STOP PRESS!

 With fingers crossed, and the easing of lockdown, I've booked the Lakeside Room at Bodenham Arboretum to hold a new Mindfulness Course starting on Wednesday 30th June 

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THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST OR HEAR ABOUT NEW COURSES BEING OFFERED PLEASE USE THE CONTACT FORM

 

Would you like to learn how mindfulness training can help reduce anxiety, stress and depression, improve sleep quality, relationships, chronic conditions and general well being? 

If so, read on....

 

What is the evidence that Mindfulness training works?

There have been thousands of research studies worldwide that show how long established mindfulness courses such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), taught by a well trained teacher, can help with many physical and mental health conditions as well as improving general well being and happiness.


At some point we will all suffer from challenges in our lives, there's no avoiding this reality. These challenges may arise as a result of loss, illness,  personal and work situations,  or just resulting from a vague feeling that life could be better. 

For many of us this has come into sharp relief as a result of the current pandemic. 

My interest in Mindfulness.....

 I worked professionally for over twenty years in mental health, am a trained artist, mother and grandmother.

I'd had a meditation practice for much of my adult life and taken an interest in various forms of spiritual and personal development practices. However, it was only after taking an MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) course at Oxford Mindfulness Centre that I was able to develop the daily practice that, for me, has been so life transforming.


Carole Lacy

Listed MBSR teacher

My desire to share it led me to train to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University. I am now a Listed Teacher with the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA, see below).

I've seen, many times, how the 8 week MBSR programme can transform lives and it is my delight to be able to share it with you.

Viktor Frankl, the holocaust survivor who went on to write about his experiences in the book 'Man's Search for Meaning', said:

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.


Science has shown that Mindfulness Training teaches us the tools to help us find that 'space'. Worldwide research studies have shown it can help many conditions such as high stress levels and blood pressure, chronic pain,  irritability, tinnitus, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, memory - to name just a few. 

But, you don't need to be experiencing any of these conditions to benefit. Mindfulness training enables us to move through all the challenges of life with more ease and calm.

We learn new ways to hold steady when navigating through life's storms.


So where do you start?

It's a bit of a maze out there! There are so many different mindfulness and meditation courses available that it can be  difficult to decide where to go. 

That's why it's so important to choose a teacher who has gone through a rigorous training programme, who abides by professional codes of good pract​ice and is able to help you decide if this is the right approach and the right time for you to engage in a mindfulness programme - without any pressure to join up.

British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches​

As a listed teacher, I abide by BAMBA's good practice guidelines. This involves meeting their rigorous listing criteria, having regular supervision, continuing professional development and insurance.

 BAMBA also asks that Listed Teachers have their own daily mindfulness practice as well as attending an annual silent retreat of a minimum of seven days. 

Research has shown that teachers who practice what they teach are far more effective than those that don't. 


Just a small sample of what people have been saying recently....


I’d been through the mechanics of mindfulness before. The course really developed that with lots of practice, details of how to make it work in life situations, different ways of viewing things so they could be accepted and used as springboards instead of obstacles.  Carole’s approach is really friendly, enthusiastic and practical.


It's (mindfulness training) really helped me keep it together. Thanks for what you've taught me.....


(during Isolation) I'm enjoying doing the QiGong exercises each morning and breathing (meditation) in the afternoon...


'Thanks for the session this morning - it's quite a step up from my learning Mindfulness from a book!'


I would like to thank you for the (Staying Mindful) Zoom sessions on Wednesdays and for all the mindfulness materials you share. For me, and I know for others, it's a great support.


Sustaining Integrity in Teaching & Training

Carole is coordinator for the 'West Midlands to the Welsh Borders' SiTT group. 

Coming together to support local Mindfulness teachers who abide by BAMBA Good Practice Guidelines to be the best we can be.


Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, courses are currently being held online via Zoom.


The advantage of this is you don't need to worry about social distancing and can take part from the comfort of our own home. 


Connecting with others online can be a bit daunting to begin with if you're not used to it. Why not give it a try? 


Contact Carole for to be kept updated with new courses and Introduction to Mindfulness Sessions 

 



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Training to teach mindfulness



The MBSR course meets the pre-requisite for anyone wishing to train with any of the BAMBA registered Teacher Training Organisations such as Oxford or Bangor Universities; 


Also for training to teach courses for children - 

teach dots, paws.b or .b programmes 

in the 

Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) 


Being in the present moment


In response to the current Covid 19 pandemic, 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Group and Finding Peace in a Frantic World 

courses are currently being held online via the Zoom platform.

They can be joined by anyone, from anywhere in the world.


 One to One courses are available in person (where restrictions allow) or on Zoom.


General geographical areas covered

West Midlands, North Worcestershire & South Staffordshire.


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What our customers are saying

It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of

hap​piness are available—more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more.


Thich Nhat Hanh

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