Bringing Mindfulness to Life
A Programme in Deepening your Practice
October 2020 - March 2021
Presented within a series of nine full days, these sessions are designed to support the deepening of an experiential understanding of mindfulness. The sessions are themed to follow the direction of an eight-week mindfulness course. The days are suitable for beginners and those already engaged in a mindfulness practice. There will be an emphasis on mindfulness in daily life as we engage with our experience in both formal and informal practice. Suggestions will be given as to articles and literature which support each aspect of the learning and which encourage reflection. There is no formal written work, but you will be encouraged to keep a journal of your own discoveries.
- 2 October 2020: Introductory day. Orientation. Context of the training. Historical over view of MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy). Group reflections - ‘What brings us here?’
- 16 October 2020: Body in Movement. Following the ‘shape’, of the MBCT course we will spend the day exploring how the body and breath offer an ever- present focus on which we can reconnect with mindful presence.
- 6 November 2020: ‘Coming to Sit’. Parallel to the direction of an eight-week course, we spend a day investigating the longer sitting practices and the opportunity for learning and insight they bring.
- 20 November 2020: Exploring the conditioned pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral response that occurs with each sense contact as described by the traditional term – Vedena, or ‘feeling tone’.
- 11 December 2020: The Buddhist Foundations of MBCT. During this day we will explore the four foundations of mindfulness and other elements of Buddhism which have informed the core aspects of Mindfulness - based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. We will combine theory with personal engagement and refection.
- 15 January 2021: Mindfulness and Compassion. Mindfulness based learning is cultivated within an attitude of kindness and compassion. There will be acknowledgment of the ongoing discussion within the field as to the interconnection between these elements. Loving - Kindness and Self Compassion practices as explicit elements will be explored as part of this day.
- 29 January 2021: Mindfulness in the Everyday. Following the themes within the latter part of a mindfulness course, we explore the links between our practice and daily activities. We will be invited to move into everyday places and investigate our responses. Elements of all the previous days may be woven experientially into this day.
- 22 - 26 February 2021 – Five-day Silent Residential Retreat.
This retreat will provide a rich opportunity to deepen our personal engagement with mindfulness practice. The days will be mostly held in silence, however, there will be opportunities to talk with the teachers and be guided and supported throughout the time.
- 12 March 2021 – Individual Consultation – An opportunity to meet with a teacher individually. We will offer guidance and support as to where you may go next in terms of mindfulness-based development, within a personal or professional context.
The cost of the course is: £1,150
Dr Tim Sweeney
Tim Sweeney is a mental health nurse and accredited CBT therapist, completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy at Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre in 2006. He is an experienced MBCT teacher and trainer and is employed in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as the clinical lead for MBCT. This post involves coordinating and delivering training and supervision of MBCT to IAPT and Secondary Care staff, who work with people experiencing a diverse range of health problems.
Tim has run MBCT groups in primary care and specialist mental health services since 2008 for people with depression and other mental health problems. He has conducted research into the relationship between mindfulness and depression with the University of Nottingham and is an associate teacher & trainer with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He has extensive experience of MBCT training and supervision both in the UK and internationally. He was the chair of the British Association of Mindfulness-based Approaches in 2018-19.
Sonia is an Occupational Therapist with extensive mental health experience. She currently works within Nottinghamshire NHS Trust as a ‘Mindfulness-based Advanced Practitioner'. She gained a master's degree in ‘Teaching Mindfulness- based Approaches' at Bangor University.
Sonia has taught MBCT in secondary mental healthcare, since 2007. She is a trainer within the Trust's MBCT supervised Pathway. She provides ongoing supervision for trainees as they move towards bringing mindfulness into their own personal and professional lives, with all that this entails.
Sonia maintains regular contact with the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University.
Jake Dartington has been practising meditation since 1995 and completed a three-year training to lead retreats with Christina Feldman.
Since 2007, he has led silent retreats at Gaia House, where he is a member of the Teacher Council. He has also trained to teach MBSR and MBCT with Bangor University (TTR 1 and 2).
Jake is a retreat leader with the UK Network of Mindfulness teachers and also teaches with Bodhi College, London Insight Meditation and other organisations throughout the UK.
Since 2012, he has taught eight-week mindfulness courses for the general public in Nottingham and has also led training in a range of organisations.
A former college teacher, Jake has a Masters degrees in Philosophy and Buddhist Studies.
Institute of Mental Health
University of Nottingham Innovation Park
Oblate Retreat Centre
89 Broughton Lane
Dates at a glance
|First Phase of Foundation Training 2020/21
|2 October 2020
||Institute of Mental Health
|16 October 2020
||Body in Movement
|6 November 2020
||Silent sitting following shape of MBCT sitting practice
|20 November 2020
||Exploring Vedena and feeling tone with Jake Dartington
|11 December 2020
||Institute of Mental Health
||Buddhist Foundations with Jake Dartington
|15 January 2021
||Mindfulness and Compassion
|29 January 2021
||Mindfulness in the everyday with Jake Dartington
|22 - 26 February 2021
||5 day residential - Jake Dartington, Tim Sweeney and Sonia Moratto
|12 March 2021
||Nottingham Centre of Mindfulness
For further information, or to apply for the training please contact:
Joanne Lee, MBCT Secretary, or Sonia Moratto, Mindfulness-based Advanced Practitioner
Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness
St. Ann's House
114 Thorneywood Mount
Telephone: 0115 8440535