Saturday 31 October - CBT Elements
Course leader: Dr Patrizia Collard

CBT elements (really understand the difference between MBSR and MBCT ) & Inquiry – deepen your knowledge and application.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Training for Live- 2 day CPD event

(This course is potentially open to any who are at a point in their Mindfulness Practice where they feel ready, to look even deeper at the underlying teachings offered in an 8 week course.)

  1. Train ourselves to be in the present moment more often and turn towards whatever is unfolding in our live.
  2. Develop awareness of what is actually going on and accept for now that we are all vulnerable at times in our live so that we can learn to respond more skilfully to situations rather than simply react automatically. (Doing mode versus Being mode)!
  3. Learn attitudinal foundations of Mindfulness by increasing one’s ability to experience kindness, curiosity and a willingness to be with what is (allowing).
  4. Understand how NAT’s (negative automatic thoughts) lead to experiencing unhappiness (Depression, stress, trauma, anxiety, pain, fatigue, sleep disorder, immune disorder, suicide etc.). No attempt is made to change thoughts, but rather we are taught to become aware of them, observe them and understand how they can trigger mood changes and physical sensations. We also learn to notice when certain negative thoughts become repetitive (ruminations) and thus keep us trapped in a negative emotional cycle. We are encouraged to turn towards the difficult and then slowly step out of the vicious spiral by focusing on the present moment. New choices will therefore become available. Finally, we acknowledge that thoughts are not necessarily facts.

Sunday 1 November - Inquiry Skills
Course leader: Helen Stephenson

Most students and practitioners of mindfulness-based approaches perceive Inquiry skills as difficult to learn, yet they are an essential part of teaching Mindfulness. Inquiry has the great potential to deepen the participant’s learning of patterns, common to all or particular to the Individual. Inquiry is the meeting point of the participant’s history, their present life, and experiences and patterns showing up during their mindfulness practice. Combining this with the teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness, understanding of MBCT theory, and relational skills will offer us a powerful tool to enable learning that is insightful and potentially life changing.

This day aims to demystify Inquiry and to make us more confident in our Inquiry skills through various teaching methods, such as presentation, discussion, and practice of Inquiry skills with peers.

Topics covered:

  • Purpose and Intention of Inquiry
  • The four elements of inner experience (thought, emotions, body, urges/Impulses).
  • Re-action (leading to the vicious circle/vicious flower) versus responding with choice.
  • The sequence of the eight sessions and its implications for the Inquiry.
  • Learning points: awareness of patterns, common to all or particular to the Individual.
  • An invitation to notice, to explore, to be playful.
  • The what and how of skilful Inquiry: what to say and how to say it.
  • The importance of the teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness, supported by ongoing practice.

Booking information

DATES & TIMES: 31st October & 1st November 2020

PRICE: both days £195.00 – one day: £110.00 (deposit £50.00)

LOCATION: 45 Lowther Hill, London, SE23 1PZ.
Our centre is a beautiful private residence in SE London, close to public transport (busses, trains and overground), with free parking, a garden and private woodland. Tibbs the cat is one of our residents, but is not often seen. Should you need any further information, please let us know.

Enquiry & Booking Email: