Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

1) How do I know which is the best course for me?

Please read through the information on the website. If there is anything else we can help you with please either call 01823 323206 or email your question to

2) Is meditation difficult?

We were all born with an ability to bring awareness to our experiences, but as we grow older, this is often lost with the demands of the busyness of our lives. Mindfulness is not about clearing your mind and attaining a state of bliss, it is about being connected and aware of whatever our current experiences are. We can train the brain to do this over time and it takes about 8 weeks to develop these new habits.

3) Do I need to bring anything with me?

No, the only thing you need to do is wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes in which you can move and breathe quite freely. Everything else is provided including refreshments and equipment.

4) Is there anywhere to park?
There is a pay and display car park immediately opposite called Canon Street Car Park. If you require assistance with walking or a wheelchair, please let us know and we can arrange a space for you in the centre’s private car park at the rear of the building.

5) Can I bring someone with me to help and support me?

Please talk to us first about your requirements as we may be able to provide you with what you need. However, if you need a family member or friend to stay with you that is fine.

6) How many people will be in the group?

There is only space for a maximum of 12 people.

7) Is there any spiritual or religious content to the teaching?

No, Mindfulness is taught without any religious content.

8) Is there any wheelchair access?
Yes, the Centre is DDA compliant with access and facilities for wheelchair users.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programme

 1) What happens if I miss a session?
It is best to try and attend every session if you possibly can. However, if you miss one and continue with the home practice it will not be too much of a problem. If you miss 2 we suggest that you have a catch up with the teacher one to one. This will cost £58 per hour. Please be aware that you have to attend 6 of the 8 sessions to gain your certificate.

2) How much time do I have to commit in-between sessions?
We recommend that you do the 30 minute practice sessions a minimum of 5 days out of 7, preferably daily. There are also other exercises and skills we ask you to do as part of your daily life, helping you to embed mindfulness into your daily life.

3) Do I need to tell everyone about my past and share personal information?
NO! You are only asked to share your experiences of the mindfulness practices and skills so that the teacher can support your learning. It is not a therapy session.


4)      How does meditation work?

Masses of research and the use of functional MRI scanners, shows how mindfulness meditation changes the way our brains are hard-wired which then has an effect on our body and emotions. It changes us physiologically which is why it is so different to other therapies you may have heard of or already tried.

Teacher Training

1)      What is the difference between the Level 4 course and the 8 week MBSR teacher training course?

If you are a professional wanting to teach the 8 week programme for groups, choose this training option. However, if you are seeing clients where the Mindfulness you wish to teach cannot be delivered for 2 hours a week for 8 weeks then the Level 4 course is the better option for you.

2)      Why are they different prices?

The Level 4 course is externally verified by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body and as such requires the student to write assignments which need marking and going through a rigorous verification process, all of which takes more time and money.

5. How can the Level 4 Certificate, “Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice” be used?

Students who have completed the qualification say:

  • That it has deepened their personal experience, enhancing their understanding of the value and transformative qualities of mindfulness and compassion skills.
  • They feel much more confident and better prepared to support their clients
  • It has given them a whole new perspective on their therapeutic work with clients, enhancing their existing skills and giving them a host of new ones
  • That gaining the qualification has opened up opportunities within their profession, giving them focus, validation of their work and enabling the development of new avenues and therapeutic intervention.
  • It has given them the confidence to set up in private practice, offer more support to charities, change direction and promote their position in the workplace.
  • They feel much more compassion towards themselves, feeling happier, healthier and more in control.
  • It has enabled them to change direction by qualifying them to go on to do an additional short training and then become a course teacher trainer (MUKAT).
  • It validates work that some have already been offering, giving structure and professional integrity by being on a register of qualified Mindfulness graduates.