Welcome to your journey to greater happiness, contentment and well-being
“I recommend Nick’s 8-week course to everyone. It has given me the tools to no longer be overwhelmed by my thoughts and emotions. It is the single most impactful thing I have done for my mental health and well-being.” Mari
“Meeting you and having you for my tutor in Mindfulness has been hugely life changing for me.”
Over this 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course (MBCT) learn:
- how to feel happier and more confident
- how to focus your attention and be more effective in what you do, whilst also having more time to stop and rest
- how to be kinder to yourself
- self-care meditations for use at times of anxiety and stress
- how to be fully alive to your present moment experience rather than caught in thoughts about the past or future
- ways to reduce rumination, catastrophsing and negative inner chatter
- mindfulness tools to help with depression, anxiety and worry
- ways to handle self-critical and judgmental thinking
“This course was very powerful and has been life changing. It has really helped me to focus on the ‘Here and now’ rather than getting caught up in ruminative thinking. I have a tendency to worry about the future and about events which have not yet occurred and this was making me feel very stressed. Applying the techniques and mindfulness strategies I learnt on the course I feel better able to cope and although I still feel anxious this tends to diminish more quickly.”
“I have become more accepting of emotions that I would previously have classified as unwanted or negative, or ones to get rid of. I no longer feel I have to feel a certain way and it is okay however I am feeling. This has helped me to come to terms with very painful experiences that I would previously have suppressed.”
8 Wednesday evenings from 29th April – 17th June, 7-9.30pm
Venue: Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London, NW1 6XT
Tube: Baker Street
Concessions for unwaged, students and those in need are avaialble. Contact Nick to discuss.
How is it structured?
We meet in a small group of up to 14 participants and learning is through instruction, guided practice and group discussion. There is home practice each week and guided meditations that you can download and use at home. You’ll be given notes each week which build up into a course handbook.
Stress, worry and anxiety can all feel overwhelming in our hectic modern world. Over the 8 weeks you’ll be introduced to a series of meditations that build up into your own tool box of practices. Each participant finds different practices most relevant to them and by the end of the course have their own bespoke approach to mindfulness.
What do I learn?
The course follows a set of themes that develop over the 8 weeks:
- autopilot – this theme develops throughout the course, enabling participants to discover where they have become stuck in habitual behaviour, to become more creative in their responses to situations and to cultivate an attitude of exploration and openness to new possibilities.
- thoughts are not facts – as we progress through the course there is an opportunity to explore the limiting nature of some self-talk. We look at how this can impede creativity and engagement with life and how to challenge these self-limiting beliefs. One simple way is to notice when there is a limiting belief or negative self-talk and remind ourselves “thoughts are not facts”…..
- noting the tone of your inner voice – as participants progress through the course more self-awareness of thoughts will develop, alongside a grater sensitivity to the tone of that inner voice. What most people notice is that some of this inner dialogue can have a very harsh tone and instead we explore how to bring a kinder tone to our inner voice.
- self-care – throughout the course we explore how to bring a caring attitude to ourself and others. This includes learning to be with difficult emotions in a new way, that allows us to turn towards them with kindness to ourselves and an attitude of open curiosity, rather than denial or pushing them away. This can bring a deep heeling.
- body-awareness – many of us have learnt to be distant from our bodies and the wisdom there is in our gut and heart, relying instead on an intellectual decision making process that may not always supply all of the information we need to come to a conclusion that best serves us. The body scan meditation helps us re-learn how to listen our body.
- re-balancing – as we progress through the course there are weekly activity done away from the class that enable participants to gain a fresh perspective on life. From week 1 there is a gratitude practice that allows you to refocus your attention on what is nourishing and supportive in your life rather than focus only on what is wrong or difficult.
- every-day mindfulness – throughout the course we look at how to incorporate mindfulness into the busyness of the day: making the first drink of the day an opportunity to stop and notice, feeling the water in the shower or as you wash the dishes, feeling your feet on the floor as you walk, the sun on your face, and letting this bring you into the present moment rather than lost in thoughts.
- connection – as we learn to listen deeply to ourselves through meditation, we also turn this deep listening to others, noticing our tendency to be distracted or to be thinking of what to say in response to another as we only half listen to what they say, and instead bringing our full attention to them, listening, and then trusting we will be able to respond without having to plan what we are about to say.