FREE Mindfulness Courses 

Are you a Manchester resident with chronic pain or illness? Do you want to learn the benefits of mindfulness? Join our in-person courses starting in February 2023, with introduction sessions on 31 January.


Take Back Your Life is a free 6-week mindfulness course, with evidence-based strategies and practices to help you better manage your health.

Clinical trials have shown that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers, and can enhance the body’s natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion, and insomnia that arises from chronic pain and illness.

This programme consists of scientifically-backed mindfulness and compassion techniques from over 30 years of experience dealing with health conditions. 

The 6-week course will guide you through mindfulness meditations and simple daily practices to help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and the world around you. On leaving the course, you will have the tools to better manage your condition, allowing you to live a fuller and richer life.

Following the course, participants have reported: 

  • Being better able to manage their health
  • Feeling able to do more and to enjoy life more
  • Feeling less alone


  • Skills to ease the suffering associated with pain, fatigue and ill health
  • Mindfulness and compassion techniques for calm, concentration, pain relief, and happiness
  • Tips from modern Chronic Pain management techniques to manage pain and health issues to improve your health and the quality of your life
  • New strategies and approaches every week


This course has been fully funded, so places are FREE for Manchester residents. This course is for you if you have a disability or chronic health condition, or are of older age. You are also eligible if you are a carer of somebody with health difficulties. 

To book onto an Introduction Session or Take Back Your Life Course, please complete this form. The team will then be in touch with you to confirm your place. 


Introduction Sessions on 31 January

Join an in-person introductory session to get a taste of the course and mindfulness to see if it is for you. 

WHERE: Healthy Me Healthy Communities, Gorton Community Centre

WHEN: 31 Jan, 10:00 - 11:30

Complete this form to book on.


Meet The Trainer

Come along for a chat with our Mindfulness expert trainers to ask anything you like about the course and practice. 

WHERE: Benchill Community Centre

WHEN: 31 Jan 12:30 - 13:30


WHERE: No 93 Wellbeing Centre

WHEN: 31 Jan, 14:00 - 15:00 

Complete this form to book onto a session.


Take Back Your Life Course Dates 

In-person group courses running over 6 weeks. Sessions are weekly 75 minute sessions led by an experienced Mindfulness Trainer.  Contact Breathworks office at [email protected] to book. 

WHERE: Benchill Community Centre

WHEN: Starts Monday 6 Feb, 13:00 - 15:30 (runs weekly for 6 weeks)


WHERE: Healthy Me Healthy Communities

WHEN: Starts Tuesday 7 Feb, 10 - 12.30 (runs weekly for 6 weeks)


WHERE: No 93 Wellbeing Centre 

WHEN: Starts Tuesday 7 Feb, 14:00 - 16.30pm (runs weekly for 6 weeks)

Complete this form to book onto a course.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Breathworks team at [email protected], 0161 834 1110. 


I used to think "I’m the only one with pain", and I feel a bit ashamed. Now I realise I’m not the only one who suffers with pain... there’s a connection with others.  I feel OK walking with my stick now.  Before I wanted to hide it somewhere so people wouldn’t judge me. I can laugh about that now! I’m not alone.” 

- Dorita, course participant

"[The course is] very welcoming and non-judgemental.  It just lifts your spirits.  You feel stronger and you can get through your day a bit more.  Very educational about your thinking process and how to manage pain.  I've never been so calm."

- Anon, course participant