Next Course: 2 August - 20 September 2018
Eight weekly sessions, two and a half hours each time: 17h30 to 20h00
These will commence on Thursday 2 August 2018
There will be one full day session on Saturday after week 6: 08h30 to 16h30
The final session will be on Thursday 20 September 2018
We will begin promptly in order to close in time. Please arrive at 17h15 for the first session.
Michael Oak Waldorf School in Kenilworth
The full day session will be at a different venue.
R5500 (includes pre-course assessment, 28 hours of teaching time, compact discs for home practice, readings, refreshments) A non-refundable admin deposit of R1000 is due to secure your place after your pre-course assessment. The balance of fees is payable before the course commences.
Contact Dr Danielle Klemp about partial medical aid remuneration on firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring to the course:
Tea, coffee and simple snacks will be provided but please feel free to bring a snack you might need. Dress in comfortable, warm clothing. Bring a cushion, a blanket and a yoga mat if you have one. We do have some mats available.
MBSR - SOUTH BOOKINGS OPEN FOR 2018 - NEXT COURSE COMMENCES 2 AUGUST 2018
BOOKINGS NOW OPEN
COURSE FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS:
"The most valuable has been the constant practice and starting with just that each session. This instills a routine which I believe is invaluable once the course is done. It's just about getting that bottom on the ground. In addition the sharing in a group has been very valuable. It's comforting to know that we all face our battles and that in the end a lot of it goes on in our minds. Giving ourselves permission to just rest, and share our feelings with one another are just a few things that allow the mind to take break."
"I learnt a great deal during the course but most important and valuable to me was that I learnt to feel again. I learnt to fall into my body for the first time since becoming an adult. This was a profoundly painful but releasing experience. It was wonderful. I feel as if my heart opened again after being shut down due to stress. The meditation practice enabled me to get a glimpse of what is possible if I allow this to happen. It has given me a taste of how the meditation skills can enable this to happen. It gives me an interior expansiveness which is so liberating – I feel the freedom to feel again."
" I think my stress response has been altered in that I am definitely more able to bring an awareness to stressful interactions which then enables me to respond more consciously and carefully. This has reduced my overall experience of stress. "
"The Mindfulness Course with MBSR South has been an extraordinarily valuable and life changing course for me on several different levels. On a very basic, practical level, having the structure of an 8 week course focused on mindfulness practice enabled a consistent focus on mindfulness practice. Having this ‘container’ of the structure of the course was valuable in pushing me beyond the erratic dipping in and out of mindfulness practice that I have done over the past few years. So whilst mindfulness practice was not completely new to me, I have not consistently maintained my exploration of this and the course provides just sufficient structure to enable this. So this would be the first, most basic aspect of the usefulness of the course – creating a container for consistent beginner focus on the practice.
At the next level, the course provided a collective, ‘common humanity’ context which was extremely useful in constantly reminding me that the struggles that I was having to be diligent to the practice and try and quieten my mind and just allow my anxiety to come and to observe this and let it go are common to everyone. These struggles impact the most skilled mindfulness practioners like our course teachers as well as others – highly accomplished professionals and people from all walks of life. Thus the group context itself as a therapeutic or healing hand, holding one lightly within a sense of shared challenges was very valuable. This was particularly valuable for me as I tend to slip into a very critical personal mode of failure and so to be consistently reminded that this is part of what it means to be human through seeing one’s own struggles mirrored in others’ struggle with similar challenges was helpful.
The skilful balance of the methodology and pedagogy – moving from practice to more intellectual exploration and always back to practice was very good for me. The teachers provided just the right amount of information on the ‘theory’ of mindfulness but always kept the practice in the foreground. This forced me to try and accept the challenge that was articulated early on in the course to not get lost in exploring the mind of mindfulness and to sit on the cushion and explore the heart of it!
The balance of requiring some ‘reporting back’ on home practice each week without too much pressure was just right. It meant I did not feel pressured if I had had a difficult week but it was also a consistent nudge to keep practicing and to put the focus of the course on the daily work, not on the once a week meeting.
I learnt a great deal during the course but more important and valuable to me was that I learnt to feel again. I learnt to fall into my body for the first time since becoming an adult. This was a profoundly painful but releasing experience. It was wonderful. I feel as if my heart opened again after being shut down due to stress. The meditation practice enabled me to get a glimpse of what is possible if I allow this to happen. It has given me a taste of how the meditation skills can enable this to happen. It gives me an interior expansiveness which is so liberating – I feel the freedom to feel again. This has also re-awakened by interest in Buddhist practice and teachings and I have enjoyed exploring this more spiritual component in tandem with the stress –relief based aspects.
The building up of exercises from the body scan and awareness of breath to being able to just sit and move across different meditation modalities – breathe, sound, body – became easier as time went by. This ability to drop into whatever form feels right on a particular day is very helpful. I appreciate this flexibility and learning how to check in with what feels right for me.
In the last week I experienced a deep sense of connectedness to nature and loss of self in my mediation which was blissful. I now long for my mediation practice and the experience of the loss of self and the quiet. I am aware of the need to not want to hold on to this or expect this and just take what comes along but its very delicious!
I learnt to be more aware and present in moments of stress and therefore able to consciously elect to manage them differently.
I experienced several major insight moments over the course of the 8 weeks which have been very profoundly releasing for me – enabling me to experience emotions that have been buried but also then to release them with ease. It has also helped me to bring more compassion to my self and to others. I have experienced a simultaneously contradictory change in my sense of self - on the one hand I feel I have gained some distance from the stressed, judging, critical anxious self and this self is less present. So a sense of a loss of self consciousness and loss of self associated with ego. On the other hand I feel more sense of self – but a different, freer, less rigid more aware self that is part of the life around me. I feel my humanness as more part of nature than previously and this gives me some distance and perspective on my little life which is freeing. This has also been linked to re-connecting with my spiritual being.
I think my stress response has been altered in that I am definitely more able to bring an awareness to stressful interactions which then enables me to respond more consciously and carefully. This has reduced my overall experience of stress.
I am more aware of my actions and hence have been able to stop certain negative actions such as engaging in mindless ‘skinner’ with others, or mindless sarcasm or join in undermining of others. I find I am able to stop myself earlier and am more aware of the uselessness of some negative behaviour.
I am able to ‘drop into’ stress relieving exercises quicker - am able to just consciously move into a place of quiet mind a little sooner which is incredibly empowering and relieving. Just knowing I have this capability now has given me great comfort and increased faith that I can manage risks and stress going forward.
My appreciation of quiet, of form and of nature has been greatly enhanced. I find I opt for quiet more. I don’t judge myself for being less social and tending to be a loner. I feel a deep connectivity to nature which is so comforting – as if the practice enables me to return to a more authentic state , one more embedded in and part of Nature.
I would really like to thank you both for making this experience possible. You both gave so fully and whole heartedly to us and held us with such compassion and care. It has been a very wonderful gift. Thank you. "