MBCT Course for Public Members
- Enhancing Mind-Body Potential -
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) brings together an ancient wisdom in the form of mindfulness practices and combines that with scientifically-based cognitve therapy. It was the result of research by Zindel Segal (University of Toronto), Mark Williams (University of Oxford) and John Teasdale (University of Cambridge). This widely researched and scientifically based 8-week course enables us to become more familiar with our body, feelings and mind through learning to pay attention intentionally, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.
Our MBCT course is offered to the general public and suitable for people wishing to enhance their general physical and mental well-being, as well as people who wish to develop a mindfulness practice to enrich their interpersonal relationships and personal effectiveness. For people who find that the stress of their lives is creating chronic unhappiness, exhaustion, anxiety and burn-out, this course offers a sustainable way to skillfully work with it. In this 8-week course, we will learn to deal more skillfully with the stresses and strains of daily living by practicing the skill of deliberately paying attention to mind and body. As we become more familiar with the workings of our own mind, its patterns and habits, we can better make plans for how best to respond, rather than react in our old familiar, often unhelpful ways.
The systematic teaching in this 8-session course is designed to be supportive for individuals to access a healthier mode of mind characterized by “acceptance” and “being”. Turning awareness toward the present moment can result in a vivid contact with the ‘richness’ every moment holds, and is a pivotal resource for enhancing well-being.
Note: The course is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions and is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing severe problems in these areas.
- Feb 15, 22 & 29, Mar 7, 14 & 21,
Apr 4 & 18
9.30 to 11.30 am
- Mar 28 (Full day retreat)
9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Gallery Helios (To Be Confirmed)
57 McNair Road,
[7 mins walk from NE9 Boon Keng station]
S$280 for full program (Special rate) *Market rate is between $550 to $900
There will be audio/video recording during the sessions (focusing on the lead facilitator) strictly for supervision purpose only by faculty of Oxford Mindfulness Center. Confidentiality ensured.
Applicants will need to complete a registration form and make payment to confirm the registration.
Small group size of 6 to 9 participants
Do register early to reserve a place!
The course takes the form of 8 weekly 2-hour sessions, plus a full-day session held in between Session 6 and 7. The sessions will cover a combination of guided mindfulness practices (including gentle mindful movements), cognitive exercises, mindful inquiry and group sharing. In addition to attending weekly sessions regularly, participants are encouraged to engage in regular formal and informal home practices of about 30-60 minutes daily.
What participants say about this course?
"The MBCT course definitely exceeded my expectations. When I decided to join the course, I knew that I will benefit from it, mainly because I had worked with Samantha before and she has being a big support to my personal growth, but I never imagined the impact this program would have in my life. Not only I learnt more about what is mindfulness and practice meditation, I developed a new way to connect with my body, emotions and thoughts - my whole self, and that has been a life-changer! It has helped me to be less reactive, less judgmental and hard with myself. I am learning to sit with my feelings and thoughts, and with whatever difficult situations I am confronted with. While I may not be able to change the situations I am in at times, I am mindful that I can change the way I respond to them. I feel I have gained more inner strength, resilience and peace with myself after doing this course." - Alma Gomez, Yoga Teacher
"The course more than met my expectations. The sessions allowed me to enjoy me-time, which is difficult to find in my hectic lifestyle and I really enjoyed the time exploring my feelings, thoughts and automatic bodily reactions. Becoming aware of these gives me a sense of control, and be more confident in managing uncomfortable feelings or simply stay with them and let them go. Overall, it is truly beneficial for my personal development and I am still diligently using the tools they provided. I believe it has very long term positive impact, knowing that you can go back to these practices whenever you need! Big thanks to Samantha and Constance who created a comfortable setting and their professional guidance through the course! " - Xuejuan, Business Analyst
"Through this course I gained a clear understanding of what mindfulness is. I am in awe of the creativity and thoughtfulness of the curriculum. It is more than just meditation, the processes help us to cultivate qualities of patience and kindness towards ourselves and others. People may think this is more for Buddhists but it is not. The practices helped me to work with difficult situations, stay calm & peaceful both at work and home. I am able to integrate what I have learnt in the course into my daily life!" - Gillian Tan, President, APAC, Marmon Cornelius Singapore Pte Ltd
"It enhanced my life as the tools learnt offer me a way to noticing and working with my wandering mind." - Participant
"It helped me to relax my body when I am tense at work. My mind is clearer and I am able to think better." - Participant
Our facilitators have completed the MBCT Teacher Training course with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), Oxford University. They are conducting this course under supervision of an experienced MBCT teacher from OMC.
Samantha Boo, Lead Facilitator
Sam is a Professional Coach, Mindfulness Facilitator. and Organizational Development Consultant. An avid practitioner in mindfulness, qigong and yoga, she has attended various training in mindfulness, including Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Training (MBSAT). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Teaching methods for mindfulness at the workplace, Mindfulness of the Breath, Mindfulness with Biofeedback, Four Applications of Mindfulness as well as Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yin Yoga workshops.
Mindfulness has always been the foundation of her work in coaching and leadership development. She has witnessed how individuals feel much more at ease, empowered and liberated when they become aware of their habitual way and able to make conscious choices in how they want to respond moment to moment. Sam has facilitated corporate workshop on 'Enhancing personal effectiveness through mindfulness practices' and integrated mindfulness practices in her leadership development workshops. In early 2017, she started a program called 'Towards mindful living' to support her clients and friends, and was deeply inspired to offer more of this work. She subsequently facilitated 'Working with stress and anxiety', 'Inner connection' and 'Being in nature'.
Sam is grateful how the work has helped her to live a purposeful and integrated life. She is thrilled to be able to share and offer this gift to others. To ensure that she is offering the best support to participants, she completed the MBCT Teacher Training course in 2018 and is thrilled to now embark on the journey of teaching MBCT.
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Constance is a certified “Dot B” teacher under The Mindfulness in Schools Project and is trained to teach the 10-week mindfulness course to children aged 11-18. Having completed the MBCT Teacher Training course, she is delighted to embark on the journey of teaching MBCT.
Constance is an educator with over ten years of experience. Apart from classroom teaching, she serves as the Subject Head of Character and Citizenship Education Department in her school. She has a Masters in Education (Developmental Psychology) from Nanyang Technological University (NIE), Diploma in Education (Distinction) and a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Peking University, China.
Constance is very passionate about helping children create lives of meaning and purpose through the development of emotional stability. She believes that the practice of mindfulness will increase the quality of learning in children, and most importantly bring about peace, understanding and compassion. Outside her work as an educator, Constance loves to scribble and doodle. Her dream is to write and illustrate her own picture books. She believes in nurturing the body, mind and soul so that she can contribute to others from a place of abundance.