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.