Description of courses:
Our courses follow a structured programme of eight weekly sessions and a weekend morning, giving you a thorough grounding in mindfulness skills, including: mindfulness meditations, body awareness, gentle stretching & movement, group discussion, home practice. Practising at home is important and you’ll need to put aside at least 30 minutes a day for formal practice. You’ll receive CDs with tutor-led instruction for use at home and we’ll encourage you to also be mindful in everyday activities. A one-to-one discussion clarifies any questions you have before you start. The course is entirely non-religious and secular in presentation. No previous experience of meditation is necessary, though the course may appeal to those who have tried meditation before and would like support to establish a more regular practice of their own. We also teach one-to-one: enquire for details.
Mr Mark Bowden
What qualifications or training do you hold?
Associate Mindfulness Network CIC; Cert MBCT Exeter University; Accredited Trainer Breathworks; Adv Cert Counselling Skills (AQA); PGCE Adult Ed; BA Religious Studies; Ordained Buddhist Teacher and trained Yoga Teacher (30 years experience teaching meditation & yoga).
If you teach MBCT, what professional mental health training do you hold?
I do not teach MBCT in a clinical setting.
How do you continually ensure your knowledge and skills are up-to-date?
Monitoring research through (for example) Mindfulness Research Monthly, Mindfulness Journal, and various websites, following up articles of interest; Attending regular CPD events at Exeter University and with Mindfulness Network CIC; Discussion with fellow teachers and supervisors.
Do you adhere to appropriate professional and ethical boundaries and frameworks in your work as a mindfulness-based teacher?
Yes, I observe the usual ethical framework of a Counsellor and also the traditional Buddhist precepts.