Mindfulness – A 7 week experiential course
Facilitated by Vera Hey
Mindfulness is the latest buzz word in wellness circles… But what is it?
“Mindfulness is a way to live life as if each moment counted and could be a valuable experience even if it is a moment of pain, sadness, despair or fear.” John Kabat-Zinn
Do you ever feel like you are living your life on an auto-pilot? Do you think too much, in other words, spend too much time in your head and feel somewhat disconnected from your body? Do you feel tension in your body and often feel fatigued? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by intense emotions and fear your own internal dynamics? Do you sometimes feel a sense of helplessness and powerlessness that a fast moving world imposes whilst everybody around seems to be in control? Then the Mindfulness course is for you.
This is an interactive experiential course which is slow paced to enable you to put into practice what you are learning.
As human beings we all experience feelings such as frustration, anxiety, fear, anger, aloneness, helplessness, depression and we often think that others and the world around us are responsible. Mindfulness practice enables you to have awareness of your inner world (thoughts, feelings, sensations, etc.) and therefor feel better connected with your inner self and feel more in control. Mindfulness practice teaches you to respond differently to you current patterns of thinking, feeling and experiencing. It enables you to notice others and the world around you, which leads to deepening of interpersonal relationships. Mindfulness enables you to have patience and kindness towards yourself and achieve self-acceptance.
In short, mindfulness enables you to live a better quality life.
About the facilitator:
Vera Hey has an Honours degree in Psychology and has been working in the field for the past fifteen years. She has been a student of Rob Nairn since 2008, during this time she attended most of the trainings offered by him and attended a number of retreats including ten day silent retreats. She also completed a four year mindfulness facilitators training program which ran under the supervision of Rob Nairn and mindfulness facilitators training course, offered by Rob in 2018.
The 7 sessions plus introductory evening will cover:
1. Becoming aware of the current state of your mind.
2. Becoming aware of how present/grounded you are in your body. Self-compassion.
3. Exploring basics of mindfulness practice and mindfulness support: sound, breath.
4. Working with distraction.
5. Introduction to observer/undercurrent model.
6. Cultivating an attitude of self-acceptance.
7. Working with difficult thoughts and emotions that are currently present.
8. Quality living: mindfulness in daily life
Cost: R 1000 (R 800 for full payment in advance) or R 100 per session and R 200 for retreat. This covers nine sessions, including an optional one day urban retreat, materials, venue and tea. The rest of the proceeds will go to the centre.
Tuesday 5th of February at 7:30 p.m. – Introduction.
Tuesdays 12th, 19th, and 26th of February,
12th of March, 19th, 26th of March and the 2nd of April
Retreat Day: Saturday 16th of March 10.30 to 4.
Please contact us if you want to be there but can’t afford the full fee.
The course will take place at 43 Floss St, Kensington, Johannesburg.
For more details and to book, contact us at: 011 6141948 or email: Johannesburg@kagyu.org.za