Classes & workshops

Why learn Mindfulness as part of a group?

Joining a mindfulness group is a great way to learn and practise mindfulness techniques, allowing you to share experiences and support with the other members of your group as you learn.

Free mindfulness introductory session

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These free introductory sessions, held on a regular basis, are open to everyone interested in mindfulness. In particular, if you are booked on, or are considering booking, an eight-week course, we strongly encourage you to attend so that you can find out what to expect during your course.

Typical session contents:
  • Introduction to mindfulness
  • Benefits of mindfulness
  • What to expect on an eight-week course
  • Short mindfulness meditation.

Cost: Free (booking essential)

Tuesday 17th March 2020, 7–8:15pm

At the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, 25 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5A


Live online 8-week mindfulness course

Course outline

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Note: Upcoming courses will be taught online, as eight live sessions. Join in from wherever you have internet access!

These courses are based on the work of international mindfulness teacher Rob Nairn. They include all the principles of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme with the addition of nurturing self-compassion and compassion for others. The aim of the course is to help you develop a mindfulness practice that you can apply in your personal and professional life.

I feel so much more alive … I’m so grateful to you all and to the practice for helping me cope with daily life and giving me the confidence to make wiser, healthier and scarier life decisions.”

Eight-week course attendee, Edinburgh

Course contents include:
  • Eight weekly sessions of two hours (live online)
  • Daily mindfulness practice
  • Manuals and audio downloads
  • Certificate of completion.

Can’t join the live session online one week? With free access to the weekly course notes and audio meditations online, you won’t miss out.

A free-of-charge bonus day retreat will be offered as part of the course as soon as advice indicates this is possible.

Cost: £225 | Deposit £95 (non-refundable) with balance payable two weeks prior to commencement of course.

Starting in April 2020:

Live online, Tuesdays, 7–9pm, 28th April to 23rd June 2020 (no class on 9th June).

Venue: From wherever you have internet access.

This course will be led by guest tutor Mark Richardson.


Live online 8-week Mindful self-compassion course

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Are you compassionate? To yourself?
When a close friend is struggling, we know how to offer them support and compassion in their distress. Imagine what it would be like to give yourself the same caring attention whenever you needed it! All that’s required is a shift in the direction of your attention — recognising that you too are a worthy recipient of your own kindness.

Note: Upcoming courses will be taught online, as eight live sessions. Join in from wherever you have internet access!

On this eight-week course you’ll learn:
  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

Can’t join the live session online one week? With free access to the weekly course notes and audio meditations, you won’t miss out.

A free-of-charge bonus day retreat will be offered as part of the course as soon as advice indicates this is possible.

Cost: £225 | Deposit £95 (non-refundable) with balance payable two weeks prior to commencement of course.

Mondays, 6–9pm*, 20th April to 15th June 2020** (*6.30-9pm from 27th April onwards; **no class on 11th May)

Venue: From wherever you have internet access.

This course will be led by guest tutor Karen Barr.


Six-week Deepening your mindfulness practice course

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This six-week course will help you embed the essential learning and practices from the eight-week mindfulness course even more firmly into your daily life.

These sessions will help you deepen your practice and keep it alive. You’ll also learn some new practices to add to your mindfulness tool-box. This course is an ideal follow-on for anyone who has completed an eight-week mindfulness course.

Course contents include:
  • Six weekly sessions of 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Refresher of the key teaching points and practices from the eight-week mindfulness course
  • Guided meditations
  • New practices
  • Exploration of obstacles to practice and how to overcome them.

Cost: £120 | Deposit £60 (non-refundable) with balance payable two weeks prior to commencement of course.

 

Email us if you’re interested in this course and we’ll let you know as soon as new dates are available.


One-day Getting started with mindfulness workshop

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Learn how to bring mindfulness into your daily life at this relaxing one-day workshop.

During the day, you’ll:
  • Learn how to calm your busy mind
  • Discover how to slow down and tune into your body and senses
  • Explore how to be kinder to yourself
  • Investigate how to let go of worried thinking
  • Find out how to do everyday tasks mindfully
  • Understand how mindfulness changes your brain – for the better!

Discover a range of soothing mindfulness practices in a gentle, supportive and fun environment at the delightful Restoration Yard in Dalkeith Country Park.

Cost: £80 (includes tea and coffee)

Email us if you’re interested in this workshop and we’ll let you know as soon as a new date is available.


One-day Awakening compassion workshop

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Awaken your ability to develop more compassion for yourself and others. Spend a day absorbing the soothing energy at The Restoration Yard to connect with your needs, improve your emotional well-being and build compassionate resilience.

Using a nurturing mix of meditations, group discussion and exercises, this workshop will encourage you to meet your imperfections and challenges with kindness. Learn how to develop a sense of caring for and supporting yourself, even in the midst of difficult situations.

During the day, you’ll:
  • Learn how to practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Discover how to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Find out how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Explore how to build compassionate resources for yourself
  • Investigate how to befriend your self-critic
  • Understand the science around how self-compassion works.

This one-day workshop is suitable for anyone interested in knowing more about compassion, as well as anyone who’d like to re-connect with or deepen their mindfulness practice.

Cost: £80 (includes tea and coffee)

Email us if you’re interested in this workshop and we’ll let you know as soon as a new date is available.


One-day Sensory mindfulness workshop

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Re-connect with your senses and discover a soothing blend of mindfulness techniques. Join us in the welcoming rooms of The Restoration Yard’s Wellbeing Lab and the beautiful woodlands of Dalkeith Country Park.

  • Practice mindful walking and awareness meditation in beautiful woodlands
  • Explore the benefits of the compassionate body scan
  • Discover transformational breath work
  • Experience mindful eating out in the fresh air
  • Learn a new way to experience gratitude
  • Coordinate your posture, movement and breath with Qi Gong.

Open to anyone interested in mindfulness—from complete beginners to experienced meditators.

Cost: £50 (includes tea and coffee)

Email us if you’re interested in this workshop and we’ll let you know as soon as a new date is available.


One-hour Mindful movement & sound classes

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Help balance all your body’s systems, enhance your mindfulness practice and improve your mind-body connection at Craig Ali’s Mindful movement & sound classes. Enjoy a combination of:

  • Mindfulness and breath work linked with movements from Qi Gong and yoga, and
  • Guided relaxation and sound experiences using chimes, gongs and cymbals.

There will be six classes over six weeks. Attend all six or pay for four classes to be used at any time throughout the six-week block.

Cost: Block of 6: £50; Block of 4: £40

Email us if you’re interested in these classes and we’ll let you know as soon as new dates are available.


Live online Mindfulness support sessions

Course outline

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These regular, live online sessions help develop and support your mindfulness meditation practice. Suitable for everyone from complete beginners to anyone wishing to boost their existing mindfulness or meditation practice.

Each session includes:

  • Discussion time
  • A group meditation
  • The opportunity to ask questions.

Cost: £8 per session

If your income has been affected by the COVID-19 virus, you can attend these live online sessions free of charge. Please email Gillian for information on how to book your place if this applies to you.

New dates to be announced soon.

Venue: From wherever you have internet access. A Zoom invitation link will be sent to you in advance of each session.

These sessions will be led by Gillian Duncan.


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