A 10 Year Anniversary Introductory event offered in partnership with HEY Mind
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”
Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based approach that helps people manage and work with their thoughts and feelings. This is an important skill for all of us as research has linked critical and judgmental thoughts as being detrimental to our mental health and often promote feelings of low mood. This workshop will introduce mindfulness and meditation as a skill that can be cultivated to help us become more aware of and responsive to these difficult thoughts and emotions and possibly nipping them in the bud avoiding their potentially devastating effect, encouraging placing self-care and kindness central to a new way of living.
During this introductory workshop we will explore
- mindfulness; what is it and what do we think of, dispelling some myths
- the research supporting mindfulness and relationship to mental health
- cultivating mindfulness; experience some simple practices
- how to learn mindfulness
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is ideal for those new to mindfulness who want to learn more. You may have had a go at meditation and found your mind too busy or that you fell asleep; you may have been recommended by someone else to try out mindfulness – whatever the reason, this is your opportunity! Whilst guidance will be offered for those who would like to go on to learn mindfulness there is no expectation to do so – curious/sceptics welcome.
Those who would like to begin or deepen a practice of mindfulness and compassion are encouraged to engage with an 8 or 10 week mindfulness or compassion course. Please see our range of courses available on our website or refer to the UK Network.
Format of the Workshop
This morning workshop will begin promptly at 9:30am so we recommend arriving 15 minutes early. There will be a short break mid-morning, with refreshments provided. The workshop will conclude at 12:30pm. The session will consist of a mixture of presentation, group discussion and gentle meditation exercises.
This workshop will be led by Robert Broughton, Mindfulness Instructor, Supervisor and Mentor at the Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion.
Robert’s background includes 36 years of personal meditation study and practice and also personal experience as a long-term carer. Over the past ten years he has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings including schools, universities, cancer charities and for the NHS. Robert founded the Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion in 2009 and continues to take the lead in both managing the business and instructing courses.
In 2016, Robert co-authored a chapter with his colleague, Sally Roberts, in the book by Chapman-Clarke ‘Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Evidence-based Approach to Improving Wellbeing and Maximizing Performance’.
Frequently Asked Questions…
Is there disabled access to the venue?
The venue is accessible.
What further information will I receive?
On booking you will receive an automated email confirming your place. You will also receive further workshop details one week prior to the workshop.
What is your cancellation policy?
10 Year Anniversary Events
Please note that no refunds will be offered for our 10 Year Anniversary events, given the discounted rates of £10 per person or less being offered.
If your attendance is being subsidised by your employer we ask that you let us know if you are no longer able to attend so that someone else can be offered the opportunity to do so.
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 workshop 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 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.
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