Finding Peace Through Mindfulness

An 8 Week Mindfulness Program To Help Combat
Stress & 
The Pressures Of Modern Life.

A formal MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) course running
in the heart of the Nottingham city centre over 8 consecutive Monday evenings.
Begins on Monday 9th April 2018.

Pay a £25 deposit to secure your place.
Then make 7 weekly payments over the period of the course of £15 each.
Total Cost - £130.

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 About The Course

We have often been asked if we can find a way for people to access the renowned, 8 week structured Mindfulness training... but a way that doesn't cost participants the usual £200 to £250.

And this is it! A series of 8 friendly, weekly meetings that is an opportunity for a group of up to 15 people to come together and support each other in working through the home study version of the highly acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8 week course.

The MBSR program itself is the most widely used formal Mindfulness training in operation today. It was originally created by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts (the "father" of the modern Mindfulness movement in the West) in the 1970s, and it has since become one of the most popular modern therapies for reducing stress and helping people to better mange anxiety, worry, negative thinking and depression.

These 8 weekly meetings provide a chance for participants to come together to explore the coming week's course work (and meditation exercises) together – and to also discuss, share and reflect on the experiences they've had over the previous week while actually putting the course work and meditations into practice in their daily lives.

The weekly meetings are hosted by Shaun (a highly experienced group facilitator and trained Mindfulness teacher who runs our other weekly Mindfulness meetings), together with Ann (a trained MBSR teacher who is currently completing her MSc in Mindfulness at Coventry University). All the course materials (including the 'Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook' and a CD of all the meditations used during the course) are provided, with everyone receiving their own, personal copies.

Participants also undertake to do between 40 and 30 minutes of home practice each day for six days of each week that the course runs.

The Course includes detailed manuals and guidance notes, plus guided meditations in CD format that can be used at home.

See below for Julia's explanation of what Mindfulness actually is. 

About Julia Wahl 

Julia is a highly experienced Mindfulness teacher and a trained Compassion Focussed Therapy coach. She has trained and taught extensively across the UK, Europe and North America, and is currently based at Derby University.

A graduate in Social Clinical Psychology from the Warsaw School of Social Sciences & Humanities, Julia’s MA thesis treated on the states of consciousness and mindfulness in healthy pregnant women.  She has completed a 4 year integrative psychotherapy training with Richard Erskine PhD from the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy (New York) and is currently studying and researching for her PhD at the University of Derby.  She has studied Mindfulness, and trained to teach it, in many locations and with eminent teachers including participating in MBSR in Mind-Body Medicine with Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and Dr Saki Santorelli from the University of Massachusetts.

Julia has her own private practice, offering individual and group therapy, and has delivered workshops on Mindfulness for police and prison officers, and lead anger management workshops.  She has been practising meditation for over 12 years.

Book  Your Place Today!

 Simply reserve your place on the Course and pay your deposit to secure your place.
You can then pay the balance as 3 easy part-payments of £50 each, or as weekly payments of £25 spread over the period of the course.

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But What Is Mindfulness? Here's Julia's Explanation... 

Mindfulness is a set of practical techniques designed to help people learn new ways of handling difficult thoughts, physical sensations, feelings and moods. Mindfulness training enables people to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase our sense of personal confidence, giving us more options and greater strength to face the different challenges in our lives.

The most frequently quoted definition od Mindfulness, provided by Jon Kabat-Zinn, is:

“Mindfulness means paying attention
in a particular way,
on purpose,
in the present moment,
and non-judgmentally”

A simple analogy is to think of the mind being like the BBC News! – incessantly broadcasting, commenting, analysing, alerting, hypothesising – as if in our head there is a journalist who reports everything, in an exaggerated and indiscriminate way.  We wonder what is good for us, what is bad, what is nice, what is unpleasant, what threatens us; we worry about what we have done, and what we haven’t; what we may do, and what we may not; what we should, and how, and so on…

All this is thinking – not being.

And there’s nothing wrong with thinking; it’s thanks to this ability that we can solve problems, plan futures, and learn from past mistakes.  However, our thinking can become so dominant that it becomes too loud… too intrusive… too threatening… with so many thoughts, images, scenarios that there are times when we stop functioning properly – and we cannot take full advantage of the present moment.  Life imagined in the future becomes lived in the present!

We can lose touch with what we are actually experiencing in the present moment – and In such a weakened state (a state of inattention) we can often act ‘on automatic pilot’, prompted by our imagined fears and fantasies.  This is called ‘catastrophising’.  Mindfulness brings us back in touch with ourselves in ‘the now’ – with our bodies, thoughts, emotions, intentions – and ultimately our ‘true self’.  So, mindfulness is the ability to notice where we are, physically and mentally, and by bringing our attention back to ‘what is’ rather than being lost in our fantasies, fears, hopes or dreams.  

Julia also teaches Mindfulness classes in Derby and Sheffield. For further details Click Here