These one-day workshops offer continuing professional development in teaching MBCT and in specialist areas of applying mindfulness training. They will interest mindfulness teachers as well as those wishing to find out more about recent developments in their field of interest.
To register for a masterclass, please book online here. If you have any questions, please call us on (01865) 613157. If you are an OMC associate or book our masterclasses at a reduced rate, please get in touch with us to book or complete a registration form and return it to us in the post. For our cancellation policy, please see our Terms & Conditions.
Masterclasses are held at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
For more information on training to be a mindfulness teacher, please see our training page.
Mindfulness and Happiness 29 January 2016 – Ruth Baer
The Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria 5 February 2016 – Willem Kuyken and Alison Evans
Working with Mindfulness: Mindfulness in organisations and leadership teams 12 February 2016 – Chris Tamdjidi & Tessa Watt
Groups in Mindfulness-Based Teaching 18 March 2016 – Trish Bartley
Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age 8 April 2016 – Stephen Batchelor
Enquiry in MBCT 26 April 2016 – Antonia Sumbundu
Teaching Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings 9 June 2016 – Chris Cullen
CBT from the ‘inside’ 23 and 30 June 2016 – Esther Riggs and Joy McGuire
DETAILS AVAILABLE SOON… 1 July 2016 – Andre Tomlinson
Neuroscience in Mindfulness 30 September 2016 – Thorsten Barnhofer
Maintaining the Integrity of Mindfulness 4 November 2016 – Willem Kuyken and Rebecca Crane DETAILS AVAIALABLE SOON…
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting 14 November 2016 – Maret Dymond
What is the ‘C’ in MBCT? 15 November 2016 – Melanie Fennell & Christina Surawy
Mindfulness and Creativity: How to Adapt, Create and Thrive in a Frantic World 25 November 2016 – Danny Penman
An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology 29 November 2016 – John Peacock
According to Sharon Salzberg, the noted mindfulness teacher, real happiness depends on what we do with our attention. In this workshop, we’ll explore several perspectives on the nature of happiness and how mindfulness can help us find more of it. We’ll consider the benefits of positive emotions, the importance of meaning and purpose, and the cultivation of inner strength for difficult times. We’ll practice and discuss a variety of exercises from several mindfulness-based interventions. We’ll also consider theoretical foundations and review some interesting studies from the mindfulness and positive psychology literatures.
Who is this masterclass for?
This class is intended for mindfulness practitioners and teachers of any of the empirically supported mindfulness-based interventions who are interested in happiness and well-being.
About Ruth Baer
Ruth is a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky and is spending the academic year (2015-2016) on sabbatical at the OMC. She conducts research on mindfulness and works with several mindfulness-based interventions, including dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She is the developer of two self-report instruments for measuring mindfulness as a psychological variable and has edited three books for professionals on mindfulness-based treatments and mechanisms of change. She has also written a self-help book for the general public, Practicing Happiness: How Mindfulness Can Free You from Psychological Traps and Help You Build the Life You Want.
The Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria
5 February 2016 – Willem Kuyken and Alison Evans – £125
Ensuring intervention integrity in the context of the rapidly expanding interest in mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) is challenging. There are three dimensions to the concept of intervention integrity: first, adherence (level of inclusion of required curriculum), second, differentiation (level of inclusion of curriculum that is not part of the approach), and third, competence (level of teaching skill in delivering the approach). Understanding and assessing intervention integrity is an essential precondition for:
– the analysis of the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic interventions
– assessing the skills of trainees within training programs
– evaluating the effectiveness of training processes
– ensuring successful practical implementation of empirically supported approaches
– investigating the role of treatment integrity in participants’ experience and outcome.
The Bangor, Exeter and Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC) is a system for assessing teaching integrity that has been developed with the particular, unique characteristics of MBIs in mind. It is intended to fulfil the needs outlined above.
This workshop for mindfulness-based teachers aims to train participants in the use of the MBI:TAC. The workshop will include presentations on the background and context for the development of the tool, on its structure and on how to use it to assess competency. Participants will view audio visual clips of mindfulness-based teaching followed by opportunities to use the MBI:TAC and to explore the process in small and large group contexts. The primary focus will be a personal and collective exploration of integrity in mindfulness-based teaching and the use of the MBI:TAC as a ‘lens’ through which to engage in this exploration.
The workshop will:
– Support an exploration of participant’s personal teaching practice in a context of key domains of MBCT/MBSR teaching.
– Develop understanding of the design and structure of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria
– Be of particular relevance to those who are involved in supervising and training others
– Involve ‘in vivo’ investigation of teaching practice through the use of DVD recordings
Key references/pre-workshop reading
Crane, R.S., Eames, C., Kuyken, W., Hastings, R. P.1, Williams, J.M.G., Bartley, T., Evans, A.,Silverton, S., Soulsby, J.G., Surawy, C. (2013) Development and validation of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions – Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC), Assessment, doi: 10.1177/1073191113490790
Crane R.S., Kuyken, W., Williams, J. M. G., Hastings, R., Cooper, L., Fennell, M.J.V. (2012), Competence in teaching mindfulness-based courses: concepts, development, and assessment, Mindfulness, 3, 76-84. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-011-0073-2
Crane, R.S., Soulsby, J.G., Kuyken, W., Williams, J.M.G., Eames, C., (2012) The Bangor, Exeter & Oxford Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI-TAC) for assessing the competence and adherence of mindfulness-based class-based teaching (http://mindfulnessteachersuk.org.uk/pdf/MBI-TACJune2012.pdf)
Who is this masterclass for?
- MBCT/MBSR/Breathworks course teachers, supervisors and trainers.
– UK Network of Mindfulness-based trainers and supervisors.
About Willem Kuyken and Alison Evans
Willem Kuyken is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. His work is focused on depression and evidence-based approaches to depression. In particular, his research examines how mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can prevent depression and enhance human potential across the lifespan. He is also interested in the interface of ancient wisdom traditions and contemporary science, in particular the role of compassion. He co-authored Compassion in the Landscape of Suffering, with Christina Feldman. Together with Rebecca Crane and others across the Bangor, Exeter and Oxford mindfulness centres he developed the MBI-TAC and has used it extensively in training, supervision and trials.
Alison Evans is Senior Lecturer and MBCT Therapist / Trainer at the University of Exeter. She became involved in Mindfulness- based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) when she was selected to be a therapist on the trial – Relapse prevention through MBCT versus medication in real world healthcare settings. Throughout this time Alison was trained and supervised by some of the developers of MBCT. She has worked at the University of Exeter in various roles related to Mindfulness-based interventions since 2008 including: Lead therapist for the PREVENT trial; Lead therapist within the AccEPT clinic, teaching MBCT groups and developing the provision of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) groups; Programme lead for the Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies from its beginning in 2008 which was broadened in 2011 to include a Masters in Mindfulness-based Approaches. All of this work has integrally involved using the MBI-TAC.
Working with Mindfulness: Mindfulness in organisations and leadership teams
12 February 2016 – Chris Tamdjidi & Tessa Watt – £125
Mindfulness offers tremendous potential in organisational settings, both for individual wellbeing and for transformation of workplace cultures. This masterclass will explore the specific challenges, pressures and rewards of introducing mindfulness in the workplace context. We’ll look at how to design a good intervention for organisations, including a balance of personal mindfulness practice and applied mindfulness in the work setting. We will discuss some of the research outcomes and case studies for workplace mindfulness, and learn about aspects of social neuroscience that serve as a context to how mindfulness impacts group settings. You’ll have a chance to explore approaches for planning and scoping mindfulness in the workplace, and arguments for approaching senior management. The workshop will aim to equip you with an understanding of the issues specific to workplace mindfulness, and to strengthen your confidence to work with mindfulness in organisations.
Who is this masterclass for?
The masterclass is suitable for mindfulness teachers who want to work with mindfulness in an organisational setting, as well as HR Managers, internal consultants and facilitators who want to integrate mindfulness methods into their work.
About Chris Tamdjidi and Tessa Watt
Chris Tamdjidi is the co-founder and Director of the Kalapa Academy and Kalapa Hotels. Chris has spent the last 10 years focusing on Leadership development especially in the fields of mindfulness, authentic leadership and personal transformation. As Director of the Kalapa Academy Chris is currently leading the world’s largest study on Mindfulness in working life, in which over 40 companies are taking part. As part of this he has been invited into the UK Parliament twice to speak on the results of the study and the workplace benefits of mindfulness.
Chris is Director of three businesses: The Kalapa Leadership Academy, focused on leadership development; a castle hotel in Germany, offering mindfulness training and authentic leadership seminars; a non-profit training company training professionals in the fields of contemplative psychology and healthcare in Europe.
He worked for 6 years with the Boston Consulting Group and 7 years as the Director of a European Network of 75 Buddhist meditation centres.
Chris has a Degree in Physics from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine and an MBA from UT in Austin.
Tessa Watt is co-leader of the Workplace strand of the Mindfulness Initiative, a team supporting the All-party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness at Westminster. This has involved working with parliamentarians, policy makers and the mindfulness community to develop recommendations on the role of mindfulness in the workplace. Tessa is a mindfulness teacher and consultant, running public courses and training in organisations since 2009, as director of Being Mindful, a London-based mindfulness training organisation. Tessa has practiced meditation for over 20 years and is author of Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide (Icon, 2012) and Mindful London (Virgin, August 2014). She is co-presenter of Be Mindful Online, the Mental Health Foundation’s online mindfulness course. In her earlier career she was a research fellow in History at Cambridge University, and a senior producer with BBC Radio and Music.
Many of us have come into this work with a background in one to one work. The skills we have acquired will have many direct benefits for our mindfulness teaching. However, we may find that we continue to teach ‘one-to-one’, albeit in a group. We will explore how to bring this ‘group’ dimension into all aspects of our mindfulness teaching – including guiding practices; leading inquiries; and facilitating exercises and group discussions. In doing this, we will learn how to be present to three dimensions in the group: that of myself as teacher; that of individual participant; and that of the group as a whole.
We will learn ways of supporting the healthy development of the group, through the different phases of: coming together and becoming a group; building a mindful community that develops learning and practice; and supporting the ending of the group – so that participants learn to integrate mindfulness independently in their lives.
We will also touch on some of the common challenges in leading groups – such as managing a dominating participant; or a persistent late comer; or someone who is openly sceptical; or a participant who says very little. We will also consider the different approaches involved with teaching very different sized groups.
Who is this masterclass for? >>
This workshop is for people who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions. We will explore ways of leading mindfulness-based groups that enables the rich learning potential within the group to be realised by our course participants.
About Trish Bartley >>
Trish Bartley has worked with groups for over 35 years. She is a teacher at the Centre for Mindfulness, Research and Practice at Bangor University and teaches on the masters and CPPD programme. She has taught MBCT to patients in a regional oncology unit for over 11 years and recently brought out a book, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer. She regularly works in South Africa bringing mindfulness to rural communities affected by HIV & Aids and runs mindfulness retreats and workshops internationally.
The Dharma (i.e. the doctrines, values and practices taught by the historical Buddha) has served as the source of all contemporary applications of mindfulness. Yet outside of these contexts it continues to be mainly thought of as a synonym for the religion called “Buddhism.” But is the Dharma most usefully thought of as a religion? By returning to some of the earliest source texts, we will consider whether the Dharma might better be understood as a practical and ethical philosophy. By differentiating the core teachings of Gotama from the cosmological and metaphysical beliefs of ancient India, we will see how the Dharma is not something to believe in, but something to do. Rather than an obscure Asian concept, the Dharma is a living experience that is “clearly visible and immediate” at the heart of human life right now.
Who is this masterclass for? > >
This Masterclass will be suitable for anyone who uses mindfulness either for their own well-being or in a professional capacity yet also seeks a more rigorously articulated ethical and philosophical framework for their practice.
About Stephen Batchelor > >
Stephen Batchelor is a Buddhist teacher and writer, known for his secular approach to Buddhism. Through his writings, translations and teaching, Stephen engages in a critical exploration of Buddhism’s role in the modern world, which has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. Born in Scotland in 1953, he trained as a Buddhist monk for ten years in Tibetan and Zen traditions. He is currently a teacher and trustee at Gaia House and a co-founder of The Bodhi College. The author of the bestselling Buddhism Without Beliefs, his most recent book is After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age (Yale University Press, 2015). He lives in south-west France with his wife Martine.
Enquiry in MBCT
26 April 2016 – Antonia Sumbundu – £125
In MBSR and MBCT, the aims and intentions of practices, and the learning points arising from them, emerge from the enquiry process which follows, rather than being introduced in a didactic way. Enquiry starts with identifying participants’ “noticing” of experience during the practice, which then become clarified through dialogue. The teacher guides the dialogue in ways that places experience within the aims and intentions of each class and within the whole programme. In MBCT, the aims and intentions include an integrative psychological formulation for each specific aspect of the programme. However, one of the common challenges faced by mindfulness teachers is that there seems to be no standard operating procedure for how to guide enquiry – as a result, teachers can feel quite lost in this important area.
Who is this masterclass for? >>
This workshop is for people who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions. It will look at: common difficulties in leading enquiry and the reasons behind them; how teachers can best respond to the different reactions, reflections and struggles voiced by participants in a way that helps deepen participants’ awareness of what they notice when they practice mindfulness; and how teachers can maintain a present moment point of reference with whatever is raised and its larger context, while embodying kindness, curiosity, non-judgement and presence. The workshop is an integral module to training to teach MBCT but experienced mindfulness teachers will also find the day useful as part of their CPD.
About Antonia Sumbundu >>
Antonia Sumbundu is a clinical psychologist, who has specialised in CBT and supervision. In 2010, she was awarded a Master of Studies in MBCT by the University of Oxford. Antonia has been interested in the clinical applications of meditation for a long time, and has been teaching and lecturing on MBCT and MBSR both nationally and internationally for a number of years. She has extensive experience of leading meditation retreats and training programs, supervising professionals in mindfulness-based approaches, and leading MBCT classes. She is an Associate Trainer for the Oxford Mindfulness Center and has been involved in several research projects.
Teaching Mindfulness in Non-Clinical Settings: Finding Peace in a Frantic World
9 June 2016 – Chris Cullen – £125
The OMC has been teaching the course from Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic World, by Mark Williams and Danny Penman to students at Oxford and to corporate clients. The course in this book runs over eight weeks and is presented in a self-help format but also works well as a curriculum for taught courses. It is intended primarily for non-clinical populations and is taught in classes of 60-90 minutes. This workshop will explore what needs to be taken into consideration to teach a mindfulness course based on this book to reduce the time commitment for participants and thus make mindfulness more accessible to the general public, student groups and work-place settings.
Who is this masterclass for? >>
This workshop is for mindfulness teachers who are already teaching mindfulness-based interventions who wish to explore considerations involved with teaching the “Frantic World” course in non-clinical settings.
About Chris Cullen >>
Chris Cullen works as a mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. He has a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and is on the teaching team at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He teaches the ‘Frantic World’ course to students at Oxford University, and to MPs and Peers in the Houses of Parliament.
CBT from the ‘inside’
23 and 30 June 2016 – Esther Riggs and Joy McGuire – £250
Training to teach MBCT requires direct participation in an 8-week MBCT programme, as well as an ongoing commitment to personal meditation practice. An experiential understanding of the cognitive-behavioural components of the MBCT programme is no less important to teaching MBCT, yet many MBCT trainings do not offer the opportunity to experience these CBT components ‘from the inside’.
This two-day workshop invites participants to explore the cognitive-behavioural and psychoeducational elements of the MBCT programme from a direct, experiential perspective, so that they might ultimately teach from an embodied understanding of how these CBT elements fit within the 8-week MBCT course.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Refresh or familiarise themselves with the CBT model of depression
• Understand which key CBT interventions are included in the MBCT programme, why and in what sequence and format
• Apply CBT theory to themselves by developing a personal CBT formulation of a mildly problematic issue (e.g. a pattern of reactivity, an unhelpful habit/behaviour or theme) and its maintenance
• Apply CBT methods to their own issues (self-practice) and engage in self-reflection
The workshops are spread across two weeks to enable participants to engage in self-practice of CBT at home between the sessions. The workshops will be both interactive and experiential, and offer opportunities for participants to “taste” CBT elements of MBCT for themselves.
Who is this masterclass for?
This workshop is for clinicians and MBCT teachers-in-training who have CBT knowledge but have not applied CBT methods to themselves or want an experiential refresher of CBT methods. The workshop is also suitable for non-clinicians and educators who have basic theoretical knowledge of CBT but no experience of applying CBT methods to themselves or others.
About Esther Riggs
Dr Esther Riggs is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, a BABCP Accredited Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapist and an experienced MBCT teacher, trainer and supervisor, with an established personal meditation practice. She is a tutor on both the Foundations Course and the Masters of Studies in MBCT at Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She also teaches MBCT at the University of Birmingham. She has practiced as a Psychologist in Adult Mental Health Services within the NHS and now runs her own private therapy practice, providing individual CBT and MBCT courses to the general public. Her clinical experience is in working with adults with recurrent depression and anxiety problems.
About Joy McGuire
Joy McGuire is a Psychiatric Nurse by profession with over 30 years experience of working within the NHS in a variety of mental health clinical settings. For the last 20 years she has worked as a specialist CBT therapist, trainer and supervisor in the NHS, training initially as a Behaviour Therapist on the ENB 650 at the Maudsley Hospital, London and later completing Post Graduate Diplomas in Cognitive Therapy and Advanced Cognitive Therapy studies at the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC). CBT specialist roles since have included working as a research therapist on clinical trials, led by Professor Paul Salkovskis at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, examining the effectiveness of CBT for OCD & Health Anxiety. She has also lead a psychological therapy team in the NHS. Joy has been accredited as a CBT therapist with the BABCP since 1998.
Her current role is Consultant Cognitive Behaviour Therapist at OCTC. As well as being Clinic Lead for OCTC’s small private clinic she is a CBT trainer, therapist and supervisor at OCTC. Joy also has a private clinical/supervisory practice. Her clinical interests include working with complex cases using a transdiagnostic, formulation driven approach to therapy.
Neuroscience in Mindfulness
30 September 2016 – Thorsten Barnhofer – £125
MBCT was developed from a new understanding of the cognitive processes underlying relapse to depression, highlighting the role of negative maladaptive patterns of thinking and how such patterns of thinking could be easily reactivated through only subtle changes in mood. Familiarity with this understanding is important as it crucially informs the rationale of the treatment, which not only guides its content and structure, but which also is a central part of the context from which teachers relate during meditations and enquiries.
While the development of MBCT was almost exclusively based on cognitive and behavioural studies, there has recently been a surge in neuroscience research into these subjects, the results of which are beginning to significantly refine our understanding of the processes underlying relapse. Similarly, there is now a considerable body of research demonstrating effects of meditation training on brain functioning and structure.
This workshop will
(i) revisit the cognitive rationale underlying MBCT for relapse prevention,
(ii) provide an easily accessible overview of recent neuroscience research elucidating the processes underlying relapse and the ways in which mindfulness meditation exerts its effects, and
(iii) explore how this knowledge can inform both our teaching of MBCT and our own practice.
Who is this masterclass for? >>
This workshop is aimed at practitioners who would like to broaden their understanding of the mechanisms underlying recurrence of depression and the ways in which mindfulness training can help to address these mechanisms, and scientists who are conducting or planning to conduct research in these areas.
About Thorsten Barnhofer >>
Thorsten Barnhofer is a German Research Foundation Heisenberg-Fellow currently based at the Freie Universitaet Berlin where he conducts research into the mechanisms of action of mindfulness-based interventions. Prior to this he worked as a researcher, clinician and meditation teacher in Prof Mark Williams’ team at the University of Oxford investigating the use of MBCT for suicidal and chronic depression. He is an associate teacher at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and teaches MBCT workshops and retreats both in the UK and internationally.
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting
14 November 2016 -Maret Dymond – £125
This masterclass provides an introduction to Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP), an antenatal mindfulness-based intervention that has been developed for expectant parents. Developed by nurse-midwife Nancy Bardacke in California, MBCP is a formal adaptation of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program and integrates mind-body mindfulness meditation practices with childbirth and parenting education.
Treating pregnant women and their partners as equal participants, the programme: promotes family health and parenting skills and supportive relationships; addresses fear, pain, stress and depression; provides information about preparation for labour, breastfeeding and warning signs for postnatal depression; and equips expectant parents with specific skills to negotiate the transition to parenthood (see the Oxford Mindfulness Centre MBCP webpages and Nancy Bardacke’s website for more information about MBCP).
The day will provide participants with an experiential introduction to some of the core mindfulness practices taught within MBCP, a theoretical introduction to the use of mindfulness practice for pain and fear during labour and childbirth and the relevance of mindfulness practice to early parenting.
Who is this masterclass for? >>
This workshop will appeal to a wide range of perinatal professionals, including midwives, obstetricians, childbirth educators, doulas, perinatal yoga teachers, psychologists, psychiatrists etc.
This might include perinatal professionals new to the practice of mindfulness, those with a long-standing personal meditation practice now interested in applying this within their work and experienced mindfulness teachers who are interested in how mindfulness skills can benefit expectant parents during the transformational journey through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.
About Maret Dymond >>
Maret Dymond trained as a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Southampton and has also undertaken an undergraduate degree in psychology and postgraduate research doctorate (PhD) in perinatal psychology at the University of Reading.
Maret has a long standing interest in attachment theory, the prevention of postpartum depression and support for new parents. She began exploring the practice of mindfulness during her own professional training and then later more deeply upon completing therapeutic training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This led her to undertake teacher training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Depression (MBCT) and then later in Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) with Nancy Bardacke.
Maret is leading a project from within the Oxford Mindfulness Centre to introduce MBCP in the UK and Europe.
What is the ‘C’ in MBCT? Cognitive & Clinical Underpinnings of MBCT
15 November 2016 – Melanie Fennell & Christina Surawy – £125
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) represents an integration between two very different traditions: the eastern tradition of insight meditation, founded in Buddhism, and the more recent western tradition of cognitive and clinical science. In order to become MBCT teachers, we need to appreciate and respect the contribution of both traditions.
This workshop invites participants to explore the “C” side of MBCT. What exactly is cognitive therapy? What are its intentions? And the cognitive model of human functioning on which it is based? What is the nature of the alliance a cognitive therapist cultivates with patients? In what ways is cognitive therapy different from mindfulness-based approaches? And what do they have in common?
The workshop will be both interactive and experiential, and offer opportunities for participants to “taste” elements of cognitive therapy for themselves, and for discussion and debate.
Who is this masterclass for? >>
This workshop is for people who already have experience of teaching MBCT.
About Melanie Fennell & Christina Surawy >>
Melanie Fennell was a pioneer of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK. She developed the highly successful Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and Oxford Diploma/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies, and teaches on the MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She has a particular interest in cognitive therapy for depression and low self-esteem. She is a research clinician with Mark Williams, developing MBCT for suicidal patients. She has extensive experience of teaching and training MBCT.
Dr Christina Surawy is one of the Directors of the Masters of Studies in MBCT currently offered by Oxford University, and is involved in both teaching and training MBCT as part of her work at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Christina has taught MBCT on the trial exploring its benefits for Health Anxiety and has been involved in developing the approach to sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Recently she has been involved in teaching and training MBCT for people with long term physical health conditions in the NHS. She has been providing supervision both in MBCT and CBT for a number of years and trained originally as a clinical psychologist.
Mindfulness and Creativity: How to Adapt, Create and Thrive in a Frantic World
25 November 2016 – Danny Penman – £125
Mindfulness can enhance creativity, clarity of thought and decision-making – skills needed not only by ‘creatives’ but by anyone who wants to optimise their work, life, and overall wellbeing. This OMC class teaches the course from the book Mindfulness for Creativity: Adapt, Create and Thrive in a Frantic World by Danny Penman. The course in this book runs over four weeks and is presented in a self-help format but also works well as a curriculum for taught courses. It is intended for non-clinical populations who wish to enhance creativity, clarity of thought and decision-making. It is also aimed at those who would normally eschew mindfulness or other techniques that imply that they are anxious, stressed or chronically unhappy but who could benefit from meditation nonetheless. This OMC masterclass will help you teach the course from the book and discuss how best to implement it in your chosen setting. Workplace courses normally consist of four sessions of 45-60 minutes but can be shortened into a weekly lunchtime course to encourage uptake.
Who is this masterclass for?
The masterclass is suitable for mindfulness practitioners and teachers who want to bring a simple meditation programme into their organisation. It will also help HR managers, internal consultants and facilitators integrate mindfulness into their work.
About Danny Penman
Dr Danny Penman is a meditation teacher and award-winning writer and journalist. He co-wrote the international bestseller Mindfulness with Professor Mark Williams. In 2014, he won the British Medical Association’s Best Book (Popular Medicine) Award for Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing (co-written with Vidyamala Burch). His latest book Mindfulness for Creativity: Adapt, Create and Thrive in a Frantic World was published in October 2015. His books have so far been translated into 28 languages. In addition to his meditation books, he has received journalism awards from the RSPCA and the Humane Society of the United States for his Daily Mail articles highlighting animal welfare abuse around the world. He trained to teach mindfulness with Breathworks in Manchester.
An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology
29 November 2016 – John Peacock – £125
For over 2500 years Buddhist practice has utilised mindfulness as means for helping individuals to engage fully with life. Rather than attempting to protect ourselves from loss and pain, and withdrawing and evading painful experience through distraction the Buddhist tradition has promoted the development of a psychology based on mindful engagement. This day will explore key areas of Buddhist psychology and their relevance to the practice of mindfulness in more secularised contexts.
Who is this masterclass for? >>
This masterclass presents an opportunity for mindfulness teachers and others to find out about the ideas that come from early Buddhist thinking, which inform mindfulness practice in the Buddhist tradition.
About John Peacock >>
John Peacock is both an academic and Buddhist Practitioner. He has taught meditation for thirty years and for ten years taught Buddhist studies at the University of Bristol. At present he teaches on the Masters in MBCT at Oxford and is an Associate Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
Schedule for the day
From 9:00 am: Registration with coffee
9.30 am: Workshop begins
4.30 pm: End
There is a cash only canteen/shop in the hospital where you can get sandwiches, salads or hot meals.
Transport and parking on site
We are approximately 3 miles from Oxford railway station with frequent trains from London (Paddington) and many other parts of the UK. Allow 20 minutes by taxi from the station forecourt and 30 minutes by bus (Wood Farm service). Many coaches from London stop 5-10 minutes walk from the OMC. Please see our Contact Us page for more information. This County Council travel information will help you plan your journey.
Please note that parking on the Warneford site is severely restricted and you are strongly advised to use public transport. If you are traveling by car, Oxford is well served by Park and Ride facilities but, due to the high level of usage, drivers cannot rely on finding parking space.
For our cancellation policy, please see our Terms & Conditions.