Mindfulness for Life course

The Mindfulness for Life programme has evolved from the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy eight-week course.

What is Mindfulness for Life?

The programme was developed by the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation to offer mindfulness practices and cognitive-behavioural techniques in a way that is accessible for everybody.

The programme guides participants in how to apply the learning in everyday life to manage what is painful and difficult and cultivate qualities such as compassion. It supports people to work with challenges, including recurring patterns of thought and behaviour that create suffering. It also supports our capacity to savour life and to flourish. Mindfulness for Life is an in-depth programme intended to cultivate lasting and sustainable change.

What can I expect?

The two-hour sessions follow a consistent pattern starting with a guided meditation practice, and followed by reflection on the experiences of the practice. We then reflect on the home practices participants have done during the week. Each session has a theme that is woven into the discussions. We often do another short practice or a cognitive exercise and reflect on what can be learned from that. Near the end of each session, the home practices for the following week are given. Teachers will provide audio recordings for the main practices and ask you to practise for up to forty minutes each day.


Here’s feedback from a participant on one of our recent Mindfulness for Life courses.

In my attempt to be more mindful throughout my day, I’ve discovered, after many years, what a joy it is to drink a coffee mindfully first thing in the garden, as the sun creeps over the horizon and just as the birds start to tweet and the world around me comes to life. If it wasn’t for the Mindfulness for Life training I might have totally missed this lovely daily experience.”

Chris, a participant

How to book

Courses are advertised on this page below. If there are no dates below, or the dates and times don’t suit you, drop us a line at smc@spft.nhs.uk and we’ll let you know if spaces come up on planned courses. Be the first to find out about new dates by signing up to the newsletter here.