The 8-week MBSR course is an evidence-based, intensive exploration of the practice of mindfulness. People participate in the MBSR course for many reasons—to relieve stress of all kinds, to ease emotional and physical pain, to live and love more fully, and to establish a regular practice of mindfulness. No experience is necessary, and all levels are welcome.
During the MBSR course, participants will have the opportunity to engage in and learn from dynamic group discussions and enjoy meaningful connections to their fellow students and instructor. In addition, participants will get the benefit of having a readily accessible, in-person instructor.
This course is taught by Linda Corcoran who is qualified to teach MBSR through The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. Where In addition, Linda completed a master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
How does MBSR work? Through the regular training in mindfulness that an MBSR course offers, people become familiar with their own behaviour patterns, especially in relation to stressful situations. They also learn that though they cannot always change the circumstances in which they find themselves, they can choose how to respond to them. In MBSR this process is described as going from reacting to responding, with the latter involving a clearer perception of the circumstances through being in touch with the thoughts, sensations and emotions that are present.
MBSR Course Description This MBSR course consists of eight, weekly sessions of 2 hours each, plus a retreat session that includes a half-day of mindfulness practice in an online retreat format. Each session starts with a mindfulness practice that the participants have learned during the weekly sessions. The main formal practices taught in the MBSR program are the body scan, gentle mindful movement, and sitting meditation. Through the course of the program, participants will practice one of these practices every day. In addition, there are various exercises centred on incorporating mindfulness practice into daily life. Other exercises train mindful awareness in relation to thoughts, sensations, and emotions. Each session focuses on one particular topic that is explored with specific exercises, as well as presentations from the teacher and in dialogue among the group participants. There’s also time for participants to share what they experienced during the exercise as well as to talk about their daily mindfulness practise outside class.
We will practice mindfulness in many forms (sitting, moving, walking, scanning) in class, sometimes in silence, and there will be opportunities for small and whole group sharing, checking in, and asking questions. You will receive audio recordings to guide much of your daily, at-home practice.
Beyond the 8-week course, you will be provided with a way to continue to connect with other course participants, if you choose.
Full bursary places are available, please get in touch.
If you’d like to join this class, please get in touch to arrange a short one to one orientation session with Linda.
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