The course is based on the Mindfulness Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed in Massachusetts by Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programme (MBCT) developed by Williams, Teasdale and Segal in the UK. The eight week model is carefully devised and has been clinically proven to be highly effective in working with a range of physical and psychological problems.
The program involves mindfulness meditation training and practice, mindful movement and body awareness training, exploration of patterns of thinking, feeling and action, brief lectures and group discussions – including inquiry during group time with individuals, individual feedback and support as well as a commitment from the participant to practice daily using the CDs and course book.
Throughout the course you are offered a systematic training in mindfulness – learning how to cultivate an observant, accepting and compassionate stance towards your thoughts, emotional states, body sensations and impulses. Specific information about stress physiology, cognitive behavioural strategies, interpersonal communication and implementing self-care are also given. The core formal mindfulness practices taught include a body scan, sitting meditation with concentrative focus on the breath, mindful movement and sitting meditation that expands the focus of attention to choiceless awareness.