Wellbeing Classes in South Manchester

Mindfulness coaching – Self-Kindness skills – Meditation practices

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IMPORTANT INFO: My classes are helpful for stress, but are not intended to support those currently experiencing a debilitating mental health condition, or severe emotional distress.  They are also for adults only (18yrs+). If you have a physical restriction (eg postural, hearing, pregnancy etc), please let me know so that I can suggest any relevant modifications when we meditate.   If you are unsure if my classes are suitable for you, I’m happy to have a short phone chat – to arrange one, please get in touch via the contact page.

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Spring 2019 Workshop Series – ‘Mindfulness Foundations’

**PLEASE NOTE WORKSHOP TIMES ARE NOW AFTERNOONS**

BOOKING IS REQUIRED for all the workshops in this series, as places are limited, 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.

For a little reading about how mindfulness can be beneficial, you might like my blog. You can find more about me and my approach on the About page.

Workshop 1: ‘Meditating With More Ease’Saturday 16th March, 2pm till 5pm

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, 2pm till 5pm

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, 2pm till 5pm

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 important info at the top of this page.

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.

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Drop-in Evening Classes – Heaton Moor, South Manchester

I also run an occasional evening drop-in class which is suitable for meditation beginners, aswell as those who already practice.

Before attending, please read the Important Info at the top of the page.  You don’t need to book in advance for the evening drop-in class, but please read the information to ensure the class is suitable for you.

You can find dates of upcoming classes below.  There is no ‘set pattern’ to dates, so keep an eye on the website for the next one I’ve scheduled.

Each time there is a different theme and I share ideas for mindful living, plus a guided meditation and we have some space for discussion.   We stay seated on regular chairs for the meditation.

Classes start at 7.30pm and the structured part ends at 8.30 when we have an informal cup of tea (it’s fine to leave at 8.30 if you can’t stay).

Cost: £9  – cash only (I don’t have facilities to take card payment)

Upcoming dates:

Monday 29th April, 7.30pm

Venue:  The Heatons Centre, Heaton Moor, Thornfield Road, Stockport SK4 3LD (next to the library).  When you arrive you will see a note on the door telling you which room buzzer to press for entry.  If you don’t know the venue, please get in touch for further details.

PLEASE NOTE that you need to arrive a few minutes before we start at 7.30pm, as I’m not able to come down to let people in after we’ve started.  Please avoid pressing the buzzer after 7.30 so as not to disturb the class.

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)

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