May You Be Happy - A 5-Week Trauma-Sensitive Course in Mindfulness Meditation
When & where
About the Event
This May, learn the art and science of mindfulness meditation in a trauma-sensitive way and practice alongside a small, intimate group.
Who this course is for
This course is an initiation into mindfulness meditation. I welcome beginners, people who've never meditated before, people who tried but stopped due to unexpected reactions, or those who have been practicing for a while using apps and who would like to start building their own practice at home. In each session you will discover and practice a new meditation, progressively developing your awareness of thoughts, emotions, and body sensations. By the end of the course you will have a solid understanding of meditation and a home practice that feels supportive and safe.
Why I'm offering this course
My journey with meditation started a little over 3 years ago, as a quick fix to my constant anxiety. As my practice deepened, I was surprised to find that my sittings weren't always experiences of ecstatic joy and bliss. In fact, they often brought up threatening sensations in my body, overwhelming fear, unpleasant memories, and feelings of dissociation. But none of my apps were talking about this. It turns out I wasn't alone. About 8% of people experience unwanted effects from meditation, leading to a worsening of their anxiety and depression. But this doesn't mean we can't practice. We just need a different approach than the one offered by mobile apps and most teachers.
This offering is a synthesis of hundreds of hours of study and practice. I am a certified meditation teacher, a certified trauma-sensitive mindfulness practitioner, and a member of the Complementary Therapists Accredited Association in the UK.
What is trauma-sensitive mindfulness
Trauma-sensitive mindfulness acknowledges the fact that trauma is a part of life - indeed, a part of us. We all hold unprocessed pain from our past that unconsciously affects our present. This can manifest as frightening body sensations, emotions, images, or voices, and a nervous system that's very sensitive to traumatic stimuli - all of which can make learning how to meditate seem difficult, or even impossible to some.
A trauma-sensitive approach works with the nervous system and teaches you how to practice within your window of tolerance through personalised modifications. Over the course of 5 weeks you will learn how trauma affects the nervous system, how to self-regulate when states of hyper or hypoarousal come up in meditation. Through practice, you will increase self-compassion and learn self-regulation, so that you can re-establish a sense of safety in your practice, and eventually outside of it too.
The course spans 10 sessions, meeting twice weekly over 5 weeks. Every week we will explore a new layer of awareness through a trauma-sensitive lens, focusing on the body, emotions, thoughts, compassion, and lovingkindness. Each session will include elements of teaching, trauma awareness, practice, and integration. You will get handouts for futher reading and home practice.
If you cannot make a session, you will receive a recording of the teaching and practice, and the day's handouts. For confidentiality purposes, participant discussion will not be shared or kept on record.
The 1-1 Interactive Guided Meditation Session
This 90 minute session is a powerful way to find answers and healing in the deepest part of your being. If you don't know where your life is heading or how to get there, are struggling with a relationship conflict in your life, have a bodily symptom that won't go away, we can work together to unearth the answers that are already within you by using the power of creative imagination. The session is entirely personalised to you, and includes a little discussion, a tailored meditation, and coaching to integrate the new insights.
A note on trauma
This course is a meditation course, not trauma healing - there are better practices to work with that. Even though we will learn about trauma and the nervous system, the aim of these 5 weeks is to teach meditation and increase your capacity to remain mindful and compassionate when trauma triggers appear. This course is not recommended if you're dealing with a traumatic situation at the moment.
1 hour 15 minutes
Day 1: May You Be Welcome
1 hour 30 minutes
Day 2: May You Be Safe
- Course Access£98£980£0
- Course + Individual Session£127£1270£0