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Mindfulness Practice Day: managing everyday life and emotional problems

19 Oct 2012

On Saturday 17 November (9.15am-4pm) in the Wellbeing Room, Dover Street Building.

Organised by Manchester Mindfulness Meditation and supported by The University of Manchester Counselling Service.

Registration: 9.15am - 9.45am

Teacher: Jake Dartington, associated with Gaia House in Devon

Cost for the day:

  • £15.00 full rate
  • £7.50 students/concessions

Your booking fee pays for the cost of opening Dover Street Building on a Saturday.

Jake does not receive payment for the time and energy he puts into leading us for this day, but you will have the opportunity to offer a voluntary financial contribution to him at the end of the day. This is called offering Dana.

Mindfulness Practice

The University of Manchester Counselling Service has been teaching mindfulness as part of our groupwork programme since 2003.

People find mindfulness training helpful because:

  • It helps us to manage everyday life and emotional problems through awareness, which allows us to know more clearly what is happening in and around us in each moment;
  • It allows us to respond to difficulties consciously and skilfully, rather than with the automatic habitual responses that often make things worse;
  • It allows us to sample a way of being that is freer and less driven by the need to have things be a particular way.

Mindfulness is used in a wide variety of contexts. Increasingly, meditation has established its credentials as a highly effective treatment for a range of anxiety and stress-related conditions, including:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder;
  • Depression;
  • Stress in the workplace.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

Booking and payment information

Please book in advance on a booking form (contiaing further information about the day), which can be collected from:

  • Counselling Service, 5th Floor, Crawford House

Payment can be made at the Counselling Service, by cash or cheque made payable to "Manchester Mindfulness Meditation".

Further information

If you have any questions about whether this day might be suitable for you, or would like further details or an application form, please contact:


Mindfulness and Gaia House

The ‘mainstreaming’ of mindfulness owes much to the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The idea for this programme came to him more than thirty years ago when he was on a silent retreat led by Christina Feldman, one of Gaia House’s co-founders, currently one of its guiding teachers and the teacher with whom Jake trained as a meditation teacher. Jake has been teaching meditation retreats at Gaia House and around the UK since 2007.

We are very fortunate to have this link with Jake, who has been leading mindfulness meditation days here in the University for two years. The day is a good opportunity to practise sustained mindfulness meditation supported by an atmosphere of silence. The day is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience of meditation practice. Guidance will be given and there will be talks as well as the opportunity to ask questions.