OMC Workshops and Masterclasses

Workshops and masterclasses at the OMC are directed by leaders in their field, within mindfulness training, teaching and research.

We run a series of events throughout the year as the OMC to offer continuing professional development in teaching mindfulness in specialist areas. The events may be of interest to mindfulness teachers as well as those wishing to find out more about recent developments in particular fields of interest. Some of our events are offered in partnership with others.

A full list of all our workshops and masterclasses follows.

Teaching Methods for Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness in the Workplace Programme 

29 April 2019

Michael Chaskalson

This day is one of a series of Workplace Masterclasses being offered by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.  It is open to all individuals with an interest in how mindfulness can support and enhance personal and organisational wellbeing. These Workplace Masterclasses are particularly informative for practitioners delivering mindfulness based training in the workplace.

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Two-part Masterclass: Orientation and Assessment in MBCT and, Ethical Issues in Mindfulness-based Programmes

18th May 2019

Ruth Baer

This masterclass addresses two related topics.

The first part of the day will focus on skills for conducting a pre-course orientation and assessment for participants interested in an MBCT course.

The second half of the day will focus more broadly on ethical issues in Mindfulness Based Programmes.

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The C in MBCT Masterclass

27th May 2019

Melanie Fennell

The workshop will offer opportunities for participants to explore, both through experience and through discussion, how the integration of a cognitive conceptual framework with intensive training in mindfulness meditation helps participants in MBCT classes to respond kindly and wisely to distress, and how it addresses key processes that create vulnerability to depression and contribute to the persistence of low mood.

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Enquiry in MBCT Masterclass

28th May 2019

Marie Johansson and Christina Surawy

This day will demonstrate how enquiry is like a crucible where theory and participants’ experience and learning history come together to enable transformative change. We’ll cover the conditions that support enquiry: teachers’ embodiment of attitudinal dimensions of mindfulness; personal commitment to an in-depth, ongoing learning process; working from the heart; non-striving, yet clarity of intention; trusting the process; honouring the person’s experience; collaborative empiricism, and finally; not falling into the vary aspects of mind we’re trying to transform.

 

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Two-part Masterclass: Orientation and Assessment in MBCT and, Ethical Issues in Mindfulness-based Programmes

29th May 2019

Ruth Baer

This masterclass addresses two related topics.

The first part of the day will focus on skills for conducting a pre-course orientation and assessment for participants interested in an MBCT course.

The second half of the day will focus more broadly on ethical issues in Mindfulness Based Programmes.

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Research and Evaluation Masterclass

30th May 2019

Ruth Baer 

The first part of this day Ruth Baer will provide an informative summary of the evidence base for MBCT, the second half of this day will focus on how to evaluate the courses you teach.

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An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

31st May 2019

Chris Cullen

This Masterclass will examine the nature of human distress, to which Mindfulness is directed, and the aetiology of this distress together with a close examination of the self as a process rather than as something fixed, and why this important to understanding MBCT in the contemporary world.

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Working with Groups Masterclass

1st June 2019

MBCT is a group programme, and therefore it is important that teachers acquire both the knowledge and skills to work with groups.

The day will offer opportunities for both theoretical and experiential learning. It will include some didactic teaching and small group work. We will practice teaching, using a variety of scenarios – exploring challenges and dynamics commonly present in most groups.

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Research and Evaluation Masterclass

25th June 2019

Ruth Baer and Willem Kuyken

Half of this day will be taught by Ruth Baer and will provide an informative summary of the evidence base for MBCT. The second half of this day will be taught by Willem Kuyken and will focus on how to evaluate the courses you teach.

This Masterclass is now fully booked – to join the waiting list click here.

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A Masterclass with Willem Kuyken and Christina Feldman

24th July 2019

Based on the 2019 book Mindfulness. Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, this masterclass steps back to take an overview of the exponentially growing field of mindfulness and its applications. It suggests that when ancient wisdom and modern psychology come together they are no longer a set of ideas or practices but an illumination that guides us to be more present in our lives, with ourselves and with others, with clarity, kindness and ease.

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Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings – Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Teacher Training

The OMC has been teaching the course from Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman to staff and students at Oxford University and to corporate clients. The course in this book runs over eight weeks and is presented in a self-help format but also works well as a curriculum for taught courses. It is intended primarily for non-clinical populations and is taught in classes of 60-90 minutes.

Led by Chris Cullen, this workshop will explore what needs to be taken into consideration to teach a mindfulness course based on this book to reduce the time commitment for participants and thus make mindfulness more accessible to the general public, student groups and work-place settings.

Please note: you need to be a trained Mindfulness teacher to participate in this workshop.

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