Mindfulness course

Mindfulness is an evidence-based, secular and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting well-being, flourishing, and resilience.  In these times of ongoing uncertainty and additional stress, it can be a useful skill to develop. To enable widest possible access, the course will be taught entirely on Zoom.

This practical course is taught by a supervised student-teacher from the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Skills for supporting top performance, resilience, and good mental health will be taught through eight classes and one day of practice (for dates and times see below). 

Participants will be introduced to mindfulness practices each week and will be asked to do home practice exercises, to consolidate learning. The evidence base shows mindfulness has protective effects on mental health at follow-up.
If you wish to find out more about mindfulness, please consult the Oxford Mindfulness Centre website .
Participants will have the opportunity to:

  1. Acquire skills for supporting top performance, resilience, and good mental health. 
  2. Experience first-hand a range of mindfulness practices that could help alleviate stress and /or low mood
  3. Gain an understanding of the cognitive frameworks that foster good mental health and wellbeing
  4. Identify specific mindfulness practices that they can turn to in stressful periods
  5. Understand the need for self-care and how mindfulness can help foster self-care

In applying for this course, you agree:
1)    You undertake sole responsibility for your own wellbeing during the MBCT-L course. You agree to bring any concerns to the Course Teacher in the first instance, and contact your GP or relevant health professional, should you continue to have concerns about your wellbeing.
2)    For teaching quality purposes, the student-teacher will record course sessions. The recordings are used for internal purposes only by the student-teacher’s supervisor and assessor (within the Oxford Mindfulness Centre; they will not be seen by anyone from the Social Sciences Division). Recordings will be deleted after the supervisor and assessor have seen them.
3)    Following the submission of your pre-course questionnaire (to be sent to you by email, in response to your application), you may be contacted by the Course Teacher to discuss if the course is appropriate for you to attend at this time. If you mutually decide that it is not, you will be notified in advance of course start date.

There is a course handbook which you will receive as a pdf after being offered a place on the course. 
Note: This course is designed for those who experience everyday levels of stress. It is not appropriate for people who are currently experiencing clinical depression and /or anxiety. On receipt of your application, you will be emailed a self-screening form to check whether it is suitable for you at this time; you will be asked to return this directly to the course teacher, and anything you write there will remain confidential between you and the teacher.
Before you register please check that you are able to commit to the 8 sessions and the day of practise (dates below), and regular home practice, in between sessions, to consolidate skills.

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Course Dates and Times

Session 1: Monday 2nd May: 7:00-9:30pm GMT
Session 2: Monday 9th May: 7:00-9:15pm GMT
Session 3: Monday 23rd May: 7:00-9:15pm GMT
Session 4: Monday 30th May: 7:00-9:15pm GMT
Session 5: Monday 6th June: 7:00-9:15pm GMT
Session 6: Monday 13th June: 7:00-9:15pm GMT
Day of Practice (Silent Day): Saturday 18th June: 12:00-5:00pm GMT
Session 7: Monday 20th June: 7:00-9:15pm GMT
Session 8: Thursday 23rd June: 7:00-9:15pm GMT