The MBSR course follows a structured 8 week programme with group sizes varying between 8 and 14 participants. Single weekly sessions are generally 2 to 2.5 hours long, there is an optional one day mindfulness retreat towards the end of the course.
Each session, backed by a scientific overview, covers particular exercises and topics that are examined within the context of mindfulness. These include different forms of mindfulness meditation practice, mindful awareness during everyday activities and mindfulness during stressful situations and social interaction:
Week 1 - An Introduction to Meditation
WHY SPEND HOURS DOING NOTHING?
Week 2 - Awareness of Awareness
THE KEY TO LIVING IN HARMONY
Week 3 - Brain Basics
MAKING THE MOST OF EVOLUTION
Week 4 - The Mind/Body Connection
Week 5 - Mindful Perception
THE POWER OF THOUGHT AND STATE OF MIND
HOW THE BRAIN CREATES OUR MENTAL WORLD
Week 6 - Mindfulness in Relationships
INTEGRATING OUR MENTAL WORLD WITH OTHERS
Week 7 - Mindful Living
TAKING OUR LIVES INTO OUR HANDS
Week 8 - Keep taking the Meditation
A SEVEN POINT PLAN FOR WELLBEING
Once per term, we also offer an exclusive 5-day residential course and retreat in the North York Moors, called the MBSR Intensive programme. This programme covers the same content as the traditional 8 week MBSR course, offering you a unique opportunity to learn mindfulness meditation in just one week.