.begin – MAPS – Tuesdays 4.30 pm

Course Aim
An 8-week mindfulness course that allows you to learn mindfulness for yourself and to develop your own practice
15th Sep – 17th Nov 2020
4.30 pm - 6.00 pm (UK Time)
Orientation - 15th September • Session 1 - 22nd September • Session 2 - 29th September • Session 3 - 6th October • Session 4 - 13th October • Session 5 - 20th October • NO SESSION - 27th October • Session 6 - 3rd November • Session 7 - 10th November • Session 8 - 17th November • Catch up (if session is cancelled due to instructor illness or broadband failure) - 24th November •

.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 participating in the Mindfulness in Alternative Provision Settings (MAPS) project and who are new to mindfulness.

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 Tuesday 15th September at 4.30 pm (UK Time), .begin takes the form of 8 weekly sessions of approximately 90 minutes, from Tuesday 22nd September at 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm. There will also be home practice of around 20 minutes per day.

As an online course, it is crucial that you ensure that you attend the training …

  1. … in a quiet space where you will not be interrupted
  2. … having checked all technology is working to a quality that allows for full engagement with the taught course
  3. … away from any distractions, and fully committed to engaging in all taught sessions and activities
  4. ..… with your camera switched on, unless advised otherwise during the course (e.g. on lunch breaks). This is a course requirement.

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.