The last decade has seen an explosion in the support for mindfulness practices in work, led by General Mills, Aetna and Google, but now found in organisations as diverse as the Goldman Sachs Group and Bank of America, to the NHS and Transport for London.
Mindfulness-based approaches have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression. Meditation is already being used to help children deal with bullying, teenagers cope with stress and adults combat workplace burnout. Some of the benefits of regular practice include: increased emotional resilience; a greater ability to focus; deeper empathy for others; greater clarity of thinking; and better health and wellbeing.
If you are interested in deepening your knowledge and practice of meditation and mindfulness, this course will be of interest. Perhaps you wish to develop your own capacity for self-compassion, learning to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism. Alternatively, you might be keen to help others as a career, by teaching mindfulness and self-compassion techniques.
We adopt an experiential approach to learning to equip you with the core knowledge and skills necessary for effective professional or personal practice. For example, to develop your confidence in introducing and leading mindfulness sessions, you will support teachers delivering an eight-week training week course, then develop a version of your own.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the philosophy and origins of mindfulness and compassion, together with westernised approaches to mindfulness and the relationship between mindfulness and the brain. We look at the varying ways in which it is taught, such as through experiential practice, use of metaphors and science, as well as exploring the various groups that can be taught, including therapeutic relationships, workplace groups, school settings and in business and healthcare.
Our innovative teaching and learning incorporates numerous active learning methods to encourage your participation and deepen your understanding of specific subjects. For example, we will often debate and discuss topics, such as aspects of Buddhist philosophy and theories surrounding changes in the brain. We also examine a number of real-life case studies, via guest speakers, including from Breathworks and BBC Radio 4.
A key feature of the course is the six-day teacher training retreat. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to deepen their practice and reflect upon and explore their understanding. There is opportunity to lead meditations and teach mindfulness.