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To find out more or reserve your place on one of our upcoming courses or events please visit:


For all other enquiries, please contact us on:



01904 634710


“I was very sceptical at first but found the course really beneficial.  It surpassed my expectations and I would recommend it to work colleagues and friends.  As mindfulness can support staff development improving relationships and communication and possibly reducing the number of staff suffering from stress reactions.  I would also recommend it to friends that lead busy, stressful and hectic lifestyles and who need to reduce their cognitive load and relax”

MBSR course participant


"This course (MBSR) should be made part of the national curriculum for children, be an essential part of any degree course and be provided every 3 years by employers to their employees. It should be developed by the prison service and armed forces. In short, it teaches life skills essential for society to continue to function"

GP/MBSR course participant



Mindfulness has been shown to result in a substantial reduction in use of GP services amongst participants

(Mental Health Foundation Mindfulness Report) and is increasingly being recognised as a proactive and cost effective way of addressing the underlying causes of the

estimated 70% of GP visits which are for stress-related complaints (International Stress Management Association).   








Mindful Employer promotes awareness of mental health at work and supports organisations to respond positively and effectively to mental health matters. Over 1000 employers have signed the Mindful Employer Charter as a commitment to their staff's mental well-being since the initiative began in 2004. 

We are delighted to be working with Mindful Employer to offer mindfulness training as an effective means of supporting employers in taking a proactive approach to mental health.



Mindfulness at Work


What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach which involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings so we become more aware of them, less enmeshed in them, and better able to manage them. It is not positive psychology, a means of escaping unpleasant feelings or a relaxation exercise, but an approach to life that can help people relate more skilfully to thoughts, emotions and body sensations as they arise.  Although commonly associated with Buddhism, developments in psychology and neuroscience support mindfulness as being an inherent part of the human mind that can be developed and enhanced through non-religous meditative practice. 


Why Consider Using Mindfulness in the Workplace?

Neuroscientific evidence is increasingly supporting the beneficial effects of mindfulness on our mental health and general well-being; highlighting amongst other benefits its role in helping with stress management, cardiac disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, worry and depression. 

What is also becoming evident is that mindfulness skills develop and enhance inter and intra-personal skills such as emotional intelligence, leadership, decision-making, creativity, communication, collaboration and team work. 

Transport for London, employing a workforce of more than 20,000 introduced a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme into their workplace and achieved significant long lasting benefits that:

  • Reduced employee absence caused by stress, anxiety and depression by 71% over three years
  • Decreased absence for all conditions by 50% over the same time and
  • Promoted 53% increase in happiness and engagement.

Although perhaps not the most obvious option mindfulness offers significant potential benefits to employers both in terms of improved physical and mental health and also improvements in employee engagement, resilience, creativity and productivity.


Some Misconceptions...

Mindfulness is NOT Mindfulness IS
  • Emptying our minds
  • Becoming emotionless
  • Escaping pain
  • Withdrawing from life
  • Seeking blissful states
  • Attention training
  • Understanding the impact of stress on our bodies, thoughts, emotions and relationships
  • Befriending our minds and our emotions
  • Working with pain
  • Living life to the full


Introducing Mindfulness to Staff

Interest in mindfulness meditation is at an all time high.   The international best seller “Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world” is currently ranked no 8 in Amazon’s overall best sellers and has spent 818 days in the top 100 (June 2014).  There is however a lot of misundertanding about what mindfulness is and what attending an 8 week mindfulness course would entail.  We have therefore developed an Information Sheet for those interest in attending an mindfulness course, which addresses some of the common misconceptions and also highlights the level of personal commitment required.

Please see http://www.yorkmbsr.eventbrite.co.uk/ for details of forthcoming course dates and further information.  If you click attend and then scroll down you will find further course information.

For anyone who would like to find out more before committing to an 8 week course we would recommend one of the following books

            • Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Prof Mark Williams and Danny Penman
            • Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

If you would like copies of mindfulness flyers either to display in your organisation or as a means of introducing mindfulness to patients then please get in touch.


Public Courses

We have a diverse range of participants on the courses from students, parents of young children, corporate directors to healthcare professionals who join for a variety of reasons; from simply taking the time to prioritise their wellbeing to those who wish to adopt a complementary approach to managing health concerns such as high blood pressure, IBS, CFS/ME, fibromyalgia and depression.

We currently offer the following 8 week (2 - 2.5 hours per week) structured group courses which teach mindfulness meditation as an effective counter-balance to the stresses of life. 

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: MBSR teaches mindfulness as a life skill, and is recommended both for general wellbeing and in the treatment of a range of conditions (including stress, anxiety, depression, ME, IBS and high blood pressure).   Please use this link for course content.
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy: MBCT combines mindfulness and CBT and has a clinically proven record of preventing the relapse of depression.  It is recommended in NHS guidelines for the treatment of recurrent depression.   Please use this link for course content .
  • MBSR for those affected by Cancer: This course offers a supportive environment in which cancer patients and their carers/loved ones can learn mindfulness.  Please use this link for course content.
  • MBSR Intensive : If you are not able to commit to an 8 week training course but are keen to learn about mindfulness meditation we also offer 5 day MBSR Intensive Courses

Please see http://www.yorkmbsr.eventbrite.co.uk/ for details of forthcoming course dates and further information.  If you click attend and then scroll down you will find further course information.


In-House Training

For organisations who are interested in exploring the potential of mindfulness in the workplace we offer

  • Staff Discounts for organisations
  • “Introduction to Mindfulness” sessions
  • Half and Full Day workshops
  • In-house Mindfulness Training Courses, designed to manage everyday stress and improve resilience and performance at work.
  • In-house MBSR and MBCT Courses
  • Customised training to meet strategic objectives


Workshop Feedback

The vast majority of over 80 (NHS) Finance Professionals felt that mindfulness training would benefit managers (82%) and staff (87%) after attending a Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion Introductory Workshop. 

Feedback from delegates included:-

  • “Excellent would like to learn more”
  •  “Probably needs to be grounded in wider organisational culture”
  •  "The benefit of this in the NHS for both staff and the population at large could be great"


95% of the 70 people who attended a CIPD Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop scored the workshop as "excellent" or "good"


Feedback from delegates included:-

  • “This was the best event I have attended in my 23 years with the CIPD.  What Sally did was bring a genuineness, passion  and knowledge which allowed us to experience mindfulness from a fresh perspective”
  • "A very worthwhile evening"
  • "Brilliant event"


Further Information

If you would like any further information please contact Sally Roberts, either through relax@yorkmbsr.co.uk or by calling 01904 634710.





Latest News...


An All Party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness has recently been launched to help ensure that public policy keeps abrest of developments in the field of neuroscience.

The group has identified the following key areas for consideration

  • mindfulness as a way to improve resilience, reduce stress and anxiety, and develop creativity in the workplace
  • mindfulness in schools to improve classroom behaviour, attention and focus, as a strategy to raise educational standards and supporting social mobility, and to develop young people’s tools for lifelong well-being
  • expanding the provision of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy within the NHS as a treatment for depression and other mental and physical health problems


  • mindfulness as a way to reduce stress and improve care, attentiveness and compassion amongst healthcare workers


  • mindfulness as a way to tackle depression, anxiety and stress in the criminal justice system (both staff and those in custody)


  • mindfulness as a way to cultivate overall health and well-being


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 To find out more or reserve your place on one of our upcoming courses or events please visit:


For all other enquiries, please contact us on:



01904 634710




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