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8-week MBCT programme for the public

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence and is as effective as drugs for preventing depression. But, more importantly, it also works for the rest of us who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.

The aim of this programme is to promote awareness of your mind and body through the cultivation of mindful awareness. It is suitable for people wishing to enhance their general physical and mental wellbeing.


N.B. The programme is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions. It is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe problems in these areas.

We will ask you for some information pertaining to your general well-being and state of mind to ensure the course is suitable for you at this time. The OMC will use the information collected on this form to assess your suitability to attend the course/class you have applied for. It will be held securely, in accordance with the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998, and will not be passed on to any third party without your consent. Our employees who have access to your personal information are required to keep this information confidential. Following the submission of the application form the Course Lead may contact you, using the personal data you provide, to discuss if the programme is right for you at this time. If you mutually decide that it is not, we will return your payment in full.


The OMC offers an 8-week MBCT programme for the general public. It consists of a 2-hour group session each week for 8 weeks, where there will be guided experiential practice and some theoretical teachings. In between sessions, there will be home practice for people to do and we estimate this takes approximately 1 hour/day. Each participant will receive guided meditation CDs and written handouts. Morning courses run from 10.00am to 12.00pm, afternoon courses run from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and evening courses run from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. There is also an ‘all-day’ practice session included in every programme, which is held on a Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm (coffee from 9:30am). Each course takes a maximum of 25 people.

View more information about the 8-week MBCT course.

The cost of attending the programme is £350.
Booking is via an online application form. Payment can be made online by credit/debit card. If you want to request payment via another means you must request this in advance of the date the course opens for booking to allow for this to be considered. Confirmation of your booking will be sent via email. Please see our booking terms and conditions. You must be aged 18 years or over to take this course. Please do not book this course for someone else, the person attending must be the one to complete the pre-course questionnaire. 


There is high demand for these courses and places sell out very quickly. We are unable to keep a waiting list for these courses.

2015 Courses:

All 2015 courses are full. Check for cancellations here!


  • Wednesday evenings 9 September – 28 October (6pm-8pm), and Saturday 17 October (10am-4pm)
  • Tuesday evenings 22 September – 10 November (6-8pm), and Saturday 31 October (10am-4pm)
  • Monday evenings, 28 September – 16 November (6-8pm), and Saturday 7 November (10am-4pm)
  • Friday mornings, 2 October – 20 November (10am-12pm), and Saturday 14 November (10am-4pm)
  • Thursday mornings, 8 October – 26 November (10am-12pm), and Saturday 21 November (10am-4pm)

2016 Courses:


  • Wednesday evenings 6 January – 24 February (6pm-8pm), and Saturday 13 February (10am-4pm)
    Available to book from 10am on Monday 12 October 2015
  • Monday evenings, 11 January – 29 February (6-8pm), and Saturday 20 February (10am-4pm
    Available to book from 10am on Wednesday 14 October 2015
  •  Tuesday evenings, 19 January – 8 March (6-8pm), and Saturday 27 February (10am-4pm)
    Available to book from 10am on Monday 19 October 2015
  • Monday mornings, 25 January – 14 March (10am-12pm), and Saturday 5 March (10am-4pm)
    Available to book from 10am on Wednesday 21 October 2015
  • Monday afternoons, 1 February – 21 March (2pm-4pm), and Saturday 12 March (10am-4pm)
    Available to book from 10am on Monday 2 November 2015

More 2016 courses will be announced in due course.

Dates may be subject to change.


Pre-Course Information: If you have booked on one of the courses please make sure you read the pre-course information, leaflet and travel advice, in advance of the course commencing.

MBCT Teachers: All teachers who teach MBCT courses at the OMC are fully trained and certified competent to teach MBCT. They adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines

We have also trained a large number of MBCT teachers, who teach in various settings around the UK, to competency. They have received the OMC ‘Certificates of Competence to teach MBCT’.

Many other teachers around the UK offer Mindfulness courses. If someone has trained at the OMC they should either show their ‘Certificate of Competence to teach MBCT’ or if they have done only a workshop or shorter training this should be clearly indicated.

Consent to Use Material from Mindfulness Classes for Supervision Purposes: For supervision purposes it is helpful for teachers to occasionally video record their teaching sessions. No identifying information about participants will be given.  Videos will be securely stored and your confidentiality protected. The recordings will be erased once supervision has been completed. You will be asked for your consent to this at the time of application.

Cancellation Policy: For our cancellation policy, please see our Terms & Conditions.

If cancellation is made within 4 weeks of the course no refund is available. If the place is sold to another customer, a refund less a £20 administration fee will be made.

If you have questions about the classes please see our FAQs page.

If you have another query not answered on our site or would like to speak to someone about this programme before registering then please contact us.

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