The eight week MBST/MBCT course was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a doctor and psychologist who also practised mindfulness meditation. He discovered that mindfulness meditation, in addition to its spiritual purpose, was of great benefit in helping us be with physical and emotional stress, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. This is achieved not by rejecting our experience but by learning to be present with it in a consciously spacious and kindly way. It is now taught with success in hospitals and private groups in America and England. Mindfulness meditation is very simple to understand and practice. It helps us be consciously aware of what is happening inside and outside of us from moment to moment. By acquiring this ability our experience of our self and our world begins to open. We come to know a stillness in the middle of our busy minds and are less afraid to feel fully parts of our experience that previously we have been afraid of. It is not a quick fix nor a miracle cure, it does takes work on our part, but what it offers is real and lasting, and of benefit to others.
What does the course involve?
To get the most out of coming to the course will require some work on your part. You will need a strong commitment to work on yourself through a gentle but rigourous daily discipline of meditation and relaxation which will require one hour each day. Making the time commitment, and the personal exploration involved, can make the course seem hard work at times but it is also very likely to be pleasurable and empowering as well.
The course enables you to be successful in this, through:
An initial private meeting to make sure the course is what you need. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions you have and address any concerns. At this point you may decide it is not for you.
A class for two hours, once a week for eight weeks.
Or a class of four hours, once a fortnight for four Sundays
A full day of mindfulness exercises and discussion between weeks six and seven/ end of the four Sundays.
Two CDs containing guided meditations on mindfulness of our body sensations, breathing, walking and stretching.
A work book to support and chart the growth of your mindfulness. There is also the possibility of additional support during the course should you need it.
Who is the course for?
All of us! The programme is known to benefit people with a range of problems of both a physical and a psychological nature, but it is not necessary to have a specific health problem to find it helpful. We all have times in our lives when we experience difficulty, stress and struggle and for some of us this is our daily experience. The problem or illness itself may not change but the way we relate to and cope with the difficulty may shift, making it all feel easier. Developing greater awareness can open us to be able to change how we approach our experiences by taking more pleasure in the good things and dealing more effectively with the bad. We can see how our habitual and reflex reactions to events often add layers of difficulty for us on top of the original problem!
The course is therefore potentially open to any of us who are at a point in our lives where we wish to, and are ready, to look deeply at ourselves. People do also come to mindfulness courses to gain skills in dealing with particular conditions.
Mindfulness meditation has helped people with a range of problems including:
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety and panic
- Sleep disturbance
- Skin disorders.
What do I do if I am interested?
Contact me, Philippa Vick, either by phone or e-mail, to arrange a private individual meeting to see whether the course is for you at this time. This first meeting, prior to the course, will take about 30 minutes and it is an opportunity to tell you a bit more about the course, to answer any questions that you may have and to explore together whether the approach will be beneficial to you.
The course requires a commitment from you to regular home practice. It can feel challenging to fit the practice into your life and also the process can feel quite intense. The intention of the course is to develop our ability to be more aware of our moment by moment experience. This can open us to both the pleasures and also the challenges of our lives. It is important that you really want to do this and this meeting will enable you to reflect on all this with someone who knows what it is like. There is no charge for this meeting and you may decide following it that the course is not right for you or it is not the best time for you to take it.
Support during the course
Mindfulness helps us to be consciously present with small changes in our physical sensations, emotions and thoughts in each consecutive moment. It is not about where we generally are in our personal lives but rather how we can be consciously aware of our experience in this present moment.
For this reason, there is little opportunity or time during the course to support any current ongoing personal problems not related to the practices. Therefore, if you would like support for any personal concerns, this should be pursued through individual work with a friend, counsellor or psychotherapist.
However should you experience any difficulties in connection with your mindfulness practice in between the sessions, how to do it and what it may bring up, I will be available via e-mail during the working week and you can also make contact on the phone. It is important to use this as a resource rather than get stuck in any difficulty as most difficulties are surprisingly easy to resolve.
I am an experienced psychotherapist and a mindfulness meditation practitioner. I have completed the University of Wales, Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice mindfulness teacher training. (For a fuller CV please see People or visit my website: www.philippavick.co.uk)
How much does it cost?
The course fee is £250 payable in advance by cheque made out to Philippa Vick.
Small Print: The non-refundable deposit confirms your place on the course. Once you have accepted this place the full fee becomes due on the first night of the course and will only be repaid in circumstances where the course cannot run or has to unexpectedly finish before completion.
The fee includes:
- eight 2 hour eveningsessions or four 4 hour (week end) day sessions.
- one whole day session.
- e-mail/phone contact if you need support with the course work.
- CD's and work book.
If in exceptional circumstances you find that you need more support than is envisaged here and that you would like further individual meetings, than this may be arranged for an additional fee.
Bath and Bristol
Courses run in each of the three terms in both Bath and Bristol. Contact us for the dates and times of the next course in your area. For the next course also see above.
Oddfellow's Hall, White Ladies Road or Steiner Hall, Redlands Rd, Bristol and Lansdown Grove Hotel, Bath.
For further information or to book a place, please contact Philippa Vick on; telephone: 01225 445532 email: firstname.lastname@example.org