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8-Week Mindfulness Courses

Karen has been offering traditional mindfulness courses one to one over phone or Skype, privately to groups, and in the workplace for over a decade. She has been an Associate Tutor in Professional Development, working with staff at the University of Nottingham since 2012.

Findings from the work in Higher Education have been published in Mindfulness in the Workplace, ed. Margaret Chapman-Clarke (Bramham and Neil, chapter 9).

Please contact Karen here for further information.

What participants say...

‘Karen’s MBCT course was fantastic. It has really empowered me and I feel I have grown so much in the 8 weeks. It was a very rich experience and an exciting journey which I will continue. I would definitely recommend this course. Thank you Karen!’

‘Karen Neil is an excellent instructor in mindfulness. I really appreciated this short course and I hope it will be offered again on a regular basis for years and decades to come. Thank you.’

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Health Promotion

Mindfulness can be a valuable tool to help us make healthier lifestyle choices. For example, a mindful hangover is not a pleasant experience and can influence future alcohol intake.

Workshops and training days are offered on mindfulness as a public health intervention covering mindful eating, mental health, alcohol, sleep, addictions, and long-term health conditions.

What participants say...

Attendees commented that ‘the session tutor is inspiring’ and that it ‘really made me think about becoming more aware of my eating habits and how I’m feeling’…  Karen has a ‘nice, laid back presence’ which ‘helps you to feel relaxed’ and she is utterly passionate, exceptionally knowledgeable and totally professional in her delivery. – School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

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Mindfulness Teacher Training (levels 0.5 and 1 equivalent)

This training has been developed, recognising that on some occasions it is helpful to do further training to gain confidence and competence to share short mindfulness practices with others, without following the full mindfulness teacher training pathway. For example, in education or clinical settings within the NHS.

The training is offered in the workplace for those who have completed an 8 week mindfulness course (minimum of 2 hours a week) and have at least 12 months of regular personal practice. Attendance of at least one full mindfulness day and further reading are also recommended and a requirement for certification at level 1.

Please contact Karen here for further information.

What participants say…

‘a very enjoyable course that fully prepared me to guide small group practices. Positive pacing and linked well to previous 8 week course.’

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Supervision  and mentoring

Supervision for mindfulness teachers is offered one to one via Skype or phone, or for groups in the workplace. Mentoring is available for those who have completed an 8 week course and would like some additional support with their personal practice.

For further information about mindfulness supervision, please contact Karen here.

What participants say...

‘Karen is a woman with great knowledge and wisdom, compassion and grace who definitely ‘walks the talk’ of mindfulness… I can’t imagine a better supervisor.’

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Music Performance Anxiety

Mindfulness often helps people to reconnect with hobbies and creativity. Performance anxiety previously held Karen back as a musician. Since practising mindfulness, she has completed the Advanced Certificate Performance exam on piano with Trinity College London. She also plays clarinet and bass clarinet with various groups and ensembles.

Recent work has included workshops for Undergraduate Music students at the University of Nottingham.

Workshops, taster sessions and one to one work are offered for musicians aged 18 and over.