In times of global crises where times are uncertain for most of us, there is a clear call to action.

Our main question in this event is:
how are we usefully engaging mindfulness in times of despair and hope?

We are offering support to answer this question via a virtual School in four parts. These online sessions are designed to help you undertake Continuing Professional Development easily and accessibly, try out new practices, methods and exercises that directly engage with our current realities, and spend time with like-minded peers.

Together we’ll acknowledge that rising social inequalities, the escalation of climate and planetary uncertainty can generate helplessness and despair.

In the face of these challenges, we’ll explore the deployment of mindfulness in these situations.

With its dual possibilities of fostering collective inner healing and building community, mindfulness has the potential to contribute to social transformation and development.

When: Four Tuesdays 19th November; 3rd, 10th and 17th December, 1900-2030.

Where: Online via Zoom. Sessions recordings along with a comprehensive Resource List will be circulated to participants after each session allowing you to come back to these afterwards.

Tutor: The course will be facilitated by Cathy-Mae Karelse, mindfulness trainer and an MN Supervisor. Sessions will be moderated by Jo Gillibrand, a CMI-trained mindfulness teacher and coach.

Enquiries: Jo

Cost: £95

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Over the course of four online, interactive CPD sessions we’ll discuss: 

  • New approaches to mindfulness that counter increased social isolation (explained in McMindfulness and hyper-individualist critiques) and foster ground-up initiatives such as Chrysalis Academy’s and Joanna Macy’s The Work that Reconnectswhich mark renewal and hope
  • The important role that thoughtful criticism plays in helping us forge new understandings of mindfulness that engage with the realities of our time
  • Practical ways of understanding and navigating social stressors and our own social approach in our teaching
  • Perspectives that acknowledge the political nature of mindfulness
  • Approaches that integrate social realities into mindfulness programmes, no matter where they are being delivered

The series foregrounds diversity and belonging and builds awareness of systemic inequalities and marginalisation based on difference. Having laid this groundwork, we’ll look at practical ways we can address these problems and transform them into positive action in our practices, actions and programmes.

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Please get in touch to enquire about this course.


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