Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness Courses

Our courses consist of 8 or 9 weekly classes of mindfulness practices. You will be supported in sharing experience of, and discussing these, in the group.

Daily home practice is as important a part of the course as the weekly classes.You will be asked to commit to 45-60 minutes daily, six days a week, between each class.

To benefit, you need to be able to commit both to coming to all the classes (including orientation session and practice day where applicable) as well as the daily home practice. This requires a strong commitment on your part to work through a gentle but rigorous daily discipline of meditation and other awareness exercises.

Our Mindfulness courses help develop skills in listening – to self and others. They help manage everyday ups and downs, giving a fuller experience of life, as well as developing self-compassion. They offer skills to work more effectively with anxiety, depression, stress, chronic illness and pain, addictive behaviours, disrupted sleep, and other unhelpful behavioural patterns.

All our teachers are professionally trained with specialist skills in a range of areas.

Booking is required for all Mindfulness events and courses.

Events and Courses

ONLINE: Mindfulness for Stress session

This session is a chance to plunge in and experience how mindfulness practice can help with stress. It is an ideal introductory session for newcomers, and is also suitable for experienced mindfulness practitioners and meditators. The session leader, Niccy Lowit, is a practising Buddhist and an accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher.

Niccy says:- "Happiness is a skill. This is what the ancient practice of mindfulness teaches, and what modern psychology research has shown. The wonderful thing is that this skill, just like driving or dancing, can be learned, and it can stay with you for a lifetime. This online taster session will introduce you to the skills of mindfulness. Practising mindfulness has been shown to boost happiness and well-being, and to help people find new sources of resilience, joy, and calm in their lives, and to better cope with stress and anxiety."

Niccy has kindly offered this session in the spirit of generosity in that she has given her time for free so that any donations will go towards the upkeep of our Buddhist Centre. Please consider joining with that spirit of generosity and donating to help our Centre stay afloat during these difficult times.

Please donate here Suggested donation £15

To join the Zoom session please use this link here

Meeting ID: 842 1808 7809
Password: 525636

It will work best if you have previously signed up for Zoom here:- https://zoom.us/

It is free to sign up for a basic account.

It will also work better on a computer or a laptop rather than a tablet or phone.

If you are going to register with Zoom we recommend you sign up for an account well before the session starts so that you are all ready to join the session smoothly on the day.

Suggested donation £15. Please donate here



We'll be an online Buddhist Centre until it's OK to re-open. New online events will posted here

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Saturday 6th June, 2:30pm - 5:00pm (includes a short break)
With: Niccy Lowit
By donation. Suggested donation £15. Please donate here
Open to All
No booking required

Stand Alone Mindfulness and Compassion Practice Day (Sun 19 July)

Come along if you're considering doing a course and would like to experience mindfulness first hand, or if you've already completed a mindfulness course and would like to support your on-going practice.

With Lokadhi Lloyd, MA, PGDip (Mindfulness), PGDip (Psychosynthesis), BACP. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about mindfulness practice and courses.

Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

Lokadhi has extensive experience and training in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Please click here for more about Lokadhi, or click here
for more about mindfulness training with Lokadhi.

Sun 19 July, 10.30-16.00
With: Lokadhi
Costs,
£50
£30 on benefits

Open to All
Booking required (23 places left)

MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) start Wed 9 Sept 2020

For Stress, anxiety, depression, worry, sleep and life difficulties.

Mindfulness will help you gain more meaning, value, purpose and joy in your life.

Our Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 8 week course follows the Oxford evidenced based training to prevent depressive relapse.

Mindfulness is designed to help you handle difficult thoughts, feelings and moods by learning to respond rather than react to life's difficulties.

You will learn the core skill of 'mindfulness' - a way of of being present in body, mind and the world around you. This enables you to cultivate and increase awareness and offers potential for positive changes in your life.

This course is not for people who are currently depressed.

Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: CERT Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness teacher at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behavior, Addiction and Trauma / DIP Trauma / EMDR.

Wed 9 Sept - Wed 28 Oct 2020 (8 weeks)
19.00-21.00
Practice day: Sun 21 Feb 2021
13.30 -17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
Costs,
£265
£215 low income
£155 on benefits

Prices include materials and practice day
Open to All
Booking required (25 places left)

Follow up day/ Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch Up (Sun 4 Oct)

Practice session for those who have completed an MBCT or CMBT course and an introduction for those who wish to find out more about this approach.

Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: CERT Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness teacher at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behavior, Addiction and Trauma / DIP Trauma / EMDR.

Sun 4 Oct
14.00-17.00
With: Andi Stapleton
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

CMBT (Mindfulness & Compassionate Mind Behaviour Training)
start Wed 11 Nov 2020

Without compassion we can not be aware, nor transform our intimate, personal and impersonal relationships. The need is greater than ever before, to be able to be present with our compassionate self by stabilizing, managing these challenging, frantic and difficult times.

Compassionate Mindfulness Behaviour Training (CMBT); is for anyone wanting to let go of difficult emotions using evidenced based CMBT techniques to train and transform our negative thoughts and feelings.(e.g. depression, stress, anxiety, sadness, anger, loneliness)

Instead of fighting difficult emotions, critical and judgemental thinking of self and other with CMBT we will learn to accept and lessen reactivity and find new helpful and skilful ways to be with ourselves and others by cultivating kindly awareness.

CMBT includes the MBCT Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Training for depression, anxiety and worry. The CMBT training is the added component to integrate change, wisdom, joy, equanimity and compassion for transformation in our life.

Suitable for newcomers and for anyone who wishes to enhance their skills.

Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: PGCE & Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness Consultant at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behaviour, Addiction and Trauma/ DIP Trauma/ EMDR.

Wed 11 Nov - Wed 16 Dec 2020 (6 weeks); 19.00-21.00
Double session: Sun 13 Dec 2020
13.30-17.30
Practice day: Sun 21 Feb 2021
13.30-17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
Costs,
£265
£215 low income
£155 on benefits

Prices include materials.
Open to All
Booking required (20 places left)

Follow up day/ Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch Up (Sun 21 Feb 2021)

Practice session for those who have completed an MBCT or CMBT course and an introduction for those who wish to find out more about this approach.

Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: CERT Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness teacher at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behavior, Addiction and Trauma / DIP Trauma / EMDR.

Sun 21 Feb 2021
13.30-17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Booking Arrangements

The North London Buddhist Centre’s general booking terms and conditions are:
• Full payment is needed for all bookings.
• Payments are not refundable, regardless of how many sessions have been attended.
• In order to qualify for a transfer the booking will need to be cancelled 5 working days before the start of the event. For cancellations after this point, the full fee will apply.
• Any transfer is at the discretion of the North London Buddhist Centre, subject to a £10 administration fee. Payments can be transferred once only.