8-WEEK MINDFULNESS COURSE (MBSR)
6.30 - 9.00pm
18 October - 6 December 2023
An online retreat, Sunday 19 November, 10am-4pm
All times are UK timezone
Reduced rates are available if your income is low. Please be in touch to find out more. No one will be turned away because of their financial circumstances.
8-WEEK MINDFULNESS COURSE (MBSR)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the mindfulness course with the strongest evidence base. It was originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s, and has since been taught worldwide. Research studies have repeatedly found its positive effects on stress, depression and anxiety. Over 100 randomised controlled trials have been conducted on MBSR.
The course comprises eight 2-hour online sessions and a half-day (3-hour) online retreat. Sessions are a combination of guided practices, group dialogue, explanations and a variety of informal supporting exercises.
The primary aim of the course is to introduce you to mindfulness and to techniques for cultivating it.
This is achieved through an exploration of:
a collection of formal and informal practices: these use the sensations of the body and the breath to develop the faculty of present moment awareness, which is at the heart of mindfulness
the physiology of our experience: the focus here is on how emotions, particularly stress, manifest bodily, and how awareness can support more skilful responses in challenging moments
habits of thinking: bringing attention to these patterns opens up the choices we have about how we relate to them
communication: we are invited to extend the development of mindfulness to our habits of communication and relationship
self-care: the development of mindful awareness includes awareness of what we need, what supports us, and when we can offer that to ourselves
An electronic copy of the course workbook
Online access to guided meditations, to support practice in between sessions
The course teacher is available to respond to questions in between sessions
No prior experience is necessary
You will not be required to participate in any element of the course you feel uncomfortable with, including dialogue. Silence is always an option.
This course will be conducted via video conferencing. Practical details will be sent out once you have registered.
Each week, suggestions will be made for "home practice" - what you might do between one session and the next to consolidate and deepen your learning. The suggestion will be for 30-45 minutes of practice each day. It may well not always be possible, and that is ok. You will not be questioned or held accountable for the amount of practice that you are able to do. However, it is important to be aware that the benefits of the course are likely to be more available if you practise mindfulness in between sessions.
You will need a computer or tablet (and a webcam/microphone if your computer does not include one).
To register your interest, please complete the details below:
Previous participants have said:
I recently took part in Zac's 8 week summer course and could not recommend it enough. Zac is an excellent facilitator, knowledgeable and passionate about the practice of mindfulness, and created a safe and encouraging space to discuss our ongoing exploration. The community element of the course was especially enriching and gave us all the support and drive to practice in between sessions. Being present is something I have always found challenging as it's easy to get lost in one's own thoughts and anxieties; I now feel more prepared with tools and habits to manage stress a little more effectively each day.
I highly recommend this course to learn how to reduce stress in your life. I've learned to better deal with pressure, intrusive thoughts and to live with less fear and anxiety.
This course taught me how to be mindful in a way that works for me. Zac guides you through the course and techniques in a calm and understanding manner, he teaches rather than tells, allowing you to feel at ease and make the most of every second by exploring your own thoughts in your own time with no judgement. It's been a journey that I've hugely enjoyed and look forward to continuing.
All of us on the course said the same thing, that Zac has such a calming inspiring manner and embodies mindfulness and kindness. This course has helped me manage anxiety and panic attacks which are now less frequent and less overwhelming.
Zac and his MBSR course are just brilliant. Suitable for various levels, deeply insightful and so much to take away from the course. In 8 weeks I'm already getting much more out of my practices.
This is one of best courses I have participated in, particularly as I struggle with work-related stress and anxiety. Dedicating time to the course session each week and complementing this with mindful techniques throughout the week I noticed an immediate impact to my well-being. I was intially apprehensive of sharing my experiences with a 'group of strangers', however, Zac creates a warm, supportive and inclusive environment - speaking with the group each week quickly became one of my favourite parts of the session. Zac's style of teaching is a delight, he is open, accepting and warm creating an extremely inclusive environment. He answers every comment or question with thought, and really aims to understand how each of his students are feeling. This is truly appreciated.
Many organisations offer the MBSR course - what distinguishes this particular course is that it is led by Zac. Zac is inclusive, conscientious, and present with each group discussion and meditation. What was particularly valuable was his skilful ability to engage with the specific experiences and needs of the group, which created such a safe and compassionate space. Zac led the group with such care and attention - ensuring everyone felt included - he held space for the comfortable, and the uncomfortable. This was a powerful course and experience that I will continue to reflect on. Thank you, Zac, for reviving my meditation practice and reminding us to live mindfully.
I would recommend Zac's course to anyone that might listen. It provides a way of opening a door to free living.
Zac is a wonderful and compassionate teacher. He has a unique ability to communicate the method of mindfulness and through his calming presence he presents a model for the practice.