Current Offerings

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Mindfulness Meditation: On the Cushion and In Life

Mindfulness meditation cultivates qualities of conscious, compassionate awareness and calm abiding.  In so doing, it fosters the capacity that exists within all of us to approach life’s ups and downs with resourcefulness, non-harm, and insight.

Themes of this four-week foundation course: 

  • Stillness:  anchoring awareness in the body and the breath
  • Equanimity: befriending experience
  • Clearly seeing:  compassionate awareness 
  • Spaciousness: responding skilfully to change, trouble, loss, and uncertainty


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

MBSR is the eight-week ‘gold standard’ course developed by Jon Kabat Zinn, Professor of Medicine emeritus at UMass Medical School. Its curriculum emerges from the teachings of two empirical disciplines: one of science, medicine, and psychology, and the other of Buddhist philosophy and meditative traditions.

  • Simple awareness:  centring attention; coming home to the body
  • Attention and the brain:  the neuroscience of mindfulness meditation
  • How we add suffering to pain:  attachment and aversion
  • Stress and eu-stress: responding versus reacting
  • Difficult thoughts and emotions: befriending internal experience in times of difficulty
  • Stress in relationships: mindful compassion toward self and others
  • Taking personal responsibility: knowing what to put down and what to cultivate
  • Sustaining the practice:  engaged mindfulness in everyday life

This course develops both formal and informal skills. Formal skills include sitting mindfulness meditation, walking meditation, and the body scan. These practices are the cornerstone of mindfulness and the foundation on which self-awareness and equanimity are built. Informal skills relate to mindfulness in daily life; i.e., practices including compassionate awareness of thoughts and feelings, emotional tolerance, recognition of unhelpful habits of thought and behaviour, effective conflict management, centring in present moment experience, and cultivation of a resilient attitude to all life experiences.

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Other courses, intensives, and workshops

Half and full day mindfulness meditation retreats

Weekend retreats in Tuscany, Val d’Orcia

Short courses/workshops:

  • Mindfulness and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Mindful Parenting: Providing the Safe Base
  • Secure Attachment: How We Connect with Others
  • Cultivating Compassion for Self and Others
  • The Brahma-viharas: Watering the Good Seeds
  • Sustaining Mindfulness in Times of Trouble
  • Mindfulness and the ‘Happiness Trap’

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PRIVATE MBSR

For those who cannot commit to an eight-week course because of travel or other responsibilities, private MBSR provides the complete course in mindfulness adapted to the schedule of the participant, in person or online.

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INDIVIDUAL MINDFULNESS-BASED THERAPY

One-to-one private professional support during times of stress, anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, personal loss, or life transitions.  In person or online.

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