Mindfulness Coaching

“If we are to grasp the reality of our life while we have it, we will need to wake up to our moments. Otherwise, whole days, even a whole life, could slip past unnoticed.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn

MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION 8 WEEK PROGRAM

Starting Thursday 19th October 2017

This Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program is an integrative, participant-centred approach to stress management and to date is the longest standing, most successful and well-researched stress reduction program worldwide. The program was founded in 1979 by Emeritus Professor of Medicine Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Program Structure:

  • An initial individual assessment. The intention of this meeting is to determine if the program is suitable for you as well as to create an opportunity to discuss expectations and address questions (30 mins)
  • 8 consecutive Thursdays starting on the 19th of October 2017 with a half-day retreat – Sunday 26th of November 2017
  • We will be running one MORNING program and one EVENING program
  • MORNING program  8h30 to 10h30 – Kloof, Durban
  • EVENING program  17h30 to 19h30 – The Office, 97 Innes Road, Morningside, Durban
  • One half-day retreat 8h30 to 14h30 (Sunday 26 November 2017)
  • Free participation in subsequent full-day retreats
  • Your commitment to do homework every day you are not in class during the program (approximately 45 min)

Payment:

  • Early Bird Rate (payable by 30 September 2017) R3 650. From 1st October 2017 R3 850
  • Price includes evaluation interview, all sessions, and program material
  • Deposit of R 1,000 required to secure your place – balance of payment due before the program commences
  • Please contact us if you would like to make a payment arrangement

Venue:

  • Morning program – 25 Park Lane, Kloof, Durban
  • Evening program – The Office, 97 Innes Road, Morningside, Durban

Classroom learning and practice of:

  • Gentle mindful movement
  • Body scan meditation
  • Sitting meditation
  • Walking meditation
  • Group dialogue & interpersonal learning

 What to Bring:

  • Yoga mat, cushion and small blanket
  • Bottle of water
  • Wear something warm and comfortable
  • Please eat something substantial before each session

Mindfulness refers to the willingness or ability to show up fully in your lives and live them as if they really mattered. It is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in your life that allows you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly. Mindfulness is also a practice, a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding.

It is typically cultivated by a range of simple meditation practices, which aim to bring a greater awareness of thinking, feeling and behaviour patterns, and to develop the capacity to manage these with greater skill and compassion. This leads to an expansion of choice and capacity in how to meet and respond to life’s challenges, and therefore live with greater wellbeing, mental clarity and care for yourself and others.

Mindfulness is beneficial for:

Stress – from work, school, family, finances, illness, aging, grief, uncertainty about the future

Medical conditions – including chronic illness or pain, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, asthma, skin disorders, headaches and many other conditions

Psychological distress – including anxiety, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances

Wellness – including wellness focused on prevention and learning the “how” of taking good care of yourself and feeling a greater sense of resilience and balance

 

“In a sense, you could say that {Mindfulness} refreshes us, makes this moment fresh, timeless, freed up, wide open. In such moments, we transcend who we think we are. We go beyond our stories and all our incessant thinking, however deep and important it sometimes is, and reside in the seeing of what is here to be seen and the direct, non-conceptual knowing of what is here to be known, which we don’t have to seek because it is already and always there. We rest in awareness, in the knowing itself which includes, of course, not knowing as well. We become the knowing and the not knowing, as we shall see over and over again.”
– Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn