What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice of widening our awareness and insight so that we can live in the present moment without judgment. The ability to watch our minds and the busyness within as an observer rather than through grasping onto thoughts, allows us to experience a greater freedom and peace of mind. The skills of mindfulness can be used in daily life to reduce stress and anxiety, be more productive and develop better relationships at work and at home and lead to a greater sense of physical and mental wellbeing.
Mindfulness is based on teachings from Buddhist traditions on maintaining a peaceful mind throughout the challenges of daily life. By having a greater awareness of our own mind we can react consciously and mindfully towards situations with compassion and kindness; for our self and others.
There can be enormous benefits to practicing mindfulness meditation within our busy lives. We can learn to live more in the present moment (rather than dwelling on the past or an imagined future), to trust in our intuition, to become more honest and forgiving with ourselves and others and to calm the agitation that so often occupies our minds.
To give mindfulness and meditation a go, try our Lunchtime Escapes in Stafford town centre every Tuesday at 12.30 pm at TopLine Studio (above Millets). 45 minute sessions, only £5 per session. Or the Monthly Mindfulness & Meditation at Ingestre Orangery, one hour sessions, only £6. Each session provides teachings and practices to start or deepen your practice. No booking required, just come along and give it a try.
Mindfulness Courses Available
Courses available are listed below with further information. Availability and booking can be found on the events page.
- Introduction to Mindfulness
- Eight Session Mindfulness Practitioner Course
- Mindful Walking
- Meditation and Mindfulness Workshops
- Guided Meditations for Healing (one-to-one)
One to one sessions – aimed at practitioners seeking advice and guidance on developing or furthering their practice; please contact [email protected] to discuss your requirements.
1. Introduction to Mindfulness
A single session (approx 2 hour) course to introduce participants to the practice of mindfulness. The course will cover: what mindfulness is, how to connect with the present moment through awareness, using mindfulness to calm the busyness of the mind, using mindfulness in daily life and in stressful situations. Participants will try different mindfulness meditations which can be practiced during and after the course. Course materials will be provided.
Introduction to Mindfulness – Look out for the next session in early 2020. Keep checking the events page so you don’t miss out.
The introductory course costs £25 payable in advance of the course date by booking online. Attendance is by booking only as places are limited.
2. Eight Session Mindfulness Practitioner Course
The 8 session practitioner course is aimed at assisting you to develop a practice that can change your mind and your life. The course will include teachings, practice and discussion. This course is based on MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) with elements of MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). It is a prerequisite that an 8 session in-depth course is studied before undertaking any further study to teach Mindfulness.
The course consists of 8 sessions of approx 90 minutes each session. There will be one session per week.
The course will cover themes of:
- the mindfulness of breathing – what mindfulness is and how to do it
- body awareness
- mindful living
- seeking change – calming the busyness of the mind
- self-compassion – working with difficulty (physical and emotional)
- increasing awareness
- compassion with wisdom
- a mindful life
The next Practitioner course will run in early 2020. If you have any questions about this course, please contact [email protected] Keep checking the events page so you don’t miss out on this course.
The practitioner course is £160, payable in advance of the course start date on booking. Attendance is by booking only as places are limited.
A single session (approx 90 minutes) course to introduce participants to the practice of mindful walking. The course will cover: what mindfulness is and how to do it, connecting with the present moment using the breath and bodily sensation, how to walk mindfully and take that into other activities. Participants will try different mindfulness meditations including a mindful walk outdoors. Course materials will be provided.
We walk outdoors, whatever the weather, so please come prepared with suitable clothing.
Sessions will be available in early 2020 at the beautiful Ingestre Orangery. Keep checking our events page so you don’t miss out.
The course costs £15 payable in advance of the course date upon booking. Attendance is by booking only as places are limited.
4. Meditation and Mindfulness Workshops
Workshops will cover specific topics or themes in meditation and mindfulness and are an ideal way to learn meditation or further your practice. Suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners.
Workshops will include teachings, meditations and time for questions or discussion.
Upcoming workshops and retreats:
The Calm – Sound & Silence Meditation Session – Sunday 8th December 2019 (£10 per person)
Learning to Let Go – A Morning Mindfulness Retreat – Saturday 11th January 2020
A Shamanic Journey – Sound Meditation Workshop – Saturday 25th January 2020
Workshops are usually £20 per person and are around 1.5 – 2 hours long. Please see details for each workshop on the events page for full information and booking.
5. Guided Meditations for Healing
60 minute sessions either seated or lying down where you will be guided through an individually tailored meditation to address a particular emotional or physical difficulty that you are working with. These sessions can be combined with a Reiki treatment.
The meditations can take place at your home or in the dedicated studio space at the Well Nest.
A list of available meditations and their healing benefits will be available soon, or contact [email protected] to discuss your individual requirements and book a consultation.
One to One Sessions
60 minute sessions available at an hourly rate (£50 per hour plus travel expenses) for practitioners seeking advice or guidance.
The Introduction to Mindfulness Course can be delivered on a one to one basis for the hourly rate shown above.