Public Mindfulness Courses 2019 : Lancaster and South Cumbria
Supporting your wellbeing. Building your resilience.
The ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ 8 week course is based on the best-selling practical guide to mindfulness by Prof Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman. The course will run weekly from early February 2019 in the evenings at The Storey, Lancaster and in the afternoons at Brigsteer Village Hall near Kendal.
The next Public Mindfulness courses:
Finding Peace in a Frantic World 8 Week course. (NB There is a free taster session aimed at those working in local businesses noon-1pm, 17 January 2019 @ The Wellbeing Hub, Lancaster LA1 4XF)
Wednesday 6 February – 3 April 2019 (with a break for half term on 20 February)
Daytime course: 1.30pm-3pm, Brigsteer Village Hall (Near Kendal), LA8 8AL £140/£100 concessions
Evening course: 6.15pm-7.45pm, The Storey, Lancaster, LA1 1TH £160/£120 concessions
The ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ course has been developed to support resilience through teaching simple and powerful mindfulness practices to people aspiring to break the cycle of stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion. It promotes taking control of one’s well-being and happiness in a practical and proven way, and re-discovering an authentic enjoyment of one’s life.
It is designed specifically to help ordinary people who are struggling to keep up with the demands of the modern world. As Mark Williams writes in the book, the course aims to teach you ‘how to free yourself progressively from anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion’.
The book itself is based on MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy). MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence – in other words, it works.
The course draws on the proven and effective curriculum of MBCT while making it accessible to all of us and of practical use in our everyday lives by developing skills for supporting resilience and improved mental health.
A typical mindfulness exercise consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind, and little by little, let go of struggling with them.
You come to realise that thoughts come and go of their own accord, that you are not your thoughts. You come to the profound understanding that thoughts and feelings (including negative ones) are transient. They come and go and ultimately you have a choice about whether to act on them or not.
Over time, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily.
The course structure is strongly evidence-based, arising from the successful curricula of the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and MBCT courses.
Weekly sessions of 90 mins
Daily Home Practices of 20 mins, to complete between sessions (supported by the audio CD that accompanies the book*)
‘Habit Releasers’: encourage you to break some of the unconscious habits of thinking and behaving that stop you from living life to the full
*Participants on this course need to purchase their own copy of the book prior to the first session.