Events & Workshops

We offer a range of meditation workshops, weekly classes, retreats and the traditional MBCT 8 week course, and can structure a tailor made programme to suit your needs. We are happy to travel to your workplace by arrangement.

Our 8 week mindfulness based cognitive therapy programme is based on the original mindfulness based stress reduction programme devised by Jon Kobat-Zinn.

Our attain and retain peace workshop includes techniques to allow you to change the relationship with your mind as well as teaching mindful meditations.

See what our previous participants are saying about us here.

Please see the relevant section below and contact us if you require further details.

 
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MBCT
8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy programme, based on the original programme devised by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

MBCT combines traditional cognitive behavioural therapy with mindfulness and meditation. MBCT enables the participant to recognise and step out of automatic cognitive processes that can trigger stress, anxiety and depression. Participants recognise that certain thoughts and feelings are mentally destructive and are taught to allow the mind to move from automatic thought patterns to conscious emotional processing.

Scientific research supports the effectiveness of mindfulness for reducing depressive relapses, reducing cravings for substances people are addicted to, combating stress and being an effective tool for managing chromic pain and health conditions.

The MBCT programme takes place over 8 weeks. There is a weekly course and practice is done outside of the class with the use of MP3′s for regular meditation and techniques to integrate mindfulness into daily routines.

Our next course starts on the 15th June at 10am. To view the course poster and see full details <click here>, 0r jump right in and complete our joining form here.



Mindfulness for Addictions

Addiction is something that has had a direct impact upon my family in the past and while there is limited help available to addicts in regard to their mental health and well being, their families are sadly often forgotten. We feel privileged to be able to take part in the Healing Minds Project.

Mindfulness is a powerful tool  in the treatment of addictions which take hold in many subtle psychological ways, it enables us to: -

Understand our desires
Notice cravings and choose how to react before they take hold
Regular practice strengthens our muscles of attention so we find it easier to release thoughts and cravings
Teaches us how to experience cravings without necessarily reacting to them
Shows us a way to deal with stress so we are less likely to use a 'crutch'

In a recent study Neuroscientists found that after just five 20 minute sessions of a mindfulness meditation technique, people had increased blood flow to an area of the brain vital to self-control, the anterior cingulate cortex. After 11 hours of practice, they found actual physical changes in the brain around this area. (Reference Short-term meditation induces white matter changes in the anterior cingulate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107(35), 15649-15652)

The programme we will be using for this project combines Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques which will be running in Corby, Northamptonshire over a period of 10 weeks. There will be two programmes, one on a Tuesday evening for families affected by addiction and one on a Wednesday lunchtime for recovering addicts.

Participants will be expected to attend each session as well as carrying out some practice at home in-between sessions, MP3's will be provided for this.



Attain and Retain Peace
Attain and Retain Peace One Day Meditation Workshops take place in Corby, Northamptonshire, or via Skype over 4 weekly sessions.

A course manual and audio meditation recordings.

Alongside meditation techniques (incorporating periods of meditation), the sessions cover theoretical learning to enable you to understand: -
What you truly want from life.
Why we get trapped into cycles of negative thinking.
Why seemingly ‘resolved’ emotional issues can return.
How to free ourselves of judgements.
The impact of emotional stress on our physical health.
How we can learn to observe our thoughts without engaging with them.
The challenges faced trying to establish and sustain a meditation practice and how to overcome them.
We are happy to set up additional dates/travel to you, for a minimum of 4 attendees.

“It was an absolute privilege to receive this training! Louise and Tim, we can’t thank you enough. We wholeheartedly recommend The Happy Starfish to anyone”.



Mind CALM
"You wander from room to room searching for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck". Rumi

Ever wish you could stop your mind from working overtime?

There are many types of meditation available but the one that really works for me is Mind Calm, devised by Sandy Newbigging, to such an extent I became a teacher of this method.

Rather than promising you peace of mind it helps you achieve peace with mind. Yes that's right, you don't need to try to stop your thoughts, not even during the time you spend meditating.

Instead Mind Calm teaches you ways to be at peace with whatever you are thinking or feeling at any given moment in time. A really practical form of meditation you can use anytime, anywhere; even with your eyes open.

If you have ever felt overwhelmed, unfulfilled and "there must be more to life than this" why not try a new strategy? Mind Calm can help you worry less, sleep better, improve relationships, live fully in the present moment and feel more calm, confident and content.

After being taught Mind Calm (either in a group, a one to one session or over Skype) you will have a good understanding of how your mind works, what impact your thoughts have on your physical health and emotional state and practical tools to integrate into your daily life to reconnect you to peace, love and happiness.

Ready to become a consciousness explorer? Close your eyes and wake up.



If you are interested in any of the events & workshops or want to find out more, please get in touch via the contact us page.

Please check out our sister site at www.thehappystarfish.co.uk for current dates and prices.