Mindfulness Courses in Bicester
Many people are currently experiencing heightened anxiety and stress which can sometimes lead to depression, and certainly reduce quality of life. Taking part in a structured, progressive Mindfulness Course led by an experienced practitioner can help you gain the skills to lead your life more mindfully, reducing the stress and anxiety that can leave you feeling unhappy, dissatisfied, frustrated or anxious.
Transform your experience of stress, frustration and anxiety with the simple, practical and highly effective techniques of mindfulness.
Most people have heard of Mindfulness - you may have read a book or two, or some articles in a magazine, and followed the suggestions ... for a few days ...... and then just gone back to the usual ways!
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.
MINDFULNESS SKILLS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING COURSE
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).
The course is carefully structured to build progressively, giving you the motivation to develop a consistent and lasting practice.
Who might benefit from attending the Mindfulness Skills for Everyday Living 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
- You're experiencing 'covid anxiety
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 is the next Mindfulness Skills for Everyday Living Course
I plan to run the next course in September 2021. However, if there is sufficient interest, I may offer a course before this, so do get in touch if yoru would loke a course sooner.
The next planned course starts in September 2021. There are six weekly sessions each lasting around one and a half hours on Sunday afternoons, 16.30-18.00:
19 Sept, 26 Sept, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct
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)