Mindfulness for Oxford University Staff

Course details

How long is the course?

6 weeks

How often do we meet?

90 minutes per week

Who is the course for?

Staff at the University of Oxford

How many people are on each course?

Up to 25

How much does the course cost?


In order to attend a Staff Course, you must first attend a 75-minute taster session. These will recommence next term.

Please note that priority will initially be given to staff in the host Department/College for both the taster sessions and the courses.

Taster sessions for staff mindfulness courses beginning in October 2019 are as follows:

Thursday 20th June, 5.15pm to 6.45pm: Lecture Room, George Pickering Education Centre, JR Hospital. To book a place on the taster session sign-up via Eventbrite.

Tuesday 25th June, 9.30am to 11 am: St Luke’s Chapel Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford. To book a place on the taster session sign-up via Eventbrite.

Booking information will be available following the taster sessions.

Mindfulness course dates, for those who have attended a taster session, are as follow:

9.30am to 11 am Tuesday 1st October to Tuesday 5th November inclusive: St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford

5.15pm to 6.45pm Thursday 3rd October to Thursday 7th November inclusive: NDS Teaching Room on Level 6, JR Hospital

These courses are for members of staff at the University of Oxford who want to learn more about mindfulness, and to develop the ability to deal more skillfully with the everyday stresses typical of the workplace environment. It is intended as an introduction to mindfulness and is taught in six weekly sessions along with home practice. If you are not a university staff member but wish to take part in a course, please sign up for a course for the general public at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

Please note: this course is not a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions and is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe problems in these areas. Before booking, we ask you to read more information so you can decide whether the course is suitable for you at this time.

What will I learn?

You will learn to cultivate mindfulness on two levels: First and foremost are the core mindfulness meditation practices. You will be taught a series of simple daily meditations that can be done almost anywhere. Some are as short as 3 minutes, while others may take 15 minutes. Second, mindfulness encourages you to break some of the unconscious habits of thinking and behaving that stop you living your life to the full. Many judgemental and self-critical thoughts arise out of habitual ways of thinking and acting. By breaking with unhelpful daily routines you’ll progressively dissolve some of these negative thinking patterns and become more mindful and aware.

  • Fantastic course. Would recommend more staff from Oxford attending as it can help people from all different backgrounds who have difficult stresses. I already feel more resilient! I believe that this is the beginning of a new stage in my life and that I will definitely be more engaged and effective at work – as well as being generally happier!

Who will teach me?

All of our mindfulness course teachers are fully trained, meet Good Practice Guidelines.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your place at least 5 working days before the course start date, you will be offered a full refund. If you cancel your place within 5 working days of the course start date, you are unfortunately not eligible for a refund.