Distance Learning 8 -week Course
In response to requests from people who live further away, we have developed different ways of supporting you to experience the 8 -week mindfulness-based course. One option is to undertake a Distance Learning Mindfulness Course from your own home.
You will have a weekly link of 45 minutes on the phone with a mindfulness teacher who will guide you through the learning of the 8-week programme. Practice CD’s, learning materials and an outline of each week’s home practice will be posted. Home practice forms a large part of the programme. You will need to commit yourself to spending up to an hour each day:
- Listening and practising, using the CD’s
- Making notes of your experiences
- Undertaking some informal / daily life practices. These can be done as part of your routine and ordinary activities.
Summary of the course
- The aim of the course is to learn new ways to handle our moods and emotions.
- It teaches us to take better care of ourselves so that we are able to live our lives in a fuller and healthier way.
- It promotes a way of being that helps us tackle life problems – physical, mental, social and emotional
The focus of the mindfulness practice is to learn to be aware of the small changes in the physical sensations in your body; what is happening in the world around you (using your physical senses) and your thoughts, emotions and moods.
The course programme encourages us to develop the skill of being aware of our experiences (good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant) from moment to moment -so that we can learn to respond more skillfully to situations rather than simply reacting automatically.
- Overall, the course is often helpful in dealing with an ongoing difficulty – the problem may not change but the way we can learn to relate to it differently.
Whilst taking part in the course it is important to remember that it can be stressful to take the course. Finding the time to practice involves a shift in routine. Things may appear to be feeling more intense and challenging. The programme encourages us to bring a high degree of attention to everything, even the unpleasant or difficult things we are experiencing in our lives. This forms an important part of the learning to stay and be with problems and difficulties, rather than turn away from them and avoid them. There is little opportunity or time during the course to discuss any current or past personal problems not related to the practices. If necessary, these should be pursued through individual work with a counsellor or other appropriate support.
Once you have completed the course you will be able to attend regular events for mindfulness course graduates that will help you to keep the process going.
Once you have completed the course, you have the opportunity to attend any of the All Day sessions – which run 3 times a year in Bangor plus other workshops that are arranged periodically. There is no charge for the ‘all days’ – participants are invited to make a voluntary donation towards costs.
The standard cost of this programme is £535, with subsidised rates at £495.
- Initial phone session with your teacher to orientate you to the course.
- 9 x 45 minute weekly phone calls
- Teacher support between sessions
- Practice day session attendance during week 6 of the course
- Practice CDs
- Opportunity to come to regular practice day sessions free of charge after the end of the course
To find out more information view the Distance Learning option on our calendar of events