Mindfulness for Cancer
These mindfulness courses are specially adapted for people experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood following a cancer diagnosis, as well as their supporters, and include an optional online whole day retreat. You will learn a range of mindfulness meditation, gentle movement and daily living exercises, as well as receive materials to practice at home.
Next courses (delivered online):
For People Living with Cancer and Supporters
with Christine Bowles
19 October – 7 December 2021
6 – 8 pm
11 January – 1 March 2022
6 – 8 pm
For People Living with Cancer
with Rosalyn Chissick
21 October – 9 December 2021
11 – 1 pm
13 January – 3 March 2022
11 – 1 pm
Who should attend?
Anybody who has been diagnosed and is living with cancer, or who is supporting a friend or family member. We wouldn’t recommend the course at this time if you are experiencing severe, overwhelming distress, or side-effects of treatment which could affect your ability to attend regularly.
In order to ensure that the course is right for you, you will be invited to attend a telephone assessment with the course tutor prior to being accepted.
What can you expect?
NCIM Mindfulness courses are conducted in small groups of 8 to 12 people.
The course takes place over eight weekly 2-hour sessions. You will learn a range of mindfulness meditation, gentle movement and daily living exercises. In addition to the session times, you will be provided with materials and support for personal practice at home.
They usually take place over eight weeks and include weekly sessions which last 2 – 2.5 hours, and offer a full meditation retreat day as well a follow-up session once the course has finished.
You will also be encouraged to do guided home practice during the course and will be provided with some helpful materials as well as links to other resources.
How will the course support me?
After 8 weeks you will be guided and supported to:
- Be more fully aware in the present moment, rather than being caught up in worries about the future or regrets about the past
- Recognise your own unique pattern of stress and anxiety
- Develop ways of ‘being with’ difficult or challenging internal experiences with greater calm, kindliness and equanimity, rather than avoiding or denying these experiences in a way that increases suffering
- Develop coping skills to manage the challenges that you may face following a cancer diagnosis
Where is the course delivered?
Please note that due to the pandemic our wellbeing courses are now delivered online until further notice.
What is the cost?
There is no cost for these courses as they are supported by charitable funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.
Chris Bowles has been teaching mindfulness courses to a wide population in the NHS and privately since 2008.
Having completed initial training with the University of Bangor Centre for Mindfulness, she went on to accreditation with Breathworks, an organisation specialising in mindfulness for people with chronic pain and physical health conditions.
Chris is also trained in psychological therapies and has worked extensively with people experiencing stress, anxiety and depression.