Classes, courses and workshops
Please note that classes and workshops are currently being taught both in person and online - please contact me for up to date information
Regular classes are held throughout the Vale of Glamorgan as well as courses and workshops. Classes include meditation, relaxation, mindfulness and chronic pain groups. All classes are seated for comfort and cover easy to learn techniques to still the breath, still the body and still the mind within a supportive setting.
On-going classes include beginners' mindfulness & meditation groups, intermediate & experienced meditation groups, mindfulness for children / families and Celtic Meditation.
Full 8 week mindfulness courses and shorter introduction courses also run regularly.
The popular 8 week Introduction to Mindfulness courses follow the 8-week MBSR program but are less intensive for those who are keen to introduce mindfulness into their lives without the commitment of many hours practice per week. In this course you learn all the core practices and principles, with recorded materials and handouts for home practice and the guidance of an experienced mindfulness teacher. You are able to practice at your own pace as you discover how mindfulness supports your daily activities and relationships. Jon Kabat Zinn calls the practice one of 'falling awake' as we realise how to be truly present. This course supports you in developing a sustainable on-going mindfulness practice which will benefit you for years to come.
Celtic Meditation classes run weekly for those who would like to learn meditation within a Celtic Christian context. Quiet contemplation has been at the heart of spiritual philosophy since its beginnings. Early humans would gaze into the fire as a spiritual act, and the Celtic Christians brought their reverence and quiet reflection of creation into their worship.
I also run private groups on request and am always happy to discuss running new courses and coming to your group or place of work.
Courses and workshops need to be booked in advance however drop-in and taster sessions are also available.
If you do not see what you want listed here, or have an idea how I could help you or your group, please contact me.
The Evidence For...Self-Compassion
The latest in The Evidence For...series, this is an opportunity to examine the latest evidence from researchers such as Kristen Neff & Christopher Germer, neuroscientists Rick Hanson, Richard Davidson & Dan Siegel, and scientists and meditation teachers such as David Hamilton, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg & Jack Kornfield in this online workshop.
Date: January 15th 10am - 1pm via Zoom
Over the morning we will explore the science and try some of the short practices within the context of what we are doing, why we are doing it and how it helps.
We will discuss the evolution of the brain based on work by David Eagleman and Dean Burnett to understand why we are so hard on ourselves, and look at ways to decrease the effect of negativity bias and encourage a more friendly attitude towards ourselves.
Tara Brach calls this a 'radical act' since through changing our relationship with ourselves for the better, we can change and improve our relationships with each other and, ultimately, all of humanity.
There will be short practices throughout the morning to help focus and ground our work as well as experience some of the teachings we will be discussing. I hope you can join me!
Full day retreat:
Date: Saturday 29th January 10am - 4pm
Venue: Cowbridge Adult Education Centre
Spend the day sharing a combination of mindfulness and meditation practices including visualisation, relaxation and mindful movement.
Please book direct with VOG on 01446 773831 (email Stillworks if you have problems booking)
Celtic Contemplation mini retreat
See here for more details
Date: Wednesday 9th March 4pm - 7pm
Venue: St. Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major
More details to be confirmed
For centuries, the labyrinth (above) has been a place of stillness, creativity and meaning. In this retreat, we will meditate on and walk the labyrinth. Suitable for anyone wishing to enjoy an afternoon unwinding and letting go.
Date: Sunday 15th May 2pm - 5pm
Venue: St. Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major
Please wear loose, comfortable clothes. More details to be confirmed
Half-day online Sleep Well workshop
Next Date: TBC
In this three hour workshop we explore why our sleep is disturbed and how we can remedy this using a combination of Mindfulness and Mindful Hypnotherapy.
A combined workshop with Easysleep.me. See the separate page for full details.
Next date: To be arranged
A Day of Mindfulness - Postponed
Spend a whole day mindfully - a combination of sitting practices, formal and informal mindfulness as well as walking meditation and gentle mindful movement. Suitable for all abilities and ages from 10 yrs (under 16s to be accompanied). This is a day of practice rather than a taught workshop however all exercises will be fully guided.
Cost: £35 (£20 for accompanied children)
Venue: The Old School, Llantwit Major.
Cost includes refreshments, please bring packed lunch.
Chakra Balancing Workshop - Postponed
In this workshop we will work through the chakras using colour meditations to balance and heal each chakra in turn. Suitable for those wishing to expand their meditation practice. Price includes refreshments and a short guide to the meditations for home practice.
Venue: Health Conscious, 4, The Precinct, Llantwit Major.
Date: Next date TBA 2022