How many participants in each group?
There are usually between 10 and 15 people in each group. The size of the group allows for a variety of views during group discussion and reflection where no one feels any pressure to speak.
Will the other participants be similar to me?
People join a mindfulness class for a variety of reasons, but most people want to find a way to learn how to feel more content and find peace in their frantic lives..
What do I need to bring with me?
There are a few gentle stretching exercises and sitting meditation practices so it is helpful but not necessary to wear loose clothing and for at least two of the weeks bring a yoga mat or rug to lie on for some exercises. If you prefer to meditate using a stool or cushion please bring that along, but not necessary as using a chair is also fine.
What happens in the class?
The class is a mixture of teaching about mindfulness, experiential learning through short guided meditations and group discussions/reflections.
Will I be required to speak in class?
There is no requirement for you to speak in class if you do not feel comfortable to do so. Participants will not need to introduce themselves. We do encourage comments from the group about their experience of mindfulness meditation and it can be helpful and interesting to hear this, which is one of the benefits of a group. There is no need to disclose any personal information if you do not wish to do so.
Are there any role-plays?
No. There are no role-plays included on the course.
What if I need to miss a class?
We would ask that as far as possible to please attend as many classes as you can to gain full benefit. If you have to miss a class please discuss this with your teacher at the pre-course discussion or as soon as possible so that they can give you guidance on how to catch up with what you will or have missed. The first week is the only week that you must attend, you will not be given a place if you cannot attend week one.
Can you explain about the home practice we will be required to do?
The meditation practices are an important part of the 8- week course, these are demonstrated in class but the main benefit comes from the meditation practice that you do at home. There will also be some daily activities that are generally interesting and fun to do. Weekly handouts supplement the classes and guided meditation CD’s are given to aid home practice.
How much time will it take?
We would recommend that you commit to doing two 15 – 20 minute meditations 6 out of the 7 days each week.
What if I am not able to do all the home practice?
It is common that participants struggle initially with the time commitment. We understand that people have busy lives, but for many the effect of this busy life is the reason why they are attending the classes. Sometimes some changes in routine are required to complete the homework and this can feel uncomfortable but we would say try it for 8 weeks.