Scientific research into the health benefits of practising mindfulness has been going on for over 30 years. Studies have highlighted the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation for:
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Improving concentration and memory
- Helping people living with depression
- Boosting the immune system
- Helping people cope with chronic pain or inflammatory conditions such as asthma, tinnitus, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Universities and health organisations worldwide have been involved in researching and reporting on the benefits of mindfulness practice.
The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University focuses on research into the effectiveness of mindfulness in clinical treatment and illness prevention.
Neuroscientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds have studied how people suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions can benefit from mindfulness meditation.
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre at the University of Oxford has been at the forefront of mindfulness research and training for over a decade. Their main research focus is now the prevention of depression, including helping young people develop their resilience.
Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People, published by The Mindfulness in Schools Project and the University of Exeter Mood Disorders Centre, summarises research into the effects of mindfulness on the emotional well-being, learning abilities and mental health of young people.
The Compassion Based Living CourseIf you’ve completed a Mindfulness-Based Living Course, and you’re ready to extend and deepen your mindfulness practice, the eight-week Compassion-Based Living Course is an ideal next step. On this course, you’ll:
- Expand your understanding of your emotional drives and what goes on at the subconscious level of your brain, based on the latest scientific research
- Learn how to strengthen your compassion for yourself and others
- Discover how to overcome common blocks in your mindfulness practice
- Practice letting go of self-criticism and develop better ways to approach your imperfections
- Find out how to bring a kind, mindful attitude to the challenges you face in life.
“Sue shows in her sessions her breadth of knowledge, insightful awareness, and authentic intent in leading and encouraging the group. She addresses the difficulties and blocks to meditation and ways to strengthen the practice. I found the course beneficial on many levels and would recommend it as an ideal progression from the mindfulness course.” Compassion Based Living Course participant
Mindfulness Based Living Course (eight weeks):
- Groups of between two and eight people: £180 per person
- One-to-one: £200
Compassion Based Living Course (eight weeks):
- Groups of between two and five people: £200 per person
- One-to-one: £225
Personalised, 1-to-1 mindfulness courses designed for you (from three to five weeks):
- £45 per session (1–1.5 hours per session)
Bursaries and payment plans:
- There are a number of bursaries available annually for people who would otherwise have difficulty with full course fees. Payment plans can also be discussed. Please get in touch to find out more.