FREE Mindfulness for Cancer – Care.Compassion.Connection.
September 10 @ 13:45 - October 29 @ 16:15FREE
Mindfulness for Cancer
Free 8-week Course in the Community
Venue: Ham Green House, Chapel Pill Lane, Pill, Bristol, BS20 0HH
Date: Tuesday 10 September – 29 October, weekly
Time: 13.45 – 16.15 pm
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Who should come
For partners, carers and family members too!
Partners, carers, and family members impacted by the diagnosis can also benefit from learning some ‘tools in the toolbox’ that mindfulness provides, as they adjust to the new reality together.
“It was very nice hearing other’s difficulties, knowing that you are not alone with your feelings and anxieties.”
Reserve your free place
One of our Wellbeing Team will be in touch once you register your interest.
About the course
We are delighted to be offering 8 Mindfulness courses in 2024, specifically designed to support those impacted by cancer, thanks to funding awarded by Resonance and Access, The Foundation for Social Investment.
Are you living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis?
You may be living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis for many years or have just reached the end of hospital-based treatments. When all the appointments, treatments, and check-ups stop, and support mechanisms are withdrawn, it can feel like a lonely and isolating time.
“I was struggling to deal with the fact that all the medical interventions had finished but I still had thoughts and feelings which prevented me from leading a ‘normal life’. I now have a toolbox.”
Particularly, when others expect ‘life to go back to normal’ now that the ‘treatment is over’ and you are ‘cured’. Our experienced teachers of this specialised 8-week Mindfulness for Cancer course have heard these stereotypical phrases many times. Participants have shared how undermining and insensitive they can be, even though they are often meant as well-meaning.
“I was heading to a stressful place due to the workload and the course was very timely and massively helpful in reframing and being with potentially catastrophising thoughts.”
Life will never be the same again. Living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis, is a new reality. Connecting with others, who are not family and friends, provides a safe and supportive space to explore the impact emotionally, physically and cognitively (thoughts). Mindfulness allows us to do this in a non-invasive way: this is not counselling; this is a skills-based course.
“I now feel I have a better range of tools to deal with strong emotions, particularly negative ones like stress, frustration and anger.”
What am I committing to?
An 8-week Mindfulness course is not a light undertaking but the rewards can be life-changing.
“The course has been transformative. I feel much better equipped to use the techniques that help me be ‘present’ and change patterns of thinking that are unhelpful or negative in some way. It is something that I feel will be part of me and my life from now on. Thank you so much.”
Committing to two-and-a-half-hour sessions, once a week, for 8 weeks requires dedication. Add to this the requirement of completing 30 minutes of home practice over these 56 days, the task becomes considerable. However, the rewards can be life-changing.
Mindfulness for Cancer – Course Content
Week 1 Automatic Pilot
Week 2 Dealing with Barriers
Week 3 Befriending the Breath and Body in Movement
Week 4 Learning to Respond
Week 5 Gently Being with the Difficult
Week 6 Thoughts are not Facts
Week 7 Taking Care of Ourselves
Week 8 Going Beyond Fear
“It has made it easier for me to stay focused on the present moment and calm down when difficult feelings arise.”
When is a good time for me to do the course?
Past participants have sometimes expressed regret when dropping out of a course. Typically, this is because of hospital appointments, side-effects of ongoing treatments including fatigue or brain fog that can make it very difficult to attend or focus during sessions.
Accordingly, the time when in-hospital appointments have ceased and medication has either finished or does not impact on ability to focus, is the best time to take the course. With 4 online and 4 in-person courses spread across 2024, there are many options available.
“Mindfulness has given me the tools I needed to deal with the negative thoughts that crowded my mind. I can now enjoy the present and take time to appreciate all that is positive in my life.”
Am I eligible for this free course?
NCIM are able to offer this course for free thanks to a Cost of Living Grant that we were awarded.
The grant stipulates that we can work with communities living within a BS postcode, which covers Bristol City, North Somerset (including Weston-Super-Mare, Axbridge, Banwell, Cheddar, Clevedon, Wedmore, Winscombe), and South Gloucestershire.
For the online courses, we are able to offer a free space to anyone living within England (not Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland).
As part of the enrolment process, we will need to gather data that the participants have been impacted financially by the cost of living crisis. These are non-intrusive self-declaration questions we ask you to answer.
If you feel you do not meet these criteria, please do register your interest nonetheless. Two weeks prior to the start of the course any remaining places may be allocated to those who do not meet the criteria. We would much rather see places occupied than going to waste!
Questions, more information and how to register my interest
To find out more information, or to register your interest, please contact our enquiries team on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0117 370 1875.
You can also register your interest by pressing the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page.
Prior to the course, all participants will have a 45-minute pre-course meeting with one of our teachers. This is to explore how this course can best help you and to check it is a safe time for you to commit to it.
If you would like to speak with our teaching team ahead of registering for a place to better understand your situation or ask any questions – please do get in touch. No question is a silly question!
Mindfulness teacher, MNFSH, Mindfulness Association
Rosalyn is a healer and compassion based mindfulness teacher with many years of experience in using healing and mindfulness to support people living with the impact of cancer through emotional and spiritual support. She also runs creative arts and healing retreats, healing circles, 8-week mindfulness courses and a weekly mindfulness follow-up group for people with a cancer diagnosis. She brings to her work a passionate commitment to every individual’s right to flourish and be who they truly are – and has a compassionate understanding of the support we all need at times to achieve this. She has been working with NCIM for many years, delivering courses run in partnership with Penny Brohn UK.