Courses

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): 8-week courses

To be kept informed of the dates of our next courses in Wandsworth Common or Balham, please email luke@mindways.org.uk

About the course

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week training programme incorporating techniques such as meditation, gentle movement and mind-body exercises designed to help people manage stress and enjoy greater wellbeing. It’s a tried-and-tested, non-religious curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and over 30 years of research has demonstrated its effectiveness in treating stress, anxiety and depression, and a range of stress-related health problems.

On the course you’ll learn how to:

  • Find a place of calm in the midst of stressful situations, see things in perspective and choose an effective response
  • Notice and step out of unhelpful, habitual thinking patterns, such as worrying, rumination and self-criticism
  • Practise the art of mindful communication, leading to improved relationships
  • Build your capacity for sustained attention, be more focused and less distracted
  • Mobilise your own inner resources for coping and thriving

The course includes:

  • 8 weekly two-hour sessions (with a supportive group of no more than 14 people)
  • A half-day retreat towards the end of the course which helps to deepen your learning
  • A handbook which includes practical tips, some theory, and a journal to reflect on your experiences
  • Audio files/CDs to guide your practice at home

The weekly sessions involve:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle mindful movement exercises
  • Group discussions and mindful communication exercises
  • Background about stress and how mindfulness helps
  • Practical tips and tools to help you benefit from mindfulness in your daily life

Home practice is an important part of the course, because, like going to the gym, the more you practice, the more you’ll get out of the course. The expectation is that you’ll be able to commit to 30-45 minutes home practice a day for 6 days a week.

The full cost of the course is £235, which includes eight weekly sessions, half-day retreat, guided meditation audio tracks and handbook. A limited number of concession rate places are available (£160).

To find out more, contact Luke Wreford:

Email: luke@mindways.org.uk
Phone: 07879 633516

Find out more about Luke’s background

Find out more about MBSR on the ‘Be mindful’ website

‘I’ve been feeling much happier and more relaxed since the course and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in improving their quality of life.’
Kate, Tooting


‘A life-changing course. I learnt a lot of tools to deal with stress, all of which can be used in everyday life.’
Hilary, Balham


‘The course has had a huge impact on my life and I can genuinely recommend it.’
Fiona, Weybridge


‘Luke created a very good atmosphere: inclusive, fun, entertaining, interesting. Just about perfect.’
Christopher, Balham


‘Brilliant. It’s really helped me to cope with my chronic pain condition and I’ve noticed big improvements.’
Jenny, Streatham Hill


‘Learning mindfulness has truly made a difference in my life, particularly in my ability to handle stress, in my relationships and my general well-being.’
Sharon, Wimbledon


I feel a much calmer, more peaceful person, but also a lot of issues that have affected me have been addressed by mindfulness. A great, positive, rewarding experience.’
Chris, Streatham Common


‘‘This is an excellent course that guides with care and attention – not intruding but facilitating; not directing but enabling.’
Rosie, Wandsworth Common

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