Organisations I have provided mindfulness sessions for include AVDC, Swiss Re, Nexxans, Adoptionplus and the Toolshed High Wycombe.

Why should organisations offer their staff a mindfulness programme? There is growing evidence that where people use mindfulness regularly they manage stress better, that resilience is strengthened and that concentration and focus improve. Mindfulness training tends to increase empathy and therefore relationships both at work and outside may benefit. The connectivity of modern life with the internet and mobile phones brings huge advantages but also means it's harder for people to 'switch off' and over time this is often detrimental to health. 

Mindfulness is a cost effective way to improve staff well-being and morale, plus it gives employees a tool they can continue to use beyond any course. It is important to ensure any mindfulness practitioner is fully trained and experienced in mindfulness - to be effective, this must be embodied in the trainer, not simply that they have read a few books and been on a course. To be sure of extensive training, go to the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers and confirm they are on the list of Teachers meeting Good Practice Guidelines (https://www.mindfulness-network.org/listingspage.php).

What I can offer your organisation is a range of courses, faciltated by an experienced trainer with not only an understanding of the business world but also of mental health and ill-health. Courses can be tailored for an organisation or be of the following formats:
  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Clear & Calm: Mindfulness in the Workplace (6 sessions of 1.5 hours duration)
  • the full 8 week Mindfulness Course (8 sessions of 2 hours duration)

All workshops are experiential, with practical exercises and full guidance. This is hands-on learning and experiencing, much more of an embodied and holistic exercise than simply reading a book or doing an on-line course. 


Introductory Workshop: This is typically two to four hours long and includes a range of the following:
  • initial breathing meditation (just a few minutes) to bring presence
  • a practical exercise to enable recognition of being on auto-pilot and the impact of this on day-to-day living
  • a guided body scan, a meditation to promote connection with the body that increases calmness and well-being
  • an exercise on thoughts and feelings illustrates the influence of thought patterns and mood on how we interpret events and situations
  • a mindfulness of the breath meditation shows how a simple technique can quieten the mind, as well as highlight how active the mind generally is.

Benefits: this introduction to Mindfulness gives an experience of focusing the mind in a different way, to perhaps quieten the mind for a short time and see how busy and chaotic the mind generally is, if left to its own devices. This helps with stress management, and also can be the start of being less driven by the mind, more aware. Beginning to see how much we live on auto-pilot highlights the possible richness of everyday experiences, how simple sources of pleasure and happiness may already be present in our lives but currently overlooked in our rush to the next thing.

Clear & Calm: Mindfulness in the Workplace: I have designed this six week course specifically for organisations, taking the key aspects of the 8 week course and distilling it into a format that is more suitable to run as an extended lunch-time or before/after work course. Each session is 1.5 hours in length and the session themes are as follows:

  • Session 1: The Here and Now 
  • Session 2: Keeping the Body in Mind
  • Session 3: Thoughts Aren't Facts
  • Session 4: Avoidance and Acceptance
  • Session 5: Self-Care and Stress
  • Session 6: Moving Forward - Integrating Mindful Awareness
Home practice will be suggested between sessions to enable participants to create the 'mindfulness habit' in their lives.See the benefits of the 8 week course below - these apply to this succinct format too.

The Eight Week Programme: This can be undertaken for two hours per week over eight weeks, or completed over a weekend, or as four x four hour long modules.  Whichever of these formats is used, the eight session themes covered are as follows:
  • Session 1: Automatic Pilot
  • Session 2: Dealing With Barriers
  • Session 3: Mindfulness of the Breath
  • Session 4: Staying Present
  • Session 5: Allowing and Letting Be
  • Session 6: Thoughts are Not Facts
  • Session 7: How Do I Look After Myself?
  • Session 8: Using What’s Been Learned Beyond the Course

Benefits: the eight week Mindfulness programme has the potential to be life-transforming. Gains are really seen with practice, and in an ongoing eight week programme homework will be set between sessions to encourage this. Participants are more likely to allow themselves this time in their personal schedule when set the task to do so. Recognising  autopilot and instead being fully aware, even if for short periods of time, will open up a potential richness in many every day experiences. This is a route to greater satisfaction and contentment in life. The awareness of thought processes, the frantic activity of the mind and the impact of it on feelings and body sensations are an important benefit, reducing depressive tendencies, anxious feelings and improving resilience. 


The experiential format means participants can really understand more about how their minds function, which can be the beginning of living more easily and comfortably with a sense of being less ‘driven’ by thoughts and feelings. On the Six or Eight Week Programme, with the practice that is encouraged between sessions, participants  really get the opportunity to explore how to use these techniques in their daily life. Resource lists provided at the end of workshops and programmes mean that the meditations experienced can be continued at home, to help manage stress or other negative feelings and promote increased calmness, to continue in the months and years ahead.

For more information on Mindfulness programmes please contact: patricia@space4you.org.uk