Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ1. Is mindfulness religious?

Mindful meditation has its roots in Buddhism, although Christianity and some of the other major religions also encourage meditation.

The type of meditation taught on Living Well Mindfulness courses is secular.  It will sit happily alongside any religion, or none.

2. I’ve read a book about mindfulness, what would I get out of doing a course?

Course participants value the individual feedback they get from the course leader during the sessions.  They also report that they gain a lot from discussion and interaction with other group members.

Often course participants have some knowledge of Mindfulness through books, on-line courses or Mindfulness Apps on their phone or tablet, and they report that attending a course in person gives a more personal approach and can increase their motivation to learn the practices.

Attending Living Well Mindfulness workshops can help participants to maintain and develop the benefits of Mindfulness.

3. What is the difference between the Mindfulness for Health course and MBSR?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed by John Kabatt-Zinn and his colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in 1979 and has been run successfully throughout the USA since.

After attending John Kabatt-Zinn’s MBSR course, Vidyamala Burch, Breathworks founding Director, developed Mindfulness Based Pain Management as an adaptation of MBSR, specifically to meet the needs of those suffering from chronic pain.

In Mindfulness for Health Vidyamala further adapted her MBPM course to be relevant to all those living with long-term illness.

4. What is the difference between the MBCT and Mindfulness for Stress?

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was developed by Mark Williams, John Teasdale and Zindel Segal as a treatment for recurrent depression.

MBCT has been shown in the latest NICE Guidelines to be at least as effective as anti-depressants in treatment of recurrent depression.

MBCT is the Mindfulness treatment of choice for those suffering from recurrent depression. You can be referred to Talking Therapies or Psychology services for this form of Mindfulness training.

The Mindfulness for Stress course is different.  It is a development of the Breathworks Mindfulness Based Pain Management course.  It is designed to help those suffering from stress, whatever the cause.  It has elements of MBSR and MBCT, along with compassion.

5. I don’t know whether I want to commit myself to a full 8 week course?

Each week of the course introduces new ideas and meditation techniques to teach you specific skills and deepen your understanding of Mindfulness.  Each week the course builds on the skills taught at the previous session and practiced during the week.

At the start of the course you will be doing 10 minute practices but by the end of the course you will have progressed to 30 minutes.  By then you will have learned a range of mindfulness tools and you will be able to choose for yourself the ones you find most helpful.

If you are not sure what Mindfulness involves and whether it is for you, Living Well Mindfulness runs regular Free Taster Sessions.

6. What happens if Living Well Mindfulness cancel a course, class or retreat?

If an event is cancelled, all tuition is fully refunded.

7. What happens if I can’t make a course, class or retreat?

Living Well Mindfulness regrets that course fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  This is because the high quality of our courses is achieved by keeping the group size low.

Last-minute cancellations can affect the viability of the group, such that the course might have to be cancelled.

Exceptions are at the discretion of Living Well Mindfulness.  Please contact Living Well Mindfulness to discuss any special circumstances you may have.