Dates: Thu 12, 19, 26 Mar, 02, 23, 30 Apr, 07, 14 May from 6:30 PM till 8:00 PM
Mindfulness has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and to improve sleep, quality of life and mood.
This is an experiential course led by Carolyn Sims. Each week introduces you to a mindfulness exercise which you will then continue to use each day at home during the following week. These are typically sitting or lying down ‘meditations’. Don’t be put off by the word ‘meditation’– Mindfulness is not about clearing the mind, it’s about becoming more aware of our thoughts and how they impact on our emotional and physical responses. Some weeks, the ‘meditations’ involve physical movement with some basic yoga-type movements. All can be adapted for those who have physical limitations through pain or disability.
This eight week course helps you to:
– Start to understand our own ‘signature’ thoughts, sensations and feelings
– Notice the difference between living in our heads (thoughts in the past or the future) and living in the moment
– Learn skills which help us stay more steady in the face of stress or adversity
– Notice and step out of unhelpful thinking patterns
Please note this is not a ‘therapy’ group as such, so there is no expectation to share your life story or any difficulties you may be experiencing.
A University of Surrey study published May 2018 found that the 8 week course results in:
A 63% decrease in depression
A 58% reduction in anxiety
A 40% reduction in perceived stress
A 26% reduction in fatigue
A 33% improved sleep quality
Who is the course suitable for?
The course is suitable for complete beginners or those who already have an understanding of mindfulness, or who have been practising mindfulness. To get the most out of the course, you will need to commit to ‘home practice’ for six days out of seven each week of the course, which may take up to forty five minutes to one hour per day.
If you wish to do any background reading prior to or during the course, a good place to start is ‘Williams and Penman – Mindfulness: a practical guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’. This is not in any way essential, just fine if you like to read around the subject.
If you have any concerns about whether this course is suitable for you, please contact us to speak to Carolyn prior to booking.
What to expect
An evening at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create something wonderful. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences.
There may be another workshop going on at the same time and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to! Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. Given this is an early evening session, you are more than welcome to arrive a little early to enable you to eat a snack or whatever. There will be a mid-session break for cake and refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. All refreshments are included.
Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.
What you’ll need to bring with you
If you have a yoga or sleeping mat, bring it along to the first session. There will be a few available to borrow if you forget.
Dress for comfort rather than style - comfy trousers/jeans, leggings, jogging bottoms rather than skirt or tailored trousers.
It is normal practice to remove shoes for mindfulness practice – we won’t judge holey or mismatched socks, but you may wish to bring an extra thick pair for comfort and warmth.
A limited number of ‘meditation stools’ and wedge cushions will be available for those who wish to try them out (it’s equally OK to use a chair for these practices). If you happen to have your own, please do bring it with you.
There are lots of cushions available if you require extra back support but a blanket may be useful for warmth when you are sitting or lying still.