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 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 Early Christian & pre-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.

workshops

Regular Workshops

Please note new dates for 2023 will be added shortly

THE MAGIC OF WINTER

December 8th via Zoom

 

Did you know that, according to NHS research, at least 40% of people in the UK suffer from winter depression compared with around 5% in Denmark where winter typically lasts from October to March. So why is it that in countries with longer, harsher winters with less sunny days there are less instances of winter depression?

 

The main difference is mindset, in other words, the way we think about winter.

The good news is though, that practicing mindfulness has been shown in clinical trials to reduce depression and symptoms of low mood by up to 80%. And, as Dr. Dan Siegel has shown with his research, mindfulness practice develops mindsight which helps us change our mindset.

Join me for one or both workshops as a mini-retreat and a chance to prepare yourself for a nourishing and replenishing winter experience.

Cost: £15 for one hour or £25 for both workshops

6pm – 7 pm: an hour of guided meditations

7pm – 8pm: combination of discussion, exploration & short practices as we create our winter space – bring a comforting drink, food, blankets, cushions, candles, fairy lights…whatever you want to really experience the well-being of quiet cosiness.

Retreats and workshops through the Adult Education Service, Vale of Glamorgan:

Please book directly with VOG on 01446 773831 or use the link below to register your interest or for more information (email Stillworks if you have trouble booking):

Course Search (valeofglamorgan.gov.uk)

Mindful Movement Workshop for Beginners

Start Date - 19/11/2022
Course Day - Saturday
No of Weeks - 1
Time - 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cost - £25.
Venue - Old Hall, Cowbridge

Mindful Morning Retreat

Start Date - 26/11/2022
Course Day - Saturday
No of Weeks - 1
Time - 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Cost - £25.
Venue - Old Hall, Cowbridge

Mindful Movement Workshop for Beginners

Start Date - 03/12/2022
Course Day - Saturday
No of Weeks - 1
Time - 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Cost - £35.
Venue - Palmerston Adult Centre Barry

 

Mindful Retreat Day with Mindful Movement

Start Date - 04/03/2023
Course Day - Saturday
No of Weeks - 1
Time - 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Cost - £35.
Venue - Old Hall, Cowbridge

 

Introduction to Mindfulness

Start Date - 25/03/2023
Course Day - Saturday
No of Weeks - 1
Time - 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Cost - £35.
Venue - Old Hall, Cowbridge

The Evidence For...

 

This popular online workshop series will return in the Spring and is an opportunity to examine the latest evidence from researchers and neuroscientists such as Kristen Neff, Christopher Germer, Rick Hanson, Richard Davidson, Dan Siegel, David Hamilton, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg & Jack Kornfield.

During the workshop 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, each workshop will follow a particular theme such as how mindfulness improves sleep, or how compassion increases emotional resilience.

We will discuss the evolution of the brain based on work by David Eagleman, Dean Burnett and evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists to understand common human traits, why these sometimes cause difficulty for us and how to harness the function of the brain for our advantage.

 

The short practices throughout workshop help focus and ground our work as well as experience some of the teachings we will be discussing. I hope you can join me!

The Labyrinth 

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: TBC

Venue: St. Illtud's Church, Llantwit Major

 

Please wear loose, comfortable clothes.