Mindfulness for Teens – An 8-week Course.

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“I think she is growing up, and so begins to dream dreams, and have hopes and fears and fidgets, without knowing why or being able to explain them.”
                       — Louisa May Alcott, from Little Women

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8-Week Mindfulness Course for Teens

Thursday afternoons from October 1st – November 26th
(Excluding October 29th- half term week)
4:30-5:30pm
Ages 11-15
Venue to be announced

THE COST OF THE COURSE IS:  £60.  (This includes eight 1-hour sessions, an emailed course booklet, and a set of guided meditation MP3s for download.)

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Mindfulness Taster Session for Parents and Teens

Many students and parents would like to learn more about mindfulness and what it involves before embarking on an 8-week course.  If you or your child are a bit unsure, please come along to this free evening where you will have the opportunity to meet Andrea, sample some of the practices from the course, sign up if interested, and ask any important questions.

Thursday, September 17th, 2015
7:30-8:30pm
Venue to be announced
This evening is offered free of charge.

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Many studies suggest that anxiety, depression, and chronic illness are on the increase in British teens. Given the emphasis on high achievement in our schools and the increasing pressures that are being placed on our young people, there is nothing more important than giving our children the skills to cope with stress and anxiety in a healthy way.

Mindfulness is a training in concentration and self-awareness which helps young people to respond better to the demands of performing well at school and in interactions with their peers and family. Students who have taken part in a mindfulness course have said that the training has helped them not only with stress, anxiety and relationships, but with concentration in lessons, sleep disturbances and even with sport and music. There is a growing body of research on the benefits of mindfulness meditation with young people but current research on adults suggests that mindfulness: increases immune function, significantly reduces stress levels, reduces the ruminative thinking that leads to anxiety, and depression, strengthens emotional resilience, and stimulates creativity.    

This 8-week course will provide a framework for learning about and practicing mindfulness meditation.  Each hour-long session will focus on a different theme.  Students will explore the cyclical nature of worry and rumination, for example, as well as the difference between a reaction and a response.  We will be following the dot b program, a 9-lesson course pioneered by the Mindfulness in Schools Project.  In addition to using a set of interactive materials with video clips and visuals, students will also be given many opportunities to sample meditation and share their questions and observations.  Week by week we will be learning how to carve out moments of calm in the midst of the busyness of life.

Please contact Andrea to find out more about the course or book a place.

 

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