Mindfulness Courses in Bicester
People choose to explore mindfulness for many different reasons. Whilst for some it is simply to explore a topic they may have read about or heard about, others may be seeking support for more specific reasons.
Some attend my courses to seek relief from stress or anxiety, for others from grief. Individuals may wish to recover a sense of wholeness, to improve their overall mental wellbeing, or to relieve the symptoms of depression. Some simply find that a life lived with the knowledge gained from a mindfulness course, taught by a well trained practitioner is better – richer, calmer, more balanced - they feel happier and more contented.
Whatever your reasons for exploring mindfulness, you are welcome to attend my next course.
The course runs over six consecutive weeks. Each session focuses on a specific facet of mindfulness and you explore the topic further with the home practices that you are provided with. The course builds layer on layer giving you a comprehensive insight into a life lived mindfully with the benefits that ensue. The logical structure of the course combined with the motivation of attending a course are so important – many have read a book, tried things for a few days and then just slipped back into old habits.
Throughout the course you have my support and guidance, and will receive a whole range of handouts, recordings, tool kits and more to help you on your way. My students report feeling calmer and happier; being better equipped to deal with stress – which is a part of life. Many tell me that they have found their mindfulness practice a great comfort and continue with their practice on an ongoing basis.
I have been teaching mindfulness courses for many years and experience myself the benefits of mindfulness in all aspects of my life.
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.
When and where is the next Mindfulness Skills for Everyday Living Course
The course commences in October 2021. There are six weekly sessions each lasting around one and a half hours on Sunday afternoons, 16.30-18.00:
3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 31 Oct, 7 Nov
I am offering this course via Zoom.
How much is the Mindfulness Skills for Everyday Living Course?
The course is usually £135. However I have found that delivery via Zoom works really well and enables me to reduce the price as I avoid venue hire fees. So via Zoom, the course is just £99. 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. A deposit of £45 secures your place, with the balance of £54 due the week before the course commences.
Book your place by contacting Elaine by email or phone 07917 453224. I like to work with small groups of 6-10 people,so courses do tend to book up quickly.
FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS STUDENTS:
"I feel a different person after doing this course - thank you"
"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, my environment and my closest relationship are calmer and happier"
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"
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)