Sessions are now available via video calls, phone calls, or face to face.
MBCT is an 8-week evidence-based mindfulness programme developed in Oxford (UK), initially to help individuals with persistent depression and found to reduce depressive relapse risk. It has since been expanded to a broader population, including those suffering from anxiety as well as modern day folks living in high-stress environments.
Many of us spend a lot of time ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future. Mindfulness helps us pay attention in the present. It also enables us to become more aware of our thoughts, physical sensations and emotions, and develop a different relationship with them. Through mindfulness/meditation practice, you can thus learn to respond more skillfully to life's challenges by better managing the use of intellectual thinking skills in everyday life without falling into mind traps of overthinking or rumination. As you cultivate attitudes of openness and compassion in the process, you also begin to improve relationships with people, starting with yourself.
The MBCT programme will involve:
- guided mindfulness meditation practices
- group discussions that allow participants to share and learn from each other
- home practices e.g. practice of meditation exercises using audio files given
Adults (aged 18 and above) who have previously, or are currently experiencing emotional difficulties (e.g. depression, anxiety, stress).
Group size of 8-12
Note: Pre-course phone interview and questionnaire will be required to understand if you will benefit from the course.
8 sessions on Thursdays, 730pm - 930pm
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 20, 27
(note that there is no class on 13 May as it is a public holiday)
Venue: Hope for Tmr
(near Beauty World MRT)
There is also an additional day of retreat on May 15 (Sat), 9am - 3pm
(venue to be confirmed).
Please enquire with us if you are keen but require reduced rates due to your financial situation.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to
Kaiying (clinical psychologist) and Ming Hui (leadership coach and trainer). Both are MBCT-trained mindfulness instructors who train with Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
We learn to transform our experiences by intentionally paying attention in particular ways, such as to body sensations and everyday experiences.
We learn to be aware of our thinking, including the tendencies of our mind to take us automatically down well-worn paths in our mind.
We learn to intentionally 'come back' to the present moment by reconnecting to our breath and body so that we can ease ourselves into being in the moment.
We learn to experientially investigate our mind's habitual reaction to unpleasant feelings and sensations, and to stay present by taking a wider perspective.
We learn to relate differently to unpleasant feelings and sensations and bring an attitude of kindness to our experiences.
We learn to relate differently to our thoughts by seeing negative moods as passing states of minds and negative thinking as the products of those mind states.
We learn to recognise our personal pattern of warning signs and to respond more promptly to lowering moods.
We discuss how to maintain and extend a more mindful and caring way of being.
By Prof Willem Kuyken, Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre