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)

One day silent retreat Advanced booking is essential as places are limited
I will be running this one day silent retreat for both trainees on the MBSR course and for experienced meditators. This is one of those opportunities to release our daily activities and obligations, and dwell within the space inside ourselves a while. The day will comprise a series of guided mindfulness practices - sitting, movement and lying down. I will lead you both into and gently out of silence. Lunchtime will include bringing food to share - also in silence.
Venue The Quiet View, Kingston, Canterbury, Kent CT4 6JQ
Time 9.30am registration for 10am start, ending 3pm
Cost You are invited to make a donation of £15 for the day, towards the cost of the venue, refreshments etc

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.

The current course is now closed and in progress. However if you are interested to join my next course (dates to be set), please email me and I will send you an application form.

Venue: To be arranged
Cost: Cost £280. (There is an early bird discount if you submit your application form and an £80 deposit by a set date, reducing the price to £220).

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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