Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)

“Whatever it is that brings us to take our first steps on the journey of becoming more mindful and compassionate, we recognise that the cultivation of present-moment compassionate living is the journey of a lifetime.”
Mindfulness Association, 2018
A path for life

Course Overview

The Mindfulness Based Living Course was designed by the Mindfulness Association to give a thorough introduction to mindfulness and the development of mindfulness practice in daily life, including practices encouraging kindness and compassion.

Course Structure

This course is recognised by the UK Mindfulness Teachers Network as an equivalent to the 8-week MBSR course.  It provides an introduction to mindfulness practice through guided exercises, meditations, group reflection and discussion, all led by an experienced group facilitator offering an open and warm approach.

It is an eight week course consisting of eight classes, typically two hours long, preceded by an introductory class before the eight week course begins and concluded by a follow up class after the eight week course ends.

The course gradually progresses from short or relaxing meditations suitable for beginners to more advanced mindfulness exercises which include approaching difficult thoughts/emotions. Alongside this, there are practices to nurture a sense of kindness towards ourselves and others.

The weekly themes are:

Introductory Session – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
Class 2 – Start Where We Are
Class 3 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
Class 4 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
Class 5 – Working with Distraction
Class 6 – Exploring the Undercurrent
Class 7 – Attitude
Class 8 – Self-acceptance
Class 9 – A Mindfulness Based Life
Follow Up (after a month) – The Rest of Your Life


Who Can Attend?

This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh and consolidate their mindfulness practice after having done a different course. Reasons for attending could include wanting to take a proactive stance towards improving wellbeing, finding more balance in life, approaching stress and difficulties in a different way, or looking for a complementary approach to managing health related issues. Please note however that it is a personal development course and not a therapy group.

Commitment Required

Attendance at 10 x 2 hour sessions. Participation on a Practice Day is also recommended at some point after Class 6.This course teaches a valuable life skill, the development of which may be challenging, and requires a personal commitment to attending all ten classes, as well as maintaining a regular meditation practice at home. As each class builds on the preceding week, it is important that anyone who misses a class attends a “catch up session”. We are happy to accommodate this in the case of illness etc., but regret that if more than two classes are missed you may not be able to finish the course. We therefore recommend carefully checking the course schedule below before reserving a place.

What is the difference between the MBLC and MBSR courses?

The courses are approximately equivalent in terms of time investment, MBLC being taught over 10 sessions running at 2 hours each, and MBSR over 8 sessions but with sessions often running to 2.5 hours. The course content differs slightly, reflecting where the course was developed and who by. MBLC was developed by Rob Nairn and colleagues in conjunction with the MSc Mindfulness Studies at Aberdeen University. Kindness practices are integral to the course from early on, and there is a slight difference in the way that the initial mindfulness meditation is taught, however both courses are designed to build class on class to assist you to develop your own mindfulness practice.

Is There Anything Else I Should Be Aware Of?

Yes, mindfulness is often both more challenging and more rewarding than people imagine. It is not unusual for people to attend mindfulness courses during periods of change and/or difficulty in their lives with many often experiencing significant benefits as a result. There are however times when attending a group mindfulness course might not be beneficial. We would ask that you read through the ‘is this the right time for me to attend a mindfulness course’ section of the course booking page, contacting us as necessary if you have any concerns or questions.

Practice Days

Towards the end of your course you will be invited to join us for a practice day. This is an important opportunity to both consolidate what you are learning on the course and to prioritise your wellbeing by taking a day out to relax, refresh and rejuvenate.