The MBCL course is suitable as a follow-up course to an MBSR / MBCT programme, or a part one Buddhist Meditation Course. MBCL can be an emotionally challenging programme, which is why we ask participants to have a consistent mindfulness practice.
What is Compassion?
Compassion is the capacity to feel concern with the pain and suffering of both ourselves and other people accompanied by the wish to offer and feel relief. Compassion training allows this natural human potential to develop and deepen. This is the aim of MBCL.
What is MBCL?
MBCL is a mindfulness-based programme in the form of an 8-week course that supports the development and training of compassion and mindfulness to enhance mental and physical health. MBCL supports individuals to cultivate a friendly and compassionate attitude toward themselves and others. MBCL exercises help individuals to experience key aspects of emotional wellbeing including warmth, security, acceptance and connectedness with oneself and others.
During the course, individuals are also introduced to some of the background information underlying compassion training and current research, as well as the ways in which it can be integrated into our everyday life. A further theme is nurturing compassion with oneself and others in the face of difficult emotions and challenging living situations.
MBCL can be particularly supportive for people living with depression, anxiety, illness, traumatic experience, and low self – esteem.
The course consists of eight weekly sessions of 2.5 hours and a silent – day practice session.Sorry we have no events at the moment, please visit this page soon
Maitridarshin (Ronnie Gower) has had a personal mindfulness meditation practice for more than 30 years. During the last 15 years he has led many meditation courses, workshops and residential retreats.
He is a practicing Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, having trained in Psychological Therapy, (CBT), at Sussex University. He has a Master’s Degree in, MBCT from Oxford University where his tutor was Professor Mark Williams. He has specialist training in both MBCT for cancer and MBCL, having trained directly with the developers of each of these approaches at Bangor University.
His personal practice and clinical background together with his academic studies in Buddhist Psychology at London University give him a broad perspective of both traditional and secular meditation practices.
Maitridarshin is registered with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists, (BABCP), and engages in regular supervision for all aspects of his work with senior clinical supervisors.
He works for the NHS and Macmillan / Sussex Cancer Centre.