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.

Learning mindfulness online

If you’d love to take an eight-week mindfulness course but can’t commit to a regular class, the online Mindful heart-based living course is a great alternative. You can work through the eight-session course online at your own pace over the space of three months. Find out what the online course includes…

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 15th January 2019, 7–8:15pm

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


Eight-week mindfulness course

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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
  • Daily mindfulness practice
  • Manuals and audio downloads
  • Certificate of completion
  • Entitlement to attend a one-day retreat at no additional cost.

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

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

Sundays, 10.30am–12.30pm, 27th January to 24th March 2019 (excluding 24th February).
At The Healthy Life Centre, 35-37 Bread St, Edinburgh EH3 9AL.

Mondays, 10am–12noon, 28th January to 18th March 2019.
At Walk the Talk Studios, 1A Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6JX.

Wednesdays, 7–9pm, 30th January to 20th March 2019.
At Breath-Works, 7a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH.

Courses on Mondays and Wednesdays will be led by guest tutor Craig Ali; the Sunday morning course will be led by guest tutor Pamela Birnie.


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.

 

Starting in February 2018

Thursdays, 7–8.30pm, from 8th February to 15th March 2018

At Breath-Works, 7a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH

 

 


Eight-week Compassion course

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This nurturing eight-week programme, developed by the Mindfulness Association, uses a mix of meditations, group discussion and exercises to help you develop more compassion for yourself and others. Fundamentally shift how you relate to yourself: instead of meeting your imperfections and challenges with self-blame and criticism, learn how to bring a kind and mindful attention to your experiences – even in the midst of difficult situations.

Course contents include:
  • Eight weekly sessions of two hours
  • Daily mindfulness and compassion practice
  • Manuals and audio downloads
  • Certificate of completion
  • Entitlement to attend a one-day retreat at no additional cost.

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

No prior mindfulness or self-compassion experience is required. However, the course is an ideal next step for those who have completed an eight-week mindfulness course.

Cost: £225 | Deposit £95 (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)

Saturday 27th October 2018, 10am–4pm

At The Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park, EH22 2NA

This workshop will be led by guest tutor Pamela Birnie.


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)

Sunday 20th May 2018, 10am–4pm

At The Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park, EH22 2NA

 


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)

Saturday 16th June 2018, 10am–3pm

At The Restoration Yard, Dalkeith Country Park, EH22 2NA

This workshop will be led by guest tutor Craig Ali, founder of Total Health.


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

Thursdays, from 6th September–11th October, 6.30-7.30pm

Attend all six classes (£50) or pay for four classes (£40) to be used at any time throughout the six-week block.

At Walk the Talk Studios, 1A Abercrombie Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6JX

These sessions will be led by guest tutor Craig Ali.


One-hour Mindfulness support sessions

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These regular meet-up sessions help develop and support your mindfulness meditation practices. Suitable for everyone from complete beginners to anyone wishing to boost their existing mindfulness or meditation practice.

Each meet-up includes discussion time, a group meditation and the opportunity to ask questions.

Cost: £12 per session.

Tuesday 23rd October 2018, 7-8pm

Tuesday 20th November 2018, 7-8pm

At Breath-Works, 7a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH

These sessions will be led by guest tutor Pamela Birnie.


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