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Courses in York and North Yorkshire from the Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion

“More Curiosity than Fear”*

We are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new mindfulness course for the summer term – MBCr. Lauri has developed this 8-week course out of the Creativity and Mindfulness retreats that she and Clare have run over the past couple of years in Helmsley Walled Garden and York. This course is a natural extension of her discovery that mindfulness encourages creativity to flourish. MBCr combines many of the elements of the more established 8-week courses but also includes components of playful creativity. Each session offers a fun and playful exploration of combining mindfulness, writing and drawing as a means of overcoming the fear that these aspects can hold for many people. Through this course we encourage you to unlearn the habits of judging and saying to yourself, ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘it’s no good’ and to have a go.

* Elizabeth Gilbert – Big Magic: Creative Living beyond Fear

Our creativity programme also includes 3 Creativity and Mindfulness retreats over 1 or 2 days of a weekend, returning to Helmsley Walled Garden in June, and exploring two new venues in July (Scampston Hall) and August (Brunswick Organic Nursery, York).

In terms of graduate support, our morning and evening retreats are also new this year, alongside continued supported practice days, which offer ideal opportunities to either re-establish or deepen your practice.

If you’d like to book onto any of the courses or events below, or if you’d like more information, please check out our Eventbrite page or click through to a course or event directly.


8-Week Courses

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

An 8-week group course teaching mindfulness meditation as an effective and dependable counter-balance to the stresses of life.

York: 18:30 - 20:30 Thursdays from 27th April
York: 10:00 - 12:00 Thursdays from 4th May


Ideal for: beginners, or anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their meditation practice. Participants join for a variety of reasons, from simply taking the time to prioritise their wellbeing, to those who wish to adopt a complementary approach to managing health concerns such as stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, IBS, CFS/ME and fibromyalgia.

Price: our standard rate for these courses is £250, however if you book 4 weeks in advance of the start date, you'll receive an Earlybird discount of 10%. We also offer a concessionary rate for partnership organisations and those who are on a low income or unable to work, or graduates of one of our other 8-week courses.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

An 8-week group course combining mindfulness with CBT, with a proven record of preventing the relapse of depression.

York: 13:30 - 15:30 Fridays from 21st April

Hull: details tbc, please see our Eventbrite page as details become available

Leeds: details tbc, please see our Eventbrite page as details become available

Ideal for: those with a history of depression.

Price: our standard rate for these courses is £250, however if you book 4 weeks in advance of the start date, you'll receive an Earlybird discount of 10%. We also offer a concessionary rate for partnership organisations and those who are on a low income or unable to work, or graduates of one of our other 8-week courses.

 
Mindfulness Based Creativity (MBCr)

An 8-week group course combining mindful meditation, creative writing and drawing exercises.

York: 18:30 - 20:30 Tuesdays from 2nd May

Ideal for: if you already have a creative pursuit and would like to bring more mindfulness into your practice then this course is for you. If the ‘C’ word (creativity) terrifies you this is exactly the course for you!

Price: our standard rate for these courses is £312, however if you book 4 weeks in advance of the start date, you'll be eligiblie for the Earlybird rate of £283. We also offer a concessionary rate for those who are on a low income or unable to work, or graduates of one of our other 8-week courses.

MBSR Intensive..

Based on the standard MBSR course, this unique 5-day course and retreat in the North York Moors is an opportunity to learn mindfulness meditation in a week.

Barmoor Country House: 11:00 Monday 18th to 14:00 Friday 22nd September

Ideal for: anyone interested in the MBSR course who cannot commit to 8 consecutive sessions, beginners or anyone wishing to refresh or deepen their meditation practice.

Price: £525 (shared room) / £650 (private room) inclusive of MBSR course and retreat activities, all materials, access to guided meditations, accommodation, and meals. We also offer a concessionary rate for partnership organisations.

Retreats..

Supported Practice Days

Practice Days offer a quiet, peaceful space away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where course participants can explore and deepen their mindfulness meditation practice. They include a series of guided meditations and gentle exercises supported by an experienced facilitator, as well as time for discussion, feedback and relaxation.

Knaresborough: 10:00 - 14:30 Friday 24th March
Beverley: 9:30 - 16:30 Saturday 1st April

Shipley: 9:30 - 16:30 Sunday 25th June
York: 9:30 - 16:30 Saturday 1st July


Ideal for: MBSR/MBCT course participants and graduates, or those with an established meditation practice.

Price: £60 Standard rate, £54 Earlybird rate for full day retreats (9:30 - 16:30). £40 Standard rate, £36 Earlybird rate for half day retreats (10:00 - 14:30).

7 Pillars Practice Day

Similar to our Supported day retreats, this day includes a series of guided meditations and gentle exercises supported by an experienced facilitator, as well as time for discussion, feedback and relaxation. The focus of the day is the 7 pillars of mindfulness (Jon Kabat-Zinn's attitudinal foundations), which are the basis of our 8-week courses.

Beverley: 9:30 - 16:30 Saturday 27th May

Ideal for: MBSR / MBCT course participants and graduates, or those with an established meditation practice. 


Price: £60 Standard rate, £54 Earlybird rate for full day retreats (9:30 - 16:30). £40 Standard rate, £36 Earlybird rate for half day retreats (10:00 - 14:30).

Creativity and Mindfulness Retreats

An opportunity to experience drawing and poetry supported by mindfulness, in a beautful outdoor setting.

Helmsley: 9:30 - 16:30 Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June
Scampston Walled Garden: 9:30 - 16:30 Saturday 29th July & Sunday 30th July

Brunswick Organic Nursery: 9:30 - 16:30 Saturday 12th August & Sunday 13th August

Ideal for: anyone who wishes to explore mindfulness as a fresh approach to creativity, which can be expanded to all areas of life. Tuition will be provided in mindfulness as well as the craft skills of drawing and poetry.

Price: £77 Standard rate for just a Saturday, £145 Standard rate for both days. Earlybird rates of £70 and £130 respectively for bookings 4 weeks in advance of the start date.

Continued Support..

Please note we now have a new format for Graduate groups. These are now Evening or Morning Retreats for 2 hours taking place in the following venues – York, Beverley and Shipley (all evening) and Knaresborough (morning). These will be two hours of practice, guided meditations and mindful practices as well as opportunities to discuss your home practice and ask questions in a group setting. One retreat per month for each location, except Knaresborough which will be running two per month.

Price: £20 for both sessions (May, June) or £11 for a single session. £40 for all Knaresborough sessions (May, June) or £11 for single sessions.


Books..

For those with an interest in offering mindfulness in the workplace, Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Evidence-based approach to improving wellbeing and maximising performance, including (among a variety of others!) a case study of our work in local organisations and a thought leadership piece exploring the role of mindfulness and compassion in developing ‘insight-based HR’.

Available here and from all good book retailers (Please use the code ‘HRMWC’ for a 20% discount).

For those with an interest in Buddhism, Lauri’s published Ph.D. thesis In the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh: Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism.

Available here and from all good book retailers.

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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.


Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time https://bit.ly/39ANleP


Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.


Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.