We have been teaching Mindfulness in Wirral since 2016. See below for details of our upcoming online MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) 8-Week Course.
Face to Face MBSR Course – West Kirby – St Bridget’s Centre
Our next Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course will run on Friday evenings beginning on Friday 16th September 2022 and finishing on Friday 4th November 2022.
All evening sessions run from 6pm – 8.30pm (with the exception of the first session which runs from 6pm – 9pm). This course also includes a retreat day on Saturday 22nd October 2022 (10am – 4pm)
What is an MBSR course?
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme is the gold standard course in mindfulness. The MBSR programme is an evidence-based course that has many scientifically proven benefits including helping people to cope better with day to day stress and anxiety. It can help improve mood and mental, emotional and physical wellbeing, aid sleep, help people cope better with pain and can even aid memory, concentration, awareness and other cognitive skills! It has also been shown to help prevent relapse of depressive symptoms.
What happens on an MBSR course?
Sessions are made up of a combination of mindfulness practices, and teacher and group discussion in a supportive and safe environment. You will be supported in developing your own practice through weekly homework. You will be provided with weekly handouts and guided audios to guide you in your learning and practice.
Who developed the MBSR course?
The MBSR course was developed by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally. MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, yoga and exploration of patterns of behaviour, thinking, feeling and action to give us a personal toolkit to access the many benefits of a mindfulness practice.
About the Mindfulness teachers in Wirral
You will be led through the course by Paul and Stephen Smith of Yogasmiths. We are yoga and mindfulness teachers and have both been teaching mindfulness practices since 2016. We are both passionate about MBSR and the benefits that it can bring.
Having two friendly, inclusive, nurturing teachers will help you to get the best from the MBSR course. You can view our vast range of qualifications here: www.yogasmiths.org/about
What can I get from doing the MBSR course?
- Learn and become confident in using a wide range of ‘formal’ mindfulness meditation practices using the breath, body and senses including body scan, mindfulness movement and seated meditation practices.
- Learn to live more mindfully and with more awareness in your day to day life using ‘informal’ mindfulness practices. As a result this can aid our relationships, connections and communications, and help us become less caught up in negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- Develop more helpful and healthy responses to stress
- Recognise patterns of worrying and patterns in your thinking that can generate more stress
- Develop your own practical self-care ‘toolkit’ that is there for you whenever you need it
- Above all become empowered to confidently use mindfulness in your day to day life during and after the course
How much does the MBSR course cost?
The cost of the course is £289. This includes the eight evening sessions plus the additional retreat day, and full access to our online MBSR student area which will includes guided audio mindfulness practices, mindfulness movement videos and all course handouts to support your learning and home practices.
How to apply
To apply for the course just complete the self assessment form which you can download here:
Please complete the above form and email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment is to be made on acceptance to the course (if you prefer to pay by instalments please discuss with us).
The Venue – St Bridget’s Centre – Hilbre Room
The course will run at St Bridget’s Centre in West Kirby. We will be in the lovely Hilbre Room which is a peaceful, airy, light room with a lovely view across to the church.
Here is a link to the website for St Bridget’s Centre. https://stbridgetscentre.co.uk/
The Centre is located behind St Bridget’s Church in the old village of West Kirby on St Bridget’s Lane adjacent to St Bridget’s Primary School. Access is available from St Bridget’s Lane or through the Churchyard from Rectory Road and Church Road.
You are recommended to park on Church Road or Carpenter’s Lane.
Good rail and bus links are available in West Kirby on Grange Road – a 10 minute walk from the centre.
If you have any questions about the course please don’t hesitate to contact us either by email email@example.com or by calling us on 07834 268052 (Paul) or 07809 298478 (Steve).
Mindfulness in Wirral – Yoga classes
We also teach weekly Yoga classes both online and in person. Our Yoga teaching is focused on mindful movement. You can check out our classes in our shop here: https://yogasmiths.org/shop/