Course - Online Mindfulness for Stress (MfS) for stress, anxiety, mental unrest and overthinking

Happiness is a skill. This is what the ancient practice of mindfulness teaches, and what modern psychology research has shown. The wonderful thing is that this skill, just like driving or dancing, can be learned, and it can stay with you for a lifetime.

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This eight-week online course, taught by an experienced Breathworks mindfulness teacher in a supportive and friendly group setting, will teach you how to boost your happiness and wellbeing, find new sources of resilience, joy and calm in your life, and to cope with stress, anxiety, fear and depression.

You will learn the foundational skills of mindfulness, compassion and meditation, and how to apply them in a way that really makes a difference.

“I was really impressed by how it started with what I felt were some great relaxation techniques that helped me to slow down, and notice how slowing down can be enriching, and then gradually built on this with a range of different meditations, approaches and lessons to promote acceptance and understand ways to improve balance in life.”

Mindfulness for Stress course participant 2021

“The way Martin delivered the course was extremely well put together and he gave good opportunities for us to ask questions and to explore the ideas further. I thought Martin used very practical examples such as the cups of water which was very helpful.”

Mindfulness for Stress course participant 2021

“Martin is an effective communicator. As a blind person, his explanations were accessible to me. The meditations he led were excellent.”

Mindfulness for Stress course participant 2021

“I liked how Martin delivered the course. There was lots of variety in each session using a mixture of guided practice, teaching using PowerPoint, visual experiments, small group discussions and whole group discussions. Martin ensured that everyone in the group felt included and got an opportunity to be heard and validated.”

Mindfulness for Stress course participant 2021

This course can have life-changing effects and may be beneficial to you if you are suffering with stress associated with work, family and relationships, loss, depression, chronic generalised anxiety, social anxiety, and those who want to boost their resilience, learn mindfulness and meditation, or find greater joy or wellbeing in their lives.

Course Dates, Times and Location

10th October 2023 - 28th November 2023
Tuesdays 6pm-8pm
Online via Zoom

About the course

“There is a saying in Tibet: ‘If you take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves’. What’s the most important minute in life? I think it’s the next one. There is nothing we can do about the past, and we have limited influence over the hours and days to come. But the next minute – minute after minute after minute – is always full of possibility”

Rick Hanson

  • 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
  • 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
  • How to overcome your ‘negativity bias’
  • The many health benefits of mindfulness

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:

  • work-related stress
  • family and relationship difficulties
  • bereavement and loss
  • depression
  • chronic generalised anxiety
  • social anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • lacking motivation

Live Session Dates and Times:

Week 1: Mindfulness - Learning to Choose.

Tuesday, 10th October 2023
6pm-8.30pm (UK time)

Week 2: Coming to Your Senses

Tuesday, 17th October 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 3: Working with Thoughts

Tuesday, 24th October 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 4: Working with Difficult Experiences

Tuesday, 31st October 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 5: Noticing the Good Things

Tuesday, 7th November 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 6: Kindness

Tuesday, 14th November 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 7: The Social Dimension of Mindfulness

Tuesday, 21st November 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

Week 8: The Rest of Your Life

Tuesday, 28th November 2023
6pm-8pm (UK time)

* Please note the first live session will be 2.5 hours long to allow time for course orientation and introductions.

Book your place on Mindfulness for Stress (MfS) Course

Why join a Mindfulness for Stress 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 Stress today by taking the following short three steps:

Step 1 – Complete course booking form

To reserve your place on Mindfulness for Stress (MfS) 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, 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 (individuals) or organisational fee (businesses) 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. 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 Stress (MfS) 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.

“I’m not here to give direct advice or judge you.”

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