I teach the Mindfulness Association’s 8-week mindfulness course known as the ‘Mindfulness Based Living Course‘ (MBLC) and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s 8-week course known as the ‘Mindful Self-Compassion‘ (MSC) course, in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.   As well as holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Studies in Mindfulness, I have completed teacher-training with the Mindfulness Association and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and have an ongoing commitment to adhering to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers ‘ Good Practice Guidelines’, including regular supervision by a more experienced Mindfulness Association tutor.

Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)

This 8-week mindfulness course is the Mindfulness Association’s own 8-week course that richly combines experiential development of mindfulness and compassion.  In simple terms, the course teaches how we can navigate in a more skilful way through what is an increasingly fast-paced, distracted and turbulent world.

The course is based on the Mindfulness Association’s one year training in mindfulness.  It is an eight week course consisting of eight classes, which are typically two hours long, preceded by an introductory class before the eight week course begins, so the course is nine sessions in total. A ‘retreat’ day of mindfulness practice is also typically included between weeks 6 and 7.

Weekly themes are:

Introductory Session – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
Week 1 – Start Where We Are
Week 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
Week 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
Week 4 – Working with Distraction
Week 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
Week 6 – Attitude of the Observer
Day of Practice
Week 7 – Self-acceptance
Week 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life

The course cost includes your manual, access to meditation practice recordings (MP3s) and a full day retreat. The course cost is £165 (£30 deposit payable at the time of booking and remaining payment of £135 at first session of the course).  Two ‘pay what you can’ spaces are available for those who feel they would benefit from learning mindfulness but would find the cost prohibitive.

Upcoming Course Dates

The next course will commence Monday 13th April 2020, 7pm-9.15pm, with sessions running weekly on Monday evenings (no session on Monday 18th May).  Final session will be Monday 15th June 2020, and the optional retreat day will be 11-4pm on Sunday 31st May 2020.
Venue: 18 Lethame Rd, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6AD
To book: please e-mail heather@heathergrace.co.uk to reserve your place.  PLEASE NOTE – THIS HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS. Please drop me an e-mail if you’d like to be informed of new course dates when they’re set.  I am considering setting up an online course that would be run via Zoom – let me know if this would be of interest.

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding. Research is demonstrating that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional well-being, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.

In this program, you will learn :

  • How to stop being so hard on yourself
  • How to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • How to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
  • How to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
  • Mindfulness and self compassion practices for home and everyday life
  • The theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
  • How to become your own best teacher

This Mindful Self-Compassion course is offered in an eight week format, that meets once a week. Each session lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes sessions and is held in a classroom/discussion group format.  An optional 4-hour retreat is included.

Upcoming Course Dates

There are no upcoming course dates at present. Please check back regularly to find new course dates, or if you’re a Facebook user, please join facebook.com/groups/strathaven.meditating to be kept informed of new course dates.