure what to expect but came away committed to continuing my journey into Mindfulness and to work towards being able to teach its benefits to others."   

Learning

I think that being taught Mindfulness by some one from the Buddhist traditions adds depth to the experience and I think that if you approach a subject from a different perspective you can gain a more nuanced understanding of it.  I am not sure of the concept of moving from 'awareness' to a deeper meditation is in the 8 week course and I failed to pick up on it or if it has come purely from Buddhist training. Either way, it was a new insight for me and I found it very helpful.
 
Place
 
I think that setting the workshop on the Holy Isle added a great deal to it as if felt like a nurturing environment. My 8 week course was conducted by and psychologist and physiotherapist in the gym hall of a psychiatric hospital - just not the same ethos. The wonderful food and the knowledge of its organic provenance encouraged me to want to eat mindfully
 
Pebbles
When we shared our motivations for choosing the pebbles we selected, I conceived of my choice as small so that I could slot easily into my life. On further reflection, I see a motive around keeping Mindfulness small. One of  my hopes for the retreat was that it would inspire me to the regular practice I haven't yet attained, I see that if I continue to keep Mindfulness small and unobtrusive then that is not going to happen. Still, by adding the 2 small Holy Isle pebbles to my small 8 week one, I have trebled the Mindful presence - although it may take quite a few retreats before the pile is unavoidable! 
Conclusion: although I did not see it on the day, I think the left hand and right hand pebble exercises was though provoking. One pebble signified my resistance to letting Mindfulness be significant, the other the sense of connection I felt with the other course participants (and the Maryhill subgroup).
 
Walking
 
My left leg is shorter than my right and the muscles not properly developed which means that I do not walk properly. My right leg compensates for the left's deficiencies and I tend not to pay my disability much attention. Mindful walking drew my attention to it and the emotions around the effect hat it has on my body and mobility. I did not enter into the emotion while on the retreat (too many interesting distractions) but I now have mindful walking as a 'way in' when the time is right to look at those feelings. Thanks for that.

The general response to thoughts and emotions tend towards ‘flight’ or ‘fight’ reactions; a ‘sympathetic’ reaction to everyday phenomena.   

Vipassana practice teaches practitioners how to observe thoughts and emotions as they rise, continue and fade away, and, to train the mind to observe the nature of things in a balanced way; a ‘para-sympathetic’ reaction to everyday phenomena.  Vippassana teaches practitioners to observe everyday phenomena as they are the true nature of everything; in other words things are the way they are.  

  • Vipassana Level One course teaches 16 techniques of mindfulness during the 4 week course.  The course highlights how the breathing practice brings a deeper awareness and mindfulness of the body, thoughts, feelings and mental phenomena to deal with everyday phenomena.  
  • Level Two course is only for those who have completed Vipassana Level 1.
  • Level Three course is only for those who have completed Vipassana Level 2.

Practitioners are invited to practice standing or floor Yoga before Vipassana sessions. Time will also be set aside for discussions after each session.

This four week course is for professionals (healthcare, education and Business) who would like to use mindfulness for their professional and personal life.

The course is a fusion of MBSR and MBCT. You will be able to learn and practice the core teachings of both mindfulness interventions.

Due to the increasing popularity in mindfulness, more health professionals and educators are trying to learn more about mindfulness and use it as part of their work.

In the business sector, more employers use mindfulness to promote well-being for their employees as it helps them to manage their stress.

Mindfulness for professionals will give you more understanding of what MBSR and MBCT is all about if you would like to obtain professional training in one of these courses in your work place.

As busy people don’t have 8 weeks to complete an MBSR course, this will give them a great opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness in their everyday life and use it as a stress management tool at work.  This course pays more attention to stress management and to mindful communication in your work and personal life.

We provide teaching sessions in schools, workplaces and invite small groups to practice mindfulness in the centre.

After completing the course, you will be given a 16 hours CPD certificate.

Tuesday Practice Group (Drop-in sessions)

The aim of a practice group is to provide support for mindfulness practitioners to maintain their practice.  The Tuesday drop-in sessions are for those who have done the mindfulness course here at the Centre or anywhere else.  It will give mindfulness practitioners a friendly place to meet their ‘mindful buddies’ and their teacher.

An Insight Meditation (Vipassana) programme is developed by Bhante for the Tuesday practice group.   Vipassana meditation will provide practitioners with a deeper understanding of ‘Mindfulness’ and ‘Heart Fullness’ (loving kindness, generosity, compassion, balanced mind), and, Buddhist teachings for everyday life. 

 

Friday Practice Group (Drop-in sessions)

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The Friday practice group is a drop-in session for those who would like to continue their practice with a group sitting in silence.  This session will start by observing the five precepts of Buddhism and end with metta meditation. 

The monks will chant Metta Sutta at the end and practitioners have the opportunity to receive blessings from the monks.  This group is mainly for Buddhist practitioners and for those who would like to explore more about Buddhism.  There is no requirement to be a Buddhist to attend this Friday group.  Participants from all faiths and non faith are welcome.

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