mindfulness training

8 week mindfulness based living course – train your brain

I am trained and certified by the Mindfulness Association UK to run this powerful course, which they put together with great compassion. I am also on the BAMBA register, which holds the standard for mindfulness teaching Good Practice Guidelines in the UK. I am fully insured as a mindfulness and nature connection facilitator.

Watch me talk about the superpower that is kindness here

The next course starts on September 6th 7-9pm for 8 weeks and costs £200. There will be a free taster session on August 23rd 7- 8.30pm for those who would like to to know more beforehand or are new to mindfulness and are curious about the process.

Here’s a rough outline of the 8 weeks

Week 1 – Start Where We Are
Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
Week 4 – Working with Distraction
Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer
Week 7 – Self-acceptance
Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life

To book your place please use this link

Feedback for my MBLC teaching:

“I’ve loved it. Thank you! No matter how my weekly practice has gone, the weekly sessions have enlightened and brought positivity and kindness to my week.” – Becky

“I’m surprised at the subtle shifts in my life now that I’m more aware of negative behaviours and ‘self-talk’ that was casting a shadow over my life. I feel like this shadowy weight has lifted, and I wouldn’t want it to go back to where I was before I started the course.” Jude

“Alan is a great teacher who makes everyone feel comfortable by taking the time to listen carefully to what has been said and makes the whole group feel involved. His use of humour along with a strong knowledge of Mindfulness felt like a great way to learn.” Jack

“Course content was really useful, beautifully and gently delivered and at all times felt very held and safe. Alan was very humble and shared that he too is still working on all the things he teaches. I liked that he wasn’t the perfect, enlightened teacher and was so honest and open.” Lorraine

“I found a new confidence with myself when it comes to mindfulness and meditation and that’s thanks to Alan’s gentle way of teaching.” Siun

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Befriend Thy Brain!

I see training in mindfulness as befriending your brain, or at least giving you the tools to make friends with your every day experience. So many people live in constant anxiety, with a stream of anxious thoughts taking precedence over enjoyment of life. Train your brain in a fun way within a supportive group setting and open up to a friendlier, more grounded approach to life

Benefits of Mindfulness Brain Training Practice

I want to just share a few of the benefits regular mindfulness practice has brought me. Of course, everyone is different and just like nature connection, it will meet you where you need it in your life.

Awareness: Mindfulness has helped me become aware of my emotional blocks – where I have stopped myself through doubt and feeling stuck.

Patience and Self-acceptance: Mindfulness is a powerful tool for putting me in the frame of mind of growth – I see how I am, I accept this and I work from that base. I have learned to be kind to myself, especially when learning something new and to be aware of that critical voice inside, which I now meet with kindness and acceptance.

Acceptance of others: When I’m being mindful I see that everyone is just trying their best and doing what they feel is right and this is a powerful base to begin from. It’s a way to tackle damaging judgemental behaviour and takes me away from thinking I know something to being more inquisitive.

Letting go of Conditioning and being open to change: Through engaging in mindfulness practices I have become very aware of patterns of conditioning which can get in the way of what I consider to be progress in my life (finishing projects, not getting in a mood, procrastination) and I have been able to move through these with awareness, not pushing myself or pushing things away. This, in turns bring focus and presence into my every day.

Helping with Stress and Anxiety. This has helped me particularly in my work situation to be more accepting of others and also to manage my workload so I don’t feel like I have to take on lots of things, letting go of what gets on top of me and working more towards a situation which supports me to work in the way I want to, rather than how others might expect me to, or how I judge others expect me to.

I’m sharing these points partly because it’s good to acknowledge myself for what I’ve done but also, I wonder if you too could benefit.

Mindfulness can be a very useful tool for where we find ourselves right now. Global pandemic, extra stress in our lives, which can be difficult to cope with. Mindfulness can train the brain to be ok with what’s happening.

So I am inviting you to join me
The next course starts on September 6th 7-9pm for 8 weeks. There will be a free taster session on August 23rd 7-8.30pm for those who would like to to know more beforehand or are new to mindfulness and are curious about the process

I am also available to hold the course for workplaces. I specialise in working with cooperatives and sustainable food businesses.

To book your place please use this link

For queries please email befriendthybrain@gmail.com

All sessions will take place online over Zoom

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