Begins Wednesday 2 October 2019

Running every Wednesday for 8 weeks. Starts at 19:00 ending at 21:00.

Practising Mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work and improve our quality of life.

Mindfulness is a scientifically proven method to cultivate clarity, insight and understanding. 

It helps us recognise habits and unconscious emotional and physical reactions to every day events. 

Mindfulness gives you strategies and techniques to help cope with difficulties that arise in life.  It is a way of paying attention to and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives.  It will not eliminate life’s pressures, but it can help us to respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our health.

Benefits include:

  • Increased self-awareness and confidence
  • Improved ability to cope with stressful situations
  • Greater awareness to the needs of your body
  • Care and compassion for yourself and others
  • Improves focus and concentration
  • Improved energy levels
  • An increased ability to experience calm and relaxation

Who is the course for?

The MLB 8 week “Mindfulness for Stress and Anxiety” course provides the tools to minimise the incredible impact that stress can have on our lives. This course allows participants to build a mindfulness practice with the support of a group of peers. The relaxing and welcoming environment of the Elysia Therapeutic Centre offers the perfect surroundings for this process.

Course content

There are eight weekly 2 hour sessions with an opportunity to participate in an all-day practice session which are run throughout the year.  Course tutors are available for support between sessions. 

This course is designed to help anyone who feels they may benefit from learning coping strategies relating to stress and anxiety.  Although there are many benefits of Mindfulness to enhance health and wellbeing, please note this is not a therapy for people who are currently experiencing severe crisis or trauma, or have undergone a disturbing life event in the past year.  If you have difficulty being in a group or have any other queries, please contact the course tutor before booking.

What can you expect?

Each session includes psycho-education, individual and group activities, guided meditation and discussion.  We want you to feel comfortable in the group and you will not be expected to speak in front of others if you find it difficult. Some weeks will include gentle movement.  If you are unsure about this exercise, please contact the course tutor before applying and consult your GP prior to commencement.

In between sessions, there will be home practice which will involve practising the Mindfulness meditations.  To maximise the potential of Mindfulness, regular daily practice is essential.  This requires commitment to both attending all the sessions and completing home practice.  If you are unsure of your ability to commit to up to 30 minutes of practice per day then perhaps the timing of this course is not right for you at the moment.  If this is the case, please contact the course tutor for alternative dates.

In the first session, you will be provided with a course handbook, a CD recording of meditations and on completion of the course, a certificate of attendance.

The course is held with maximum of twelve participants and your course tutors are:

  • Sue Rogers
    A registered integrative counsellor (Ad.Prof.Dip.PC.NCS(Acc)MBACP) working with all age groups, Sue predominantly works to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms. Integrating mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy not only achieves a better understanding of ourselves it helps find better ways of coping to improve mental and emotional well-being.
  • Sarah Lucas
    Trained in counselling skills, with a PGCE Teaching degree and decades of teaching practice, Sarah also has extensive coaching experience having worked with the National Freestyle Ski Team (National Coach 1986-1990) fostering what it takes to feel in control and measured.

For more information contact Sue Rogers on 07776 084401 or

Mindfulness Course