Mindfulness Courses for Healthy Living develop life skills ...
for managing the ups and downs of everyday life as well as, more specifically, anxiety, depression, stress, addictive or obsessive behaviours, chronic illness and pain. The courses follow the mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) model – which is very similar to MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction).
Mindfulness practice gives you the opportunity to develop a different relationship with yourself, your experience of intimate partners, friends, family, colleagues and people you encounter daily – as well as life more broadly.
The skills you develop in integrating mindfulness into your daily life will be with you for the rest of your life.
participants say ...
"Doing the course was incredibly timely and helpful during a particularly difficult episode in my life."
"The venue is perfect."
"It helped to take each day as a fresh start when I found myself I struggling to keep up the home practice."
"I've gained focus, and demystification of meditation ... hope and positivity!"
"I've benefitted by gaining comfort in my own breath and body."
"I've got out of a rut; re-sharpened my curiosity and compassion after they'd got blunt."
"I'm relating to bad habits differently - playing with them."
"I struggled with finding time (family, work), but blocked out time well in advance."
"I gained a really positive and emotionally-charged experience of my body and its importance in my life - feels very good."
What are the courses like ?
The atmosphere of classes is supportive, warm and relaxed – there’s often laughter. And there’s space for quietness and reflection...
style and content
The style of learning is experiential: you develop mindfulness skills through putting them into practice in a variety of ways.
The focus is on being with your experience, altering how you relate to difficulty, and especially to things you can’t change.
You'll be introduced to simple mindfulness meditation practices and deepen your awareness through tuning in to your actual experience – becoming more responsive, less reactive.
There’s a clearly defined, structured programme, facilitated with sensitivity and flexibility. I encourage you to think of it as eight weeks’ regular home practice, supported by nine weekly classes.
Each class builds on the previous one and on the home practice between, so it’s important you can attend all the sessions. The first class is an orientation session, followed by eight weekly classes and a practice day part way through – all are integral to the course.
In between attending all nine classes and the practice day (on a Saturday or Sunday), the course requires a commitment to daily practice. It's very likely you will need to make adjustments to your life in order to fit this in. The benefits of doing so, in the company of others making the same commitment, can be truly significant.
Some of the practice can be woven into your everyday activities. However, you'll be asked to set aside 30-40 minutes a day for formal meditation practice.
I hope this page gives you an idea of what Mindfulness Courses for Healthy Living are like. If you'd like to know more, there are answers to frequently asked questions ...
If you're unsure whether you're ready to do a 9-week Mindfulness Course for Healthy Living, why not come to a stand-alone mindfulness practice day?
They're normally run 4 or 5 times a year. You'll be introduced to the practices incorporated in the course and have a chance to ask questions of people who've done one or more course.
Find out more about stand-alone practice days.
Read testimonials from people who’ve been on these courses …
In addition to normal concessions for students, those in receipt of state benefits including state pension, a limited number of extra-low cost places are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to apply.
"I've learned more about myself, feel more accepting of myself and generally more aware of my feelings and their importance."
"A beautiful course and phenomenal facilitation - spacious, alive, made a clearing in my life."
"I came away with tools I can use to help me cope. There were clear instructions - and support."
"A huge, all-embracing thank-you to Lokadhi and all the team and other participants."
"I sometimes struggled with over-thinking - trying to understand 'why'. I met this with more kindness and compassion, not so much pushing forward."
"I gained a really positive and emotionally-charged experience of my body and its importance - feels very good."
Mindfulness courses for Healthy Living in London
9 Thursday evenings
05 October - 30 November
6:45 - 9:15 pm
including practice day
Sunday 12 November
11.00 am - 4.00 pm
£265 (concessions £215 or £155)
9 Friday mornings
06 October - 01 December
10:45 am - 1:15 pm
including Practice day
Sunday 12 November
11.00 am-4.00 pm
£265 (concessions £215 or £155)
Once you’ve booked and paid, you’ll need to register before your place on the course is confirmed; please allow up to a week for this process.
Course costs covers materials including pre-recorded meditation practices and handouts.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about Mindfulness for Healthy Living courses.
"Thanks for you support and guidance throughout the course."
"I came on the course because I was feeling overwhelmed and had a long 'to-do' list."
"This was the second time I'd done the course and I learned new things."
"Thanks! It's been helpful, emotional, interesting, tiring, fun - so many things!"
"I've gained the ability to notice signs of depression and the feeling that I can do something about it."
"I found that planning the day before helped me fit in the daily practice."
"When I came on the course, I'd been struggling with blame, frustration, anger. I now have acceptance and letting go, happiness."
"Many thanks for your openness, kindness and supportiveness."
"I've gained a sense of awareness, more calmness, stillness."
"I'm now more compassionate towards myself and others, feel less angry."
top-up mindfulness courses
For those who have already completed one or more 8-week mindfulness course, and are committed to developing a deeper relationship with their practice: an opportunity to dialogue about mindfulness meditation in a small group.
3 Thursday evenings
14, 21, 28 Sept
6:45 - 9:15 pm
£90 (concessions £60)
venue for these courses: the North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, Highbury, London N7 8JG.
The Centre handles all matters relating to place availability and bookings, and is close to Highbury and Islington tube and overground stations; frequent buses stop close by.
Mindfulness Courses for Healthy Living are taught by Lokadhi
Lokadhi is an experienced and trained mindfulness teacher, registered with the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations.
Mindfulness courses for Healthy Living are run to the highest professional standards.
They observe the good practice framework set by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) with the Universities of Bangor, Exeter and Oxford. The courses adhere to NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidelines and follow the MBCT model.
"I was told by a friend about mindfulness a year or so ago and saw it transform her, and I've been looking for a course since then."
"I have better control over my anxiety, a sense of group healing, a gentler spirit towards myself, more connection with my body, and some control over obsessive thoughts."
"I gained incredible insight into the value of learning mindfulness and meditation - a real privilege to be part of the course."
if you're not sure if a course is what you want ...
do try a Mindfulness for Healthy Living practice day – normally 10.30 am-4.00 pm on a Saturday, including time for questions.
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