FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is intentional focused awareness - focusing on emotions, sensations and thoughts, in the present moment, without resorting to habitual/automatic reactions.
Q: How can Mindfulness help me?
Mindfulness can help you to become aware of habits that are not supportive to your health and well-being. It invites you to be more aware to your experiences in the present moment. From this place you have more choice to respond, rather than react, to your experiences and regain a sense of initiative, confidence and control.
Q: What happens during a Mindfulness session?
In Mindfulness sessions you will be shown, and be encouraged to practice, a variety of meditations, gentle movement exercises and a number of habit-breaking techniques. We usually sit on chairs, lay down and/or stand up ... whichever is most comfortable for you.
Q: How will I know if the course is right.
Will I need to talk about my personal situation?
No - you may be asked how you feel following particular exercises to help you tune your technique and ensure you're getting the full benefit - but Mindfulness is not counselling.
Q: Is Mindfulness right for me?
If you are currently experiencing on-going low-level anxiety, stress or deflated mood, then the Stress course is for you. If you are experiencing chronic pain, illness or fatigue, the pain management is the one for you. If however you are suffering acute depression or other mental health condition, I suggest you wait until you are well before taking the course. Please feel free to email or call if you are unsure.
Q: Is Mindfulness easy to learn and put into practice?
It is relatively easy to learn how to be mindful, but it takes practice to be able to stay mindful much of the time, so it needs a degree of patience and time to develop.
Q: I understand that mindfulness comes from the Buddhist tradition.
I am uncomfortable about the ‘spiritual’ aspects of the course.
The courses are completely secular. They are not taught in a religious way.
Q: I don’t know whether I want to commit to all the classes, plus the home practice in a local Mindfulness course.
Each week we teach new techniques, provide new ‘tools’ as well as go over things we have already presented. If sometimes you cannot get to the class on a particular week because of a flare-up or other illness or for some other reason we will send you details of what we covered in the class you miss as well as other material we gave out on the course that week. We can also talk to you about what you need to practice in the coming week.
Home practice is a very important part of the course and it only really works if you put in the time to practise. We ask you to find twenty to forty minutes each day, six days out of seven. If is not possible to find this time, when you are considering the course, we would suggest you wait until you have more time. If you wish to discuss this with the course trainer please contact our office.
Q: How do I book on a Mindfulness course?
You will find details on our course fees and booking page for courses
Q: What are the fees for the Mindfulness courses?
You can find that by going to Course Fees and Booking
Q: Why are the course prices set at that level?
Prices of the courses pay for the facilities in which we run the courses, administration, advertising and supporting the teachers.
There are some concessionary places available on courses (Course Fees & Booking) and you may be able to get some help from your employer.
We have found that some employers will release people from work to attend our courses, and in some cases will pay for them. If you wish to approach your employer for time off or for funding, we will be happy to provide a letter to verify your course arrangements and attendance. We suggest that organizations who wish to arrange places for clients or staff, contact:
Telephone: 01803 862653 / 07941 841555
Q: I am having trouble finding the information I need on the website. Who do I contact?
Please contact Daniela Coronelli
Telephone: 01803 862653 / 07941 841555