What happens during sessions?
Sessions follow a consistent pattern. After greetings and getting settled, we begin with a guided meditation practice, followed by reflection on the experiences of the practice. Then we discuss the experiences of the home practices during the week. Each session has a theme that is woven into the discussions. We often do another short practice or an exercise and reflect on what can be learned from that. Near the end of each session, we explain the home practices for the following week.
Just as our lives unfold from moment to moment, this course unfolds from session to session. Try to attend every session. Let the teacher know if you have to miss a session. Teachers will help you catch up with what you’ve missed. If you miss a session, it may feel difficult to come back. Come anyway!
Wear layered, comfortable clothes. Sessions may include sitting meditation, lying on the floor (if you choose), simple stretches, and gentle walking.
Yoga mats and meditation cushions are sometimes provided, or you can use your own.
The teachers are available to support your learning.
What does home practice involve?
Teachers will provide recordings for the main practices and ask you to practice up to an hour each day. You may need to reorganise aspects of your life to fit this in. It might be helpful to talk with family or friends about what is involved. If you find this difficult, experiment with practising at different times of the day, and remember to keep an open mind as best you can. You may notice that your experience changes from day to day or week to week. The teachers are available to discuss any difficulties you are having with home practice.
Who are the teachers?
All OMC Teachers hold the OMC’s Certificate of Competence to Teach MBCT. All our Training Partners are either listed on the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA) or ACCESSMBCT Teacher Listing. This means that they meet the UK Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness-Based Teachers; i.e., they are suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and are receiving supervision for their teaching.