Caroline Armstrong Counselling and Mindfulness in Canterbury

What is Mindfulness?

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

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.

The next course will start in Thursday 19th April 2018 from 6.30pm, and will run on 8 consecutive weeks. Each session lasts 2 hours. The course includes a one day retreat on Sunday 20th May, from 10am to 3pm. There are a maximum of 8 places available, so early booking is recommended in order to avoid disappointment. If you may be interested, please email me and I will send you an application form.
NB Early Bird Discounted price of £200 is available, subject to receipt of application form and £60 deposit by 5pm on 28th February. Full price is £260.

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 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 (2 hours each)
- 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.

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.

Venue: The HolistiCentre, Broome Park Estate, Barham CT4 6QX
Cost: Cost £260. (There is an early bird discount if you submit your application form and a £60 deposit by 28th February 2018, reducing the price to £200).

Recommended, but not essential reading prior to the course: “Full Catastrophe Living: How to cope with stress, pain and illness using mindfulness meditation” – Jon Kabat-Zinn; "Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world" - Mark Williams and Danny Penman

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

I have been meditating since the early 1990s, and have had the good fortune to be sharing mindfulness teachings with others including 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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