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8-week Mindfulness for Health course for chronic pain

On this 8-week course you will learn mindfulness strategies and approaches to ease your suffering from pain, ill-health, fatigue and associated stress within a small supportive and friendly group setting.

What happens on Mindfulness for Health course?

During the course, you will learn how to develop mindfulness through meditation. Mindfulness means being aware of what is happening in your experience - in your mind and your body. You will learn this in a group of up to 15 people, with the course leaders guiding you through a series of meditations. You don't need to have any previous knowledge or experience of meditation to come on a Mindfulness for Health course. The course helps you develop a new relationship with long-term conditions or chronic pain:

  1. Interrupting the cycle of tension, reaction and suffering
  2. Replacing it with kindness, awareness and choice
  3. Remaining steady through life’s ups and downs

Sharing your experiences with other people on the course

You will also meet in smaller groups to talk about your experiences of the meditations. You will not have to reveal anything you do not want to. The course focuses on current experience and how to work with your thoughts and emotions in relation to chronic pain.

Mindfulness for Health course home practice

The course includes some home practice. It's important that you do as much of this as you can, because it takes some effort to learn the skills you need to break long-held patterns of thinking. You will be given audio files with guided meditations to practise every day between the course sessions. You will also be asked to do a few brief daily exercises and keep a simple diary of what you have been doing.

Committing to Mindfulness for Health course

We understand that it is often difficult to carve out time in an already busy life to come to all eight classes and do the home-practice. But we'll be encouraging you to do what you can to help yourself stay well. The practices are not a quick fix. Like any tool they can only benefit if you practise using them. So the more you can commit to practising between classes the more you will benefit from the course.

What some participants have said about the course

“It helped me through a very difficult time as my life changed to accommodate ongoing illness. I feel I have a set of skills to help me cope with the future and manage my experiences. I felt accepted and not the 'odd one out' and supported by peers and the teacher. I was able to learn to meditate with pain and bring meditation back into my life which is very important. It has changed my behaviour – I make time for pleasure and comfort, which I did not before. “

“A different relationship with negative experiences. An understanding of the more complex nature of pain than what we usually understand.”

“Learning that I never leave time in-between things and this leads to increased anxiety and stress and physical discomfort. “

For upcoming courses and how to book, please see the bookings page here.