Mindfulness and Compassion Courses

Mindfulness 8 week training offers an excellent foundation for understanding and practising mindfulness and kindness meditation both in a direct practical way and also within a group setting.  It can offer an insight for many in cultivating a different kind of relationship with oneself and others and enhance your experience of living and being.

Who can attend?

Courses are offered for mainly University of Edinburgh, Staff, and Students, however, please check Mindfulness for All for the wider public.

Our  Teachers:

  1. Dr Avinash Bansode (Honorary Mindfulness Chaplain),
  2. Rev Ali Newell (Associate Chaplain),
  3. Rev Harriet Harris (University Chaplain),
  4. Anne McDonald (PhD Student,  Mindfulness)

Upcoming courses for 2019-20:

Courses are offered during the term times.      
       Starting Monday, 23rd Sept 2019 and completing Monday, 11th November 2019   
       Timings: 10.30am - 12.30pm
        Teachers: Dr Avinash Bansode and Rev Harriet Harris.


       Starting Thursday, 3rd October 2019 and completing Thursday, 21st November 2019   
       Timings: 10.30am - 12.30pm.
       Teachers: Dr Avinash Bansode and Rev Alison Newell.


       Starting Wednesday, 9th October 2019 and completing Wednesday, 27th November 2019   
       Timings: 3.30pm - 5.30pm.
        Teachers: Dr Avinash Bansode


Mindfulness courses are hugely subsidised by the University of Edinburgh to benefit students and staff members.  Course participants make suggested donations towards the courses and this covers all eight sessions, day retreat, and the course materials.  
  • Students £20 (suggested donations)
  • Staff £100 (suggested donations) 

Further information:

Mindfulness Course helps you to systematically develop the skill of being present with your experience.  It aims to assist you in dealing with what can be stressful for you and helps you to take better care of yourself and get the most out of your life.  The majority of people completing this programme report lasting physical and emotional/psychological benefits including:
  • An increased ability to relax;
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life;
  • Heightened self-confidence;
  • An increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term busyness and stressful situations;
  • Balance and resilience in life and work situations.
Students and staff will be supported throughout the course to incorporate a mindful attitude into their daily life.  The calming and focusing qualities of mindfulness help reduce stress and enable us to become more patient and present in the learning environment and with the students and staff with whom we work.  Calm stability can positively affect cognitive functions like attention and memory and lead eventually toward greater understanding and wisdom.  Mindfulness can also assist with academic work e.g. the need to plan, set goals & priorities, and move back and forth among tasks.

How do I apply to take the course?

Applications will be made via Eventbrite and all the details for the courses will be published through the Eventbrite.

I have just completed the mindfulness course run by Dr. Avinash Bansode and Ali Newell.  I would like to say how much I have appreciated the opportunity to attend these classes at the chaplaincy.  I have been meaning to try meditation for a few years now, but have always been a bit nervous about starting as I am not a very spiritual person.  The financial support from the university has enabled me to take a chance on these classes safe in the knowledge that I would probably be surrounded by like-minded people.  I now feel more able to focus and am less easily stressed by my work and home life and am looking forward to continuing my mindfulness training further.

Participant on staff mindfulness course