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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Learn to meditate on this nourishing 8 week course for the public.  Taking place in Sheffield. 

Want to…

  • reduce stress?
  • increase well-being
  • enhance quality of life?

….. then this course could be for you.

Looking for workplace mindfulness courses? Then click here

You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.Jon Kabat-Zinn

The MBSR course – key points

This is a life-enhancing course for the public, which can benefit anyone. You will learn about mindfulness and will develop your own mindfulness meditation practice, in a way that is sustainable.  This then enables you to live mindfully.

MBSR is an established and reputable course, which has been researched and evidenced.

This course takes place in Sheffield 1 evening a week for 2 hours over an 8 week period. The course also includes a day retreat. You will be provided with course handouts and a selection of meditation recordings for use at home.

Each Wednesday evening when we meet:

  • I will lead you through meditations
  • We’ll discuss meditation practice
  • I will teach or lead activities on aspects of mindfulness and living life in a mindful way

Course dates

The next course date is currently unknown


  • 8 Wednesday evenings
  • from 7pm to 9pm

Retreat day

One Saturday towards the end of the course


The Heeley Institute
147 Gleadless Road, Heeley
Sheffield, S2 3AF
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MBSR course history

MBSR is an evidence-based, classic course designed in the 80s by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the now world-famous University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Clinic.  MBSR is now taught all over the world by appropriately-trained people. The course helps people to reduce stress and anxiety and is proven to support positive change. Attendance at the MBSR course can enhance happiness, well-being and quality of life.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness arises when you bring your attention to the present moment without judgment, and with kindness and curiosity.

Mindfulness has been known to support people in the following areas (and more):

  • Reduced stress/ enhanced well-being
  • Improved outlook
  • Wider perspective
  • Increased clarity
  • Improved cognitive functioning
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Authenticity – in tune with yourself
  • Improved relationships
  • Reduced reactivity
  • Greater resilience and equanimity

Neuroscience has indicated positive changes in brain structure and function brought about by mindfulness.

For more on researched benefits of mindfulness, please go here.

A bit more about mindfulness

Mindfulness can be seen as a form of mind training. On the course, you learn to regulate attention.  You also cultivate mindful attitudes, such as compassion, non-judgment and patience.

Mindfulness helps you to see yourself, others and the world with greater clarity, stability and compassion. This enables you to access insights, make wise choices and free yourself from unhelpful habits. You are able to relate to the world more skilfully.

Mindfulness promotes a greater engagement with the present moment and therefore with your life.

If you ‘like’ my mindfulness for the public Facebook page you’ll find more information about mindfulness posted there.

Course cost

The course cost is £220. This covers the 8 evenings, the retreat day, the course notes and the meditation recordings.
There are a limited number of concession places available at £140 for unwaged – please enquire. A sponsored place (free or very low rate) may be offered based on need, please enquire.

Course commitment

Please be aware that as part of the course you are asked to do daily home practice averaging around 45 minutes.

Also, there is a commitment to engage in the full 8 weeks of the course.  Learning mindfulness is a process that is explored and reveals itself bit by bit.

My mindfulness background

I have a personal meditation practice going back 13 years and am passionate about mindfulness.

I have attended teacher training with The Centre for Mindful Research and Practice at Bangor University.  Also, I am a registered teacher of mindfulness on the listing of The UK Network of Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations and as such adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines.

I teach mindfulness to the public in Sheffield and offer a suite of mindfulness courses for the workplace in Sheffield and nationally.

For more information on my mindfulness background and the importance of an experienced teacher, please go here

What people have to say about the Tall Spaghetti MBSR course

Attend the course with an open mind – let go of any expectations

Mindfulness is about being present. In order to be present with what is true right now, we need to let go of expectations about how we would like things to be. This non-striving quality is integral to mindfulness.  So although potential benefits or ‘by-products’ of meditation are noted here, it is best to let go of any of that when embarking on a course.  When you come to the course, the best thing to do is to simply follow the instructions around presence.

Mindfulness as an ongoing journey

Also, it is worth noting that mindfulness is a journey and exploration for a lifetime, so don’t expect quick fixes. Don’t expect anything – just come, engage with the practice and see what unfolds moment-by-moment. The MBSR course provides the foundations and plants the seeds for you to continue your mindfulness journey beyond the 8 weeks.

What do I do now?

If you are interested in attending this course and in supporting your own flourishing through mindfulness, then get in touch with me, Rachael, either by filling in this form or calling 07876 495 968.

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I’ll then send you out a booking form to the email address you provide. In some instances we do a ‘booking phone call’.  The booking process is to cover some logistics and practicalities and so we can both be comfortable about the suitability of the MBSR course for you at this time.  After this, you’ll then be ready to firm up your booking by paying.