.begin is an 8-week mindfulness course that allows you to learn mindfulness for yourself and to develop your own practice. The course is for those who are employed by a school or work within an educational setting on a regular basis or are the parent or carer of a child still in education and who are new to mindfulness. It combines the convenience of an online course that you can complete in the comfort of your own home with the intimacy of live, face-to-face delivery.
The benefits of mindfulness for school staff have been well researched. See Professor Katherine Weare’s paper Evidence for Mindfulness: Impacts on the Wellbeing and Performance of School Staff. In particular, reported benefits of mindfulness include:
- a reduction in stress, burnout and anxiety
- a reduction in the sense of task and time pressure
- an improved ability to manage thoughts and behaviour
- an increase in coping skills, motivation, planning and problem solving
- an increase in self-compassion and self-care
Apart from the benefits you might find in practising mindfulness, those who complete the .begin course and continue to practise mindfulness on a regular basis can then qualify for further training to enable them to learn to teach mindfulness to children by completing either our Teach .b course to teach 11 – 18 year-olds or Teach Paws b to teach 7 – 11 year-olds. For more information about .begin please click here.
After a 45-60 minute orientation on Thursday 5th March at 7.30pm, .begin takes the form of 8 weekly sessions of approximately 90 minutes, from Thursday 12th March at 7.30 – 9pm. There will also be home practice of around 20 minutes per day.
If you agree to the Terms & Conditions for booking and attending a .begin course, please complete the application form below.
Please note that the contents of this form will be treated as confidential, however, they will be viewed by the MiSP administration team and your course instructor. We take privacy seriously and will only use this personal information to administer your account and provide the products and services you have requested from us.