Mindfulness for Wellbeing

Mindfulness practice is a form of meditation that helps us to become more aware of our present moment-by-moment experiences with curiosity and kindness. By practising Mindfulness regularly we can develop a greater capacity to look after ourselves.
Next course:  Mindfulness for Cancer (see below) Starting 6 June 2019 in Knowle West, Bristol  (free course)
How does Mindfulness help you?

Mindfulness practice can help you to:

Develop a renewed appreciation and enjoyment of everyday life

Understand and reduce your stress reactions

Enhance your ability to take care of yourself

NCIM runs three types of Mindfulness courses at different points in the year:

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT)

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for People with Cancer (MBCT-Ca)

Mindfulness for Cancer - free courses in Bristol

The National Centre for Integrative Medicine, Penny Brohn UK and Macmillan Cancer Support are working in partnership to offer mindfulness-based cognitive therapy courses for people living with cancer and their supporters.

The courses are funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and have been created to support people experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood following a cancer diagnosis.

These courses have been designed specifically to address your unique needs and aim to help you:

increase your ability to be aware in the present moment

recognise and notice your own unique pattern of stress or anxiety

learn ways of ‘being with’ your difficult or challenging internal experiences

develop your coping skills so that you are more able to respond wisely to difficult internal and external experiences

NEXT COURSE DATE: 6 June 2019, Knowle West, Bristol

Call 0117 370 1875 to pre-register for the free course

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction

The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  course offers you ways to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety.

This could be stress from outside pressures, or internal pressures, or connected with chronic health problems. We will use meditations, gentle movement and self-reflections to explore how the mind has a tendency to run on ‘automatic pilot’ and what happens as we let go of this, and how we can respond to the unavoidable difficulties that come along in life.

Evidence suggests MBSR can offer support in many situations including work stress, anxiety conditions, insomnia, and in chronic physical illness where it has been found to increase the quality of life, reduce anxiety and improve mood. For some people, it can also reduce pain, symptom severity and lower blood pressure.


Mindfulness for Depression

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is orientated to those people who have a history of recurrent depression.

Our MBCT course can help you:

Recognise the early warning signs of depression and your unique pattern of depression

Develop your capacity to be with difficult experiences compassionately and wisely

Enhance your ability to take care of yourself

Develop a renewed appreciation and enjoyment of everyday life

When undertaken between episodes of depression (when well), participation and engagement with the MBCT course has the been found to reduce the chances of a further episode by over 40% for the next 12 months, similar to the benefit of maintenance antidepressants.

It has been approved by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence who have recommended it as a method of relapse prevention.


What can you expect?

NCIM Mindfulness courses are conducted in small groups of 8 to 12 people.

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.


Our team of Mindfulness practitioners

NCIM Mindfulness Lead is Ms Chris Bowles. We are also supported by Dr Julia Wallond and will be recruiting associate mindfulness practitioners to the team as our range of mindfulness courses grows.

Where are courses delivered?

NCIM will be delivering courses in a range of locations around Bristol and Bath.

Our 2019 programme of Mindfulness for Cancer 8 week courses will be delivered in Clifton (February), Knowle West (June) and Pill (autumn TBC).


Our Mindfulness for Cancer courses are charitably funded and offered for free. 

Some of our other courses may also be free to attend, though in some instances we may invite voluntary contributions or charge for the course in order to cover our costs.

Participation in our evening courses may have a cost – to be confirmed.


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.