Mindfulness Course in Bicester (six week course) Learn Mindfulness skills for everyday living
Elaine is a trained and experienced mindfulness practitioner who has been providing mindfulness courses in Bicester for several years with excellent feedback from course participants (scroll down to read some of the comments).
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is essentially about being fully present in the moment. Many of us spend a lot of time worrying about the future or reliving the past. This can be a major cause of stress, anxiety, frustration and irritability and may lead to depression. Mindfulness can promote a greater sense of calmness that can be useful for daily life - whether you have a stressful job or a generally stressful life. Mindfulness is also associated with finding a greater sense of happiness and increased creativity.
What will you learn?
You'll learn a variety of techniques to help you bring mindfulness into your everyday life. With a mix of presentation, discussion, practice and feedback, the course will ensure you develop new skills to bring a greater sense of positivity, confidence, calm and wellbeing. The emphasis will be on practical skills that you can apply day to day. Each week will have a theme so that concepts are introduced gradually with the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. You will also be asked to do some home practice (practice guides provided).
Who might benefit from attending a Mindfulness Course?
If any of these apply to you, you may wish to attend a course:
- You'd simply like to find out more about mindfulness and explore it - find out what it might mean to you
- Your mind won't switch off and you find it difficult to relax
- You feel stressed or constantly running to catch up and never quite making it
- You feel a bit down or that your life isn't going the way you'd like it to
- You are having to cope with change at work or at home
- You are feeling undervalued or unappreciated at work or at home
- You seem to spend time re-living the past - what might have been, or worrying about the future
Whilst mindfulness can be used as a therapeutic technique - often to help with stress, anxiety or depression, you certainly do not need to be unwell to benefit from mindfulness. By becoming more mindful, you can develop the "kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones and promotes a deep-seated authentic love of life, seeping into everything you do and helping you cope more skillfully with the worst that life throws at you." (Mark Williams).
Far better to develop the skills you need to deal with stress or anxiety before you face them than when you are in the midst of them. This six week course is for the general public.
When and where where are the next the Mindfulness Courses.
There are two courses planned. Each course is structured into six, one and a half hour sessions.
Tuesday evenings: 19.30-21.00
Dates: Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24, May 1, May 8, May 15
As 8 May is in the Bank Holiday week, if course delegates prefer, we will miss that week and therefore the last session will be on 22 May.
Wednesday evenings: 19.30-21.00
Dates: Sept 12, Sept, 19, Sept 26, Oct 3, Oct 10, Oct 17
The venue is: The Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, Bicester OX26 2BH
How much is the Mindfulness Course?
The course fee includes not only the six sessions with support and encouragement from the course leader Elaine Whittaker , but also home practice guides and handouts. For the January Bicester Mindfulness Course, a deposit of £35 secures your place, with the balance of £95 due before the course commences.
You can download an application form here:
FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS STUDENTS:
"I feel that I have strategies now to cope with stress"
"I've really enjoyed it, gained a lot from it and plan to continue my practice!
I've learnt "to know that my approach to life doesn't have to be as it is, that by being mindful and using the guidance given, it can be a calmer and less stressful life"
"Peace and calm has been brought into my life using the techniques shown on the course"
I am "waking up calmer in the morning - head less 'buzzing'. Able to use the shorter mindfulness exercises as needed throughout the day."
I'm noticing "a welcome release from ever constant clammering 'what if''s"
"Great course and so glad I signed up for it. Highly recommend to others"
I've become "more observational about myself, recognising that there are other ways of viewing things."
The best thing about the course for me was "learning to like myself more and accepting myself as I am"
I've "become more mindful and a lot calmer. Starting to manage anxiety by using tools and techniques"
I'm "able to bring the joy back into my life and kindness has been restored. New beginnings for me and my family/friends"
I've been "feeling calmer over the six weeks and growing in confidence to deal with anxieties and worries"
"I'm living more in the moment which is lessening the chaos I sometimes feel when I can't stop thinking and I'm able to questions myself more when I begine to worry and stress"
"3 min breathing space is invaluable"
I "enjoyed the group interactions - felt comfortable enough to speak up (didn't use to be able to do that)"
I'm noticing "thinking before I speak, calmness of mind. Relaxation has taken on a different meaning .... it's ME time now"
I have "tools for coping with unsettling feelings and emotions"
"I'm letting things go more easily and knwing that they are just my thoughts. I am more aware of when I'm getting ;ost in my thoughts!
Course was "very well balanced, with enough interactions and discussion. Length of sessions just right"
I liked "being given support - i.e. meditations and discussions within the group - to develop my personal mindfulness skills"
"A thoroughly enjoyable course - well organised and executed"
"I have enjoyed the classes and practice and now feel I have more tools to deal with difficult situations better. I'm looking forward to developing my practice"
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"Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune in to what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future." (Jon Kabat-Zinn)