Mindfulness Classes in Heaton Moor, South Manchester


Mindfulness meditation in Manchester

See below for workshops and classes led by me – Sheila Bayliss.  Please note that my while my classes may be helpful for people experiencing stress, they are not intended to support those experiencing an acute or debilitating mental health condition.  Before attending any class or workshop, ensure that you read the info at the bottom of this page entitled ‘Is this approach suitable for your needs? or click to read it here.  Go to the About page to find out more about mindfulness, my approach and my own experience.  To get updates and free resources – sign up for my mailing list on the Home page. If you’re not in the Manchester area but would like to attend a mindfulness course – this link might be helpful.

I am really grateful to have found Sheila and I recommend anyone searching for mindfulness to contact herEverything 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 mindfulness classes for around 1 year and have found her inspirational. She has helped me change the way I think… I am much calmer now”


‘Mindfulness for Stress’ course 2018 starts in May!

This step-by-step course helps you create a regular meditation practice and discover tools to bring mindfulness to your daily life.  Self-kindness is also an integral part of the programme.  I only run this course once per year.  See further down the page for more info…


Next Manchester Workshop – Saturday 21st April 2018

‘Growing & Thriving With Mindfulness’, at the Heatons Centre, Heaton Moor, suitable for beginners and regulars

ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL (these Saturday workshops can get fully booked)

Mindfulness doesn’t develop overnight; it grows with time.  As we gradually become more mindful, we are able to open more fully to all of our experience.  This broad, expansive awareness enables us to find joy more readily, and to meet unpleasant aspects of life with more calm.  In this workshop we’ll be looking at ways to grow your mindfulness, whether you’re just starting out, or a regular looking to deepen your practice. 

I will be joined for this workshop by fellow mindfulness teacher Hilary Curtis – we have a similar approach to our practice and like to work together occasionally.  There’s a link to Hilary’s bio below.

There are 2 options for this session as follows:

  • Morning only 10am till 1pm @ £25 per person
  • Full day 10am till 5pm @ £40 per person (lunch is not included – you can bring a packed lunch, or there are shops and cafes nearby)

You need to state at the time of booking if you wish to book for the whole day.

In the morning session, we will offer led meditations and some ideas for you to use in your own lives, plus some discussion.

The afternoon will have slightly more ‘retreat-like’ conditions, in that it will consist mostly of guided practices plus opportunities to reflect on your experience of these meditations.

Beginners and regulars are welcome to attend both the morning and afternoon – in the afternoon there will be an option to sit out some of the meditations if you prefer.  If you have any questions, do drop me an email.

IMPORTANT INFO:  This workshop is suitable for people experiencing stress, but is not intended to support those with an acute or debilitating mental health condition – for further information, see the bottom section of this web page.

Advance booking is essential for Saturday workshops – before booking, please read the information at the bottom of this page to check that my approach is suitable for you.  To book, please email me to reserve your place and I will send you payment information plus practical details.  You can get in touch via the Contact page.

Hilary’s bio is here

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“It was only through coming to Sheila’s workshops that I have really learnt how to use mindfulness in my daily life.”


Drop-in Classes – Heaton Moor, South Manchester

Cost: £9 per class (cash only), suitable for beginners and regulars

“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.”

I usually hold a couple of evening drop-in sessions per month on a week-night (these are not every week) – see upcoming class dates below.  You don’t need to book in advance for the evening drop-in classes.  These classes take place at the Heatons Centre in Heaton Moor, next to the library.  Full venue details are further down.  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 (keep reading for more detail about what happens in a class). 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 mindfulness practice.  They are also helpful for people who already have a mindfulness practice, as a way to keep developing.  Read more about why classes are beneficial here.

2018 Class dates are below

Evening classes are always 7.30-9pm and usually take place a couple of times per month. (These are not always on the same evening of the week, and are not always fortnightly, sometimes there is a longer gap between classes).  Upcoming dates are listed below.  Please feel free to email me if you want to clarify anything.

Upcoming classes in 2018:

Monday 26th February – Conference Room

Monday 12th March – Conference Room

Monday 26th March – Conference 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 very loud if we are meditating). If you are unfamiliar with the venue, you are very welcome to email me in advance for more info.  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.

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 – in over 3 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 chairs while I guide you with instruction.  I usually share some ideas you can use in daily life, plus some guided meditation and discussion.  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).  

Where do classes take place?

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, which will also be indicated by a note on the door (up to 7.30pm only as previously mentioned).  You can find a venue map here – please note the phone number applies to Signpost Stockport who own the building, not me.  For any queries, please email me via the Contact page.  You can access parking via Balmoral Road.

“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”.


‘Mindfulness for Stress’ course – £220, Starting May 2018


“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.”

Following an in-depth programme can really help you to get the full benefits from your mindfulness practice in the long term.  This course can help you learn how to:

  • cope better with the pressures of a stressful & busy life
  • experience greater wellbeing, calm and positivity
  • use mindfulness tools in your daily life
  • develop self-kindness to build resilience
  • establish or deepen a regular meditation practice

I will next be running this course in Heaton Moor starting in May 2018.  The course takes place over 4 Saturday sessions once per fortnight, covering all the material in an 8-week mindfulness course.  Dates for the 2018 course in Heaton Moor are as below.  It is important that you would be able to attend all 4 sessions in the course:

  • Class 1 – Sat  19th May 9am-1pm
  • Class 2 – Sat  2nd June 9am-1pm
  • Class 3 – Sat  16th June 9am-1pm
  • Class 4 – Sat  30th June 9am – 4pm (longer ‘full day’ session)

Sessions are held in a venue central to Heaton Moor.  To book a provisional place on this course, please email me via the Contact page.   Please be aware that a place on the course cannot be confirmed until I have spoken to you on the phone and taken your deposit.  The payment schedule is a £50 deposit payable at the time of the booking call, with the full balance of £170 to be paid before the course starts.  

The course cost includes a full set of meditations for you to work with at home, plus a detailed handbook (a copy of ‘The Little Mindfulness Workbook’ is included with the course). The format is a double session every fortnight, so the content of all 8 weeks is covered over just 4 weekend sessions.

‘Mindfulness for Stress’ is an in-depth 8-week mindfulness course following the acclaimed Breathworks programme (I’m an accredited Breathworks teacher and associate).  It’s a great way to learn about mindfulness and self-compassion, and establish an ongoing practice.  To read a full outline of the Mindfulness for Stress course, Click here You can also read more about me and my teaching style on the About page of this website.

IMPORTANT INFO:  this course is intended to support those dealing with stress – it is not suitable for you if you are currently suffering acute depression or an anxiety disorder (for more info, scroll to the bottom of this page).

“Thank you for delivering such an informative, calm and insightful course. I feel like I’ve learnt loads and I really enjoyed every minute of it”

“I feel more equipped [to meet challenges] because of this course and the quality of teaching from Sheila”

“I found the work with the group invaluable…I have a framework for the rest of my life”

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Is this approach suitable for your needs?

As a teacher of mindfulness for stress reduction, 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.  My classes can be a good follow-on once sessions with a therapist are no longer needed.  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.  For further information about types of mindfulness courses, see the section ‘What is mindfulness?’ on the About page.  Please also note that my classes and workshops are for adults – I do not currently offer mindfulness teaching for children.

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.


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