Wellbeing Classes in South Manchester
Coaching – Mindfulness – Self-Kindness – Meditation – Awareness Practices
Wellbeing classes and workshops in Heaton Moor, South Manchester. All sessions are led by me – Sheila Bayliss. These sessions can help you to learn how to use mindfulness with self-kindness to reduce stress and improve wellbeing. See class details below.
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Useful info: Classes are helpful for stress, but are not intended to support those currently experiencing a debilitating mental health condition, or severe emotional distress. All sessions are for adults only (18 years+). There’s more info at the bottom of this page in the section called ‘Is This Approach Suitable For Your Needs?‘, or click to read it here. Most of my sessions are suitable for beginners aswell as those with some experience of meditation, apart from the occasional meditation morning for regulars – see session descriptions below to check.
“I am really grateful to have found Sheila and I recommend anyone searching for mindfulness to contact her. Everything was within my comfort zone with no pressure. Mindfulness skills have helped me relax my busy mind and get better sleep.”
“I have been going to Sheila’s classes for around a year and have found her inspirational. She has helped me change the way I think… I am much calmer now”
For a quick read about the benefits of some of the practices I share – here’s a popular blog post of mine 10 Ways Mindfulness Has Made Me Happier
For evening classes – scroll down below workshops…
Next Workshop – Saturday 2nd February 2019
‘Creating Powerful Intentions’, at the Heatons Centre in Heaton Moor – 10am till 1pm
BOOKING IS REQUIRED as places are limited to 12, and these Saturday workshops do sometimes get fully booked.
Cost: £25, suitable for meditation beginners and those who already have a practice
Intentional living* is a powerful way to boost mindfulness in everyday life. This workshop will explore how to put this into practice. How can we best support ourselves to keep moving in the direction of positive change? Being human is an ongoing process of growth. Setting goals, while helpful, can also leave us open to disappointment and self-criticism if we fall short of our desired outcome. Intentions are an alternative way to create supportive conditions for change, in a way that is kinder to ourselves, but no less effective.
Perhaps you have an aspiration that’s related to your wellbeing practice, like meditating more often. Or maybe you’d like to see a change in some other area of your life that’s important to you. In this session I will share some ways to create intentions that support growth in your own life. Plus I’ll lead some guided meditation, and we’ll have some space to discuss and reflect.
(*I touch briefly on intentional living in the blog post ‘3 Things We Can Learn To Boost Mindfulness’)
**BEFORE BOOKING** – please check suitability by reading the section at the bottom of this page entitled ‘Is This Approach Suitable For Your Needs?’
TO BOOK – please email me at the address below to reserve your place, and I will send you payment information plus practical details.
The best way to contact me is to email me at sheilabayliss[at]gmail[dot]com (This is written in anti-spam format – just replace the bits in brackets with the relevant symbols to convert it into my email address, and send from your email as normal). You can find other ways to get in touch on the Contact page.
If you can’t make this date – you can get updates about future events and free tips by signing up to my monthly mailing list on the Home page.
“It was only through coming to Sheila’s workshops that I have really learnt how to use mindfulness in my daily life.”
Spring 2019 Workshop Series – ‘Mindfulness Foundations’
BOOKING IS REQUIRED for all the workshops in this series, as places are limited to 12, and these Saturday workshops do sometimes get fully booked.
Suitable for meditation beginners and those who already have a practice
Location: all workshops take place at The Heatons Centre in Heaton Moor
Cost: £25 for each workshop
You can book for any of these workshops as a stand-alone session, or you can book for all 3 as a more comprehensive series. They cover what I consider to be the most important elements of mindfulness. These sessions will be suitable for beginners looking to establish a practice. They will also be helpful for those who already meditate – these are the elements that I frequently re-visit in my own practice as it continues to deepen. Or if your practice has lapsed a bit (as tends to happen), this series would be a good way to give it a re-boot.
The sessions will include a mixture of ideas to use in your life, guided meditation and discussion. Each workshop date and content description is given below. If you do all 3 sessions, you will be introduced to all of the core meditation practices: mindfulness with breathing, kindness meditation and body awareness. After each session I will also send you a suggested Home Practice plan for 2 weeks.
Workshop 1: ‘Meditating With More Ease’ – Saturday 16th March, 10am till 1pm
Meditation can feel like a struggle, both for beginners and for those of us who have been meditating for some time. In this session we will take a look at one of the most common reasons for this. I will share a powerful way to find more ease in sitting meditation, to help you begin your practice (or develop it further). We will also explore how in fact we can ‘meditate’ in any moment to bring mindfulness into daily life, even on the days we can’t find the space for sitting practice.
Workshop 2: ‘Self-Kindness & Finding Freedom’ – Saturday 30th March, 10am till 1pm
Mindfulness offers us a radical way to find freedom from the stress and anxiety of modern life. But in order to access this freedom, we may need to first build a foundation of self-kindness. In this session I’ll explain how the mindfulness practice of ‘turning towards’ can release our struggle with difficulty. We will also cover how to use self-kindness to support us when we experience difficult situations and feelings.
Workshop 3: ‘Calming Our Experience’ – Saturday 13th April, 10am till 1pm
Developing body awareness is crucial to gaining the longer-term benefits of mindfulness practice. Inhabiting the body more fully can bring a profound sense of peace, but many of us have become disconnected from the body. With body-based (or ‘somatic’) mindfulness practices, we can learn to gradually re-connect with the body and experience greater wellbeing. In this session we will cover how increased body awareness can interrupt our reactive feelings and behaviours, creating more calm. We’ll explore meditation and other tools to develop and deepen body awareness.
**BEFORE BOOKING** – please check suitability by reading the section at the bottom of this page entitled ‘Is This Approach Suitable For Your Needs?’
TO BOOK – please email me at the address below to reserve your place, and I will send you payment information plus practical details. Please state on the email which workshop/s you would like to attend. ADVANCE BOOKING is required as these Saturday workshops do sometimes get fully booked. The best way to contact me is to email me at sheilabayliss[at]gmail[dot]com (This is written in anti-spam format – just replace the bits in brackets with the relevant symbols to convert it into my email address, and send from your email as normal). You see other ways to get in touch via the Contact page.
If you can’t make these dates – to be notified about future events (and get free tips), sign up to my monthly mailing list on the Home page.
“I spent several years trying to do mindfulness by myself and not getting anywhere. I find Sheila’s approach to be kind, gentle, welcoming and supportive. She explains so well what mindfulness is and how to incorporate it into each day.”
Drop-in Evening Classes – Heaton Moor, South Manchester
Cost: £9 per class (cash only), Suitable for meditation beginners and those who already practice
Venue: The Heatons Centre (next to the library in Heaton Moor – read more about accessing the venue below)
“Sheila is so friendly and open, it makes it easy to relax and enjoy the classes. What is wonderful is how she is able to bring her own experiences to the class and help others share theirs. And her meditations are easy to settle in to.”
From the start of 2019, I will be holding a drop-in class once per month – see upcoming class dates below. They will probably be on a theme aligned with that month’s mailing list tips. You don’t need to book in advance for the evening drop-in classes. Before attending – please see the info at the bottom of this page to make sure that my approach is right for you.
Classes include some guided meditation, plus I share other tools and ideas to help you improve wellbeing. You can drop-in to the evening classes, you don’t have to commit to attending every time – just come to whichever of the scheduled dates work for you. For beginners, these classes are a good way to dip your toe in or begin your wellbeing practice. They are also helpful for people who already have a mindfulness practice, as a way to keep developing. Read more about why regular classes are beneficial here.
2018-2019 Class dates are below
Evening classes are always 7.30 – 9pm (meditation finishes at 8.30 then we have a cup of tea). From the start of 2019, these sessions will only be held once per month. Upcoming dates are listed below. Please feel free to email me if you want to check anything.
Monday 11th February, 7.30pm – Conference Room
Monday 11th March, 7.30pm – Training Room
You will notice that we use different rooms at the centre – I always put a note on the door so you know which buzzer to press.
NB: You need to arrive before the class starts at 7.30pm – unfortunately I’m not able to come and let you in if you arrive after 7.30, as it would disrupt the class. Please avoid pressing the buzzer after 7.30 (it’s quite loud if we are meditating). If you are unfamiliar with the venue, please see the information below, and you are very welcome to email me in advance if you need to clarify where it is. It’s fine to arrive a little early for your first class. You might like to bring a bottle of water to keep with you during the class. It’s good to wear layers as body temperature can drop a little when we sit still in meditation.
For any queries – please check if your question is answered in the information below, and if not you can email me. The best way to contact me is to email me at sheilabayliss[at]gmail[dot]com (This is written in anti-spam format – just replace the bits in brackets with the relevant symbols to convert it into my email address, and send from your email as normal). You can see other ways to get in touch on the Contact page. Please note – I am not based at the Heatons Centre (I just rent the rooms), so their staff will not be able to answer queries about my classes. For all questions please email me as outlined above.
This page is kept up to date and any changes to dates would be posted here. Should I ever need to cancel a class at short notice, I would send a message via the mailing list (though this isn’t very likely – over the years I’ve only ever had to cancel once, with a couple of weeks notice). If you sign up for my mailing list via the Home page, you’ll also receive free tips once per month, plus the upcoming class dates. You can also follow me on social media if you want to see additional reminders (see the Contact page).
What happens in a class?
Rest assured you won’t have to sit cross-legged in silence for extended periods – you just sit in regular chairs while I guide you with instruction. I have a different theme every time and will share an idea that you can use in daily life, with some room for discussion. I also include a guided meditation in each class, rotating between the body scan, mindfulness with breathing and kindness meditations. From 8.30 you can stay on for a cup of tea and a chat (or leave it there if you’re pushed for time).
The Heatons Centre is next to the Library in Heaton Moor. The address is Thornfield Road, SK4 3LD. Upon arrival – press the buzzer for the room listed above (up to 7.30pm only as mentioned above). You can access parking via Balmoral Road. Heaton Chapel Station is within walking distance, and some bus routes have stops nearby. You can find the venue on Google Maps here
For Google Maps – don’t search ‘Lollipop Wellbeing’, as it shows the registered office address – this is not where classes are held. You can use to link above to pull up the correct Google Maps location, which is the Heatons Centre, a building managed by Signpost Stockport (the listed phone number applies to Signpost Stockport, not me).
“Sheila has a very calming and reassuring presence. She really embodies her teaching. I always find something in her classes that is relevant to my own life and meditation practice. I would recommend her class to anyone, either new to meditation or with an established practice”.
Occasionally I hold a session with more meditation space, for those with some experience. If you would be interested in attending a Meditation Morning in the future, please email to let me know.
£35 for a 45-minute session by phone/skype. 1-to1 sessions can be helpful for people who already have a mindfulness practice, as a space to reflect and explore more deeply. Meditation is usually best learned initially in a group setting, which is also an important part of regular ongoing practice – 1-to-1 sessions are not intended to replace practising in a class environment with others. For those who attend my classes regularly, practice review sessions are also available at £10 for 15 minutes – these are only suitable if I know you quite well. If you are interested in booking a 1-to-1 session, please email me at sheilabayliss[at]gmail[dot]com (This is written in anti-spam format – just replace the bits in brackets with the relevant symbols to convert it into my email address, and send from your email as normal). You see other ways to get in touch via the Contact page.
Is this approach suitable for your needs?
I’m trained in coaching, and in mindfulness for stress reduction, and so my classes and workshops are helpful for people suffering from stress and the anxiety associated with a busy lifestyle. However, they are not intended to support those currently experiencing an acute or debilitating mental health condition, or severe emotional distress. In these cases I would recommend first learning mindfulness from a counsellor or therapist who is suitably qualified to provide support. The classes I run can be a helpful follow-on resource, once sessions with a therapist are no longer needed. I know from both professional and personal experience that to get the best long-term benefits from a mindfulness practice, it’s important to start mindfulness classes at the right time (I myself had CBT therapy and counselling before I was ready to learn mindfulness).
If you have been diagnosed with (or suspect you suffer from) clinical depression, an anxiety disorder or a mental health condition, you can ask your GP about suitable support services or referral to a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy course (MBCT) – these are usually run by therapists, and are different from the classes I offer. You can find out more about MBCT at the Be Mindful website.
Please also note that my classes and workshops are for adults (18 years+) – I do not offer mindfulness teaching for children or young people as this requires different qualifications to the ones I hold. The content of my classes is designed to be appropriate for adults over the age of 18.
If you have a physical restriction (eg postural, hearing etc), please let me know so that I can suggest any relevant modifications when we sit to meditate.
If you’re unsure if my classes or workshops are right for you, I’m happy to arrange a phone chat. To get in touch, visit the Contact page and we can set up a time to talk.
FOR ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS, you may find the following details useful – please note that the information provided below does not constitute an endorsement, and you are responsible for contacting the provider directly to check suitability for your needs.
Therapist in Heaton Moor – Polly Hammerton of Heatons Therapy can provide therapeutic support for a range of issues, and is also familiar with mindfulness-based approaches
The Counselling Rooms in Chorlton – a Community Interest Company created to provide a choice of affordable private counselling to as wide a range of people as possible.
NHS Mindfulness courses – you may find the Healthy Minds service helpful to find a course or other support provided by therapists
If you are supporting a young person – Christopher Willard’s website and books may be of interest
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