Introduction to Mindfulness

Ref: C3125716

This course is intended for people open/willing to try new ways of dealing with stress, anxiety and recurring depression. It uses focused awareness as a way of connecting to ourselves and our surroundings. Students will experience a variety of meditation and mindful activity techniques including contemplative meditations, guided visualisations, breath work, the use of mantras, body scans, mindful eating etc. Students will also begin to explore mindful ways of dealing with negative thoughts and feelings.

Course aim

To provide opportunities to explore how 'mindfulness meditation' can become part of every day life.The course helps the students understand the benefits of mindfulness techniques as effective ways of managing stress and anxiety.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • People wishing to enrol who have a medical condition like epilepsy, or who are taking certain medications e.g. major should seek medical advice. Please contact us if you need to discuss this before the course starts.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate 'squared breathing', a technique which helps alleviate anxiety.
  • Understand the value of mindful activities and have created and coloured a mandala.
  • Use a body scan in my daily practice and be able to describe the process.
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How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Homework between sessions to help establish daily mindful practices.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing. Bring a folder for handouts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

Introduction to Mindfulness Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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