Finding Peace in a Frantic World - 8 week course

Upcoming:

Finding Peace in a Frantic World for Younger People with Parkinson's and/or their partners and family members

"I have noticed that resting and allowing the bustle of every day to be decreased by being mindful in meditation improves the visible symptoms I experience when I exceed my capabilities through a busy day." 

Evening course for Finding Peace in a Frantic World:

Spring/summer course dates TBC

Daytime course for Finding Peace in a Frantic World:

FREE introductory sessions Thursday 31st March & Thursday 21st April 10.30 - 11.30 (please use Zoom Link button on home page, no need to book)

Course runs Thursdays 28th April - 23rd June 10.30 - 11.45

(please note, no session on Bank Holiday 2nd June)

Cost: £200

The Finding Peace course will be run with particular emphasis on mindfulness practices to support living with different aspects of Parkinson's e.g. pain management, sleep difficulties, stress-triggers, negative thought patterns, general anxiety and depression...

If you need help towards the cost of the programme please do ask. You may be eligible for a Parkinson’s UK Grant. Please see the Parkinson’s UK website for relevant details. To apply, you will need to download and complete a grant application form and submit it for review. If you are successful, Parkinson’s UK will remit the grant directly to Teresa Gane on your behalf.

 

The Parkinson's UK Area Development Manager for the South will be at both introductory sessions so you will be able to ask her any questions too. 

The outline of the standard course is below but please contact me to find out more details and/or come along to one of the free intro sessions. I look forward to hearing from you.

One-to-ones

These can be started at any time and include Finding Peace in a Frantic World, Mindfulness for Nurturing Parents and MBCT. Please contact me for a free introductory session.

Photo: walking the dogs, Archie & Bert. Photo courtesy of Louis Bird, Brighton

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"(I learnt) how to be more 'present' and appreciate things in life more. How to cope with stressful situations."

Format: Online using Zoom.  A link will be emailed out prior to the course. 

Who is it for? Everyone! - we can all experience feelings of anxiety, low mood, stress and/or fatigue at any time and this course offers a way of resourcing ourselves in the midst of what might be here for us. 

 

Course intentions:  to learn practical mindfulness skills for everyday life in order to work with and reduce anxiety and stress; to promote well-being and enjoyment; for you to sustain these practices once the course has finished.

What is involved? ​Each week has a different theme, for example looking at how busyness or stress impacts us, or how to promote enjoyment in our lives. We practice guided meditations and mindful activities to explore the themes, which is done in pairs/small groups and the whole group.

 

It is a very safe space: any input in discussions is invitational and these centre around feedback on the practices rather than talking about home situations. You only share what you feel comfortable with.

Home practice:  this is highly encouraged and you will be supported with handouts and access to audio guided meditations for each week.  This is so you can try out the practices and see how they might benefit you in your own life.  Research suggests that the more practice you do, the more beneficial it will be for you not only in terms of minimising the stress response in the body but sustaining the practices beyond the course. 

Course background: The course is based on the best-selling book Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.  This course has been devised at the Oxford University Mindfulness Cenre and the teacher-training is led by Chris Cullen.  

 

Course Materials and Cost:

The cost includes free intro session, some handouts and support during the course. 

You will need to buy the Finding Peace in a Frantic World book, or e-book, before the course starts,

as it will be the core reading during the 8-weeks and it really is a good read!  You can buy the book

 from these organisations - please support independent, ethical or second hand book-shops if you can: 

https://uk.bookshop.org, www.worldofbooks.com, www.whsmith.co.uk or as an e-book: 

https://www.ebooks.com/en-uk/book/755712/mindfulness/mark-williams/?_c=1 

Please let me know if cost will be a barrier to you attending, as I can offer payment plans to enable accessibility to courses.  I also work for East Sussex College who offer fully-funded courses - please see their website or contact me for more information.  Thank you. 

Next steps: Please contact me for more information or  book your place. 

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