Finding Peace Through Mindfulness

8 Week Mindfulness Course
with Julia Wahl

A formal, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course
based on the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Nottingham Mindfulness Group:
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Julia Wahl, Mindfulness Teacher & Compassion Therapy Coach

Julia is a highly experienced Mindfulness teacher
who has trained under Jon Kabat-Zinn and
is currently 
based at Derby University.
She is also a Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
teacher trained by Chris Germer, author
'The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion''

Running over 8 consecutive Mondays
in the Nottingham city centre,
beginning on 25th April 2016 at 6pm

£225 Full Price.
£25 off to Nottingham Mindfulness Group members.
£15 off to non-members who book before the end of March.
Spread the cost as 4 easy instalments of £50 or 8 weekly payments of £25. 

 About The Course

The most frequently applied Mindfulness training is the now famous 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course. This training was created by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn of the University of Massachusetts (who trained Julia Wahl), and it has become one of the most popular modern therapies for reducing stress and helping people to better mange anxiety, worry, negative thinking and depression.

The Course consists of regular, weekly sessions during which the theory and practical techniques of MBSR are taught and practiced under expert guidance, in a carefully structured and step-by-step way.

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.

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 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.