Mindfulness Courses near Blandford

Joining a mindfulness course can enhance well-being, help cope with stress and improve mood.

Free Introduction To Mindfulness Session

I will be hosting free Introduction to Mindfulness sessions, 7-8pm on Monday 11th July and 12th September 2022. These will take place in the village hall in Gussage All Saints, BH21 5ND. Joining one of these sessions will give you an opportunity to find out more about mindfulness and how cultivating our mindful awareness can enhance our well-being. Please contact me by emailing sarah@mindfullifedorset.co.uk if you would like to join.

Mindfulness Course Schedule

The mindfulness course I offer is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which is an eight-week group for anyone who would like to experience the benefits of cultivating mindfulness.

I am so pleased to be offering Mindful Life Dorset’s next eight-week mindfulness group 7-9pm from Monday 3rd October until 28th November (as there will not be a session on 24th October), with a practice day 10am-4pm on Saturday 19th November. The course will take place in the village hall in the beautiful village of Gussage All Saints (BH21 5ND), nestled in the Dorset countryside.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT was developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale with the intention of reducing the likelihood of relapse into depression. It is an adaption of  Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme, which he began developing in the 1970s for people with chronic medical conditions.  Alongside the mindfulness practices the MBCT course includes exercises drawn from cognitive behavioural therapy, specifically to help us recognise the patterns of our minds and through this process become more able to respond to our experiences with awareness and compassion.

In addition to helping people cope with long-term health conditions and reducing the likelihood of relapse into depression, practising mindfulness can also enable each of us to manage stressful experiences more effectively and to respond rather than react to the challenges and difficulties that we can encounter as part of our daily lives.

Details of the eight-week mindfulness course:

Each session is for two hours and mindfulness practices are introduced and practised in session together, before participants then continue to do so at home. Home practice is an integral part of the course and each group member is encouraged to commit to 45 minutes of practice on a daily basis.

The cost of the course is £220, which includes eight evenings and a practice day, plus handouts and access to downloadable audio recordings of the guided mindfulness practices. The Earlybird rate of £190 can be secured if payment in full is made at least a month before the course starts.

Course locations

The next mindfulness course is scheduled to commence on Monday 3rd October 2022 and will take place 7-9pm until 28th November (as there will be no session on 24th October), with a practice day 10am-4pm on Saturday 19th November. The course will take place in the village hall in the beautiful village of Gussage All Saints (BH21 5ND), which is accessible from Blandford, Shaftesbury, Wimborne, Verwood and the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire.

Other Dorset locations available 

Courses can also take place in accessible locations in other East Dorset villages, including Cranborne or Verwood, 7-9pm for eight weeks, on the most convenient evening for participants. Courses will usually start in February, May and September.

Please contact me at sarah@mindfullifedorset.co.uk with any queries and to book a place on a course. If you are interested in joining a course but are unable to come on the planned dates, do get in touch as it may be possible to arrange courses on different days and at alternative times.

Mindfulness practice meetings

Further to completing an eight week course there will be the opportunity to join ongoing mindfulness practice meetings to support you in sustaining your mindfulness practice. These take place once a month at 7pm on Thursday evenings in the village hall in Gussage All Saints (BH21 5ND), and at 7pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month via Zoom. You will also be welcome to join future practice days.

Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more.

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