WHAT IS MBSR?

The 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course has brought mindfulness meditation into the medical mainstream and has changed tens of thousands of lives for over three decades. Scientific research from medical centers all over the world suggests that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and often profoundly affect participants' ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.

The predominant skill learned is the inquiry tool mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is a way of Being that when incorporated into daily life, offers the opportunity to break unskillful, habitual ways of relating to ourselves and the world around us, offering different ways to respond to stress and suffering. In this way, the ancient practice is one of self-discovery, rooted in the simple but profound assertion: That every human Being has the ability to develop the mind’s inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to cultivate the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and beyond. 

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Scientifically validated

Rewires brain anatomy and connectivity supporting emotional intelligence

Non-religious

Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms

Simple, practical techniques

Benefits all minds and bodies, yes, even chattery and stiff or painful ones!

 
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WEEK BY WEEK

 

Week 1

Awareness, automatic pilot and recognising the present moment

week 2

Perception, what we bring to experience and how we make sense of the world

Week 3

The pleasure and power of being present

Week 4

Investigating conditioned ways of reacting to our experience and coming towards the difficult

week 5

Responding to stress: exploring perceptions and thoughts

week 6

Interpersonal mindfulness and translating practice into action

day retreat

The intensive nature of this day-long session, the 'Day of mindfulness', is intended to assist you in firmly and effectively establishing the use of MBSR skills across multiple situations in your life, while simultaneously preparing you to utilise these methods far beyond the conclusion of the program

week 7

Cultivating kindness towards self and others

week 8

Making mindfulness part of life

 

If you are ready to open towards a new way of relating to yourself and others, one which fosters greater emotional, physical and psychological resilience, I invite you to join us on this stirring course

 
 

Note-to-self

Mindfulness is not to be known intellectually, but rather, experientially. Mindfulness is a practice, and the old adage you only get out what you put in is certainly relevant for learning this skill. Awakening from our old ways of Being requires us to show up and consistently participate.

The more we train the mindfulness muscle, the easier it becomes to recognise when we default back into autopilot (mind-less-ness); or when we are perpetuating emotional states such as anger, resentment, stress or worry; or when we are reacting rather than responding to an event. Therefore, the MBSR program is grounded in immersion, repetition and home practice. Please be aware of your commitment to practicing before determining your readiness to join a course.