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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.
Returning Home to Being: Online Mindfulness Weekend Retreat
19th - 20th September 2020
This Online Mindfulness Retreat will give participants the opportunity to practice and deepen into the themes and practices found within the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy core curricula. It will include guided and self-led practice, inquiry and a period of silence.
Prior to attending the retreat, participants will need to complete and return an application form. There will also be advice and guidance given around attending a retreat online and the recommended self-guided practice to be completed before logging on in the morning and after logging off in the afternoon.
Participant numbers will be kept to around 10 to help make the retreat feel as personally supportive as possible.
Who is this retreat for?
This retreat is primarily for anyone who has completed either an 8 Week MBSR, MBCT, .bF or equivalent course and for Mindfulness Teachers who wish to do some CPD or meet Teacher Training requirements. However, if you perhaps have a different mindfulness and meditation experience but are still interested in attending this online retreat, then please do get in touch to find out more and to see if this retreat will best serve you at this time.
This Online Mindfulness Retreat shall be held on Zoom. You will need to register for the Retreat here. After doing so you will then receive the joining instructions and application form for you to complete and return as soon as possible, thank you.
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September, 10:00 - 17:00.
The suggested fee for this Online Mindfulness Retreat is £108, however please do get in touch if this presents a barrier for you. Similarly if you would like to offer more, then that would be most welcome, thank you.
Please use this Paypal Link to book your space or alternatively get in touch for bank details (preferred if possible), thank you.
If you need to cancel your retreat booking, then I will need four weeks notice in order to issue a full refund. Cancellations made up to two weeks before the beginning of the retreat will be eligible for a 50% refund and no refunds will be issued for cancellations made within two weeks of the start of the retreat.
If you have any questions at all, then please do not hesitate to get in touch here, thank you
Eight Week Mindfulness Course - Calm Mind Open Heart
22nd October, Rochester, Kent
During these times of pronounced change and uncertainty, stability of mind and kindness of heart are perhaps even more important than ever. Many of my past participants have been in touch over these months to express 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 and Cognitive Therapy techniques, through formal and informal practices that can be easily integrated into your daily life, including mindfulness of eating, breath, bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, sounds and movement, as well as a number of other positive psychology techniques and thought experiments that 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. 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, taking into account current Government advice around Covid-19 and any related personal health risks) for all prospective participants to complete and return as a prerequisite to being accepted onto the course, for yours and everyone else's well-being and safety.
Quaker Meeting House, Northgate, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LS
The space used is large, with triple height ceilings, a one way system into and out of the room, chairs set out for social distancing and has hand sanitiser available. Windows will also be kept ajar to keep the air fresh.
It has been deemed that 25 people can safely social distance within the space however participant numbers shall be kept to 15.
You will need to bring your own refreshments.
You will need to follow current Government Covid-19 advice and guidance.
Sessions will be between 2 and 2, 1/2 hours and the start time shall be 7:00pm.
Thursdays, September 10th, 17th, 24th, 30th and 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd October.
Silent Day Retreat
10:30am - 4:30pm The Saturday or Sunday on the weekend of the seventh week (date and venue tbc).
*£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 a payment plan, then your initial deposit will be non-refundable.
If paying via payment plan or in full, then I can offer 100% refund of total payment (minus initial deposit for payment plans) 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.
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