Course - Online Mindfulness for Health (MfH)

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Online Mindfulness for Health (MfH) 8 week-course, for chronic pain, disability and longterm health conditions and for anyone wishing to improve their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

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The techniques you will learn on this course: a mix of mindfulness, compassion, a supportive mindful movement practice and modern pain management strategies will help you to manage pain and health conditions – whether they be big or small, short-term or long-term.

This course is for anyone suffering with pain, illness, fatigue, or any other health condition, who may have difficulty attending face-to-face events, or who wants to practise from home. The course was designed by Vidyamala Burch, founder of Breathworks, based on over 30 years of managing severe chronic pain with mindfulness. In my own teaching I continue to adapt and update the activities, meditations and resources used on the course to make them more accessible, relevant and user-friendly for diverse groups and individuals of all abilities, backgrounds and cultures.

Course Dates, Times and Location

20th April 2023 - 8th June 2023
Thursdays 6pm-8pm
Online via Zoom

About the course

“What we resist, persists”

Carl Jung

  • Join fellow participants from around the UK and other countries for an 8-week course delivered in eight, weekly online Zoom sessions by an experienced Breathworks mindfulness teacher (2-hour live sessions, same time, same day each week).
  • Access all course materials and resources including the course workbook, guided meditations and diary sheets in your preferred format (any special requirements or adjustments will be discussed prior to the start of the course).
  • Have lifetime access to private playlists of audio and video guided meditations recorded by the teacher to complement the meditations taught on the course.
  • Participate in an email discussion list where you can share questions with your teacher, course supporters and fellow course participants during the course in between the live sessions (particularly valuable if you miss any of the live sessions). This forum will continue to be available post-course for those participants who wish to stay in touch, continue meditating and deepen their mindfulness practice.
  • Receive an invitation to join Martin Rigby Mindfulness Community which is a safe, supportive, welcoming environment for anyone interested in mindfulness, meditation and personal development. Participate in free and low-cost events, network with like-minded people and gain 24 hours a day access to audio and video recordings of guided meditations, practice sessions and themed talks.
  • Attend a Mindfulness Taster session completely free of charge when you book onto an eight week course.

What will I learn from the course?

  • Skills of meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion to use in daily life.
  • Develop awareness through the breath of being in the present moment.
  • How mindfulness can help you live well with chronic pain, disability and health conditions.
  • Body and breath awareness with supportive mindful movements to relax and let go.
  • Improve memory and find greater concentration and focus.
  • Discover the art of taking joy in simple pleasures.
  • Pacing and learning how to break the ‘boom and bust’ cycle.

Who is the course for?

  • Anyone interested in mindfulness, meditation and deepening their personal development.
  • People who have some experience of meditation and those with no experience at all.
  • Helping professionals, carers, therapists, coaches and mindfulness teachers.

You may also choose to come on this course for help dealing with particular issues including:

  • Heart disease
  • Chronic pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Insomnia, an ability to switch off and relax
  • Fatigue
  • Low mood and lack of motivation
  • Cancer and other longterm health conditions
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Low self-esteem, lack of confidence and self-worth

Live Session Dates and Times:

Week 1 – The Breathing Body

Thursday, 20th April 2023
6pm-8.30pm (UK time)

Week 2 – Dwelling in the Body

Thursday, 27th April 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 3 – Mindfulness of Moving and Living

Thursday, 4th May 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 4 – Acceptance and Self-Compassion

Thursday, 11th May 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 5 – The Treasure of Pleasure

Thursday, 18th May 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 6 – Finding Equanimity

Thursday, 25th May 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 7 – Turning Outwards

Thursday, 1st June 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 8 – The Journey Continues

Thursday, 8th June 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

* Please note the first live session will be 2.5 hours long to allow time for course orientation, familiarising yourself with the resources and group introductions.

Book your place on Mindfulness for Health (MfH) Course

Why join a Mindfulness for Health course?

So if you’re happy with what you’ve read or heard about the course and feel it might just be what you need right now, you can book your place on Mindfulness for Health today by taking the following short three steps:

Step 1 – Complete course booking form

To reserve your place on Mindfulness for Health (MfH) please fill in this short booking form which asks you to provide some personal details, your level of experience regarding mindfulness and meditation, what you would like to pay and your reasons for attending the course and any accessibility needs or special requirements you feel you may have during the training. On signing up you will also be invited to confirm that you agree to the terms and conditions for participating on this programme.


Step 2 – Make payment (either deposit or in full)

Once you have submitted the course booking form it’s time to make payment. Please note that your place on the course will not be reserved until payment has been received in part or in full. You can either pay a deposit (half the course fee) or pay the full fee upfront. If you choose to pay a 50% deposit the rest of the fee is required no later than two weeks before the start of the course.

Whether you pay a deposit or the full fee you can cancel up to 14 days prior to the start of the course and receive a full refund. After this time you cannot normally claim a refund and while I will make every effort to accommodate you at another event should you wish to transfer this cannot be guaranteed.

I aim to enable as many people as possible to have access to all of my mindfulness courses, events, webinars and retreats and to make the training I provide as affordable as possible to people of all backgrounds and circumstances. However I am self-employed and I need to generate sufficient income to enable me to continue offering high quality events. Therefore my payments and concessions policy is to ask individuals to pay the standard course fee if you are able to do so. If you are able to pay the full standard fee this then helps me to be able to offer concession prices to those who cannot otherwise afford to attend.

My two concessionary rates (reduced fee and subsidized), shown in the list below, are based on a policy of trusting people, so I choose to trust that people will only claim one of these concessionary rates if they are genuinely eligible for that and are living on a low income. You may, for example, choose to book onto a mindfulness course at the reduced or subsidised rate if you are in receipt of a universal benefit (such as Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance or PIP), if your sole income is a state pension or if you are a full-time student. If there are other reasons why you feel you might struggle to pay the course fees I encourage you to contact me to discuss further.

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In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to arrange an individual payment plan to give you equal opportunity to participate on a course.

My four fee categories are as follows:

  • Standard Fee: £220
  • Reduced Fee: £150
  • Subsidised Fee: £80

Payment Options

I accept payment in cash, bank transfer or PayPal.

A. To make your advance payment by cash please contact me to make arrangements
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B. To make your advance payment by bank transfer please use the following details:

Name: Mr Martin P Rigby (Martin Rigby Counselling)
Account No.: 17006660
Sort Code: 77-26-18
Reference: Your name to help me identify and track your payment

C. Alternatively, you can easily make all payments to me by PayPal.

You do not need a PayPal account to pay online. Please select the amount you will be paying (deposit or full course fee) from the list below, click the PayPal button and on the PayPal screen use the credit card or bank account possibility. This amount should match the fee you selected and agreed to pay on your booking form

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Mindfulness for Health (MfH) Course

Choose your payment amount and quantity of places required.

Once you have submitted your booking form and made advance payment you will receive a confirmation email from me confirming your place on the course, along with a receipt for your records and further information about the course including course materials, resources and how to prepare for your attendance on the course.

Step 3 – Pre-course Discussion

Prior to the start of the course we will arrange to have an informal conversation about the course, your expectations of the training and any additional requirements you have which you may have specified on your booking form and in any initial discussions with me. Depending on your circumstances, needs and time of booking, this pre-course discussion may involve just one or a couple of meetings or conversations and may take place face-to-face, online or over the phone. Having this time to ask questions, discuss your individual requirements and making sure you have everything you need for the training, will hopefully enable you to feel safe and supported at all stages and get the most out of your participation on the course.

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Remember my door is always open

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Availability & Locations

Preston: Mondays and Tuesdays 9am-6.30pm, Wednesdays 9am-4pm

Wigan: Thursdays 9am-6.30pm, Fridays 9am-5pm

Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Leigh and Wigan: Thursdays 9am-6.30pm, Fridays 9am-5pm