*** Dates for the January 2019 Mindfulness and Compassion Course will be posted shortly ***
Monday Evening Mindfulness Meditation and Compassion Course
September - November 2018
This 8-week course will help you to learn and use mindfulness and compassion-based practices 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 own 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 evidence-based mindfulness meditation practices, step-by-step in a supportive environment. It is also for those who would like to deepen their previous experience of an 8-week course and those who wish to reconnect with or refresh their meditation practice.
Preparation before applying for the course
Come to the taster class on Monday 10th September 2018. Click here for further information.
You can also 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 some 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 from 7pm – 9pm and the course will be running on the following dates:
Class 1: Monday 24th September 2018
Class 2: Monday 1st October 2018
Class 3: Monday 8th October 2018
Class 4: Monday 15th October 2018
There is a 2-week break in the course and then classes resume on Monday 5th November at the same time and at the same venue.
Class 5: Monday 5th November 2018
Class 6: Monday 12th November 2018
Class 7: Monday 19th November 2018
Class 8: Monday 26th November 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 for a short period on a daily basis. You will be provided with both longer and shortened versions of the guided meditations. The home practice however, is entirely up to you, and there will be no pressure to do it should you decide not to.
Pricing and payment
There is an early bird price for this course.
Early bird price: £195
Full price: £225
Early bird price (£30 discount). Payment to be received before 12th September 2018.
Payment (£10) for the taster class on the 10th September can also be redeemed against the cost of the 8-week course at either the early bird or full price rate. Please ask about this. More information about the taster class can be found here.
The price includes all handouts and guided meditations required for the course although you will need to bring a yoga mat, a pillow to support your head and a light blanket to the first class. You will be required to download a free app to access some of the guided meditations for the course.
Please be aware that all applications (including submission of the online application form, payment and the phone call, after which your place is reserved on the course) must have been concluded by 19th September 5pm.
How do I reserve a place on the course?
Click here to apply for a place on the course. On receipt of the form I will then send you my bank details for an online payment. Once you have completed the online application form and paid the course fee we can arrange a mutually convenient time for the 1-1 phone call.
Please be aware that all applications (including submission of the online application form, payment and the 1-1 call, after which your place is reserved on the course) must have been concluded by 19th September 5pm.
Venue and transport
The course will be held at Herne Hill Methodist Church Hall, Half Moon Lane, London SE24 9HU. The hall is near the corner of Beckwith Road and the room we will be using is on the first floor up two flights of stairs.
Public transport nearby includes buses 37, 42 and P4 (all running along or very near Half Moon Lane). The venue is approximately five minutes walk from North Dulwich Railway Station and fifteen minutes walk from Herne Hill Station.