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.
The course will be running in two parts.
Each class runs on Mondays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm and the course will be running on the following dates:
Class 1: 8th January 2018
Class 2: 15th January 2018
Class 3: 22nd January 2018
Class 4: 29th January 2018
There is a 3-week break in the course and then classes resume on Monday 26th February at the same time and at the same venue.
Class 5: 26th February 2018
Class 6: 5th March 2018
Class 7: 12th March 2018
Class 8: 19th March 2018
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 St Faith’s Community Centre, Red Post Hill, London SE24 9JQ. The room we will be using is warm and comfortable and on the ground floor of the building.
Public transport nearby includes buses 37, 42 and P4 (all running along or very near Red Post Hill). The venue is approximately five minutes walk from North Dulwich Railway Station and twenty minutes walk from Herne Hill Station.