Mindfulness – Finding Peace in Frantic World (8 lunchtime sessions)

Tutor: Carolyn Sims

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Weekly Daytime

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Dates: Starts Tue Sep 27, then Oct 04, 11, 18 and Nov 01, 08, 15 and 22nd.
Times: Midday till 1:30PM

Have you ever tried to stop your mind racing and ‘live in the moment’, then realised just how difficult (or seemingly impossible) that can be? If you’d like to learn skills and techniques to improve your wellbeing and resilience to stress, this experiential course led by Mindfulness teacher, Carolyn Sims, could be for you.

This Mindfulness course is for anyone – from absolute beginners to more experienced practitioners. Based on the bestselling book ‘Mindfulness: a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, it is a shorter version of the MBCT course which Carolyn has previously run at ArtisOn. It is more accessible and ideal for those with less time for daily home practices. You’ll need to find just 8-10 minutes per day for practice, to get the most out of this course.

Week by week you are introduced to a SHORT 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.

Please note this is not a ‘therapy’ group as such, so there is no expectation (or time!!) to share your life story or any difficulties you may be experiencing.

So, Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, and to improve sleep, quality of life and mood. This eight week course helps you to:

– Start to spot your 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 autopilot and unhelpful thinking patterns

To support the course it is very valuable to purchase a copy of ‘Williams and Penman – Mindfulness: a Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’. The book costs just over £11 and is available to buy new on Amazon – click here. Search online and used copies are always available for less. Alternatively, if you would like to borrow a copy from Carolyn, please let us know.

The ‘Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ app is also really helpful, although not 100% essential – you can use the free CD which comes with the book if you prefer.

Please note:
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

A weekly course at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create and develop your skills. The weekly format allows you to develop your work and ideas between sessions, you can work more at your own pace and really feel you have moved on from week one to the end.

You can expect the usual warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet and get to know like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences.

There may be two courses going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the others are 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. There will be a mid-session break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Due to the requirement for change-overs between morning/afternoon/evening sessions for weekly courses, the finish time given is fairly crucial – the session should not overrun.

All refreshments are included before and during the session each week although lunch is not. However, by popular demand we do provide a light lunch consisting of soup or similar and a pudding from 12:00pm until just after 1:00pm so that anyone attending either morning or afternoon sessions need not go hungry! The cost is £5 and it can be booked and paid for each week for the following week. It would be helpful if you could let us know if you require lunch for week 1.

What you’ll need to bring with you

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.

If you have a yoga mat, feel free to bring it along, though most exercises can be done sitting. 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.

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