Introduction to Mindfulness

Ref: C3529031

On a mindfulness course you have the opportunity to learn a range of practices that can help you cope more effectively with difficulty, stress and ill health. You will be learning formal and informal mindfulness practices, to help to develop greater moment to moment awareness. Through establishing a regular mindfulness practice you may be able to develop more positive and flexible responses to difficult situations, thoughts and feelings.

Course aim

Mindfulness courses teach formal and informal practices that can help reduce stress and anxiety, benefit physical and emotional wellbeing and enable people to respond to difficulties with more positive choices.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Undertake a range of mindfulness practices including mindfulness of the body, of the breath, of movement and of thoughts
  • Develop and demonstrate understanding of different aspects of reactions to difficulty - sensations, thoughts and feelings
  • Develop a practice of mindfulness of everyday activities and integrate this into everyday life
  • Identify some early warning signs of stress and develop an action plan for coping with difficult situations

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will be encouraged to engage in mindfulness practice of around 40 minutes a day during the course and to keep a brief record

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • you will have the opportunity to reflect on learning at every class and there will be sheets supplied to briefly record experiences of home practice, which the tutor will respond to each week in writing

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Introduction to Mindfulness


You can 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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