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Creating More Balance: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

8-week course

Tuesday 2nd May - Tuesday 27th June 2017 (6pm - 8.30pm)

Includes a retreat session on Saturday 17th June (10am-1pm)

This course will be facilitated by Caroline Armstrong, a trained mindfulness teacher in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and facilitator of mindfulness courses specifically tailored for people who have been through cancer treatment. She has been a counsellor for over 15 years, working in a variety of settings, and is a counselling supervisor. She will be assisted by Adrienne Ayres who is also a Bangor University trained Mindfulness for Stress Reduction (MBSR/MBCT) teacher, a trained Paws B teacher (Mindfulness in Schools for the under 12s). Adrienne has also co-facilitated an 8 weeks Nurturing Parents group, and is an independent social worker and counsellor. Having both gained from many years of meditation, we are both committed to bringing the many benefits of mindfulness to others. 

EARLY BIRD discount rate of £200.00 available when booked before Thursday 13 April 2017.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a highly researched and popular programme that cultivates mindfulness in everyday life, improving health and easing stress. This programme is based upon the work of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, our own work and other leading authorities in the world of neurobiology and meditation.

It has been shown to be beneficial in managing a variety of health concerns such as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, pain and depression, as well as promoting general physical and emotional wellbeing.

During this 8 week course we will explore and encourage you to make mindfulness practice part of your lifestyle.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about learning to pay attention intentionally to the present moment, with patience, focus and curiosity.

The benefits to you include:

• Noticing habitual ways of thinking

• Giving ourselves space and awareness to consider alternative ways of responding to events

• Inviting more balance and resilience into our lives

What does it involve?

The course is largely experiential, and is covered over 8 weekly sessions plus a fuller practice morning. You will be introduced to a number of guided sitting and moving meditations, which you will be encouraged to practice. There will be some specific short teaching sessions, alongside opportunities to share your experiences. The benefits of mindfulness have been proven to be most effective in people who practice regularly, and to benefit fully from the course you will need to be willing to undertake about 20 minutes of daily home practice of between sessions.

Prerequisites: No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MBSR. To ensure safety, participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

Venue: Witherdens Hall, Popsal Lane, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent CT3 1AT. Witherdens Hall is a beautiful space, and is an already established centre for mindfulness and home to the organisation Mindfulness at Work. It is about 15 minutes from Canterbury, just beyond Littlebourne.

The course will be held from: Tuesday 2nd May - Tuesday 27th June 2017 (6pm - 8.30pm) - (There is no session on Tuesday 30th May 2017). Retreat session Saturday 17th June 10am-1pm. 

Cost/donation: Cost £260. (Bookings received before Thursday 13th April 2017 have the benefit of an early bird discount reducing the price to £200).

Recommended, but not essential reading prior to the course: “Full Catastrophe Living: How to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Registration: To apply for a place on this MBSR course please email Caroline at mindzone14@gmail.com with any enquiries (or check out her website first at www.carolinearmstrongtherapy.co.uk ). We will respond as soon as possible by email. Alternatively, please email with any enquiries to info@witherdenshall.co.uk or call on 01227 720 543.