Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programmes are evidence based (including some research trials with people with Parkinson's) and are known to help with a wide range of problems of both a physical and a psychological nature.

Reach Your Peak are working in partnership with The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practise at Bangor University  to deliver mindfulness practise tailored specifically for people with Parkinson's and their family/support team. 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Courses for Parkinson's

MBSR Taster Session
A taster session offered prior to the commencement of the MBSR course which will give you the opportunity to learn more about mindfulness, and decide if you would like to give it a go. All welcome.

FREE
8-Week MBSR Programme
8 x 2.5 hour group sessions delivered via Zoom consisting of guided practice, mindful movement and group dialogue on focused and specific themes, recorded practises, plus a 4 hour mindfulness session in week 6 of the course.

£250

The 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course.

Delivered in Partnership with Bangor University.

The course aims to assist you in taking better care of yourself and getting the most out of living. This includes cultivating kindness, developing attention, self-awareness and focus, raising emotional intelligence, increasing resilience and stress management skills, and improving relationships. Most people completing the programme report lasting physical and psychological benefits including:

  • an increased ability to relax

  • greater energy, enthusiasm and appreciation for life

  • heightened self-confidence

  • more acceptance of life as it is

  • An increased ability to relax and experience calm

  • An increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations.

The aim of the programme is to learn new ways to handle challenging physical sensations, thoughts, emotions, moods, social interactions and situations. This delivery of MBSR will be especially focused on how mindfulness can be helpful in managing the challenges of living with Parkinson’s.

Your course teacher

The course will be led by Rebecca Crane who directs the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University, and who was herself diagnosed with Parkinson’s in early 2020. The CMRP is an established provider of mindfulness-based wellbeing and stress reduction programmes. They have a strong reputation for delivering programmes to a high standard. She will be available during the course to respond to questions or concerns both in and around the session.

What does the course involve?

The programme consists of 8 x 2.5 hour long group sessions + a four hour mindfulness practice session in week 6 of the course, which will all be offered or via zoom. Your will need to set aside 45 minutes per day for home practice which will involve meditation with audio guidance. You will get more from the course if you commit to the home practice provided.

Your teacher will guide meditation practices (both still practices in sitting or lying positions, and mindful movement based on yoga), lead group dialogue on focused and specific themes, and will offer some didactic teaching. The sessions are full – there is a lot of material to cover in the time. There will though be plenty of time to move, stretch and take a break to look after our bodies during the sessions. It is particularly important that you can commit to coming to all 8 sessions because each session builds on the last, and there is a momentum to the learning process.

The size of the group will be max 22. Research has demonstrated many benefits of group learning and most participants find this approach very supportive. It can be helpful to realise that we are not alone in our struggles, and can also be inspiring to share with others how we are integrating the practices into our lives. However, this is not group therapy, and although participants are encouraged to share personal experiences about their mindfulness learning, the group is not about sharing personal difficulties generally. For some people being in a group of this size can be challenging, especially at first. While there is an element of pair work, small group discussion and whole group inquiry, all aspects of the course are optional and there is no necessity to speak/share in front of the group.

There is a shared agreement to confidentiality in all groups, so participants agree to keep what happens in the room private, and the teacher will explain their own guidelines of confidentiality.

Course Dates

The course will run on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4.30pm commencing 19th January 2021 running for 8 sessions.
There will be a break during half term (16th Feb) meaning the final session will be the 16th March 2021.
A practise session will be held on Saturday 6th March 2021, 2-6pm.
  • Tuesday 19th January
  • Tuesday 26th January
  • Tuesday 2nd February
  • Tuesday 9th February
  • Tuesday 23rd February
  • Tuesday March 2nd
  • Saturday March 6th - 4 hour guided practise.
  • Tuesday March 9th 
  • Tuesday March 16th

It is particularly important that you can commit to coming to all 8 sessions because each session builds on the last, and there is a momentum to the learning process.

Book a Course

FREE MBSR Taster Session

11th December 3pm-4:30pm

Explore the benefits of Mindfulness for Parkinson's and the MBSR programme in this free online session hosted by course leader Rebecca Crane.

Register Here 
You will be taken to the Bangor University courses registration site.

8 Week MBSR Course

£250.00
An 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course for people with Parkinson's.

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You will be redirected to set up a profile in the Reach Your Peak virtual clinic before being taken to a secure payment gateway. 
The course teacher will be in touch with you so you can meet individually before the course starts. If after this it is decided that this isn't the best time for you, you will get a full refund. 

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