Mindfulness Courses

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Cognitive Therapy

This is the inspiring and industry standard 8-week ‘gold standard’ Mindfulness course, as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is a skill that can be learnt by anyone, developing awareness and the ability to respond with choice to challenging situations. Mindfulness allows you to take control of your life rather than being driven by habits you may not even notice.

Our attention is often hijacked by thoughts of the past or worrying about a future that we don’t really know will happen. The evidence is that we can spend half of our waking day in mind wandering, being captured by these thoughts and with them colouring our experience of our present moments. This course can help free us from these thought cycles and ground us in the present. This allows us to enjoy life more fully and deal with its challenges with greater wisdom.

Practising Mindfulness gives people new and effective ways to manage stress, and handle thoughts, moods and emotions more productively. It has been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain, enhancing mental, emotional and physical health. The NHS is increasingly recognising the benefits of Mindfulness to combat stress and it is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a treatment option for people with recurrent depression.

The course is taught by Dr Gail Loudon who has thirty years experience of working in the NHS, including as a GP and elderly care doctor in the hospital. Student numbers are limited to a maximum of eight participants per course, so advance booking is essential.

The next 8-week programme starts on Tuesday April 30, 2024, 1.00-2.30pm.

The course fees include 8 group classes, a 1:1 session and all course materials.

To learn more contact Gail on 07789958738, email gail.loudon@doctors.org.uk  or visit mindfullypresent.org.uk

When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering, like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.

What Our Mindfulness Students Say

“Huge thanks, Gail for providing such a sanctuary in the middle of my chaos. I will be forever grateful for what this course has given and taught me.”

“The course covered more than I thought it would. It has helped in breaking from patterns of behaviour, not taking things too seriously and enjoying things more.”

“A really excellent course which I enjoyed enormously. It has contributed to my awareness, helped me understand and know myself better, together with being more compassionate to myself. Comprehensive material, handouts excellent.”

“I rarely react to unpleasant situations now. I sort problems out faster and have a much happier relationship with myself. I have broken down some internal barriers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

“I really enjoyed the 1:1 session and felt you concentrated on my personal journey and gave me good insight into myself and how I can use mindfulness to improve my life. Loved the medical background as well as the pure mindfulness. It gave it all context.”

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