Being mindful involves intentionally paying attention to each moment of our experience with an openness and curiosity to how it actually is. Developing our capacity to do so can help us to step aside from our habitual tendencies to automatically react to how we'd like life to be - patterns that often unintentionally make life harder rather easier.
Through mindful awareness space opens up revealing more choices as to how to move towards a greater sense of well-being, including enabling us to face changes and challenges from a calmer and more conscious standpoint. This awareness is developed through engaging in regular mindfulness practice or mindful meditation and is usually developed in the first instance by attending regular classes over a period of eight weeks.
While mindfulness has its origins in Buddhism, in recent years it has entered our Western therapeutic traditions with growing popularity due to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues. Kabat-Zinn demonstrated that mindfulness practice has much to offer those experiencing a range of difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood, pain and chronic illness.
Most people also find that mindfulness can be enormously helpful in just bringing greater richness and more meaning to our lives and relationships.
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What we offer
We offer high quality Mindfulness and Self-Compassion training.
Choose from drop in sessions, in-depth courses, one off practice days, residential retreats, and follow on support groups.
We are currently offering a variety of our events online as well as planning for a return to face to face groups in the autumn. We use two main venues for our regular local courses and events: The Portswood Residents’ Gardens Pavilion in Southampton, SO17 1QT and The Meon Hall, Meonstoke SO32 3NP.
Residential courses and retreats are often held further afield - see details for all venues here.
Here's a glance at what's coming up soon
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Drop in sessions -
* Tuesday evenings - 7.00 - 8.30 pm
CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED ONLINE next dates: 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th July 2020
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) -
* Next course dates to be confirmed
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) -
* Wednesday mornings - September-November 2020
ONLINE VIA ZOOM
Retreats -* 5-Day Mindfulness and Self-Compassion retreat -
1st - 5th July 2020 FULLY BOOKED
* 5-Day Mindfulness and Self-Compassion retreat - Dorset, 25th - 30th October 2020
* New Year Mindfulness & Self-Compassion weekend -
22nd - 24th January 2021, Venue: Fintry Trust GU8 5UQ
* Mindful Self-Compassion Residential Teacher Training, Somerset, 15th - 21st March 2021