Mindfulness Courses

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is suitable for people wishing to enhance their general physical and mental wellbeing.

Is the course for me?

Being in a group has been amazing…..to know there are other people just like me”

If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, recurrent depression or feel generally ‘dissatisfied’ with your life, a mindfulness course could help you develop skills to better respond to the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday living. Previous participants say that their course helped them to be more in the present moment, realise that they are not their thoughts, and be kinder to themselves.

The programme is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions. It is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe problems in these areas.

What will I learn?

To have learnt that ‘thoughts are not facts’ has been an absolute revelation for me

You will learn to deal more skilfully with the stresses and strains of daily living. Practicing the skill of deliberately paying attention to what happens in mind and body we become more familiar with the workings of our own mind patterns and habits, some habits that may no longer be helpful for us. You learn to spot our own ‘warning signs’ early, before the stress or depression become too overwhelming. We can then make plans for how best to respond, rather than react in our old familiar, often unhelpful ways.

There will be a combination of guided meditation practices and cognitive exercises. In between sessions, there will be home practice for people to do and we estimate this takes approximately 1 hour/day.

Does it work?

Research shows that practising mindfulness has many benefits. We have strong evidence that mindfulness-based programmes reduce anxiety, depression, and stress and help people cope with illness and pain (Khoury et al., 2013). Some studies show that the practice of mindfulness increases positive moods and cultivates compassion for self and others (Eberth & Sedlmeier, 2012; Khoury, Sharma, Rush, & Fournier, 2015). It may also improve some forms of attention and memory (Chiesa, Calati, & Serretti, 2011) and there is also preliminary evidence that practising mindfulness has measurable effects on the brain (Tang, Holzel, & Posner, 2015).

Who will teach me?

The teachers’ calm and reassuring ways are an inspiration

Our MBCT course teachers are fully trained and hold the OMC ‘Certificate of Competence to teach MBCT’. They meet the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-Based Teachers, i.e. they are suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and are receiving supervision for their teaching.

The course has been amazing. It has helped me be more present in my everyday life, more focused and less distracted.”

MBCT course – 5 fortnightly sessions

This MBCT course offers the same content as the 8 week course, but it is condensed across 5 days.

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MBCT course – 8 weekly sessions

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Mindfulness for Oxford University Students

This 8-week course is for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Oxford, designed specifically with their needs in mind.

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