About Mindfulness Courses

A Mindfulness course is an opportunity to learn new skills that can help you with particular challenges and open up new ways of living

What Happens on a Mindfulness Course?

Our courses incluse eight weekly sessions and a practice morning, led by an experienced instructor. We use the  the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Stress (MBCT) course, which is carefully structured to introduce you to meditation and mindfulness. It’s based on extensive research and is approved by the NHS for certain conditions. Everything happens in an atmosphere of trust, friendliness and confidentiality.

Over the weeks, we explore how to develop mindfulness of our bodies, thoughts and feelings, and learn to notice how we respond to our experiences, including difficulties. Each session includes a period of mindful meditation or movement. The practices you’ll learn on the course are:

  • The Body Scan
  • Mindfulness Meditation, focusing on the breath and body
  • Mindful Movement: simple exercises drawn from yoga and qigong
  • Breathing Space: a short meditation to help us become centred and present in the midst of our activities.

In the sessions there’s time to explore how your practice has gone in the week and how it’s affecting your life as well as hearing others’ experiences. And there are also exercises that explore different aspects of mindfulness.

You’ll be part of a group of up to 15 participants, working together to explore our experience of mindfulness. Home practice is an important part of the course, and you’ll need to devote 30-50 minutes a day to that between each class.

To get the most from it, you need a strong commitment to working on yourself through this gentle but rigorous daily discipline of mindfulness exercises. We’ll give you CDs or online downloads so you can follow guided versions in your home practice. You will also recieve a workbook to accompany the course.

Our continuation courses and practice mornings offer ways to consolidate and deepen your mindfulness practice.

Who’s it for?

Mindfulness is for anyone who is ready to explore new ways of living. No prior knowledge is needed and all the ideas and practices are explained fully. Some activities include movement and most people sit on cushions to practice meditation. But everything can be adapted to suit your needs and capacity. And you can sit on a chair if you prefer!

The MBCT programme is known to help with a wide range of problems, both physical and psychological, helping you cope with whatever life brings. The course is useful for anyone who is ready to look directly into themselves and learn new ways of responding to what life brings. You can learn more here about how mindfulness helps with particular issues and conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and sleep problems.

Sometimes people come because they want to work with a particular issue: depression or anxiety, for example. Some people want to learn better how to cope with stress in their work or family life; and some people simply want to learn to appreciate their lives more fully, letting go of preoccupations. Through dialogue we will explore what mindfulness means for you.

Over the years we have worked with people experiencing a wide range of difficulties. A word of caution: if you are in the midst of very difficult mental health issues this may not be the right time for you to take the course. If this is your situation, please contact us to discuss whether the course is suitable for you right now and consult your health specialist or GP as well. Once you have completed a course you are welcome to join our follow-on activities.

The Venue

The Cardiff Buddhist Centre is a beautiful, peaceful space near the city centre devoted to meditation and mindfulness. The courses are entirely secular and there’s no connection with the Centre’s Buddhist activities. There’s reasonable parking availability in the street around the Centre.

Cardiff Buddhist Centre, St Peters St, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3BA

Our Teachers

Vishvapani

Vishvapani

Vishvapani, who teaches most of our courses, has been teaching mindfulness and meditation for 24 years and in recent years he has taght over 60 8-week courses. He’s trained in Breathworks (focusing on mindfulness physical healthcare) and Path of Freedom (mindfulness for offenders) as well as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Vishvapani is also a writer and broadcaster, best known for his Thought for the Day talks on BBC Radio 4

More about Vishvapani

Kamalagita

Kamalagita

Kamalagita, who leads some of our daytime mindfulness courses has been a film-maker, writer and teacher, and works in both Welsh and English. She is has beeen teaching for meditation for ten years practising mindfulness for twenty. She’s an experienced teacher in FE and HE and these days she teaches mindfulness in workplaces and in schools.

Forthcoming Courses

Venue Cardiff Buddhist Centre, St Peters St, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3BA or Insole Court in Llandaff

Cost Evening: £180 (waged), £100 (unwaged); Daytime: £170 / £70

Contact us by email or on 07910 829084

8 Week Courses

Places are available on these courses

8 Thursday Evenings, Cardiff Buddhist Centre, Roath 7.00-9.00 January 19 - March 16

8 Thursday Mornings, Cardiff Buddhist Centre, Roath 10.00-12.00 February 2 - March 30

8 Monday Evenings at Insole Court, Llandaff 7.00-9.00 February 13 - April 3

Follow On Events

Practice Morning 9:30 - 1:00, 10 December

Continuation Course: Going Deeper January 16 - February 6: 6:00-7:45

Practice Morning 9:30 - 1:00, 25 March

Sharing Mindfulness Course
Sharing Mindfulness Course 10:00-12:00: 12, 19 & 26 January

Before I learned mindfulness with Vishvapani stress ran my life and it was making me ill. The MBSR course taught me the skills I’ve been longing for for years to finally combat my stress and master my thoughts. It has revolutionised my state of mind and way of thinking, and I feel equipped to deal with what my life throws at me

David