Breathworks

Are you looking for a fresh approach to living well with pain, illness or stress? Transform your experience with a Mindfulness for Health Course.

Breathworks Mindfulness for Health is an evidence-based, intensive, life-changing, eight-week secular course that has been specifically developed to help people living with pain, stress and illness to improve their health and wellbeing. We run this course regularly throughout the year.

Mindfulness for Health Course

at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre

The Breathworks Mindfulness for Health course offers a transformative approach to living well with pain, illness and stress. Whatever your circumstances, we have found that the course is beneficial for anyone who wants to learn to live mindfully. Likewise, whether you are new to mindfulness or an old hand in want of a timely reminder, you are welcome to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn how to live a mindful and creative life*.

 

Details of our Autumn Course:

When: Every Wednesday 10 October – 28 November 1.00 – 3.30pm

Led by: Singhamati. Cost: £200 waged / £120 unwaged

Booking is essential, with a limited number of spaces available. To book, first contact the course leader to ensure the course is right for you. If you are interested in the course contact Singhamati at singhamati@gmail.com or 07766 457180. Then book and pay with the office at info@birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk.  Any questions? Please contact the office and we will do our best to help.

 

Most courses have around 10-15 participants who meet every week for eight weeks (2.5 hours per session including a break). The sessions include guided mindfulness practices, teaching, discussions and workshops.  Every week we ask you to do your best to complete daily home practice as this will help you to embed mindfulness into the fabric of your daily lives. We aim to create a supportive environment where you can explore and share your experiences building connections with likeminded people – often a real added benefit of the course.

During the course you will be encouraged to follow the excellent input from Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman in their best-selling book Mindfulness for Health, which won the best book award from The British Medical Association.

Breathworks is one of the world’s leading trainers in mindfulness and their mission is to help people living with pain, stress or illness to live happier, healthier lives by practising mindfulness and compassion. Our trainers are accredited with Breathworks as we believe in the excellence and effectiveness of their courses. To find out more about Breathworks click here.

*The course is not suitable for anyone who is experiencing an acute period of depression. If you have any questions about the suitability of the course for you please contact us and we will be happy to discuss them with you.

 

The Birmingham Buddhist Centre also runs projects for Carers, including relaxation and stress management breaks and day events.  Click here for more information

Continuing to Practice

Most people find they need a context to help support an effective mindfulness practice. This is why we are committed to running follow up sessions and day retreats to support you after your eight week course.

Follow-up Sessions with Singhamati

Only for those who have already completed an 8-week Breathworks Mindfulness for Health or Stress Course (with any Breathworks tutor).

These sessions are an ideal opportunity to maintain and boost your daily mindfulness practice, keeping it alive and vibrant to support your health and wellbeing. They’re also a great place to plug in and share with like-minded friends. Each session will allow time for practice, checking in and includes some teaching input.  No need to book, just turn up.

Future sessions:

Wednesday 12 December

Sessions run start promptly at 1pm and finish by 3pm, feel free to arrive from 12.30pm and to stay on after the class for a cup of tea and a chat (there is no tea break during the session). There is a charge for attending these sessions of £10 waged and £5 unwaged.

Day Retreats

Day retreats at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre are a chance to go deeper with your mindfulness practice and to give yourself that space to take stock of how you are.  They include longer periods of sitting, moving and lying down practice, as well as some teaching input.  Day retreats run from 10.30am-4.00pm and we ask people to commit to attending the full day. These days are only for those who have already completed an 8-week Breathworks Mindfulness for Health or Stress Course (with any Breathworks tutor) or a Mindfulness based Stress course.

When: Sunday 28 October

Led by: Singhamati

Cost: £30 waged / £15 unwaged

Lunch: a hearty soup and bread is provided and you are invited to bring sweet or savoury vegetarian snacks to share if you would like to.

Booking is essential.  To book: email info@birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk

Other opportunities for continued practice:

Other local Breathworks trainers also run a Sunday morning follow-up session most month on the second Sunday of each month from 10.30am-12.30am (arrive from 10am) at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre. They do have breaks over the summer and occasionally at other times so please email birminghambreathworks@gmail.com to check dates or find out more.