We offer mindfulness courses, workshops and retreats for beginners and more experienced practitioners, in Cuckfield (nr Haywards Heath), West Sussex. Our wide-ranging programme is led by mindfulness teacher and author Ed Halliwell. We also offer mindfulness training for schools and other organisations.
Our public offering includes:
Eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) courses
Graduate practice sessions, day and weekend retreats. and follow-up courses for people who’ve already completed an eight-week course.
One-to-one/small private group taster sessions and eight-week courses.
- One-to-one taster sessions and eight-week courses via Skype
One-Day Introduction To Mindfulness Workshops
Our one-day workshops are for people curious about mindfulness or considering taking a mindfulness course. These workshops introduce key principles for living mindfully, and core practices to help cultivate mindfulness in daily life. Tea, coffee, refreshments and a light vegetarian lunch from The Sussex Produce Company are included. The cost is £75 and workshops are held at The Old School, Cuckfield, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
- Thursday 7th June, 10am-5pm, (in Cuckfield). Find out more.
- Saturday 14th July, 10am-5pm (in Cuckfield). Find out more.
- Sunday 7th October, 10am-5pm (in Cuckfield) Find out more.
- Saturday 24th November, 10am-5pm, (in Cuckfield) Find out more.
Morning and Evening Eight-Week Mindfulness Courses
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the gold standard eight-week mindfulness course. The course teaches us how to cultivate awareness and be less caught up in automatic thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns. Participants learn meditation practices which can transform daily life, including sitting meditation, body scanning and mindful movement.
Wednesday Morning Course
Wednesday Evening Course
Saturday Morning Course
(Please note, we often hold waiting lists for our courses and early booking is advised.)
We also run courses and workshops in London WC1.
Our graduate programme supports people who’ve completed an eight-week course, through ongoing opportunities to practise with others and deepen their learning. The programme includes morning and evening sessions, non-residential day retreats and residential weekend retreats. Find out more
One-to-One/Small Private Groups
For those unable to attend a group course, we have a few spaces available for one-to-one mindfulness courses. These usually follow the curriculum of an eight-week course, adapted for individuals. For those unable to make our location in Cuckfield, West Sussex, we can offer one-to-one mindfulness training via Skype. Please contact us for a further discussion if you are interested in one-to-one/small group sessions.
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What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention, staying present and responding skilfully to what’s happening in our lives. It helps people manage their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships with awareness and compassion, leading to greater well-being and appreciation, as well as more choice in how to meet challenges. Mindfulness is cultivated by a exploring a range of simple meditation practices and approaches to living, as taught on our courses. Our approach is based on the 'gold standard' mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course, which was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachussetts medical school, and which has been used for nearly 40 years to help with stress, anxiety, and chronic health problems, as well as to promote resilience and flourishing. We also draw from the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course, developed by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto. The two courses are very closely related - MBCT is itself based on MBSR and the content for both courses is about 80 per cent the same. The MBCT course was developed later and more specifically to help prevent relapse among people with a history of depression - however it is now also now being offered more widely, for people with other conditions and to non-clinical populations. An extensive body of clinical research has consistently shown that this approach to teaching mindfulness is helpful for working with a wide range of conditions, as well as for optimising well-being, and it is now taught widely in healthcare, education, workplaces and other settings.
Who teaches our mindfulness courses?
All of our courses are led by Ed Halliwell. Ed is a highly-experienced mindfulness teacher, having taught the gold-standard Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course more than 70 times. He is the author of three books: Mindfulness: How To Live Well By Paying Attention, Into The Heart of Mindfulness and (as co-author) The Mindful Manifesto, and as well as teaching mindfulness to public groups and in organisations, Ed is an advisor to The Mindfulness Initiative, which is supporting the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group to develop mindfulness-based policies for the UK. He is a faculty member of The School of Life in London, and an associate of the Oxford University Mindfulness Centre. According to Psychologies magazine, Ed is "one of the UK's most popular mindfulness teachers", while the Guardian calls him "one of the UK's leading mindfulness instructors and writers." Find out more about Ed.
Watch a video of Ed Halliwell talking about mindfulness for the Mental Health Foundation's 'Be Mindful' campaign.
Watch a video of Ed Halliwell introducing the Be Mindful Online course
Watch a video of Professor Mark Williams from Oxford University talk about mindfulness and stress reduction for the Mental Health Foundation's 'Be Mindful' campaign.
Read media coverage about Ed Halliwell and Mindfulness Sussex here.
Read testimonials from people who've participated in our courses and workshops.