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.

Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings – Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Teacher Training (Oxford – UK)

31st August 2019 – 1st September 2019

Chris Cullen

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 and teaching in line with the UK Good Practice Guidelines to participate in this workshop.

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An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology (Portugal)

25th September 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.

This day is part of a block of 6 Masterclasses offered on consecutive days in Portugal – open as single days to Mindfulness Teachers wanting to enhance their teaching skills.  This is also one of the core Masterclass days for those teachers on the OMC Training Pathway.

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Working with Groups Masterclass (Portugal)

26th September 2019

Maret Dymond and Marion Furr

Mindfulness 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.

This day is part of a block of 6 Masterclasses offered on consecutive days in Portugal – open as single days to Mindfulness Teachers wanting to enhance their teaching skills.  This is also one of the core Masterclass days for those teachers on the OMC Training Pathway.

 

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Enquiry in MBCT Masterclass (Portugal)

27th September 2019

Maret Dymond and Marion Furr

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.

This day is part of a block of 6 Masterclasses offered on consecutive days in Portugal – open as single days to Mindfulness Teachers wanting to enhance their teaching skills.  This is also one of the core Masterclass days for those teachers on the OMC Training Pathway.

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C in MBCT Masterclass (Portugal)

28th September 2019

Ruth Baer

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.

This day is part of a block of 6 Masterclasses offered on consecutive days in Portugal – open as single days to Mindfulness Teachers wanting to enhance their teaching skills.  This is also one of the core Masterclass days for those teachers on the OMC Training Pathway.

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Research and Evaluation Masterclass (Portugal)

29th September 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.

This day is part of a block of 6 Masterclasses offered on consecutive days in Portugal – open as single days to Mindfulness Teachers wanting to enhance their teaching skills.  This is also one of the core Masterclass days for those teachers on the OMC Training Pathway.

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

30th September 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.

This day is part of a block of 6 Masterclasses offered on consecutive days in Portugal – open as single days to Mindfulness Teachers wanting to enhance their teaching skills.  This is also one of the core Masterclass days for those teachers on the OMC Training Pathway.

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Embedding Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness in the Workplace 

10th November 2019

Leonie Schell

This day is part of a series of Workplace Masterclasses being offered by 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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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Life (York – UK)

7th and 8th January 2020

Alison Yiangou and Paul Bernard

MBCT for Life [MBCT-L] is intended as a universal taught face-to-face programme, applicable to the general population.  As a recent adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression [Teasdale, Segal, & Williams, 2013), MBCT-L offers mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural techniques in ways that are intended to be accessible to all. It guides participants in how to apply this learning in everyday life both to manage what is painful and difficult but also to cultivate qualities such as compassion and equanimity.  It offers a different way of living that supports people to work with challenges, including recurring patterns of thought and behaviour that create suffering, but also to savour life and to flourish.

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Mindfulness: Deepening and Sustaining Mindfulness for Life: Beyond the 8 Week Course

13th & 14th February 2020

Willem Kuyken and Alison Yiangou

“It changed me in just about every way possible; but what do I do next to next?”

The quote is not untypical of what people say following an 8-week Mindfulness-based Programme (Allen, Bromley, Kuyken, & Sonnenberg, 2009; Hopkins & Kuyken, 2012). What does happen next? What sustains people beyond the 8-week programmes? How can we help people maintain their mindfulness practice? How can we support people to live with greater wisdom, balance and responsiveness in the myriad different moments of their real lives? Many people graduating an 8-week programme would like to continue the transformational journey they have started and would like some additional guidance and support in this journey.

Join our 2 day Masterclass with Willem Kuyken and Alison Yaingou where they introduce a new OMC curriculum that is intended for graduates of 8-week programmes.

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Mindfulness in Higher Education

Mindfulness in Higher Education

21st March 2020

Dr Ruth Collins and Oli Bazin

The importance of mental health and wellbeing is widely acknowledged in the Higher Education setting where student life can bring a host of personal and emotional challenges alongside academic demands. This has led to a number of Universities in the UK introducing programmes to enhance and promote the well-being of their students.

Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting well-being and flourishing. Research into the benefits of mindfulness for students demonstrate positive outcome for participants, psychologically and emotionally, and also in terms of facilitating better cognitive and academic performance.

 

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