Mindfulness Based Courses


  • Next MBCT-L course starts Tuesday 17th October 2017.

 Mindfulness means awareness. It is a basic human quality and involves learning to focus and pay wise attention to what’s going on inside your mind and body, and in the outside world.

Our minds are easily distracted, often unhelpfully going over past events in our head and trying to anticipate the future.  Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing more clearly whatever is happening in our lives.  At first, paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and sensations in the body may not sound like a very helpful thing to do. But research consistently shows that learning to do this in a particular way can have a measurably positive impact on our lives.

Mindfulness will not eliminate life’s pressures. But it can help each of us to respond  in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, our body and our head.  It helps us to recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events.  To notice our typical reactions to life’s events, and make better choices about how we respond.  To feel more in control and have a greater sense of connection to our life.

Mindfulness is a practice, and provides us with a scientifically researched, systematic approach to cultivating clarity, insight and understanding.

Mindfulness introduction taster session – Next session Saturday 14th October 0930.

To further spread the knowledge of mindfulness and to allow interested people to come along and find out what it is all about, we run free introduction and taster sessions.

In these sessions we explain how the concept of a Mindful Living Programme can be adopted by almost every person and what it entails.  We also introduce the practical aspects of mindfulness meditation and you get a real opportunity to try it out and see how it feels for you.

Our next free introduction taster session will be run at our retreat centre here at QV Norrgren just outside of Loule here in the Algarve, Portugal.

 Contact us for more information and to book a place.

 

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L) – run over eight weekly sessions

The course is called Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life [MBCT-L] and includes both cognitive-behavioural techniques and mindfulness practices. The course has been developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, part of Oxford University in the UK and is delivered as 2 hours per week of lessons + a six hour workshop.

As well as practicing meditation and mind techniques, we also look beyond the course and offer guidance to our participants in how to take the learnings into everyday life. This allows you to take away useful ways for dealing with difficulties and to cultivate both equanimity and compassion.

The MBCT-L course shows an alternate way of being, a way of living that also includes enjoying life to the full and realising our full potential, as well as dealing with difficulties in a more useful way when they arise.

Our next course will be run at our retreat centre QV Norrgren just outside of Loule her in the Algarve, Portugal.

 Contact us for more information and to book a place.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – run over eight weekly sessions

The MBSR 8-week programme (2 hours per week of lessons + a six hour workshop) was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the late 1970s.  Participating in the the 8-week programme enables you to learn experientially,  through systematic practice,  how best to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for coping and growing. We meet once a week for two hours to learn and practice in a group setting.

Our next course will be run at our retreat centre QV Norrgren just outside of Loule her in the Algarve, Portugal.

 Contact us for more information and to book a place.

Tailored Mindfulness coaching programmes.

Mindfulness programmes are also available on an individual, couple, or small group basis (up to 4 participants) tailored to meet the specific needs of our clients. Specifically it enables us to focus on your need and what works for you and allows us to work with you to help  you get the best out of mindfulness and every session.

Tailored programmes can be run on a face-to-face basis or by telephone or video call (such as Zoom, Skype or Facetime).

 Contact us for more information and to book a place.