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Mindfulness for Health Online in a Worldwide Web-based Group

This home based group online course guides you through our online mindfulness for health course where you will learn a wide range of mindfulness skills, enabling you to practise at home and with others. Using a virtual classroom called Voicethread you have the option of posting how you’re getting on and hearing from others in a similar situation.

Who is this course for?

  • This course is for anyone suffering with pain and/or illness, or any other condition such as chronic fatigue or stress that has affected your health, who cannot attend a local course and wants to practise from home. The course is designed by Vidyamala Burch, based on 25 years experience of managing severe pain with mindfulness.
  • We've indicated that some of these courses will be attended by trainee Breathworks teachers as part of their journey to teach courses to others, however they will be joining in with, and benefitting from the course like all other participants.

What will I learn?

  • A wide range of mindfulness skills to ease your suffering associated with persistent pain, fatigue and ill health and the associated stress.
  • Each week on this ten week course you will learn new strategies and approaches while in a supportive setting using Voicethread, an online virtual classroom.
  • You will have unlimited access to the course platform after your course has ended so you can use the resources again and again. 
  • The course is a co-production between Breathworks CIC and the Mindfulness Centre in Sweden.

What are the course requirements?

  • Complete 10 minutes of mindful meditation twice a day for six out of seven days, over nine weeks.
  • Contribute to an online forum called VoiceThread at least once a week, by typing, recording an audio or video message. These messages can be short so please don’t be put off by this!
  • Contribute to one telephone conference call at the beginning of the course. This is preferable but not essential. Recordings of the conference call will be available for download if you are unable to participate for any reason.

How do I access the online mindfulness practices?

  • You will need access to the internet via a computer, iPad, iPhone, smartphone or Android tablets.
  • Details on how to log in will be provided in the orientation week and IT support if needed.

How do I access Voicethread forum?

  • You will need access to the internet via a computer, iPad or iPhone, smartphone or Android tablets.
  • Details on how to log in to Voicethread will be provided in the orientation week and IT support if needed.

2018 Courses dates:

*Some trainee Breathworks teachers may be part of the group on these courses

The first week is an ''orientation week'' during which we help you familiarise yourself with the two internet platforms.

I have recently finished your online course and loved it. The Mindfulness for Health Online Course Group provides a special, unique way for us to connect and experience the benefits of mindfulness together and with individuals around the globe. In fact, it was so beneficial in teaching me the techniques and providing the tools to help manage my stress and anxiety, that I would like to sign up for the next course.
Course participant 2015

I continue practicing meditation daily. Breathworks online course helped me tremendously when recovering from illness and accompanying anxiety. Firstly, it has calmed me down during the meditation, and I could always go back to even 5 minutes of meditation. Also, through the course I have discovered self compassion, which was needed during my recovery. Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in the course. I would like to see more advanced courses in meditation run by Breakworks.
Course participant 2014

I enjoyed the course very much indeed, thought it was well planned and well presented, accessible (even to people like me who are not “techy”) and motivating (with the way the meditations were presented and ticked once completed) the teacher was very helpful and approachable. Thank you. I carried on to do the Introductory training and still practice daily, sleep better, feel happier and calmer.
Course participant 2014

The Breathworks course was of great benefit at the time and has been ever since. The exercises have maintained my mobility through the winter, which is when I have the most problems, and the body scans and meditations are of daily benefit. They also highlight when I am most stressed and disengaged with the world - which is of inestimable value. I would highly recommend the course for anyone - whether they have physical/mental health issues or not. Many thanks for developing the course.
Course participant 2014

I really appreciated the emphasis on compassionate acceptance: I often find myself trying to manipulate/block difficult experiences and doing this course has given me confidence in being able to sit with those experiences in a context of emotional warmth and support. Also I loved the treasure of pleasure and mindful movements - slowing down and looking for simple pleasures in my direct experience is a real gift to myself when I do it. Finally, I enjoyed the conference call mid-way through the course, particularly the down-to-earth wisdom that the teacher communicated in that session. It was so clear that she had lived-out what she was talking about and I think all the participants felt very moved and inspired by her.
Course participant 2014

Course Fees £180  Please fill out the booking form ticking the relevant box in the Payment Method and Payment boxes.

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Bursary Places

We have a limited number of bursary places for people with a physical or mental health condition and whose financial circumstances are such that they would not otherwise be able to afford to attend a course with us.

We ask you to consider how much you are able to fund yourself (this should be a minimum of 50% of the course fee) and the charitable arm of our organisation, The Breathworks Foundation, will fund the remainder of the course fee.

To apply, please complete this form and click submit.

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