|Our courses in East Grinstead and Caterham are for anyone who wants to experience a greater sense of calm and well-being.
Most people completing mindfulness programmes report they gain lasting benefits such as:
'This was a sensitively-run, well-held course. I have really appreciated it and changed as a result of it'
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses are designed for you to learn new ways of handling negative thoughts and difficult emotions. This helps prevent and alleviate low mood, depression, anxiety and stress and can lead to a much a richer experience of life.
Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently. It can increase your sense of personal confidence, of having more options and more strength to face the different challenges in your life.
The courses are taught in two-hour sessions at weekly intervals lasting eight weeks – plus an optional all-day session usually on a Saturday. They provide a high level of practical and theoretical guidance and support in the practices of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. Home practice is an important part of the course. The changes that can be brought about through the course are life-changing and so practising between sessions is crucial to reaping the full benefits. A key part of the course is supporting each other to develop a solid mindfulness practice at home
"I liked the way this whole course was presented. I left the course with a sense of confidence and a range of practical tools to deal with past and present anxieties."
Caterham: FREE INTRODUCTION Wednesday 26 September 7.30 - 9.30
Course begins Wednesday 3 October 7.30 - 9.30
URC Church, Harestone Hill, Caterham CR£ 6SX
East Grinstead area: FREE INTRODUCTION Tuesday 25 September 7.30 - 9.30
Course begins 2 October 7.30 - 9.30
Chequer Mead, De La Warr Rd EAST GRINSTEAD RH19 3BS
Included in course is 1 day workshop, course booklet and MP3 downloads. When you have completed the course you will be able to join in our mindfulness community which meets regularly.
Total cost: £250 secure a place with a £50 deposit. Concessions are available.
"This course has not only given me some invaluable tools but also a much greater appreciation of myself and the world around me."
Recommended for use in the NHS
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is widely approved by the healthcare professions, and backed by scientific research. Our programmes are based on the MBSR course developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, as well as the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course developed by Professor Zindel Segal, Mark Williams (Professor of Clinical Psychology, Oxford University) and Dr John Teasdale (Cambridge). Clinical research has consistently shown mindfulness is helpful for working with a wide range of conditions, as well as for optimising well-being. The MBCT course we use is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for use in the NHS (NICE clinical guidelines are recommendations on the appropriate treatment and care of people with specific diseases and conditions within the NHS in England and Wales. They are based on the best available evidence and aim to improve the quality of healthcare by changing the process of healthcare and improving people's chances of getting as well as possible).
‘I feel less stress. My memory is improving. I am calmer and that makes others calmer. I will continue to use the practice daily and hopefully inspire others.'
The benefits of mindfulness practice are cumulative. Therefore regular practice is needed to get the best out of the course. You may notice after the first few sessions of the course a considerable improvement in how you feel, but there may be times when it feels that little is happening. Continuing the training and following the practices are essential.
Recommended reading is an important part of the course but of less importance than the practices.