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Mindfulness Course Booking Information
Terms and conditions:-
The mindfulness courses are designed to help you promote awareness of your mind and body. They are not being offered specifically as a treatment for any physical or psychological conditions. However the aim is for individuals to benefit from the practices they develop but guarantees of this are not included. In the event of someone experiencing severe symptoms of ill health we may recommend an alternative time to undergo the course in order to maximise the course benefits for you. You remain responsible for your own wellbeing during the course. Please read all the information provided with this application.
Please make us aware of any simple health care needs that we can accommodate on the questionnaire below.
Payment for the course is made in full at the time of booking:-
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Confirmation of booking will be made upon receipt of your payment and application forms.
If you experience unforeseen circumstances and have to cancel within this time we aim to be understanding. We will do our best to transfer your booking to another course, if not possible a refund will be given at our discretion minus an administration fee.
Pre-course telephone consultation:-
In order to ensure that you have booked a course which will meet your needs and expectations we like to chat to you before the course commences. You are asked to complete a questionnaire on booking, if on reading this we feel it is possibly contra-indicated we will aim to speak with you within 2-3 weeks of booking, otherwise we make contact within the month prior to the course starting.
How we use your information:-
We will not pass on your details to anyone else. We may contact you with information from time to time about other courses we are offering unless you inform us not to.
The courses are facilitated by:
Jean Nash, RMN(retired), BS(c)Hons, Post Grad(dip) CMRP, Certificate of Competence in teaching Mindfulness Based Interventions.
Jean's professional background is in mental health nursing in the NHS. Over the last fourteen years she has been teaching Mindfulness in the NHS and developed this further by training at Bangor University, the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice which has international links and expertise.
Sonia Eastwood has recently retired from a long career in the NHS as a mental health nurse. She has had an interest in yoga and meditation since the age of 22 which has benefited her throughout her professional and personal life. Her personal practice in these areas fluctuated over the last 34 years but she always retained some links to the skills she had learnt, finding them to be so beneficial. Sonia has recently completed her training in Mindful Self Compassion with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.
Here is some information highlighting the benefits of practicing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Mindfulness is learning to become more aware of what is going on for you, both internally and externally, without judgement, in the present moment, using all of your senses.
Together we will be working to change patterns of our minds that have often been around for a long time and have become habitual, so if we want to make changes it is important to put the time and effort into learning the skills. This approach depends on your willingness to allow time for homework practice between sessions to consolidate your learning.
For you to gain maximum benefit we recommend that you allocate about one hour daily to listen to CDs’, perform practices and complete diary sheets. It is appreciated that it can be very difficult to find the time but the home practice is an essential part of the class so you may like to consider whether this is a commitment you are able and willing to make for yourself. Of course students often find for one reason or another this is not possible but it is good to at least set out with the intention to do this at least 5 days a week.
The classes and the homework practice can teach you how to be more fully aware and present in each moment of life. This can make life feel more vivid, interesting and fulfilling. It can also mean facing what is present even when this is difficult and unpleasant. In practice you will find that turning towards and acknowledging difficulties is central to preventing further depression and unhappiness.
Seeing unpleasant feelings and thoughts as they arise means they can be “nipped in the bud”, before they progress to become intense or persistent depressions. In the classes you will be learning many gentle ways to face difficulties, with the support of the group facilitators and the other participants.
The benefits may not show themselves immediately, but your labours may show later, like any new skill at first it may feel clunky and a struggle, but hopefully as time progresses it will feel more natural and you will be able to notice some differences.
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