News Round-Up Tuesday 3rd November

News Round-Up Tuesday 3rd November

A review of some of the communications shared on our social media channels over the past two weeks.


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Last week we welcomed a new cohort of international trainees to our Oxford Masters Programme. With students from all over the world joining remotely via zoom we are delighted to embark on another 2-year programme.

Look out for blog pieces from our new students and reflective blogs from our 2018 – 2020 cohort who have just submitted their thesis – congratulations to all our new and graduate students!

Emerging research suggests that mindfulness interventions can help or hinder trauma survivors, raising a crucial question for mindfulness educators everywhere: How can you be prepared to minimize the potential dangers of mindfulness for survivors while leveraging its powerful benefits at the same time?⁠

David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of the acclaimed new book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (W. W. Norton), and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community — a group committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs.⁠

Designed for mindfulness providers and wellness professionals (e.g. meditation and yoga teachers) who offer mindfulness practices and interventions, the workshop draws upon up-to-date empirical research to inform best-practices for trauma-sensitive care. For more information and to apply for a workshop place, please follow this link and then navigate your way to the workshop listing.

Our most recent Keynote session was Wednesday the 4th of November 2020. Featuring Christa Turksma and Mark Greenberg, it was an enlightening evening and we are grateful to those that joined us. We recorded this session for those that couldn’t join and it has been made available as a podcast, you can listen to it on all major podcast streaming services.

We also continue to offer our free weekly mindfulness sessions on Wednesdays, and these are facilitated by our Director, Professor Willem Kuyken, 7-8 pm UK Time zone. It’s important to note that these sessions are for people who have an established mindfulness practice. Each week, there will be practices, talks and an opportunity to explore different themes in small groups.

The sessions use the same joining link each week,

Reinforce and develop your mindfulness practice with our new Mindfulness: Taking it Further course. Designed to broaden and deepen the learning of the key themes from the 8-week curriculum and offer support in applying what you will learn to your daily life.

The Taking it Further course is currently offered in two different formats taught in 12 sessions either once a week over a 12-week period, or once a month over a 12-month period.

The next 12-month course starts on 8th December 2020 and takes place on the second Tuesday of each month.

The next 12-week course with availability starts on 5th February 2021 and takes place on a Friday.

Book you’re place on a Taking it Further Course by clicking here.


We have been sharing case studies from the Mindful Nation UK Report.

The report, produced by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) in 2015, highlights how mindfulness has played a pivotal role in transforming lives in four key settings; healthcare, education, the workplace & the criminal justice system. It sets out recommendations to government on how mindfulness can further benefit society and the UK economy.

Read the report here.


Do you want to develop your inquiry skills to enhance participants’ learning on MBCT courses you teach?

Inquiry is sometimes described as a crucible where participants’ learning history, current concerns, and experiences during mindfulness practices combine with the teacher’s embodiment of mindfulness, understanding of MBCT theory, and relational skills to enable learning that is potentially transformational.

This foundational workshop will demystify this process through a variety of teaching methods. Learn more and book your place by clicking here.


We’re living in volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous times. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha explains ten ways your brain reacts—and how mindfulness can help you survive, and even thrive. Click below to read.


And finally…


The Oxford Mindfulness Centre is a registered charity (number 1122517) and relies on donations to support our current work and future projects to increase accessibility to mindfulness. All donations, big or small, one-off or recurring are welcomed and easy to process via this link.

Thank you to all who donate and make this work possible.