Wellbeing at Work
A mindfulness workshop is an interactive experience, mixing engaging information with practical mindfulness meditation. Each workshop has a different theme and can be run stand-alone or as part of a series. Mindfulness workshops are ideal for teaching your team some vital skills to help manage stress and anxiety and to build confidence and resilience.
The following is a selection of our mindfulness workshops. We can tailor any workshop or develop something bespoke to meet your needs and circumstances.
**NEW** Managing Change with Mindfulness
This workshop introduces change as an inevitable, ongoing, natural process, affecting all of us, all of the time. We discuss our human tendency to resist change, especially if we feel it is being imposed on us and we balance this with the personal and organisational growth that it can bring. We will share some research about mindfulness and readiness for change and we will enjoy three mindfulness practices that can help us to calm our body and mind, increase our self-awareness during change and balance negative thoughts and feelings with more optimistic ones. We will also share some practical ideas to help others adjust to change and we’ll end with some top tips for managing change mindfully.
**NEW** Mindfulness for Self Care
In this workshop, we will explain what mindfulness is and learn about the different ways that mindfulness can help us to develop self-awareness. Through increased self-awareness, we can recognise when we are at risk mentally and emotionally and can take action to nurture our wellbeing and balance. Participants will learn a way of recognising and taming difficult emotions and will practice two mindfulness meditations that enable a greater connection with and understanding of themselves. We will end the workshop by sharing many different practical ways to exercise self-care, at work, at home and in other aspects of our lives.
**NEW** Mindfulness in Public Speaking
This workshop provides an introduction to mindfulness and explains how the practice of mindfulness can lead to better communication and, in particular, more effective speaking in public, whether that be to small groups or larger audiences. The workshop explores 4 key mindful communication skills and how to speak with influence and impact. Most importantly, participants will experience several practices that will support effective public speaking, including grounding, mindful breathing, using visualisation for success and accepting of difficult emotions. The workshop ends with 8 top tips for mindful public speaking.
**NEW** Mindfulness for Digital Overload
These days we use devices and screens for just about everything – work life, home life, social life and relaxation time can all involve being attached to and reliant on devices to get things done. While technology enables us to do more things more efficiently than ever before, using technology can also be stressful in many ways. Digital devices have also been shown to disrupt our sleep, to negatively affect our work/life balance and even to lead to mental health difficulties. In this workshop, we will explore some of the problems associated with digital dependence and look at the importance of giving ourselves an occasional digital detox. We will learn some core mindfulness skills that help us to stay focused on what is important and enjoy a meditation that shifts our mind from ‘doing’ mode to ‘being’ mode, which naturally rejuvenates us.
Mindfulness to Manage Stress
This workshop explains the physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural effects of stress, particularly the damaging effect of excessive or prolonged stress and explains how mindfulness can help. An interactive exercise teaches participants how to take control of stressful situations and to act to help change difficult thoughts and feelings. It teaches two helpful meditation practices to alleviate stress. The 3-step breathing space helps participants to deal with stressful situations in the moment, while the breath meditation helps to soothe and calm the mind and body.
Mindfulness to Build Resilience
This workshop explores the concept of resilience, why it is so important at work and how we can develop more of it. It explains how mindfulness can help us to change our relationship to difficulties and challenges we experience and as a consequence develop greater resilience. Participants are taught how to connect to the sensations in their body to notice challenges earlier and they learn a mindfulness practice of exploring difficulty, while remaining centred and calm. The workshop ends with 10 top tips for building resilience through everyday mindfulness.
Mindfulness in Nature
Despite its name, this workshop can also take place indoors and even online. The healing and therapeutic power of nature is well researched and experienced by many people in many different ways. This workshop explores several ways of connecting with nature in a mindful way, that is to say, in a way that allows us to be fully present in order to truly appreciate the experience. We enjoy a beautiful soundscape, explore the interconnected nature of all things and learn how to open all our senses to the world around us. The workshop ends with the art of slow, gentle mindful walking.
It is estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 somewhat conscious decisions each day and every decision we make carries consequences for ourselves and others. This workshop brings the power of mindful attention to decisions that really matter. It explains the conditions that are necessary for good decision-making and how to avoid pitfalls. Participants are taught the OODA loop – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act – a proven method of learning from past experiences. The insight meditation taught is one that is known to sharpen the mind and help us to see the true nature of situations more clearly.
In this workshop, participants will learn about the importance of our emotions, which can hinder or support us in the ways we relate to and communicate with others. Participants will learn how to notice, name and manage difficult emotions such as anger, frustration, jealousy and fear. Participants will be taught the ABCs of emotions, a technique that allows us to identify and calm difficult emotions. We will also explore the components of effective communication and learn about the three vital mindful communication skills – deep listening, clear intention and wise speech.
Although most of us eat every day, we don’t always get to enjoy our food because our minds are elsewhere. Some of us also have difficult relationships with food, perhaps over-eating or under-eating or not eating healthy foods. This unique workshop explores the entire process of eating, of which putting food in our mouth and swallowing is only one small part. It teaches six specific mindful eating skills that allow us to be fully present and fully appreciative of the wonderful gift of food. This workshop is a joyful experience that brings mindful awareness to an everyday activity and teaches a skill that can be applied to many other areas of our lives.