Graduate Refresher and Deepening Days

Refresher and Deepening Workshops revisit and go deeper into exploration of key themes in mindfulness practice. Taking a more interactive approach than our retreat days, these sessions each examine one key theme at greater length and depth than is possible during an 8-week course. Through short presentations, group practice and inquiry, a stronger connection to previous learning can be made, and new insights can arise, along with strategies to put them into practice in our lives.

Working Mindfully With Pain - 7th April 2019 (12.30pm-6pm)

Many of us come to mindfulness practice because we struggle with pain. Our pain may be physical or emotional (or both) and as well as the unpleasant experience of the pain itself, we may also suffer the stress of 'not knowing what to do with it', especially if our pain is long-lasting. The promise of mindfulness is that we can come to know, understand and work with pain in a different way - with gentleness, patience and acceptance. This goes counter to our usual habits - of pushing away or trying to get rid of pain - and while it may seem paradoxical or passive, this way of being can reduce the stress that pain causes, and enable us to live more fully. In this workshop, we'll explore in depth how and why we tend to react to pain in harmful ways, and how we can cultivate a kinder, more skilful relationship with it. We'll explore the psychology and neuroscience of pain and the science of how mindfulness can help, as well as practising a range of meditations which can help us relate wisely to the pain in our lives. There will also be opportunities for group sharing of experiences, inquiry and exploration of how to manage pain well. This workshop is open to anyone who has completed an 8-week mindfulness course, and runs from 12.30pm-6pm. The cost is £65. Book here.

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