Our wellbeing has a great deal to do with what we do with our attention. Being mindful involves intentionally paying attention to each moment of our experience. It is the way in which pay attention, however, with an openness and curiosity, that enables us to develop our capacity to step aside from our habitual tendencies to automatically react to how we’d like life to be – patterns that often unintentionally make life harder rather easier.
As this mindful awareness space opens up. more choices are revealed on to how to move towards a greater sense of well-being. This can include enabling us to face changes and challenges from a calmer and more conscious standpoint and also able to make informed life-choices.
Mindfulness has entered our Western therapeutic traditions with growing popularity from its traditional Buddhist roots due to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues. Kabat-Zinn demonstrated that mindfulness practice has much to offer those experiencing a range of difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood, pain and chronic illness.
Most people also find that mindfulness can be enormously helpful in just bringing greater richness and more meaning to our lives and relationships.
What we Offer
We offer high-quality mindfulness courses in a variety of different formats. Choose from an 8-week course, day-long retreats, drop-in sessions, in-depth course and support sessions.
We mostly teach in and around Dorset/Somerset. In Dorchester courses are held at the Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre and in Yeovil at the Nine Springs Natural Health Centre.
Beyond Recuperation – Mindfully Creating a New Future
This last year has been difficult. One great mindfulness teacher, Christina Feldman, describes what we have lived through as a ‘Landscape of Loss.’ As we slowly emerge from this landscape and begin to restart our lives, we have an opportunity to reshape how we are and respond to the world around us.
This course will follow an adapted 8-week mindfulness course format. It will explore ways of being with our own experience with acceptance and patience and also bring in an additional dimension of cultivating a more compassionate and balanced quality to our attention. By doing so, it is hoped to be able to recuperate from the past year, with all its difficulties, and face what the world has in store for us with a sense of renewal and resolve.
It is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike. If you already have a practice, this course will help you develop generous qualities of attention by building in a more equanimous approach. If you have never practised mindfulness before, you will learn how to explore the present moment with kindness and curiosity. For everyone, throughout the course there will be an emphasis on restoration and rejuvenation.
The course will run on Thursdays 7 to 9 pm, 27th May to 15th July, with an All-Day Retreat on Sunday 4th July. I am planning to run this course at the Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre, and this is subject to government restrictions being lifted. If it proves not possible to meet in person, I will delay the start by a couple of weeks, and if this is not possible then the course will run online. You will be able to withdraw if an online course is not possible for you.
The cost is on a sliding scale with £220 as the standard fee. There is a subsidised fee for those who are unemployed, furloughed or NHS key worker of £120 and a supporters’ fee for those who are able to support someone of £290. If you are unable to meet any of these costs, please contact Jem at email@example.com.
Venue: Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre
Day & Dates: Thursdays – 27 May, 3, 10, 17, 24 June, 1, 8, 15 July with All-Day Retreat – 4 July (10.00 to 16.00)
Time: 7 to 9pm
Cost: £220. Subsidised rate of £120 for those unemployed and furloughed on low income. If you are able to, then please consider paying the supporters’ rate of £290. This helps to support those who cannot afford the full fee. If you are unable to meet any of these costs please contact Jem at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
To sign up for this course please complete the application form. On sending your application form you will be directed to Stripe to pay a deposit of £20. If this is difficult for you please contact me directly and if you have any questions or would just like to know more please click here.