Mindfulness for Life (MBCT- Life)
- An Oxford Mindfulness Centre Programme -
Mindfulness for Life or the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Life (MBCT-L) curriculum is a new course developed to make the mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural techniques of the traditional MBCT course more accessible to all of us. It uses the same evidence-based teaching principles and practices that have been shown to promote the progressive development of mindfulness skills and bring about lasting changes in well-being. This course has been found to be effective with adults in workplaces and school teachers and has been shown to create large changes in well-being.
The learning is largely experiential and is based on learning mindfulness both in ‘formal’ practices and in everyday life. The course offers a new way to work with difficulties that we encounter in our lives but also a different way of relating to ourselves and others – a way that includes more appreciation, wisdom and compassion. It also holds tremendous potential to help us to thrive and experience a deeper sense of joy, contentment and resilience.
What will you learn?
Mindfulness starts when we recognize the tendency to be on automatic pilot, which can rob us of our potential for living life more fully. We begin to practice stepping out of automatic pilot by bringing mindfulness to aspects of everyday present-moment experience that we might normally overlook.
With greater awareness, we begin to notice how often we are lost in our thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness of the body and breathing helps us learn to recognize our thoughts, emotions, sensations, and impulses, gather the scattered mind, and return with appreciation to the here and now.
We learn that when our attention is caught up in the past or the future, we can get trapped in unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting. Mindfulness helps us recognize these automatic reactions, understand them as normal human experiences, and bring kindness and compassion to them.
As we cultivate attitudes of interest and friendliness toward all of our experiences, whether pleasant or unpleasant, we learn skills for keeping our balance through life’s ups and downs, responding skilfully when difficulties arise, engaging with what is most important to us, and opening up to moments of joy, contentment, and gratitude.
We learn to have more mindful communication, connections and relationships.
We learn to live with greater awareness, kindness and compassion. We learn to flourish.
How does the course support learning?
The course consists of eight 2-hour sessions, plus a 4-hour session held in between Session 6 and 7. The sessions will cover a combination of guided mindfulness practices (including gentle mindful movements), cognitive exercises, inquiry and group sharing. The course is designed for systematic teaching through building blocks to support participants' learning. In addition to attending the weekly sessions regularly, participants are encouraged to engage in regular formal and informal home practices of about 45 to 60 minutes daily. This course is for anyone who wants a structured, practical way to learn mindfulness. It asks more from participants, but potentially also offers more change. Mindfulness practice is like physical exercise, if we do more we tend to get more benefit.
The facilitator is committed to creating an inviting and safe space for participants to show up as they are and to practice together. Everyone is warmly welcomed, regardless of where and how you are in your life journey. This is for you!
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 issues in these areas.
To be confirmed
Likely, SCWO @Waterloo St
- Mar 13, 20 & 27, Apr 10, 17 & 24, May 15 & 22
9.30 to 11.30 am (First session 2.5 hours)
- May 8
9 am to 1 pm
$350 (Special rate*)
Regular rate is around $550 to $800
A full set of notes from OMC will be provided
*There will be recording of the sessions strictly for supervision purpose by a faculty member of OMC. Confidentiality will be strictly adhered to.
To enquire or express interest
Small group size of 8 participants
(observing social distancing)
Facilitator: Samantha Boo
Sam is an Executive And Life Coach, OD Consultant and Facilitator
with more than 30 years of professional experience in diverse
roles, from coaching, consulting, executive search and education
to corporate functions in Human Resource, Customer Service,
Marketing and Engineering.
An avid learner with a beginner’s mind, Sam is continually learning, be it about new pathways or being in life. The more she learns, the more she discovers the wondrous wisdom and gift offered by experts in the world as well as that which is within us. Mindfulness has always been the foundation of her work in coaching and leadership development. She has witnessed how individuals transform, live with more ease and flourish when they become aware of their habitual ways and being able to make conscious choices in how they relate and respond to themselves, others and difficult situations. Grateful for how the work has helped her to live a more purposeful and integrated life, she is thrilled to offer this gift to others.
Sam has conducted various workshops and group practices in mindfulness, including online courses for corporate and public members recently. She has also conducted two runs of MBCT under supervision as well as Finding peace in a frantic world for school teachers. Below are the training she has attended.
Mindfulness Teacher Training
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Foundational Teacher Training
Masterclass in Teaching Methods of Mindfulness at the Workplace
Masterclass in Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Masterclass in Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-Life)
Masterclass in Mindfulness: Taking it Further
Masterclass in Research and Evaluation
Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: MBCT/MBSR Foundations Online Retreat
Other relevant training
Mindfulness-based Strategic Awareness Training (MBSAT)
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness and Biofeedback
Leadership Embodiment I
Ashtanga Vinyasa Workshop
Yin Yoga Workshop
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