Date & Time: Session 1
Wednesday 24 January 2018
16:30 - 18:00

Session 2
Wednesday 31 January 2018
16:30 - 18:00

Session 3
Wednesday 7 February 2018
16:30 - 18:00

Session 4
Wednesday 21 February 2018
16:30 - 18:00

Session 5
Wednesday 28 February 2018
16:30 - 18:00

Session 6
Wednesday 7 March 2018
16:30 - 18:00

Session 7
Wednesday 14 March 2018
16:30 - 18:00

Session 8
Wednesday 21 March 2018
16:30 - 18:00
Event Type: 8 x 90 minute sessions
Event Format: Workshop
Venue: Wellington College
Event Cost: £99 per person
Event Focus Categories: Wellbeing
Target Audience: All educationalists and adults in the school community who wish to learn the foundations of mindfulness
Event Description:

We are delighted to be able to offer the ".b Foundations" Mindfulness course at a subsidised rate for school staff..

Each of the 8 sessions will involve practising different mindfulness techniques, discussions and some theory, with each session building on the previous one. There will also be daily home practice to develop the skills - as the more we practise being present, the more we will be able to be present!

Why might learning mindfulness be useful:

1) To support our own wellbeing.  Through mindfulness practice we primarily learn to train our attention – we can then choose to stop getting lost in regrets about the past, or worrying about the future. We can learn to become more aware of ourselves physically, emotionally and mentally, which can offer greater scope for choosing how we respond to the stresses and difficulties of life. As we take care of ourselves in this way, we find a greater capacity for calmness, kindness and compassion can arise.

2) To develop how we interact with others in the workplace and at home. As we develop awareness through regular practice, we can become more present, attentive and responsive to those around us, as well as calmer. This naturally enhances relationships at work and at home, and in the context of school life, it can mean that we are better able to support the young people in our care.

3) To support pupils. This is not a teacher training course, but it can give participants a few ideas of how to help pupils in their schools to access mindfulness. Completion of this course acts as the first step in the pathway to attending teacher training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project.

Event Outcomes:

Fostering a sense of 'mindful' community

Improved concentration/focus

Easier to switch off and relax

Becoming more efficient at work and at home

Enhanced ability to deal with stress

Improvement in sleep

Learning to respond, instead of react, to difficult situations

Course Leader 1: James Gibbs BSc, PGCE (Mindfulness in Education Consultant. Teacher of Mindfulness to Adults & Children)
James was previously Head of Training and a senior trainer at the Mindfulness in Schools Project. He has been running mindfulness courses at Wellington College for two years, as well as other schools and colleges in the South. James is also a qualified maths teacher who taught in Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxford and Mexico between 2001-2011. James has been studying and practising mindfulness & meditation since 2002.
Event Prerequisites: Attendees will be required to source their own copy of the course book/CD: Mindfulness - A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Professor Mark Williams.

There will be some pre-reading from the book required prior to the first session. There will also be home practice each week, using the CD in the course book, and this will require a commitment of time of 10 -25 mins each day.

SPONSOR/PARTNER Wellington College
Wellington College