Barbara Hussong
Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

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Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living Course

Next Course begins January 2019

Previous Course began:

Wednesday 24th January 6.30 - 9 pm.


This course is suitable for people who have done an 8-week Mindfulness course, have maintained some form of regular practice and would like to explore and deepen Mindfulness and Heartfulness more. It offers practical ways of deepening mindfulness skills with compassion.

The course is designed to alleviate suffering (one’s own and that of others) and enhance physical, psychological and social wellbeing by offering a science-based training in (self-)compassion, building on mindfulness skills. Many of us recognise the tendency to overlook ourselves while trying to be compassionate. The focus in this course is to develop a kinder and warmer relationship with ourselves, to find a healthy balance between caring for others and caring for ourselves and to find ease with life’s inevitable pain and ‘dis-ease’.

More specific aims are:

  • Acknowledging pain and suffering as part of human life.
  • Understanding that our brain has evolved to help survive, and that the imperfect design is not our fault.
  • Gaining insight into the three basic emotion regulation and motivation systems.
  • Understanding how influences from outside and also from inside, such as the ‘inner critic’ can easily cause imbalances.
  • Learning practices in (self-) compassion, such as soothing breathing, kindness meditation, compassionate imagery, compassionately dealing with inner difficulties, and cultivating ways of support through the ‘inner helper’ and appreciating and ‘taking in the good’.
  • Cultivating a sense of common humanity.
  • Integrating what has been learned in daily life.

The course format was developed by Erik van den Brink and Frits Koster and draws on the work of Paul Gilbert, Tara Brach, Christopher Germer, Rick Hanson and others. Many of the practices are based on traditional Buddhist meditation practices which focus on the cultivation of compassion.

The course runs over 8 weeks and includes one individual orientation session, 8 group classes of 2.5 hours each, 6.30 - 9 pm and a silent practice day at the end of the course.You will also receive a comprehensive workbook and a range of audio recordings in mp3 format.  

In the group sessions you are introduced to the practices and exercises. We then explore our experiences and reflect on them and put them within the context of neuroscience and some basic psychological principles.  It is important to allow 45 – 60 minutes per day for the practice at home, in order to get the most benefit from doing the course and so that the practices can become embedded in your daily life.

The fee for the Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Living group course is £270