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About Mindfulness Merseyside

Mindfulness Merseyside is bringing the benefits of mindfulness to the people of Merseyside with inclusive and affordable classes and courses at venues across the region, enabling people to find real peace and happiness and build resilience to life’s ups-and-downs. See courses, classes, workshops and facilitators.

mindfulness groupMindfulness Merseyside was established in 2015 to ensure accessibility for local people to genuine and authentic mindfulness training, and incorporated in 2016 as Mind Body Matters CIC, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, under the direction of Paul Thomas and Debbie Cross.

Between them, Paul and Debbie have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and a broad understanding of mindfulness, delivering almost fifty courses in the past two years to over 800 participants. Read what people are saying.

Mindfulness courses

The six-part ‘Foundations of Mindfulness’ course is based on material drawn from traditional and contemporary sources. Usually run over a six-week period, for one hour a week, the course includes a structured programme designed to develop an understanding of mindfulness and the methods of practice.

  • About the course
    Part One Introduction to mindfulness
    Part Two Mindfulness of the body
    Part Three Mindfulness of feelings
    Part Four Mindfulness of thoughts
    Part Five Mindfulness of others
    Part Six Bringing it all together
  • About the sessions
    Review of the previous week’s practice
    Explanation of the current week’s practice
    Questions about the practice, before moving on
    Meditation 10-15 minutes of mindfulness meditation
    Discussion of issues arising from the meditation
    Practice to do between sessions
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    How many people are there? Usually about 15 to 20.
    Do you sit on the floor? No, we sit on straight chairs.
    Does it involve yoga? No, just talking and meditation.
    What should I wear? Normal clothes, something comfortable.
    Do I need anything? Just a natural curiosity and eagerness to learn.
    Do I need to book? Yes, you should reserve a place in advance.
    How much is it? £48.00 or £36.00 for people on a low income.
    I have another question! Feel free to contact us.

Although based on Buddhist teachings, the course is entirely secular and is suitable for people of all faiths or none. This popular course runs at venues across Merseyside and places go quickly when they’re announced. You can reserve a place on a course near you now.

Mindfulness classes

Classes are generally a continuation of the course, to support participants in maintaining their practice and developing mindfulness. These ‘refresher’ classes are open to everyone but an understanding of mindfulness gained on the course enables participants to get more from the sessions.

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For people who just want to know more about mindfulness there’s free taster sessions. Often run in partnership with local authorities or the public sector, taster sessions provide an opportunity to find out more and learn to practice without committing to a course.

Mindfulness workshops

Based on themes such as happiness, relationships and the environment, as well as movement and the five senses, workshops provide opportunities for exploring our experience of the present moment and developing our awareness through activity and engagement, understanding and self-knowledge.

These half- or full-day and weekend workshops enable participants to discover more about mindfulness in the context of particular interests and issues, and integrate the practice in to daily life. Check out upcoming workshops for more information and to book a place now.

Experienced facilitators

Experience gained through meditation practice together with ongoing personal and professional development, training and supervision, in compliance with the Good Practice Guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses, defined by the UK Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Network, is at the heart of what we do.

profile picPaul Thomas is a Buddhist in the Tibetan Kagyu tradition, a community education worker and co-director of Mind Body Matters CIC.

Paul has been practising mindfulness meditation for over 20 years. This solid foundation and depth of experience has equipped Paul to teach with integrity, authenticity, empathy and understanding.

Paul practices mindfulness and meditation daily, takes regular retreats and is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) Psychology with the Open University.

profile picDebbie Cross is a person-centred counsellor, a qualified teacher in the Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) and co-director of Mind Body Matters CIC.

Debbie trained with Breathworks and has been practising mindfulness for more than 6 years. Having personally benefitted from the practice, Debbie hopes to share her experience while supporting others on their journey.

Debbie practices every day and is currently undertaking a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher-training programme with Mindflow.

profile picBernice Sant is a mindfulness practitioner and doctoral candidate with a particular interest in sport and performance psychology.

Bernice works with athletes, sports bodies and organisations, using a Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) based approach to address injury and anxiety, build resilience and enhance performance.

A competitive athlete herself, Bernice is currently working on a Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and researching the application of mindfulness in sport.

profile picSam Dobson is a Liverpool-based artist currently working with material, performance and sculpture to explore the ephemeral and ever-changing quality of the internal state.

As a mindfulness practitioner and workshop coordinator, Sam has developed an art-based approach to mindfulness in addition to her art-therapy work with palliative care patients.

Mindfulness is a key component of Sam’s art, enabling her to connect with the thoughts and feelings that inform her experience and shape her work.

More information

Feel free to contact us for more information about any of our classes, courses or workshops. We also want to hear from you if you’d like to work with us, directly or in collaboration, to bring the benefits of mindfulness to Merseyside.

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