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Mindfulness Beyond the 8 Week Course Online - Ongoing
Beyond the 8 Week Course Group
Many people have benefited from completing a Mindfulness course and the contemplative practices at the heart of them. However, in addition to those practices the course also included other helpful content, a useful structure, support from like minded participants and regular contact with a qualified and experienced mindfulness teacher. When the course ends, so too do the supports that helped guide, inspire and nurture one's practice during those weeks, often making it challenging to sustain practice and its daily benefits.
If that sounds familiar, then you are in good company because it is a common experience. In one way it is to be expected, as the 8 week course is only an introduction to a mindful way of being.
John Kabat-Zinn, the father of modern day mindfulness said, "Week 8 is the rest of your life!", so this group, under the guidance of Psychotherapist and Mindfulness Teacher Cesare Saguato, is designed to help further support you in your mindfulness journey after week 8 and beyond. It does so in the following ways:
Inspiring and informative mindfulness posts in your facebook news feed
Like minded community support through sharing and discussion
Online, donation based Mindfulness Sitting Group
Online Mindfulness Refresher Days, Half-Days and Weekend Retreats
Info about in person Courses and Retreat
Info about other mindfulness based opportunities from trusted providers
If you would like to join the Beyond the 8 Week Course group, then please see here and or if you would like to join our frequent online donation based sitting group and you don't use facebook, then please get in touch here for the Zoom details, thank you.
If you have any questions or suggestions, then please do get in touch as we will be happy to hear from you!
Looking forward to connecting, sharing this space and practising together soon, Cesare.
Online 8 Week Mindfulness Course - Calm Mind Open Heart
27th January - 17th March 2022
During these times of pronounced change and uncertainty, stability of mind and kindness of heart are perhaps even more important than ever. My participants have expressed their gratitude for having completed this course due to how it has better equipped them to meet this experience in particular and life generally with more wisdom and compassion.
Training in mindfulness, like anything needs to be consistent to bring results and that's what a structured eight week course, complete with group work and individual home practice is designed to do. It is perfect for those who are completely new and those looking to commit more to their current practice with the support of the course, the group and an instructor.
The course will provide you with the opportunity to learn a combination of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction/Cognitive Therapy methods, through formal and informal practices that can be easily integrated into your daily life, including mindfulness of eating, breath, bodily sensations, sounds, thoughts, emotions, perceptions, movement and how to meet difficulty with kind awareness. The course also includes a number of other techniques and thought experiments that help support the process.
The Course will be supported by
A weekly email and notes helping you explore and deepen you understanding of the themes covered in your weekly sessions. It will also include weekly Home Practice Guidance and Record Sheets to help you keep track of your progress.
Online guided Audio Meditations to guide and support you in your home practice.
Email support in between sessions with Cesare to discuss or elucidate any points emerging during your home practice.
Certificate of completion (issued only if attendance is 75% or more)
Each of the eight sessions will cover a particular theme
1. Waking Up To Automatic Pilot
2. Living in Our Heads
3.Gathering the Scattered Mind
4. Recognising the Mind's Habits
5. Allowing and Letting Be
6.Thoughts Are Not Facts
7. Taking Care of Our Self
8. Maintaining and Deepening Practice
Please note that this course includes a daily commitment of between 25 - 45 minutes of home practice in-between sessions based on your needs. The home practice elements are a core feature of these courses, enabling participants to become familiar with them and explore their cumulative benefits. Simply attending the taught components of these courses, although useful, wont allow for the complete experience and benefits the course is designed to provide, therefore it's important you feel that you can make the time.
Prior to the start of the course there will be a questionnaire to assess prior experience and any physical and/or mental health needs, to be completed and returned as a prerequisite to being accepted onto the course and determine if it is right for you at this time.
Online via the Zoom platform.
Sessions will be between 2 and 2.5 hours and the start time will be from 7:00pm.
Thursdays, January 27th, 3rd, February 10th, 17th, 24th and 3rd, 10th and 17th of March.
Silent Retreat Day
10:00 - 4:30pm Sunday 13th March.
£250 (FLEXIBLE PAYMENT PLANS available, so please do get in touch as I would like to help accommodate you)
To book your place now, please follow the PayPal link HERE
You can make a bank transfer (preferred). Please email for details, thank you.
If you have any questions at all regarding the course or payment, then please do get in touch.
*If your circumstances change:
If paying via payment plan or in full, then I can offer 100% refund of total payment made up to one month before the start of the course or 50% refund of total payment made up to two weeks before the start of the course. Any Covid related cancellations will be eligible for a full refund before the start of the course and a space on my next course if made during the course.
Who is this day retreat for?
This Day Retreat is for anyone who has completed an 8 week MBCL course and wishes to refresh and deepen their practice of love, kindness and compassion for themselves and others in their life and continue to touch into the vast potential for healing and transformation that these practices offer us all. If you haven't yet completed an MBCL course, then please see below for more details and an opportunity to do so.
St. Benedict's Centre, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6JX
10:00 - 4:30pm
Sunday, 20th February, 2022
£60 (FLEXIBLE PAYMENT PLANS available, so please do get in touch as I would like to help accommodate you)
Reserve your Space
Please contact me here to reserve your space, thank you.
This course is a follow on course for those who have completed and worked with the methods from the foundational 8 Week Mindfulness Course. It is quite different in the way it's taught, the practices and overall focus which is explicitly on the cultivation of compassion for self and others. It brings together teachings, knowledge and methods from Buddhism, evolutionary and social psychology, neuroscience and compassion focused therapy and is therefore very rich in its breadth, depth and what it can touch into for the practitioner.
I am a registered MBCL teacher, have been working with the curriculum and methods and have noticed a tangible shift around how I relate to myself, life and others in a way that was only partially in focus until meeting this course. Some parts have been challenging but as one of our trainers and co-founder of MBCL, Erik, explained, compassion only arises when we touch into suffering, which ultimately is heart opening and therefore transformative and liberating.
It is privilege to be able to share this course and mindful compassion journey with as many mindfulness graduates as possible because I know, like me, it will help deepen your practice of compassion and benefit your life and that of others.
The course will also include a Day Retrea at the beautiful St. Benedict's Centre on Sunday 19th June.
The personal investment will be £250 for the course and an additional £20 for the official course booklet complete with all notes, handouts, audio guide links and extensive references.
Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS
Sessions will be 2.5 hours and the start time will be from 7:00pm.
Thursday, 20th of January to 10th March
£250 (FLEXIBLE PAYMENT PLANS available, so please do get in touch as I would like to help accommodate you) plus an additional £20 for the official course booklet complete with all notes, handouts, audio guide links and extensive references, that you will need to purchase yourself.
Reserve your Space
Please contact me here to reserve your space, thank you.
Why Mindful Running?
Running is now one of the most popular forms of exercise in the UK, with studies suggesting a range of benefits for the health of our body and mind, such as helping to prevent obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, and boosting sleep quality and mood.
In recent years, there has also been a growing interest in mindfulness, with research linking a regular and sustained mindfulness practice with a decrease in the incidence of depression, anxiety and stress, an improved ability to regulate our emotions, and an increase in focus and attention.
RUN:ZEN's Mindful Running combines the benefits of both running and mindfulness into an integrated whole for more enjoyable runs and greater all round well-being whether on the cushion, on the trail or in everyday life.
Please see the website here for more information about upcoming Workshops, Modules, Courses and Retreats throughout the year www.runzen.co.uk