I am qualified to teach three different 8 week mindfulness courses: The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC), the Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC) and the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca) course.
Additionally I also teach the 10 week 'Yoga4Health' course for people with prediabetes, those at risk of heart disease, people with mild-moderate anxiety or depression, or those suffering from stress or social isolation.
Please see below for details of when each course is next running.
The Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)
The Mindfulness Based Living Course, or MBLC, is an in depth weekly mindfulness course consisting of eight classes, which are typically around two hours long, preceded by a free introductory class before the eight week course begins and concluded by a follow up class after the eight week course ends. An optional day of mindfulness practice is also included in the second half of the course. The course is taught in small groups in Woodford, Cheshire, and is a perfect introduction to mindfulness for people from all backgrounds. More information can be found by clicking on the information button ('Next MBLC').
The next MBLC course will start on Thursday 21st January 2021 from 7-9pm. The course will be run ONLINE via zoom, at a reduced price of £150 (£50 less than the face to face course).
A FREE taster session will take place online by zoom on Tuesday 12th January from 8-9pm for anyone thinking about attending the course - please email for the link to join.
The cost of the course includes access to audio recordings of all the main mindfulness practices, a detailed course manual (delivered electronically) and a certificate of completion.
The course includes 25 hours of teaching time, and costs £250, or £200 if you are not able to come to the optional day of mindfulness practice. A non-returnable deposit of £50 is required to secure your place. For further information and to register your interest in the course, please contact me via email or through the contact button above.
I also offer MBLC courses for businesses; if you have at least 5 employees who would be interested in taking the course, please contact me to discuss how this could best work for you. It is possible to adapt the course (e.g. to hourly sessions, or to longer morning or afternoon sessions, rather than the usual 2 hour sessions) and to design a programme based on the MBLC course that best suits the needs of your company. Corporate courses are offered at £350 per participant.
The Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC)
The Compassion Based Living Course (CBLC) is an eight-week "level 2" course consisting of eight 2 hour classes, which is open to anyone who has studied an 8 week mindfulness course such as MBLC, MBSR, MBCT or Breathworks course. It draws on insights and practices from neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and Mahayana Buddhism.
CBLC courses only run once a year, with the next one planned for 2021. Please contact me if you are interested to reserve a place.
The course starts with building self-compassion into basic mindfulness practice, and cultivates positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource, from which we can approach the self-critic: that persistent inner voice that always finds fault in what we do. What it would be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self-criticism? We then move from self-compassion towards compassion for others, exploring practices which help us find balance and perspective beyond our habitual preferences.
Pricing for the CBLC course is as per the MBLC (see above), and covers audio recordings, a detailed course manual, and course certificate in addition to the 8 sessions. Please let me know if you are interested.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBLC-cancer)
I have also trained to teach the 8 week Mindfulness Based Cogngitive Therapy for Cancer course (MBCT-cancer) with Trish Bartley, author of "Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer" (2016) and one of the founding members of the core mindfulness teacher training team at the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University.
The 8 week MBCT for cancer course has been specifically developed over a number of years for people diagnosed with cancer, typically those who have finished active treatment and are beginning to move back into daily life whilst learning to cope with the challenge of a life-threatening illness.
Whilst I am not currently running an MBCT for cancer course, if you are interested in registering for a future course or attending a taster session or 1:1 sessions specifically for people with cancer, please let me know.
10 week Yoga for Health Course (Yoga4Health)
I have undergone specialised, advanced yoga teacher training with Yoga In Healthcare Alliance (YIHA) to teach the 10 week "Yoga4Health" course. The course is specially designed for those at risk of chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, mild-moderate anxiety/depression, and those suffering from stress or social isolation. It is the ONLY yoga course that has been designed, piloted and evaluated within the NHS. If you are an NHS prescriber or link worker or work in a local charity that support social prescribing, please get in touch for more details of how to refer patients or clients. Alternatively if you think the course can benefit you, you can self-refer - please contact me for details of the next course.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of any of these courses, and whether they would be suitable for you, please contact me using the details in the ‘Contact’ page above.
"You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf" ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn