Weekly Update 20 May 2023

Weekly Update 20 May 2023

Welcome to this week’s update: a summary of everything we’ve shared on social media throughout the week.


The OMF are proud to support this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (15 to 21 May 2023). Anxiety is a natural and common response to challenges, but the current sense of uncertainty in an ever-changing world can sometimes lead to feelings of overwhelm. Learning to respond skilfully to the signs of anxiety is a something we can develop through practice. Learning to do this is one of the many areas we explore together in our free Daily Practice Sessions.


Week commencing 22 May 2023

Ahead of Monday’s reminder, here is the daily sit schedule for the week commencing 22 May 2023. To register, click on the image. If you have already signed up to our daily sits, keynotes, or social evenings, there is no need to register again, we use the same zoom link for all these sessions (please do check your spam folder if you have recently registered and not received the link). Please reuse the link given to you on your first registration for each future session.



Huge congratulations to our founder Mark Williams who received an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Leuven last week. During the ceremony, the Mark was thanked for his dedicated career to improving the understanding and prevention of severe psychological suffering, in particular depression and suicide and his exceptional and transformative scholarship in three intertwined areas: memory, suicide, and mindfulness. Photo credit – Wierinckx Bart (WIEBA Photography)


With thanks to academics in the field, we are sharing research with the OMF community.  You can read more from a 2023 paper – A Framework for the Empirical Investigation of Mindfulness Meditative Development by clicking on the image below. The research and reporting in this article are independent of the OMF.

We’re having another throwback to one of our favourite mindfulness quotes this week. With thanks to Jon Kabat-Zinn.

This week’s book reading is “I go among trees” by Wendell Berry. Read by Jo Edwards.


How about taking a Mindfulness for Life course in June 2023? A great commitment to your wellbeing. We have a course with Jem Shackleford starting on Thursday 01 June 2023. For more info and to apply, please click on the image below.

Have you already taken a Mindfulness for Life course and are interested in learning more? This Taking it Further curriculum develops your learning from the 8-week course in a number of new ways as a broader set of formal mindfulness practices are introduced. You will have already learned how mindfulness can be your teacher, offering you skills to meet life’s challenges and difficulties. New practices will be introduced to further support your learning (for example to calm agitation or to help with sleep or prepare for a challenging situation). Alexander Irving will be taking a course starting Thursday 22 June 2023. For more info and to apply, please click on the image below.

Deeper Mindfulness: exploring feeling tone frame by frame is the new name for our Frame by Frame courses. Deeper Mindfulness: exploring feeling tone frame by frame allows people who have already completed an 8-week mindfulness programme to explore an aspect of mindfulness that isn’t covered explicitly in such courses: ‘feeling tone’. Feeling tone is a sense of the positive or negative that every human experience has, and is the tipping point for our mood.” Andy Phee will be leading a course starting 28 June 2023. For more info, and to apply, please click on the image below.

If you’re new to mindfulness, why not start your journey with our Introducing Mindfulness course. Makeda McKenzie will be leading one of these 3-week online courses starting on 07 June 2023. For more info and to apply, please click on the image below.


Are you a trained Mindfulness for Life teacher interested in learning how to teach the Finding Peace in a Frantic World curriculum? This course may be for you. For more information and to apply, please click on the image below.

We also have a course for trained Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teachers who wish to train to teach the Introducing Mindfulness Curriculum. For more information, and to apply, please click on the image:



We are offering practice days in June and July 2023. These offer an opportunity deepen your mindfulness practice in a supportive online group setting. They are designed for those with an existing practice and teachers (or trainee teachers) of mindfulness-based programmes. For more info and to apply, please click on the image below.

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