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

Masterclass details

Who is the Masterclass for?

Primarily for experienced MBCT teachers who have already attended training in either the Finding Peace in a Frantic World or the Mindfulness (-Based Cognitive Therapy) for Life curricula (see below for more info)

How long is the Masterclass?

2 Days - 9.30am - 5.30pm each day

How many people will join the Masterclass?

Approx 60

Where is the Masterclass?

Oxford - excact location to be confirmed

How much does it cost?

£280 per person - includes lunch and refreshments.

Available Masterclasses:

13th Feb - 14th Feb 2020

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

“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.

The masterclass introduces a new curriculum that is intended for graduates of 8-week programmes to:

  • Reinforce and deepen their mindfulness practice.
  • Deepen and broaden the learning of the key themes from the 8-week curriculum
  • Extend the learning to include
    • The explicit cultivation of the attitudes of mindfulness, in both formal and informal practice
    • The development of the positive valence system to support well-being and flourishing.
  • Support participants in applying all that is learned in their lives, in ways that are consonant with their values.
  • Provide a shared community of practice.
  • Develop participants’ capacity and confidence to deepen and extend learning independently.

The curriculum uses the theoretical maps outlined in Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology (Feldman & Kuyken, 2019)). It starts from the premise that the themes within mindfulness-based programmes can be explored for a lifetime.  The overarching route map for transformative change that we use is of:

  1. Stabilizing and anchoring attention;
  2. Opening to new ways of being and knowing and;
  3. Learning to respond (rather than react).

The route map is infused with the attitudes of mindfulness, with a particular emphasis on appreciation, befriending, compassion and equanimity.

The curriculum comprises twelve themes. Each is a theme that can be explored in its own right. However, like stepping stones, they can be sequenced to create a structured program comprising 12 steps. However, like stepping stones they can also be inter-locked to create different ways of exploring the themes, perhaps with several themes together being the basis for a residential retreat. This flexibility is designed in to enable MBP teachers to have the flexibility to offer the curriculum in different formats (weekly, monthly, or in residential retreats).

Examples of the 12 stepping stones are: “Attention!”; “Inhabiting our bodies;’ “Appreciating the life you have;’ “ How can I best take care of myself and others?;” “Cool head, warm heart: The art of balance and equanimity” and; “Being the change you’d like to see in the world.”

Learning and teaching methods

The masterclass will include teaching, teach-backs in pairs and small groups; opportunities for question and answer, small group work and mindfulness practice.

Learning outcomes

Over two days we will overview the curriculum and resource MBCT to teach the curriculum to graduates of 8-week programmes. This will include:

  • The overall aims and structure of the curriculum;
  • Teaching and opportunities to practice new curriculum elements and;
  • How best to support people as they undertake the curriculum.

A Teacher Pack will be offered, as well as suggestions on how to evaluate teaching the curriculum. However, we do yet have a fully developed Participant Pack as this will be a book with a provisional publication date in 2021.

Who is it for?

The masterclass is primarily for experienced MBCT teachers who have already attended training in either the Finding Peace in a Frantic World or the Mindfulness (-Based Cognitive Therapy) for Life curricula. This is because many of the themes are extensions of these curricula. However, it may also be suitable for experienced MBP teachers who have taught >20 courses and also have a good familiarity with the confluence of Buddhist and mainstream psychology as outlined in Feldman and Kuyken’s Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology.

Teachers

Willem Kuyken is the Ritblat Professor of Mindfulness and Psychological Science at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His work focuses on depression and its prevention and treatment. In particular, his research examines how mindfulness and mindfulness-based programs can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. Dr. Kuyken has published more than 100 journal articles, including key papers on the effectiveness, mechanisms, and implementation of mindfulness-based programs.

Alison Yiangou is an experienced MBCT and MBSR teacher, with a background in psychology and over 40 years of experience of working internationally with mindfulness in non-clinical settings.  Her particular interest is the potential for mindfulness-based programmes to promote well-being flourishing. Alison teaches MBCT for the general public and is involved in training MBCT teachers at the OMC, in the NHS as well as internationally. She has taught more mindfulness (-based cognitive therapy) for life classes than any other teacher and was involved in the co-development of this curriculum.

Together Willem Kuyken and Alison Yiangou bring a formidable breadth and depth of experience and knowledge of teaching mindfulness as a way of being and living in mainstream settings.

References

Allen, M., Bromley, A., Kuyken, W., & Sonnenberg, S. J. (2009). Participants’ experiences of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: “It changed me in just about every way possible”. Behav Cogn Psychother, 37(4), 413-430. doi:10.1017/S135246580999004X

Feldman, C., & Kuyken, W. (2019). Mindfulness: Ancient wisdom meets modern psychology. New York: Guilford.

Hopkins, V., & Kuyken, W. (2012). Benefits and Barriers to Attending MBCT Reunion Meetings: An Insider Perspective. Mindfulness, 3(2), 139-150. doi:10.1007/s12671-012-0088-3