Mindful Movement Workshop for Teachers (Oxford, UK)

Workshop details

Course Lead

Christina Surawy and Taravajra

How long is the Workshop?

One Day 10:00am - 3:30pm

Who is the Workshop for?

Teachers of MBCT and those training to teach MBCT

Where is the Workshop?

POWIC Building, Oxford, UK

How many people on this Workshop?

Up to 30

How much does this Workshop cost?

£130 - Lunch and refreshments included

Available workshops:

23rd Oct 2020

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Mindful Movement Workshop for Teachers

23rd October 2020

What is the Workshop about?

This workshop will prepare mindfulness teachers to lead mindful movement and breath awareness in MBCT and MBSR programmes.
This is an experiential and interactive workshop for practitioners and facilitators of mindfulness and mindful movement. Enquiry and open receptivity are at the heart of this exploratory day.

We will examine:

· how we as practitioners continue to develop compassionate embodied practice and awareness of the dialogue between mind and body through movement and breath.

· how we as facilitators cultivate and nurture a permissive and responsive atmosphere of movement enquiry that promotes self agency and connection.

An underpinning of relevant neurobiology will be included to support our understanding of the interconnection of movement, breath and the nervous system to help shed light on how and why this practice works.

In addition to developing a theoretical appreciation of how to guide participants safely towards movement and breath awareness; this workshop will allow for spacious personal enquiry and opportunity for personal and collective reflection on the skills required for teaching and modelling movement practice through embodied presence.

Who is it for?

You are eligible for this training day if:

• You are actively working on the OMC’s MBCT teacher training pathway and have completed any of the modules, for example: an MBCT course as a participant, a silent retreat, or training days devoted to practice teaching in pairs or groups.

• You are a mindfulness teacher who is already teaching mindfulness-based interventions and you wish to increase your knowledge of these topics.


Christina Surawy is a Clinical Psychologist with a background in CBT with a particular focus on physical health conditions. She has been working as a Senior MBCT Trainer and Supervisor at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), both in the UK and abroad, since 2008, and is the Director of the MSt in MBCT at the University of Oxford. She also teaches MBCT, and more recently MBCT-L, for the general community. Christina has had a long standing interest in mindful movement and its benefits for mental and physical well-being for many years, and has had a regular yoga practice for 30 years.

Taravajra has been teaching MBCT in the community since 2005 and since 2011 has been training local NHS clinicians to teach mindfulness. His teaching work includes courses for carers and for older people.Taravajra has a Masters degree in Mindfulness based approaches in healthcare at Bangor University and is now teaching for the Centre for mindfulness research and practice (CMRP) at Bangor. He is currently part of a team developing Mindfulness teacher training in Spain.

He also holds a British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma.

His mindfulness teaching approach is influenced by his long term practice of Aikido and his study of Focusing.