The Letchworth Centre has been running Mindfulness programmes continuously since 2003. Our dedicated Department is a response to growing public recognition of the benefits of learning to be mindful.
“If you really want to change your life and open up opportunities, learning to practice
mindfulness is one of the most dramatically effective things you can do …”
Mental Health Foundation
Mindfulness is a gift that you owe yourself! It can immeasurably enrich your life. Mindfulness offers a way of changing the way you perceive the world, yourself and others. It presents a way of being which involves developing objective, non-judgemental awareness of what is happening in your internal and external space – in your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.
People who practice mindfulness report:
• Reduced stress and a greater sense of calm
• An enhanced sense of wellbeing
• Improved self-esteem and greater confidence
• Being less distressed by physical and psychological symptoms
• Altered pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain
• Better ability to focus and concentrate
Whilst it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, the term as it is used today refers to a series of well-researched techniques largely based upon an 8-week mindfulness programme developed in the 1980’s in America. MBSR is the original, classic course that brought mindfulness into the mainstream.
The Department of Mindfulness offers:
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – the well-researched, three-decade-old programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in which thousands of people worldwide have participated.
Mindful Self-Compassion for Mindfulness Graduates (MSC) – is an empirically-supported 8-week course, based on the ground-breaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer. With its foundation in mindfulness, MSC teaches principles and practices of self-compassion that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
Mindfulness for Kids – children on this outstanding well-researched Youth Mindfulness programme will learn to improve their concentration, regulate their emotions and reduce aggressive behaviour – learnings which will serve them well throughout their lives. Classes will provide lots of interactive fun and have been shown to enhance children’s resilience, kindness (to self and others) and happiness. Mindfulness for Kids is an 8 week course delivering the ‘youth mindfulness’ programme. It is aimed at children who are aged 7-11.
Mindfulness for Teens – This specially designed eight week mindfulness course for teens (11-16 yrs, must be in Year 7) is now available at the Centre and will provide techniques and tools to empower young people to be able to regulate emotions, manage stress and reduce overthinking. This course uses theory and practice to equip young people with resilience to cope with the difficult years ahead and aid them to navigate their own way through pressured times.