Mindfulness for Parents, Caregivers & Families

We can offer mindfulness classes/courses for parents/caregivers of children of any age with the intention of supporting them in one of the most rewarding, challenging and stressful jobs in the world.

These classes/courses are based upon the evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme and as such are skills-based.

 

Our offerings include taster sessions, workshops and 8-week courses for parents in the New Forest or online. These consist of a combination of mindfulness meditation practices, discussion and simple cognitive exercises, together with information on the science of parenting/managing emotions etc.

We can also offer classes for parents and their children to learn together, helping them to integrate mindfulness into everyday life.

We offer these classes and courses whenever we have sufficient numbers, so please do contact us to register your interest.

"The course has given me … a strategy to overcome the difficult moments in life  … also a strategy to give to my children in order for them to deal with their own emotions"
Previous Participant

Key Facts

Time & dates: 2022 TBC

Location: New Forest

Group Size: 10-24 participants

Teachers:  Dr Maret Dymond-Basset

Fees: Various

What's Included?

Contact time with highly trained teachers

Handouts and learning materials 

Downloadable audio mindfulness meditation practices to guide participants though home practice 

We offer discounts for two or more people attending and those on low incomes.

Course Details 

Parent/caregiver courses: 

  • experiential programmes/classes, rather than a how to parent course

  • combine mindfulness meditation with enquiry about experience, psycho-education, cognitive exercises and the art and science of parenting

  • is an 8-week skills-based course, teaching mindfulness meditation

  • enables parents to incorporate mindfulness in their daily life 

  • explores how mindfulness relates to parenting

  • evolved from the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for Life programme, University of Oxford

  • is designed to cultivate skillful parenting through awareness of body and mind

  • teaches emotion regulation skills that you can pass onto your child.

 

An understanding of our own patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving enables us to navigate the emotional and physical challenges of life and parenting and behave more skilfully in as parents by helping us to:​​

  • learn new ways of relating to our thoughts, emotions and behaviour 

  • regulate our own emotions

  • increase our capacity for acceptance, patience, kindness and compassion

  • tap into our inner wisdom

  • stay centred in our parenting work

  • tap into inner reservoirs of patience, calm and joy

  • foster caring and interconnectedness.

We can then be fully present with our children and teach what we learn to them.

Mindfulness for families classes:

Sessions for parents/caregivers and their children. These experiential classes provide an introduction to the practice of mindfulness for those newer to the subject, as well as a deepening of understanding and practice for those already experienced. 

 

In these classes we will spend time indoors and outdoors in nature together, recharging our batteries and reconnecting with the world around us and each other. Through practicing mindfulness together we will explore what it is to be human and how to cultivate qualities such as patience, compassion, non-judging and letting be / letting go.

 

Classes include a mix of lying down and sitting meditations combined with gentle movement-based meditations and can be tailored to all physical needs.

 

Together we will learn more about:

 

  • How our minds, bodies, feelings and behavior are connected 

  • How to live more fully in the present moment, rather than living in our heads, in the past or in the future

  • How to begin to manage big feelings without getting caught up in them or carried away by them 

  • How we can get stuck in unhelpful thinking patterns and how to practice getting unstuck from them

  • How to work with difficult or negative thoughts rather than buying into them

  • How to steady attention

  • How to foster a friendly and kind relationship towards ourselves as well as others

  • How to be more self-compassionate