Caroline Armstrong Counselling and Mindfulness in Canterbury

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What is Mindfulness?


Mindfulness training courses are designed to cultivate awareness of our current states of mind and body, in a compassionate way. Through that awareness we are able to make better choices for ourselves, and enables access to increased calmness in daily life. It can enhance our relationship with both ourselves and those around us, and has been proven to be beneficial in managing a variety of concerns such as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, pain and depression, as well as promoting general physical and emotional wellbeing. It invites more balance and resilience into our lives.

Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Events

Monthly mindfulness evenings
This is a co-hosted event offering the opportunity to experience guided mindfulness practices for beginners and experienced meditators alike.
Venue Witherdens Hall, Popsal Lane, Wingham, CT3 1AT
Times 7 - 8.30pm
Dates Every first Monday of the month, except May and August
Cost £5 per evening
How to book To book you need to send an email in advance to [email protected] where you can also elect to go on the mailing list for notification of future meetings.

One day silent retreats Advanced booking is essential
This silent retreat is one of those opportunities to release our daily activities and obligations, and dwell within the space inside ourselves a while. Each day comprises a series of guided moving and sitting mindfulness practices, and each retreat has a separate theme. I will lead you gently into and out of silence. Each day is held in the beautiful yurt and surrounding gardens of the Quiet View.
- Beverages and water are provided, as is fruit
- Please arrive well in advance of the start time (10am)
- Bring a packed lunch, which will form part of the silent experience
- Bring yoga mats, meditation cushion, and a blanket if you have them (a small number can be provided if not)
- No books, i-pads etc, although you may bring writing materials for your private use if you wish
Venue The Quiet View, Kingston, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6JQ
Times 10am - 3.30pm
Dates and themes
Future dates to be confirmed
Cost Contributions are invited from £20 - £40 based on ability to pay
Payments may be made either in advance by bank transfer or cheque.


Mindfulness for Beginners Workshop
This workshop is an opportunity to find out more about mindfulness and whether or not it's for you. It includes taster experiences as well as answering some common questions, including:
- What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation?
- Is it all about sitting or do we get to move about?
- It's all about stopping thinking, isn't it? I can't see how it would work for me, because mine never stops! (Spoiler alert: Everyone's minds are constantly busy)
Above all, this workshop offers a peaceful space in your hectic life.
Date TBC
Venue Adisham, Kent CT3
Time 7 - 8.30pm
Cost £10 in advance only Advanced booking is essential
To join us please email me. I will contact you to advise if there are still places available, and if so enclose payment details.

Courses
8 WEEK MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION COURSE (MBSR)
This course is particularly helpful for people who want to find new ways of dealing with stress and anxiety, ways that they can take away and continue to use for themselves. Many people have little or no experience of meditation or mindfulness when they start the course. We look at what works well for you and how to address the blocks that people most frequently face, in a warm and supportive atmosphere. The most important ingredient is your willingness to practice. To make the most of the course it will be important that you are able to commit to undertaking approximately 30-45 minutes of home practice per day between sessions.

The MBSR course includes:
- 8 weekly classes
- A day of silent retreat
- Regular home practice
- Course materials

This course is not a form of therapy, but can on occasion bring up some strong experiences. Therefore it is important that people start developing mindfulness skills when they are in a reasonably settled internal place, and have people who can support them outside of the class if need be. I am happy to talk this through with people in advance, and will arrange a telephone call or face to face meeting with each participant prior to final acceptance on the course. Please note that this group would not be suitable for people who are currently experiencing significant depression or mental ill-health.

Prerequisites
No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MBSR. Participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the programme.

If you are interested in a course please feel free to contact me and I will place you on a waiting list for the next one.

Venue: Adisham, Kent
Dates: Dates to be advised
Cost: Cost £300 (There is an early bird discount if you submit your application form and an £100 deposit by a date to be advised , reducing the price to £250)

Registration: To apply for a place on this MBSR course, or ask any questions, please email me or call.


I have been meditating for over 25 years, and have had the good fortune to be sharing mindfulness teachings with others for a good proportion of that time. This has included running specific courses for people affected by cancer. I am a trained mindfulness teacher (Bangor University, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice).


"It was all I could have hoped for. Content and presenter were very clear, thoughtful and knowledgeable, and also gave us space to voice and consider our own thoughts." - A past participant.








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