About Mindfulness Courses
The Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Stress (MBCT) course is carefully structured to introduce you to meditation and mindfulness. 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.
Venue Cardiff Buddhist Centre, St Peters St, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3BA
Cost Evening: £200 (waged), £120 (unwaged); Daytime: £200 / £80
Contact us by email or on 07910 829084
- 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. If you like, you can try one now.
Each session includes a period of mindful meditation or movement. 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 learning 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.
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. It is entirely secular and suitable for those of any religion or none. 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 might not be the right time for you to take the course. 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.
Other Ways To Learn
Working 1-to-1 in person or by phone is also a good way to learn mindfulness. We can work flexibly, covering the principles and practices of MBSR in a way that works for you and meets your needs. We also offer mindfulness training courses for organisations and workplaces, adapted to suit your needs. Please contact us if you are interested.
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
The course has brought to the surface many things I have felt for years but relegated to my subconscious. The breathing exercises have helped me reconnect with my body