Introductory Courses

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT and MBCT-L) is suitable for people wishing to enhance their general physical and mental wellbeing.

Is this course for me?

Being in a group has been amazing… know there are other people just like me”

This course is offered to the general population. If you are feeling generally ‘dissatisfied’ with your life, have a sense of ‘missing out’ on moments of pleasure and joy, or are experiencing stress, anxiety, low mood or recurrent depression, this course could help you.  Over the eight weeks you will develop skills to better respond to the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday living and enhance your general wellbeing. Previous participants say that the course helped them to be more in the present moment, realise that they are not their thoughts, and be kinder to themselves.
The course is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions and is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing severe problems in these areas.

What will I learn?

To have learnt that ‘thoughts are not facts’ has been an absolute revelation for me

You will learn to deal more skilfully with the ‘stresses and strains’ of daily living. You can begin to practise appreciating what is positive and helpful in your life and attending more skilfully to that which is causing distress or dissatisfaction. Practising the skill of deliberately paying attention to what happens in mind and body, we become more familiar with the workings of our own mind and its patterns and habits, including those which may no longer be helpful.  You will learn to spot your own ‘warning signs’ early, before stress or depression become too overwhelming. You can then make plans for how best to respond, rather than reacting in the old familiar, often unhelpful ways.

There will be a combination of guided meditation practices and cognitive exercises. In between sessions, there will be home practices to do which we estimate taking approximately 1 hour/day.

Does it work?

“My relationships have started to improve as a result of doing the course”

“It has changed how I view myself and the world, for the better”

Research shows that practising mindfulness has many benefits. We have strong evidence that mindfulness-based programmes reduce anxiety, depression, and stress and help people cope with illness and pain (Khoury et al., 2013). Some studies show that the practice of mindfulness increases positive moods and cultivates compassion for self and others (Eberth & Sedlmeier, 2012; Khoury, Sharma, Rush, & Fournier, 2015). It may also improve some forms of attention and memory (Chiesa, Calati, & Serretti, 2011) and there is also preliminary evidence that practising mindfulness has measurable effects on the brain (Tang, Holzel, & Posner, 2015).

Who will teach me?

“The teachers’ calm and reassuring ways are an inspiration”

“The very skilled teachers….coupled with warmth and humour, made it feel safe and enjoyable.”

“The course has been excellent in all respects – very well delivered and very thorough.”

Our MBCT course teachers are fully trained and hold the OMC ‘Certificate of Competence to teach MBCT’. They meet the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-Based Teachers, i.e. they are suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and are receiving supervision for their teaching.

“The course has been amazing. It has helped me be more present in my everyday life, more focused and less distracted.”

“This has been the most uplifting experience….I have learnt how to enjoy the moment and take pleasure for myself”

“It has helped me address the depressive episodes, which had become a regular feature these past few years. Thank you so much, it’s been brilliant!”

MBCT courses – 5 fortnightly format

This MBCT-L course offers the same content as the 8-week course, but it is condensed across 5 days.

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MBCT courses – 8 weekly format

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Mindfulness for Oxford University Staff

This course is for University of Oxford staff members who want to learn more about mindfulness, and to develop the ability to deal more skillfully with the stresses of everyday life at university.

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Mindfulness for Oxford University Students

This course is for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Oxford, designed specifically with their needs in mind.

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Weekly Sitting Group

A weekly opportunity to maintain your practice in a group setting


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