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

Vidyamala Burch is an internationally recognised author, meditation teacher, speaker and Breathworks co-founder. Sona Fricker is also co-founder of Breathworks and international meditation teacher.

They will share their up-to-date thinking on the distinctive elements of the Breathworks approach, such as:

  • The importance of health-giving breathing patterns for well-being
  • Simple and effective meditation practices
  • Breath-based mindful movement
  • A systematic approach to mindfulness in daily life
  • 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 a real experience of the core mindfulness and compassion practices and their value.

There will also be an overview of the science and evidence-base underpinning mindfulness and compassion for pain, illness and stress.

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.


18th March 2020

10:00 - 16:30


Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University

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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. This includes health and other allied professionals.

What's Included

As well as the masterclass content delivered throughout the day, 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.

A simple lunch will also be provided.

What to bring

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

Vidyamala Burch Vidyamala Burch Breathworks Mindfulness Founder

After injuring her spine and having surgeries in her teens, Vidyamala discovered meditation when she was twenty-five, when she was taught meditation when in hospital. 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 meditation centre gaining intensive experience.

After settling in Manchester, UK 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 nearly 500 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 as well as being a popular online teacher.

Sona Fricker

Sona started practising hatha yoga in his early twenties, and then took up meditation at a centre in North London.  That was back in the early 1970s.  

For the subsequent forty odd years he has devoted his life to practising and teaching mindfulness, meditation  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.

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