Weekly Update 25 February 2023

Weekly Update 25 February 2023

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


Week commencing 27 February 2023

Ahead of Monday’s reminder, here is the daily sit schedule for the week commencing 27 February 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.


A message from the KU Leuven Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences: It is with great pleasure that we can announce that on May 8th, the KU Leuven Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Belgium will award an honorary doctorate to Emeritus Professor Mark Williams from Oxford University for his exceptional and transformative scholarship in three areas of clinical science on depression: memory, suicide, and mindfulness.

Preceding the evening academic session with the awarding of the honorary doctorate, the faculty organizes an afternoon symposium on depression with three cutting-edge keynote talks by Dr. Tim Dalgleish, Dr. Ruth Baer and Dr. Olivia Kirtley, and a closing talk by Mark Williams on depression. Each keynote talk will cover one of the three areas of depression science in which Mark Williams’ work has been, and still is, hugely influential.

You can attend the afternoon symposium and/or the academic ceremony with conferment of the honorary doctorate in real life or via livestream (see here for more info: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/ppwcontinuo/aanbod/depression-a-story-of-hope)


We offer a keynote on the first Wednesday of the month. Next week we have our March keynote on Wednesday 1st from 19:00 – 20:00 UK Time. In this session, OMF trainer Andy Phee will offer a meditation practice before introducing Dr Carly Hunt who will talk about her research and understanding of strategies to help you build maintain your practice. Exploring the concept of when it comes to building the habit of meditation, questions about how much to practice (and how to stick with it over time) may leave you shrugging your shoulders instead of relaxing them.


With thanks to academics in the field, we are sharing research with the OMF community.  You can read more from a 2023 paper – Effects of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Promoting Athletic Performance and Related Factors among Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trial by clicking on the image below. The research and reporting in this article are independent of the OMF.

This week’s quote comes from Mark Williams.

This week’s book reading is Community by Paula Williams. Kindly read by OMF’s Per Norrgren.

We’ve also shared some mindfulness-related news. A favourite from this week was this article from Psychology Today: Can Mindfulness Interventions Support Autistic Children? Click on the image below to read. The research and reporting in this article are independent of the OMF.


There are plenty of opportunities to discover Mindfulness for Life with us in March 2023. We have a course with Sian Warriner starting on Wednesday 08 March 2023. For more information, please click on the image below.

We are also offering Mindfulness for Life in Mandarin starting on Thursday, 23 March 2023 with Yi-Mei Liu. For more information, click on the image below.

We are offering an Introducing Mindfulness course in March. With Sian Warriner starting on Tuesday, 14 March 2023. For more information, please click on the image.

We are also offering a Mindfulness: Taking it Further course in March. This is with Alex Irving starting on Wednesday, 29 March 2023. For more information, please click on the image below.

Finally, Ruth Baer is leading a frame by frame course starting on Monday 20 March 2023. For more information, please click on the image.


Mindfulness-informed Cancer Care. Due to the last programme being oversubscribed we have worked with Trish Bartley and Christina Shennan to schedule another workshop starting in August 2023. For more information, please click on the image below.


We are offering several practice days throughout March, April, and May. 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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