This 8-week course will help you to learn and practice mindfulness in every day life. It is suitable for most people including those who would like to learn additional ways to manage long-term health conditions. The focus will be on learning how to ground yourself in the present moment and connect with a sense of stillness and calm. The mindfulness practices learned in this course will enable you to understand your reactivity, recognise and step back from negative thinking, relate more whole-heartedly to others and to approach the challenges of life with greater ease and self-compassion. The course is an ideal way to learn a range of mindfulness meditation practices, step-by-step in a supportive environment, or for those who want to reconnect with or refresh their practice.
Preparation before applying for the course
It is a good idea to attend a 'taster' class if you can. Click here for further information about these classes.
If you are unable to attend a taster class you could watch a YouTube video of mindfulness meditation on BBC Breakfast hereto help you decide if mindfulness is right for you. This video is now over 5 years old but it gives a good idea of what it might be like to be in a mindfulness class and the benefits of learning to meditate. The video focuses on the benefits of meditation for a woman with persistent (chronic) pain and the reporter who lives a busy and stressful life.
The maximum number of people in the class will be 12.
Each class runs from 11am-1pm and the course will be running on the following dates:
Class 1: Wednesday 10th January
Class 2: Wednesday 17th January
Class 3: Wednesday 24th January
Class 4: Wednesday 31st January
Class 5: Wednesday 7th February
Class 6: Wednesday 14th February*
Class 7: Wednesday 21st February
Class 8: Wednesday 28th February
*There will be an optional period of silent practice following on from the class on Wednesday 14th February and lasting until 4pm.
You are encouraged, as far as possible, to attend all of the classes, as each builds on the one that precedes it and the course 'unfolds' gradually over the eight-week period. As an essential part of the learning process, and in order to obtain the best from the course, you will also be encouraged to meditate on a daily basis. This however, is entirely up to you, and there will be no pressure to do so should you decide not to.
Pricing and payment
There are two payment options and early bird prices for this course.
Option 1: Single payment
Super early bird price: £165.75
Early bird price: £175.50
Full price: £195.00
Option 2: Payment in two parts For classes 1–4 For classes 5-8 Super early bird price: £93.50 £93:50 Early bird price: £99.00 £99.00 Full price: £110.00 £110.00
Two early bird prices are available for this course:
Super early bird price (15% discount). Payment to be received by November 30th 2017 latest.
Early bird price (10% discount). Payment to be received by December 22nd 2017 latest.
The price includes all handouts and guided meditations required for the course although you will need to bring a yoga mat and a light blanket to the first class. You will be required to download a free app to access the guided meditations for the course.
Payment can be made by online bank transfer.
Your place on the course will be confirmed once payment has been made and following 1-1 telephone interview.
Venue and transport
The course will be held at The Edward Alleyn Club, 85 Burbage Rd, London SE24 9HD.The room we will be using is warm and comfortable and on the ground floor of the building overlooking an expanse of green playing fields. There is disabled access to the building and the washrooms are also on the ground floor although not fully wheelchair accessible.
There is ample free parking immediately outside the venue and public transport nearby includes buses 37 (running along Half Moon Lane) and 3 (running along Croxted Road). The venue is approximately fifteen minutes walk from both North Dulwich and Herne Hill Railway Stations. The room we will be using is on the ground floor.