Masterclass for Healthcare Professionals

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Mindfulness and Compassion Training

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Mindfulness and compassion are increasingly recommended as complementary practices in many fields of medicine. Yet, with mounting pressure on the NHS, and burnout rates skyrocketing, it is often those healthcare professionals with a foundation in these techniques of calm, focus, and resilience who stand to gain the most.
The mindfulness and compassion practices which we teach have been shown to drastically improve concentration, calm, resilience to distress, positive interpersonal communication, and work satisfaction. New research has revealed that compassion is one of the strongest components of resilience.

That's why Breathworks is offering this Masterclass in mindfulness and compassion approaches specifically tailored for Healthcare Professionals, and run by one of our most experienced trainers, who is herself a nurse.

Techniques That Work

During this experiential workshop you will be introduced to the theory and practice of mindfulness, including applications in health-care. We’ll explore the Breathworks approach, including reference to some of the following key elements:

  • primary and secondary suffering
  • the place of acceptance
  • doing and being modes
  • the importance of the body as a foundation for mindfulness
  • brain plasticity.

We hope that you will find this day a welcome oasis, whether you are new to mindfulness or an experienced practitioner and that it will encourage you in establishing or maintaining a personal mindfulness practice of your own. It also hopes to inspire you to consider ways in which you could do further preparation or training so as to introduce mindfulness with patients or clients in the future.

* Please note that mindfulness is not a theory but a practice, and in order to effectively teach it to others you need to have a firm foundation of practice yourself. For this reason, this one-day Masterclass workshop will not be aiming to prepare you immediately to introduce mindfulness into your work with patients or clients. For ways of taking this forward, please see our teacher training pages


Who Is This Course For?
People from many fields have benefited, professionally and personally, from this course. These have included MBCT and MBSR teachers, doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychotherapists, care workers, physiotherapists, and anybody who works with others in a caring capacity and who wishes to explore these skills. If you think that you would benefit from this training, we warmly invite you to apply.

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Dates 2019

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Friday 5th July, 10am - 4:30pm

Manchester Buddhist Centre 
16-20 Turner Street
M4 1DZ

Led by: Karen Hall

Price: £120 


Breathworks has a great deal of research, both from internal evaluations of our courses and published research using our pain management courses, available to read. Our courses have resulted in significant improvements in the self-management of pain and long-term conditions, effects which are maintained even over follow-ups of many years.

You can find the details on our
Research Page.


"Very good balance of practice and discussion."

"Excellent - plenty of professional advice given, but also time to discuss personal experience."

"I feel that I've learned enough about mindfulness as a health-care intervention and the appropriate skills to develop interventions in my work."

"Content was excellent and I feel able to apply this to my work following completing some meditation."

"Karen's love for teaching shone through. She was patient and understanding with all of us. As a healthcare professional working in the NHS I had started to lose my compassion for others around me as well as myself, and the 3 days have helped me see that, and during the past month I have noticed a difference in the way I respond to myself and others."

"Presentations were very well organised, educational, and nurturing."

"It's impressive to have kept my interest non-stop for 3 days. That hasn't always happened on previous mindfulness courses!"

"Excellent! So engaging, thought-provoking, relevant."


Who are Breathworks?

Breathworks has been delivering Mindfulness-Based Pain and Illness Management (MBPM) courses and teacher training since 2001. We are a founding member of the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teacher Training Organisations. Our teachers and trainers adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers and Trainers, that have become the industry standard for the highest level of good practice.

We offer a comprehensive, scientifically up to date, and user-friendly approach to help people living with chronic pain, long term conditions, and stress, live fuller lives.


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Our book 'Mindfulness for Health' by Breathworks founder Vidyamala Burch, which lays out the Breathworks method of working with mindfulness and compassion, was awarded 1st prize in the 2014 British Medical Association Medical Book awards in the category of popular medicine.

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It was also selected for the Reading Well: Books On Prescription Scheme, for books determined by experts to be of high health value for the public, and made available in many libraries to help those suffering from pain and health conditions.

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On/off-site Mindfulness Training for Hospitals and NHS Trusts

In addition to our scheduled events above we also offer bespoke on/off-site mindfulness training and teacher training to hospitals and NHS trusts. Please click here for more information.