Immerse yourself in the main elements of Breathworks mindfulness-based approaches to managing pain, illness and stress.

Vidyamala Burch, author, meditation teacher, and  Breathworks founder, will share her up-to-date thinking on the distinctive elements of the Breathworks approach, such as:

  • The importance of a systematic approach to mindfulness in daily life
  • Breath-based mindful movement
  • The core theory of the Breathworks approach: learning to distinguish between primary suffering - the basic unpleasant sensations in the body- and secondary suffering - the many ways we react to primary suffering mentally, emotionally and physically.

We’ll do a deep dive into the fundamental cause of secondary suffering - resistance to unpleasant experience; and explore how using mindfulness to soften resistance can support us to accept primary suffering and reduce and/or overcome secondary suffering.

The day will be a mix of theory and practice, to best support you to get a real experience of the core mindfulness and compassion practices and their value.

Book your place on this event today, and discover how to effectively manage your pain, illness, and stress, rather than letting your life be defined by them.

Who is this event for?

The masterclass is suitable for people coming for their own personal benefit, as well as mindfulness teachers, and others who wish to incorporate mindfulness and compassion into their work with others, including NHS Staff and other Health Professionals.

Mindfulness teachers and practitioners are also welcome to use this as a CPD opportunity in order to look at different ways to deliver mindfulness (a certificate of attendance with 5 hours CPD will be available on request).  

What's Included

As well as the masterclass content delivered throughout the day, a vegetarian lunch and refreshments are also included in the price.  Please do let us know of any dietary requirements when you book. A certificate of attendance with 5 hours CPD will be available on request.

What to bring

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing for mindful movement and meditation.

Vidyamala Burch

After injuring her spine and having surgeries in her teens, Vidyamala discovered meditation when she was twenty-five, when she was taught a visualization exercise by a hospital chaplain. This stimulated a great curiosity about the power of the mind and heart as a tool she could harness to help her rehabilitate herself and create a rich and fulfilling life despite on-going pain and disability. She has spent the next thirty years following this deep curiosity; and mindfulness and compassion - or kindly awareness - have emerged as central to this quest. She moved from NZ to the UK in 1990 and spent five years living in a Buddhist retreat centre gaining intensive experience of mindfulness and meditation.

After settling in Manchester, in 2000 she received a grant from the Millennium Commission to develop mindfulness-based courses for others living with pain and illness. This formed the basis for Breathworks, established as a Community Interest Company in 2004. There are now over 490 Breathworks’ teachers in 35 countries.

Vidyamala has written three books: “Living well with Pain and Illness – the mindful way to free yourself from suffering”; “Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well-being” which won First Prize in the BMA Book awards in 2015; and “Mindfulness for Women – De-clutter your mind, simplify your life and find time to ‘be’.

Vidyamala trains regularly in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Sona Fricker

Sona started practising hatha yoga in his early twenties, and then took up meditation at a Buddhist centre in North London.  That was back in the early 1970s.  Soon after, he was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order, now the Triratna Buddhist Order.

For the subsequent forty odd years he has devoted his life to practising and teaching mindfulness, meditation and Buddhist philosophy around the world.  He was involved in the establishment and running of several public centres, including in Stockholm, Sweden, and worked as director of a retreat centre in the UK, where he spent much time leading and attending intensive retreats.  He has led retreats and training programmes in the UK, Germany, Holland, Sweden, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Following a powerful experience on a retreat some years ago, he has responded to a growing urge to devote more of his life to caring for people who suffer from pain and illness.  At that time he had developed a close friendship with Vidyamala and was inspired by the work she was doing teaching mindfulness-based techniques to manage long-term health conditions.  He trained with Vidyamala in the Breathworks Programme back in 2003 and is a co-founder of the Breathworks organisation.

Concessionary Places 

There are a limited number of concessionary places which are available to people in financial hardship. As a guide we suggest this applies to people with an income of less than £17,000 a year, or less than £20,000 if you live in London. If your annual income is higher than this and would like to discuss your eligibility for a concessionary place for other reasons, please contact us.

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Individual - Masterclass Sept 2019

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Organisation Fee £150 (pay by invoice) Sept 2019