Chaplaincy

Mindfulness and Compassion Courses

Mindfulness and compassion are well-researched and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression, and promoting wellbeing and flourishing in ourselves and our relationships.

Mindfulness and Compassion Courses

Mindfulness and compassion are well-researched and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression, and promoting wellbeing and flourishing in ourselves and our relationships.

Our courses are open to all University of Edinburgh staff and students. They are intended for those who want to develop skills to deal more easily with the stresses of everyday life and work, and reflect on how we connect with others. 

Bookings have closed for the 8-week courses for students and staff in Semester 2.

Two short courses for staff will run later in 2020, dates TBC, at Bristo Square and King’s Buildings. For more details, see below.

 

Course Teachers

Dr Kitty Wheater (Mindfulness Chaplain)

Revd Dr Harriet Harris (University Chaplain and Head of the Chaplaincy Service)

 

Short Courses 2020, dates TBC 

Mindfulness Course for Staff, King’s Buildings

Cultivating Joy: Mindfulness and Compassion. Follow- up course for Staff Bristo Square

 

Mindfulness Course for Staff, King’s Buildings

Mindfulness is a well-researched and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression, and promoting wellbeing and flourishing. This 5-week course is intended for those who want to develop skills to deal more easily with the stresses of everyday life and work, and promote flourishing in daily life. It is a progressive course, suitable for beginners and those with previous experience of meditation. It is taught in 5 weekly sessions, along with 30-40 minutes’ daily home practice. An all-day mindfulness retreat is included.

 

What will I learn?

Mindfulness training consists of formal and informal practices, cognitive exercises, and psycho-education. Over five sessions, you will learn to steady your attention, recognise and work with unhelpful patterns of thought, and orient mental habits towards presence and appreciation. We will investigate the patterns of mind and behaviour that give rise to low mood and a sense of being ‘stuck’, and those that promote good mental health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

 

How much time will I need to commit?

As the course is progressive, you will need to be able to commit to the duration of the programme over 5 weeks, and to 30-40 minutes’ home practice per day.

 

What do previous participants say?

‘Really enjoyable and helpful – will definitely recommend it.’

‘I felt understood, supported and had a safe space to come to.’

‘Thank you so much. This feels like the beginning of a journey with meditation and compassion at the end. I feel well equipped to go forward and be kinder to others and myself.’

 

Is this the right course and/or the right time for me to attend?

The course is not a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions, and it is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe problems in these areas. Before you book, please see the bottom of this webpage for more information.

 

Cultivating Joy: Mindfulness and Compassion Follow-Up Course for Staff, Bristo Square  

In daily life, the human mind typically orients towards problem-solving, worrying, and planning, rather than towards appreciation and presence. Meanwhile, we may seek out joy reactively in response to stress, but less so proactively, as a way of living in connection with what we most love and value.

 

This 4-week follow-up to the Mindfulness and Compassion Course for Staff explores mindfulness and compassion practices that promote joy, connection, and flourishing in daily life. It is taught in 4 weekly sessions, along with about 30 minutes’ daily home practice. An all-day mindfulness retreat is included. 

 

What will I learn?

Over four sessions, you will learn to steady and attune your attention, take time to reflect on what brings joy, and orient mental habits towards presence and appreciation. We will explore what typically gets in the way of joy, and how it may be felt even ‘in the midst’ of stress and difficulty.

 

How much time will I need to commit?

As the course is progressive, you will need to be able to commit to the duration of the programme over 4 weeks, and to about 30 minutes’ home practice per day.

 

Is this the right course and/or the right time for me to attend?

The course is not a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions, and it is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe problems in these areas. Before you book, please see below for more information.

  

Please read before booking

In our experience, mindfulness training is accessible and beneficial for most people, including some who may be struggling with mental health difficulties. However, the course is not a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions, and it is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe problems in these areas.

If, in particular: you have insulin-dependent diabetes; you are currently experiencing severe depression or anxiety; you have previously experienced psychotic or manic episodes; or you have recently experienced a close bereavement, please contact the Mindfulness Chaplain to discuss whether this is the right time for you to take the course, or how we might best support you to undertake it.

 

Bookings open TBC 

 

For staff members who are receiving funding from their school/ department to attend this course, please email mindfulness@ed.ac.uk directly to arrange this. 

 

Dr Kitty Wheater

Mindfulness Chaplain

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Chaplaincy Centre
1 Bristo Square

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9AL

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Contact details

Address

Street

Chaplaincy Centre
1 Bristo Square

City
Edinburgh
Post Code
EH8 9AL