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Compassion Based Living Course

  • The Exchange 33 Gawber Road Barnsley, England, S75 2AH United Kingdom (map)

The Compassion Based Living Course is the ideal follow-up to people who have completed the MBSR (or other substantive mindfulness training of at least 8 weeks)

The CBLC is a weekly mindfulness course based on the Mindfulness Association’s Level 2 Training - Responding with CompassionIt is an eight-week course which draws on insights and practices from neuroscience, evolutionary psychology and Mahayana Buddhism. This secular course starts with building self-compassion into basic mindfulness practice. Through compassionate imagery and mindful self-compassion, we cultivate positive emotions as a way of building up an inner resource, from which we can approach the difficulties that are part of being alive. We then approach the self-critic: that persistent inner voice that is harsh and condemning, and always finding fault in what we do.  What wouldit be like to cultivate an inner voice that is kind and supportive, and to live life from this place, rather than from a place of destructive self-criticism?

This course is being taught by Jan Mayor. Jan qualified as a mindfulness teacher via the University of Aberdeen's teacher training pathway and is accredited by the UK Network of Teacher Trainers and the Mindfulness Association. She is the founder of MEND Consultancy.

Tuesday evenings 6.45 to 9.00pm from 18th September to 6th November 2018. There is a follow-up class on 27th November and there is a day of silent practice on 28th October.

The weekly themes are:

Session 1 - Why practice compassion?  Because we suffer

Session 2 - The Compassionate Mess

Session 3 - It’s not our fault: an evolutionary perspective

Session 4 - Creating conditions of safeness

Session 5 - Befriending the self-critic

Session 6 - Finding the compassionate friend within

Session 7 - The Four Immeasurable Qualities

Session 8 - Widening the circle of compassion

In addition, the course fee includes a free follow-up booster session and a full-day silent retreat

Price: £180 full price, £120 concessions.
Free places may be available for those on benefits or unwaged. Please ask.