Deepening Practice Day – Self-Compassion

Practice Day Online
20th June 2020
9:30 to 16:30
£20 (free tickets available too)
Practice Days

Please note that these are PRACTICE DAYS, for those who have completed an 8 week course or who have a well-established meditation practice of 20 – 30 minutes including working with difficulty. Further guidance is available below.


A quiet, peaceful day, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where course participants can explore and deepen their mindfulness meditation practice.


Our continued practice workshops are an ideal next step for those who have completed a mindfulness course, offering an opportunity to maintain, deepen or reconnect with your meditation practice, to dedicate time and to come to value simply ‘being’.

This day encourages you to tune into what you need for your own self-care. There will be guided meditations to breath kindness into yourself, to bring compassion to others and an opportunity to create our own wishes for wellbeing laying the ground for Loving Kindness.

Practice Day Overview

These days include a series of guided meditations, periods of silence and gentle exercises supported by an experienced facilitator. Gently guiding you through the day, time is allowed for discussion, relaxation and on-line connection with old and new friends. These practice days have a theme that focuses the day towards particular practices that nourish your inner being and inspire your continued journey.

Join us for the day and an opportunity to…

  • Relax, refresh and rejuvenate yourself
  • Learn and experience new meditations and mindfulness practices
  • Nourish, cultivate and develop your continued mindfulness practice
  • Deepen your meditation practice and strengthen the skills learnt during your course
  • Develop your mindfulness and compassion skills to use in your daily life helping you become and remain calm, relaxed, focused and present.

Who is this day for?

This practice day is designed to support our course participants and graduates, or those with an established meditation practice. Recommended for current course delegates as well as for past delegates whose practice has waned or as a way to nurture and support your ongoing journey.

This retreat is not suitable for beginners, but we do offer a range of alternative events (including taster sessions and introductory workshops) which are ideal for those exploring mindfulness for the first time. Please check out our eventbrite page for more details.

Please contact the course instructor to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding attendance on practice days. They will be happy to discuss your particular circumstances and how you may best be supported during the day. If a practice day is not felt to be suitable at this time alternatives suggestions will be offered to support your continued mindfulness practice.

Please note, certificates of attendance are available upon request.

Practising Presence

Mindfulness is the cultivation of present moment awareness. To cultivate increased awareness in this way we first need to develop a stability of attention.

So as to ensure the best learning environment for yourselves and others we ask that you

  • treat this session as you would a face to face event, being there in person (recordings will not be made/offered) wherever possible with your camera function enabled.
  • limit distractions as best you can, ensuring that
    • mobiles are both on airplane mode and out of sight
    • other applications are closed so that you will not be interrupted by emails etc.
    • colleagues and/or family are aware that you are in a live training session, maybe putting a note on the door to remind people if need be.
  • make yourselves comfortable with a glass of water or cup of tea/coffee.

Format of the session

This session will be offered on zoom.

Upon booking you will be sent a link to access the session.

If required please use the link below to access a 1 minute guidance video ‘Join a Meeting’ on how to use zoom:

We’ve been surprised by how easily both we and others have adapted to zoom over recent weeks, if you do experience any technical difficulties though, zoom also offer a troubleshooting page.

We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early so that we can try to resolve any technical issues prior to the start time.

Is it the right time for me to practice mindfulness?

It is not unusual for people to turn to mindfulness during periods of change and/or difficulty with many often finding mindfulness courses both more challenging and more rewarding than they expected.

There are however times when attending a group mindfulness course might not be beneficial. UMASS (the university from which Mindfulness-Based Interventions originate) list the following as areas requiring particular care ‘addiction, early recovery, untreated psychosis, acute depression, suicidality, PTSD, social anxiety, recent loss’.

These circumstances or conditions do not necessarily rule out the possibility of attending a class as suitability is very much influenced by;

  • Your current psychological health
  • The extent to which you have previously explored areas of particular difficulty and
  • The support networks that you have around you, such as friends, family and mental health professionals

We would ask that if any of these apply that they are clearly stated on your booking form alongside details of the points above. The booking form is also an opportunity to make us aware of any other additional needs you may have. If you are currently receiving treatment for an ongoing mental health problem we strongly advise that you discuss your course attendance with your mental health professional before booking.

For those attending courses we would also strongly recommend not making any changes to any medication during or immediately after a course – however well you may be feeling at that time. Instead giving yourself time to fully establish your mindfulness practice and any new routines associated with it before considering subsequent changes with a trained healthcare professional.

Please contact us to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding workshop and/or course suitability. We are happy to discuss your particular circumstances and how you may best be supported. If a course is not felt to be suitable at this time alternatives will be offered including, for example, suggesting healthcare professionals who integrate mindfulness into their work.

Next Steps/Wider Mindfulness and Compassion Programme

Mindfulness is a skill which takes both time and personal commitment to be learned. Whilst participants may well experience a change in ‘state’ as a result of an introductory session, the researched benefits of mindfulness come from the regular practice of mindfulness meditation and the possibility of changes in ‘trait’*.

Individuals interested in mindfulness are therefore encouraged to consider practising in a supported environment so as to be able to ask questions about their experiences as they arise.

This workshop/course forms part of our wider mindfulness programme including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness for Managing Change and Uncertainty, Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Care for those in caring roles and Mindfulness-Based Retirement Transition for those approaching retirement.

The traditional eight week mindfulness courses offer a well-established format for nurturing a meditation practice please click here for more details.

We also offer regular development sessions for those who have completed 8 week mindfulness and compassion courses.

* From States to Traits: the Latest Science on What Meditation can and Can’t Do

The Facilitator

The facilitator for this day retreat is Robert Broughton.

Robert has a personal meditation practice going back 36 years and started teaching meditation courses in 2009. Since then he has taught approaching 100 mindfulness courses within the NHS, Cancer Charities, Schools and to the public. He has also spoken about mindfulness in healthcare on many occasions and in 2014 he was invited to join Leeds University/White Rose Consortium for Mindfulness in Education research team as an expert member. Robert qualified as a mindfulness supervisor and mentor from Bangor University in 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions…

Is there disabled access to the venue?

n/a – Online

What further information will I receive?

On booking you will receive an automated email confirming your place and containing instructions on how to access the Online Training Room.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you decide to cancel your place, you will receive:

  • A full refund (minus a £5 administration fee) provided we receive notice of your cancellation a least 14 days’ before the workshop date
  • A 50% refund if we receive 13 – 7 days’ notice
  • No refund if we receive less than 7 days’ notice

In the case that the practice day is cancelled by The Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion, all workshop fees will be refunded in full.

I am considering training to teach mindfulness, will this course enable me to do this?

For those looking to teach mindfulness we would recommend having a look at the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teacher Training Organisations which gives guidance on good practice and teacher training organisations within the UK. An 8-week MBSR, MBCT or 10-week MBLC course is generally considered a good starting point (including attendance on a day retreat) and often a pre-requisite to attending teaching training. Given several of our courses are adaptations of the traditional 8 week format, if you are looking to follow a particular training route it is worth checking any stipulated pre-requisites with your training provider.

My organisation are interested in/supportive of mindfulness – do you offer in-house training?

Yes we offer a full range of in-house mindfulness training, including stress reduction, resilience, change management, compassionate care, creativity and leadership development. Introductory workshops are an important first step for those wishing to offer mindfulness training. Please see our workplace webpage or get in touch for further information. We have also agreed employee discounts with a number of local organisations. If you are unsure as to whether or not your organisation has this offer in place please check with your HR/Staff Benefits/Management team.

What is your privacy policy?

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