Come and join us at our Mindfulness training in Manly, starting on the 19th February. This eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course will help reduce stress and anxiety, and increase wellbeing and resilience. It’s a must for anyone needing to create greater peace and calm in their lives; or simply needing to stop the endless chatter in their minds.
Here’s why training in mindfulness is so important for your health and wellbeing.
If you’ve been experiencing stress, anxiety, sleep issues, physical pain and you’ve tried all sorts of things, there is simply no better option than to undertake mindfulness training. By doing so, you’ll have an inner resource that you can draw upon for the rest of your life. At the end of this 8-week course you’ll have a regular mindfulness practice that you can do all by yourself, you won’t even need an app to guide you, because you’ll know what you’ll be doing. It’s just one of the reasons why the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course is regarded as the gold standard in mindfulness training.
You’ll find that training in mindfulness teaches your mind to be in the present moment. So often we move through our daily life with our body doing one thing, and our mind off somewhere else completely. And while daydreaming may be pleasant every now and again, science has shown that when our minds wander, we typically feel less happy.
By training in mindfulness you’ll learn valuable skills such as how to work with strong emotions, how to cultivate more positive mood states, and importantly how to find inner peace even with a busy mind.
Mindfulness has been defined as ‘paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment non-judgmentally as if your life depended on it.’ (Jon Kabat-Zinn) Because the quality of your life really does depend on it. You can either move through life at the mercy of your own mental states and emotional reactions, or you can learn to cultivate attention in such a way that allows you to enter into a wiser and more loving relationship with your whole life.
What is the background of the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course?
The 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) was developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Inspired by his own mindfulness practice, Kabat-Zinn wondered whether mindfulness practice could ‘help patients mobilize their own interior resources for learning, growing, healing, and transformation.’
And it did.
Since 1979 there has been an enormous amount of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of Kabat-Zinn’s 8-week MBSR program in its ability to reduce stress, anxiety, decrease blood pressure, improve sleep, improve emotional regulation, memory, concentration, and increase self-compassion.
MBSR is highly respected within the medical and scientific fields and more than 24,000 people have completed the MBSR course since 1979. If you’re experiencing stress, anxiety, pain, or sleep disturbances, this course will help you. Similarly, maybe you’re a health professional wanting to include mindfulness as part of your self-care routine, or perhaps you’ve dabbled in mindfulness or meditation over the years but you still haven’t got a solid personal practice. This course is for you.
Who will deliver the course?
The teacher for this course is Rachel Long. Rachel has immersed herself in the study, practice and teaching of mindfulness-based practices for over 15 years. She has honed her craft by teaching extensively in a range of settings, such as retreats, teacher training courses, workplaces and community classes. As a trained counsellor, Rachel has also taught mindfulness in clinical settings and trauma sensitive populations. With over 15 years of teaching experience, Rachel knows exactly what the obstacles and pitfalls to learning
mindfulness are, and is expert at facilitating an easy, enjoyable learning experience.
Why should you do the 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course?
People who have completed the 8-week MBSR course report experiencing
- an increased ability to deal with stress and difficulties
- enhanced feelings of balance and wellbeing
- a reduction in physical and psychological symptoms
- an improved immune system
- more energy and productivity
- better attention, concentration, focus and creative problem-solving
- enhanced resilience, connection, meaning and purpose in their life
Best of all, you’ll lay a foundation within yourself that will support you for years to come. You will complete the course with a thorough theoretical and practical experience of mindfulness. You will be empowered with the skills, knowledge and experience to practise mindfulness on your own, without a teacher or an app – anywhere, anytime.
You will learn:
- the basic neuroscience and psychological underpinnings of mindfulness
- the physiology and psychology of stress
- how to develop more proactive ways to respond to stress
- how to be less reactive and have more choice
- how mindfulness makes difficulties and challenges workable
- how to engage more adaptive coping strategies
- interpersonal mindfulness skills to enhance personal relationships
- techniques for investigating emotional states and knowing your emotions
- ways to cultivate positive emotion states such as gratitude and self-compassion
- how to work with thinking that arises while practising mindfulness
- how to maintain your own personal mindfulness practice
And much more
This course is excellent for:
- Anyone experiencing stress, anxiety, pain or sleep issues
- The absolute beginner
- The mindfulness meditation dabbler, yet to develop their own personal practice
- Anyone looking for a secular, evidence-based approach to mindfulness meditation
- Health professionals wanting to include mindfulness into their self-care routine
Your 8-week MBSR course consists of:
- 8 x weekly 2.5 hour classes
- one – Day of Mindfulness Retreat
- 110-page course manual
- audio tracks of all the practices for your daily home practice
- individual feedback and support from your teacher
- access to private Facebook group on completion of the course for ongoing inspiration and connection to other meditators
- access to a live face to face mindfulness practice group only available to MBSR graduates
Each weekly face to face class consists of:
- formal and informal mindfulness practices
- body awareness training
- investigation of patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour
- brief lectures and discussions
- scientific rationale for the practice
The 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is the most comprehensive and highly regarded mindfulness course around. It has been tried and tested for over 30 years in clinical settings with an abundance of research to back it up.
You also get:
A one Day of Mindfulness Retreat
The one-day Mindfulness Retreat is an intensive day of practice. It is designed for you to practise the skills learnt in MBSR across multiple levels of your life. The retreat also prepares you to apply these methods far beyond the conclusion of the program.
What others have said:
“I did this course at a time when I found my normal exercise and relaxation habits were no longer enough to manage the cumulative toll of stress from a busy job and family commitments. Although I had read about the benefits of meditation I hadn’t practiced regularly. By doing this course I not only learned more about different ways to incorporate meditation in my life but saw a dramatic change – I was less clumsy, less quick to anger and had more self compassion. Rachel is a talented and caring teacher. I highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to improve their ability to cope with all of the stuff life throws at us.”
MBSR participant May 2018
“I have recently finished the 8-week MBSR course with Rachel. I found it practical and eminently beneficial. Rachel facilitates the classes with ease, clarity and compassion. There are no airy-fairy concepts. It all makes sense. I highly recommend it.”
Vicky, Fairlight, MBSR participant May 2018
“Rachel is a well-prepared, authentic and gifted instructor. She practices what she preachers and takes the opportunity to engage with her students and provide practical information they can integrate in their everyday life. I strongly recommend the MBSR course to anyone seeking to reduce the stress life invariably brings”
Todd, MBSR participant
“Rachel’s teachings in mindfulness, breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques will help you become more focused and purposeful and allow you to realise your inner emotional and mental strengths. I have been attending Rachel’s classes for over 3 years and have been a yoga practitioner for over 30 years and could not recommend a more welcoming or talented teacher.”
Helen Brussolo, Educator
“Rachel is a truly gifted teacher and guide and I really valued her approach which is so encouraging and supportive of exploring and developing at one’s own pace. Her experience and deep knowledge is very evident and this really gives confidence about the program”.
Linda, 61, Frenchs Forest
“Rachel’s gifts as a yoga and meditation teacher are abundant. She is highly trained and experienced. Rachel explains everything in a thorough, simple, practical and accessible way, for all levels of experience. Beginners need not feel daunted! Rachel is observant of all students. She is insightful, supportive and has a calming voice which you can simply relax to. You will feel different.
Carole McNally, Clinical Trials
When is this course?
Tuesday evenings, 6.30pm – 9.00pm, 19th February to 9th April 2019
PLUS the Day of Mindfulness Retreat is on Sunday 31st March, 10am – 4pm ( Oxford Falls Peace Park)
How much is this course?
Early Bird $626 when paid by 29th January 2019
Full Fee $695
Places in this course are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.
A discounted price is available for health care cardholders or anyone facing financial hardship. Please contact Manly Yoga to discuss.
What will you need to commit?
Just like learning any other new skill, such as surfing or a new language, you need to practice. Reading a book about mindfulness or attending classes and not practicing at home simply isn’t enough to reap the rewards of mindfulness.
By signing up for this course you’ll need to commit by:
- Attending each of the 8 weekly classes, as best as you can.
- Attending the one day workshop
- 45 minutes of home practice, 6 days per week
If you’re not sure and would like to ask Rachel some questions about the course, email or a book a phone chat at firstname.lastname@example.org