MBSR Course in London, Kent or online
Our key priority is to keep our participants and faculty safe. Accordingly, we have moved all our courses online until further notice. We will be continuing to review the situation in line with Government guidance.
With our online courses and events, you’ll still get:
- The same accreditation
- The same experiential training
- The same high quality learning experience
- The same exceptional support whilst you train with us.
At Catalyst 14, we have been delivering highly effective online experiential learning programmes since our inception. Due to the advances in technology, and our belief that coaches need to be effective at working online, our courses and events have always made extensive use of virtual learning environments (so coaches can practice working online whilst receiving feedback from our team).
This means that during the current Covid-19 situation, all our courses, retreats and events have seamlessly moved online, and we will be continuing to deliver them all as planned.
Next online MBSR course: September 2021 (details below).
Fee: £300 + VAT per person
Both our face-to-face and online MBSR courses include eight sessions, and the above fees cover all sessions. In addition, our face to face course includes an extra Saturday Silent Day retreat from 10am-3pm. Please see the ‘Course Content’ section below for details of each session along with the dates.
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.”
— Jon Kabat-Zinn
MBSR Course benefits
This course is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979. There has been much written about the scientifically-researched psychological and physiological benefits of attending this course.
On completion of the programme, participants report:
- greater resilience and ability to cope with stress
- enhanced ability to cope with life and work’s events and challenges
- improved self esteem and key emotional intelligence competencies such as self awareness, self management, empathy and impulse control
- enhanced capacity to lead and work with organisational and personal change
- greater energy and enthusiasm for work and life
- increased ability to switch off from work and truly be at home.
We offer both online MBSR courses and a face-to-face programme.
I deliver our MBSR Course in Central London and West Malling in Kent.
The course is structured into 8 weekly sessions of 2 hours each. You will also be invited to attend a one-day retreat as part of this programme.
Your experience will be both rewarding and challenging, and I will ask for a high level of personal commitment to your development over the nine week period. Home practice is a large component of the programme and you will be asked to commit on average 45 minutes per day to various exercises (supported by online resources).
Below you will find an outline of this programme together with one of the core session themes:
- Module 1: Automatic Pilot, 20 September 2021, 4-6pm
Developing your ability to recognise when you are truly present and when you are not. Learn the ability and benefits of switching your mind out of automatic pilot.
- Module 2: Dealing with Barriers, 27 September 2021, 4-6pm
Identifying your habitual responses to events in your life and how these tend to control your reactions to challenges and experience.
- Module 3: Mindfulness of the Breath, 4 October 2021, 4-6pm
Learning to focus your attention to gather your mind when it is scattered and reacting to experience.
- Module 4: Staying Present, 11 October 2021, 4-6pm
Learning to see how mindfulness provides you with a wider perspective to enable you to relate differently to your experience.
- Module 5: Acceptance/Allowance/Letting Be, 18 October 2021, 4-6pm
Learning how the attitude of acceptance is a major part of taking care of you and how this provides you with the ability to see more clearly, what if anything needs to change.
- Module 6: Working with thoughts and bringing mindfulness into relationships,1 November 2021, 4-6pm
Identifying how stress shows up in your relationships and learning a different way of responding and communicating.
- Module 7: How can I best take care of myself, 8 November 2021, 4-6pm
Further developing your awareness and ability to respond rather than react to your life.
- Module 8: Acceptance and Change, 15 November 2021, 4-6pm
Understanding how a regular mindfulness practice will help you to sustain a balance in your life.
Who is the course for?
The course is suitable for most people. We all experience difficulties in our lives, and the course can teach skills to help manage these. Some participants come to the course because of a specific physical or mental health problem; others come to help themselves deal more effectively with stress.
Sometimes people want to do the course for professional reasons as first step towards learning to use the approach to help others, but I insist that everyone fully participates as himself or herself and not as an observer. This programme will not qualify you to teach mindfulness.
This course is not appropriate for people who are currently suffering from depression or psychiatric illness. Please always seek permission from your doctor before attending if you are currently under medical care for any illness.