MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION
"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment". Jon Kabat-Zinn
Also see below for my next monthly Mindfulness Drop In group which is free to those trying it as a taster.
As an experienced meditator of nearly 30 years and having been trained with the British Mindfulness Institute to teach mindfulness practices, I can either offer mindfulness training as part of your talking therapy or on its own. I offer individual and group sessions (see below for courses).
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a scientifically-proven technique for managing your thought processes. It is not complicated. It's your mind's natural resting place. The skills of mindfulness enable you to begin to choose where and on what you focus your attention. It's a way to come back to your calm and empowered state. In our busy stress-filled, action-orientated lives our minds speed up to keep apace with the pressure that we put ourselves under. We can often end the day feeling exhausted, depleted in energy, frustrated at not achieving more and self critical for not being on top of all our tasks. And there never appears to be quiet, calm time for us to wind down and recharge.
How can it help me?
Mindfulness practices help you to find a pathway through the chaos of modern day living. It provides strategies to:
Once you have learnt the skills of mindfulness, you can use the same centring sensations that you cultivate in the sessions, anywhere. And the results last a lifetime.
What Mindfulness is not
Mindfulness is not a religion. It is not a philosophy or lifestyle. It is simply a tool, one that is accessible to people of all ages, cultures, religions and those who are not religious.
If you would like to learn mindfulness or meditation skills as part of your talking therapy or life coaching then the fees that I charge for these sessions will apply. Refer to my webpage Making an Appointment and Fees.
I offer individual mindfulness sessions in an 8 session block. The timing of this block can have some flexibility. It doesn't need to be strictly weekly. The sessions are 45 minutes and I charge £350 for the 8 week block (£43.75 per session). Half (£175) is payable at the first session, and the balance of £175 at the fifth session.
Mindfulness Courses and Groups
Friday 7 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindfulness Skills
Friday 12 July, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindful Self-Compassion
Venue: Church View, Carterton, OX18 3JA (maximum of 6 people)
Saturday 29 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindfulness Skills
Saturday 27 July, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Mindful Self-Compassion
Venue: The Witney Therapy Centre, 2a Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BL (maximum 8 people)
Cost: £45. Payment in full secures your place.
I also run small groups of 6 participants teaching mindfulness skills. The cost is £275. A deposit of £75 will secure your place and the balance is payable about 2 weeks before the start of the course. Instalments can be negotiated. My next 8 week mindfulness skills course will be starting on 24 September in Witney running on Tuesdays from 3-5pm (with a break for half term on 22 October) and a course with a focus on compassion, loving-kindness and forgiveness will be starting on 27 September on Fridays from 10am-12pm in Carterton (with a break for half term on 25 October) . Further information on course content to follow.
Monthly Drop In Group:
There is also a monthly Drop In Mindfulness group for those who have completed one of my courses or who have practiced or trained elsewhere, as a way of maintaining and refreshing your skills. If you have not experienced mindfulness in a group setting before, you are welcome to come along and try it as a taster free of charge. No experience of mindfulness practices is necessary. The Drop In group will be payable on attendance at £20 per session. This is a monthly group running on Wednesdays from 1.45 to 3pm and the dates for the first half of this year are: 8 May, 5 June, 17 July, 14 August, 25 September, 16 October, 13 November and 4 December. Spaces are limited to 6 so please book in at least the day before or check availability on the morning of the group. My telephone number is 07899 891992.
If you are interested in learning mindfulness, please call me on 07899 891992 or email me at [email protected] or click on the link on the right of this screen.