Mindfulness Practice


Mindfulness Practice offers an 8 week programme which combines the original programme developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn (MBSR) and the more recent work of Segal, Williams and Teasdale (MBCT) The curriculum of the former was revised in 2009 by Melissa Blacker, MA, FLorence Meleo-Meyer,MS,MA,  Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D,MA  This course  "is designed to teach participants how to integrate and to apply mindfulness in their everyday lives and to the range of challenges arising from medical and psychological conditions and life stresses." (Blacker M, Meleo-Meyer F, Kabat-Zinn, J, Santorelli,S. 2009)

The course comprises:-

1 orientation session of 90 minutes followed by 8 weekly 2 hour sessions on a weekday evening (7-9pm) and 1 all day silent practice session which falls on the Saturday between between weeks 6 and 7.

  The cost of the course is £200 which includes the taught hours, the all day practice, course workbook and practice recordings.

All courses  in Leeds are facilitated by Geraldine Breakwell and are held in the beautiful Garden Room of the Quaker Meeting House in Adel, three miles from the city centre. (LS16 6AZ) There are good transport links to the venue and car parking on site.

PLEASE NOTE THAT the  forthcoming  course will be MBCTL  (see below) and will start on Thursday April 23rd  2020. Booking now.


Since the Spring of 2017 Geraldine has also been teaching the new MBCTL (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life) course as developed by Paul Bernard,Chris Cullen and William Kuyken at The University of Oxford.

 The next course starts on Thursday April 23rd  2020  at 7.00pm. The silent day of practice for this course will be on Saturday 30th May 2020  10.am-3.30pm. Geraldine is currently teaching this course to teachers as part of The Myriad Project and in a Government Agency in Leeds.

The only entry requirement for joining either of these courses is a willingness to engage fully as best you can. This involves an intention to commit, with gentleness to yourself, to the home practice for which you will need to find about 40 minutes each day.

  We appreciate that for some people groups are uncomfortable or difficult, others cannot fit the group commitment into busy lives. If you are unable to attend a group or prefer learning on a one to one basis private classes are available. Classes will follow the same format as the group sessions. In recent years Geraldine has also started to teach the course using live Skype sessions. 


An Exploration of Empathy. What is it? What blocks it? How to develop it?

Saturday 23rd November  2019. 10am - 1pm. Friends Meeting House,Adel. Booking now.

MINDFULNESS/RESILIENCE ACT BASED TRAINING. This is an 8 hour course which supports participants to identify the values most important to them and to use the skills of mindfulness to move closer to those values. The programme will be delivered over the course of 3 Monday evenings starting on Monday 10th June 2019.Fully booked. Please email Geraldine to join waiting list.


Then What?

On completion of an 8 week course many people feel a desire to continue to develop and deepen their practice and to do that with the support of a group. From time to time various follow on groups,retreats and workshops are offered.

Silent Days The next day of silent guided practice will be on May 30th 2020 10.am - 3.30pm.  No charge for 8 week course "graduates". £10 for others - all welcome.

Weekly silent group Each Friday from 5.15-6.15pm  there is opportunity to practise silently with others. This session is unguided and comprises one 40 minute sit, and one 15 minute walking meditation. These sessions are open to all with no requirement to have completed a course or to come every week. We ask a contribution of £2.

Anxiety and OCD Group This support group explores ways in which we can use the tools of mindfulness and compassion as a response to anxiety and OCD. Please note that this group is temporarily suspended.

Retreats. Weekend retreats offer opportunity to practise mindfuless over an extended period.They are lightly guided by Geraldine and held at the lovely Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire. These retreats fill up quickly so early booking is advised. The cost of retreat is £120  for the weekend and accomodation is in single rooms. This fee  makes retreat more available to everyone and  covers the accomodation costs payable to Ampleforth. Voluntary contributions toward teacher's expenses are invited (dana) There are a  limited number of ensuite rooms  for an additional cost of £30 for the weekend. This extra £30 goes to support anyone who could not otherwise come on  retreat.

Retreat:   Starting at 5.45pm  on Friday and ending at 4pm on Sunday 1st July. There is opportunity to extend retreat until Tuesday 3rd July for anyone wishing to remain in silence for an extended period. FULLY BOOKED.  

 Maintaining and Deepening Mindfulness  These gatherings, for which no previous experience of mindfulness is necessary have been ongoing for some 7 years and continue to flourish. Please contact Geraldine for details of this group.

  For more information or to request a booking form for any of the courses or workshops listed please  email gbreakwell@mindfulnesspractice.co.uk AND geraldinebreakwell@gmail.com (both addresses please)  or call   01943 873843 or 07740 649082





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