“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller

Mindfulness (MBSR) 8 Week Course

The 8-week Mindfulness course is suitable for those new to mindfulness, as well as those wishing to refresh and practice their skills.

Lynne offers 8 week courses at Sharpham House and in Totnes (through Sharpham House) and also in various parts of South Devon. (See course for information of dates)

This non-residential, weekly course of two-hours provides an in-depth exploration of mindfulness skills and techniques within a tried and tested framework recognised by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence. The course is a synthesis of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.

What will you gain?

  • An understanding and recognition of our tendency to live much of life on autopilot and the skills and techniques to help us become more fully present
  • Mindfulness practices and skills to help manage stress and enhance wellbeing in daily life
  • An increased ability to cope with difficult and stressful situations
  • An ability to be steadier with whatever is happening without resisting it or judging it as good or bad (Equanimity).
  • Self-compassion and being kinder to all aspects of ourself
  • Lessons on how to applying mindfulness to your daily life by 
  • A workbook with accompanying CD containing audio files of guided meditations

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for most adults aged 18 and above who want to learn mindfulness as an aid to everyday health and well-being. You will be taught by an experienced and qualified teacher (Lynne Holmes) in a group of no more than 15. The focus of the course is experiential rather than theoretical with practices and reflection to do in your home time.

Although mindfulness can be helpful in managing depression and anxiety, the courses and retreats are not recommended for people who are currently experiencing an episode of clinically diagnosed anxiety, depression or other psychiatric illness. We do not offer mindfulness as a ‘clinical intervention', but rather as an aid to everyday health, wellbeing and helping prevent relapse.

As part of your application please request, complete and return the questionnaire provided, to give some idea of your level of support and whether the course is right for you at this time. If necessary Lynne may ring you to clarify issues, and you also may wish to contact us for clarification if you have any questions.

We also request that people do not attend the group under the influence of alcohol or drugs (except prescribed medication).

The 8 week course does not qualify you to teach mindfulness. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance providing you have attended a minimum of 6 sessions.

Level of commitment

Mindfulness is a practical skill and a habit, rather than a theory or body of knowledge. Before signing up for the course it is important to recognise that getting real lasting benefit requires the commitment of regular time and effort. It is similar to getting physically fit – you need to practice regularly to train your ‘mental muscle’. 

To get the most from the course we recommend you attend all 8 sessions and carry out the suggested home practice, which is a gentle but regular daily discipline of various meditation and awareness practices, with the help of guidance from a cd. We recommend trying to set aside 40 minutes a day, which can be spread around your usual schedule. You will receive plenty of support for this, including how to fit it into your life.  It may seem a stretch at first, but once the habit starts to be established, most people find it invaluable and highly motivating.

After the 8 week course...

After undertaking this course, many go on to a Sharpham retreat  (Retreats at Sharpham),  with accommodation in a Grade 1 Listed Sharpham House or at the Barn Retreat Centre or on our Woodland Retreats to help continue and support their practice.