The 8 -Week Mindfulness Course 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week course and is deemed the 'gold standard'  of Mindfulness training. The training enables participants to begin to change their relationship too difficulty in their lives, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. .

The aim of the course is to start to develop new ways to take care of, and manage, challenging physical sensations, emotions, thoughts and social interactions. 

It was pioneered in the late 1970s by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn and his team at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as part of their research into non-drug based cures for depression, anxiety and chronic pain.
‘When we let go of our battles and open our heart to things as they are, then we come to rest in the present moment’
- Jack Kornfield
Rooted in the ancient techniques of Buddhist meditation, the programme they devised is taught today around the world in hospitals, prisons, businesses, schools and government agencies.

What does the course involve? 

The course focuses entirely on supporting the development of mindfulness so that each participant leaves with a set of skills and attitudes that will be of profound use for the rest of their lives.

The course is taught over 8 weeks, in 2.5 hour sessions each week. There is also a 1 day retreat of Mindfulness practice included where participants have the opportunity to experience a full day of practice.
The course has not been reduced to less than 8 weeks as the scientific research and evidence is based on participants engaging in an 8 week programme. 

To get the most out of the course requires participants between group sessions, to practice at home, using the skills taught on the course to create a regular mindfulness practise that suits them and that they can continue to use beyond the end of the 8 weeks. The course does require a strong commitment to work on yourself  through a gentle but disciplined daily use of meditation practice.This may feel stressful at times but is also likely to bring many benefits too. 
Each class introduces a range of formal mindfulness meditations – awareness of breathe and body, sounds, thoughts  and emotions – as well as mindful movement and walking.
Through the course participants are invited to work with an attitude of non-judgement, patience, trust and generosity, underpinned with kindness and compassion. All of which we are learning to cultivate during the course.
Typically each session will offer a mixture of practising mindfulness together, learning new skills and reviewing the previous week’s daily mindfulness practice.

Who is the course for?
Anyone who experiences stress, low mood, and anxiety but it is not necessary to have a specific health problem to find the 8 week course helpful. Many of us experience ongoing difficulty, struggle and stress in our every day lives and wish to explore new skills and ways to manage these challenges.What we can learn on the course is that the problem or illness itself may not change but the way we learn over time to relate to it may shift, making things feel easier and more manageable. Developing the skills so mindful awareness can provide us with an opportunity to change the way we respond and approach our experiences. 

Core benefits learnt on the 8 week Mindfulness Course:

  • living more fully in the present moment
  • greater happiness and wellbeing
  • more energised
  • boosts personal resilience
  • greater  sense of control over your life
  • an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressful situations
  • increased self-esteem and confidence

On completition of the 8 week course all graduates have the opportunity to access ongoing support by attending  local monthly guided mindfulness meditation sessions, 1-2-1 sessions/support are also available on request and by appointment with Amber.

All graduates of the MBSR course are also welcome to attend  Retreat Days that will be held throughout the year to help deepen ones individual mindfulness practise and to utilise these days as a way of accessing further support and opportunity to nurture themselves. Please see course dates and times for monthly session and retreat dates. 

Important Information for those wishing to participate in good quality Mindfulness Training Courses:
The UK Listing of Mindfulness Teachers:
The listing is being created by the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations to provide the general public and policy makers a means to distinguish those teachers who have received adequate training and whose current practice meets the Good Practice Guidelines which are minimum standards for the delivery of 8 week mindfulness courses. The listing was launched on October 20th 2015 alongside the Mindfulness Initiative report in the Houses of Parliament For more information about the UK Network and to download the Good Practice Guidelines (GPGs) for Mindfulness Teachers and the associated FAQs, please see:
The listing is voluntary and not a compulsory register and teachers can continue to teach if they choose not to be part of the listing. The listing will be for teachers who are trained to deliver the following type of Mindfulness course: Secular mindfulness-based programs taught in mainstream settings normally over 8 weeks. 

Mindfulness Wiltshire

Amber Skyring is trained to teach:
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
MBCT - Ca  (Mindfulness for Cancer)
MISP Teacher (Mindfulness in Schools)
Finding Peace in a Frantic World