Mindfulness Courses

At direction we are passionate advocates of mindfulness, offering a range of mindfulness courses and workshops which can be tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of your organisation. They are designed to be fun, informative and engaging, helping your team to develop new skills in an encouraging way, supporting them to change ingrained habits to become happier and more productive employees.

Each of our courses can be held at a venue of your choice – on-site or off – and will be delivered by one of our qualified trainers.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the ability to focus your awareness on the present moment, training your mind to be aware of where you are right now and accepting your feelings, thoughts and emotions without judgement or criticism. Although this may sound simple, it does need to expert guidance to put it into practice.

The benefits

Research throughout the world is increasingly demonstrating the profoundly beneficial effects that mindfulness can have on our well-being, quality of life and overall happiness, all of which  can positively affect performance and productivity in the workplace.

The benefits to individuals include:

  • Reduced levels of stress and anxiety
  • The ability to respond to difficult situations and emotions calmly without feeling overwhelmed
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Being more accepting and less critical of self and others
  • Increased levels of attention and concentration
  • Better able to communicate effectively
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved relationships
  • Overall improved health and mental well being

All of which brings these benefits to your organisation:

  • A happier, more productive, focused and motivated workforce.
  • Raised levels of resilience resulting a greater ability to handle stressful or difficult situations.
  • Improved communication throughout a team.
  • Increased employee engagement and loyalty.
  • A reduction in sickness and time off work.

 

What we offer

Taster sessions
Our introductory mindfulness session is ideal for events such as team meetings or conferences, it is designed to give your staff a friendly and fun taste of mindfulness. Sessions usually last from 45-75 mins and will involve light-hearted experiential exercises to give people a flavour of mindfulness, what it is and why practicing it can bring benefits to all.

 

Mindful Based Living Course (MBLC)
Our 16 hour course, based on the work of world renowned mindfulness teacher Rob Nairn, is designed to help adults develop mindful skills and teach them how to introduce these into their daily professional and personal live’s.
Learning mindfulness in a group allows people to interact and share experiences with like-minded people under the guidance of our qualified tutors. We limit our group size to allow all participants the opportunity to connect with the tutor and ask questions.

What to Expect:

  • 16 hours of learning which can be delivered over 8 or 16 sessions, in a venue of your choice
  • Group size can be between 5-12
  • During each session there will be guided mindfulness practices followed by group reflection, although sharing experiences and personal thoughts is not obligatory.
  • Audio downloads along with a guide for home practice will be emailed out after each session, so if any participant is unable to attend there is an opportunity to catch up.
  • At the end of the course each participant will be registered on the members area of our website which contains copies of all of the practices so that they can access them at all times.
  • During the course, each participant has an opportunity to meet with the tutor 1:1 to discuss how their mindfulness is developing.
  • Option to attend a one-day retreat at a reduced cost.
  • A completion certificate is given to all participants at the end of the course.

More information on course content can be found here.

 

Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The structure of this course is similar to the MBLC, with 16 hours of experiential learning, guided practices and group reflection, which can be delivered over 8 or 16 weeks.
In addition to helping people bring mindfulness practice into their everyday life, the MBSR looks more in-depth at individual’s reactions to stress as well as understanding and recognising the triggers.

During the course the facilitator will teach techniques that can be used in the workplace and at home, such as:

  • Developing self-awareness
  • How to handle stress, anxiety, panic and anger in an effective way
  • Learning to respond rather than react to difficult situations
  • How to treat yourself and others with more compassion and understanding
  • How to communicate in a mindful way

As with the MBLC there will be:

  • Audio downloads along with a guide for home practice
  • Access to the members area of our website which contains copies of all of the practices so that they can access them at all times.
  • The opportunity to meet with the tutor 1:1 to discuss how their mindfulness is developing.
  • Option to attend a one-day retreat at a reduced cost.
  • A completion certificate.

 

Workshops
Our bespoke mindfulness workshops are tailored to cover the specific topics you feel that your organisation would like supported. The content and timings are flexible depending on your budget, with sessions ranging from 1 hour to 2.5 hours. Common workplace workshops are ‘Building Resilience’, ‘Calm & Chillax’ and ‘Mindful Communication’, however we will work with you to design the most appropriate content to suit your needs.
Our workshops can be delivered in a series or on a single session, ad-hoc basis.

direction’s MBLC course gave me the tools to integrate mindfulness practice and meditation in to my day to day life, both personally and professionally. I learned a lot and had fun.”

K. Alexiou

Continuous research by the Mindfulness Meditation Institute and other organisations around the world have confirmed that Mindfulness Training Programmes yield a return on investment of 5 to 10 times their cost.