4 Week Intro to Mindfulness
When: Thurs 6-7.15pm from 21st Jan-11th Feb
Where: Live-steamed via Zoom.
Cost: Suggested donation £30-£40 (but whatever you can afford is truly appreciated! Don't let the money stop you.)
Have you ever wondered what mindfulness meditation is all about and how it may benefit you? Or do you already meditate and want to practice with the support of a group or delve deeper? This 4 week intro to mindfulness will be an exploration of 3 foundational mindfulness practices and how to weave mindful awareness into your everyday life.
Over the last 30 years, the wide-ranging benefits of mindfulness meditation upon our mental and physical wellbeing have been documented through rigorous academic research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and physical medicine. Regularly practicing mindfulness meditation has been shown to reduce stress and to help navigate the ups and downs of life with greater compassion, ease and acceptance.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of being more fully present with ourselves and life, in an open-hearted, kind and accepting way. It is tricky to define what mindfulness is with words alone, as the best way to discover what mindfulness is, is to experience it through practice, as we will do over these 4 weeks. However, one of the best known definitions of mindfulness is that...
"Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention, on-purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally"
Quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn
The 3 core practices we will explore during the 4 weeks are:
The body scan.
Busting the myths
1. You don't have to be able to clear your mind to practice mindfulness! Mindfulness is more about learning to observe the patterns of our mind with greater clarity and kindness so we can make wiser choices in life. Although a clearer mind can absolutely be a wonderful side effect of the practice.
2. Mindfulness meditation is not religious, it is simply a form of mental training.
3. You don't have to sit cross legged on a cushion to practice mindfulness. You can sit on a chair, lay down on the floor, stand or practice mindfulness through movement such as yoga or walking.
An important part of these 4 weeks will be practicing meditation for 10-20 minutes a day for 6 days out of 7 at home from recordings I will give you to download. It is essential that you feel you can commit to the home practice to take part in the course.
Katie has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2014 when it helped her to navigate through a period of depression. She practices daily and goes on meditation retreats whenever she can. She is currently studying a Masters Degree in Teaching Mindfulness Meditation with Bangor University's School of Psychology. This is the highest level of mindfulness teacher training available in the UK. Find out more about Katie here.
How to book
1. To reserve a space on either the in-person or online course send me a message at or ring/text me at 07930712425. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
2. To make a donation towards the running costs of the course you can send money via Paypal to or via bank transfer to Miss Catherine Ellen Austin Account no: 29502822 Sort Code: 070246 Suggested donation is £30-£40. However, please know that whatever you can afford is truly appreciated (even if that is £0!)
If you have any questions please get in touch at or on 07930712425 or contact me here.