Mindfulness in the Workplace Programme

The landmark 2015 All Party Parliamentary Group Mindful Nation UK report suggested that mindfulness in workplaces can improve organisational culture, staff well-being, performance and quality. However for this field to flourish there is a need for high quality trainings that will prepare and support those wishing to teach mindfulness in the workplace.

To support those teaching or wishing to teach mindfulness in workplace settings, the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice Bangor University have collaborated to jointly offer Mindfulness in the Workplace Masterclasses.

The series consists of essential learning for anyone introducing mindfulness in a workplace setting.  In workplace settings, it is important to adapt mindfulness training to the needs of the particular sector and organisation. This series does not therefore present a set workplace curriculum, but rather will support the development of the skills and understanding that enable trained mindfulness teachers to adapt appropriately to different workplace populations and organisational settings.


Embedding Mindfulness in the Workplace

29 June 2018

Leonie Schell and Sarah Silverton

Many organisations nowadays offer some form of mindfulness training. Yet few organisations offer support or guidance to their people on how to successfully integrate mindfulness practices into the daily workplace setting.

Sarah and Leonie will explore the pathways to integrating mindfulness in the workplace and share a ‘how to’ framework for applying mindfulness to different workplace situations, forming mindful teams and building mindfulness into an organisation’s architecture.

The day will be highly interactive with discussions about relevant workplace research and organisational case studies. Participants will also have an opportunity to develop a personal roadmap for embedding mindfulness in their team or organisation.

Optimising social, environmental and culture change in the workplace

28th September 2018

Rachel Lilley

Research has demonstrated that workplace mindfulness training has the potential to bring about behavioural, social and environmental change.

The masterclass will enable participants to discover how they can anchor their practice into an ongoing inquiry into ethics, values and behaviour while still honouring and attending skilfully to the issues that individuals and organisations bring to the process.  Compelling research and practice at the interface between mindfulness, and environmental/social change and ethics will be presented. Participants will come to understand how these contemporary understandings of behaviour change principles can underpin mindfulness-based teaching practice.

We will explore case-studies of mindfulness-based teaching within workplace contexts in which there has been a deliberate orientation towards social/environmental change and use these as a springboard to consider some of the ethical tensions and dilemmas that arise within these processes.

Mindfulness-based interventions in the workplace: The Role of Theory, Science and Research

26 October 2018

Professor Willem Kuyken and Silke Rupprecht

This masterclass will examine case studies of workplace mindfulness programmes: What are the objectives? Who is it for? How can mindfulness trainings be best delivered and scaled (digital vs. live) and how does that impact programme quality and outcomes?

This will provide delegates with a map of how mindfulness practices in organizational settings can support change. The day will include an overview of some of the key research in the field of mindfulness in the workplace and support delegates in critiquing this evidence base.

Finally, the masterclass will overview evaluation approaches to assessing the impact of any intervention in workplace settings.

Mindfulness and Coaching

22 November 2018 

Vicki Curtis and Mark McMordie

Research from the field of psychotherapy suggests that rather than the therapist’s preferred process or methodology, the biggest variance in client outcomes results from their way of being with clients. In this masterclass we will explore the role of mindfulness in enabling a state of open receptivity in the coaching encounter and deeper levels of attunement and resonance with coaching clients.

While mindfulness might be brought explicitly into the coaching relationship through teaching mindfulness practices, we will consider how mindfulness might inform coaching process and influence outcomes through the embodied presence of a mindful coach.

This experiential masterclass with weave together research and theory with mindfulness and coaching practice.

Mindfulness for Leaders

23 November 2018

Michael Chaskalson and Megan Reitz

Megan and Michael between them have considerable experience teaching mindfulness to organisational leaders.

They’ll share their methods, results and their developing model of Mindful Leadership. They will describe, using their evidence, how mindfulness impacts capacities which are considered as vital for leaders in the 21st Century. Given that their research indicates the importance of practice, they will also advise how mindfulness interventions should be introduced to leaders in a way that encourages them to practice in a sustainable way.

The day will be highly interactive and will include several experiential and small group discussion components which will assist application.