Mindfulness Based Living Course

The Mindfulness Association’s

Mindfulness Based Living Course

The MBLC course enables participants to establish an effective and regular daily
mindfulness practice so as to help the mind to settle and stabilise. It is ideal for both beginners and for those who have previous experience of mindfulness and want to develop their practice. It provides an in-depth personal practice experience in a tutor led group environment. Also, it provides a good foundation for those who wish to go on to train to teach mindfulness.


There 8 sessions, led by tutor Lucy Trend. Each session is two hours long, once a month on a Saturday morning. There is an introductory class before the course begins for those who are curious but not sure whether to commit to the full training. Also there is a follow up class after the eight week course ends.  A day of mindfulness practice is included between sessions 6 and 7.

The weekly themes are:

Introductory Session – What is Mindfulness and Why Practice It?
Session 1 – Start Where We Are
Session 2 – The Body as a Place to Stay Present
Session 3 – Introducing Mindfulness Support
Session 4 – Working with Distraction
Session 5 – Exploring the Undercurrent
Session 6 – Attitude of the Observer
Day of Practice
Session 7 – Self-acceptance
Session 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life
Follow Up Session – The Rest of Your Life

Classes are Saturdays 10:00 -12:00 at Shiatsu and Thai Massage Training  Scotland:

  • 2020: Intro: 19th September, Week 1: 4th October, Week 2: 7th November, Week 3: 5th December
  • 2021: Week 4: 9th January, Week 5: 6th February, Week 6: 6th March, Week 7: 10th April, Week 8: 8th May, and Follow up session 5th June
  • 24th April 2021 – an optional “Day of Mindfulness”

8 sessions course cost: £200/£170 low income. To register please email info@stmts.co.uk Introductory and follow up sessions £20 per session.

Mindfulness Association provide a comprehensive teacher training pathway for those who have attended this course and wish to train to deliver the MBLC. The MBLC is recognised as an eight week course in the UK Good Practice Guidelines and those trained to teach it are eligible to join the UK Listing of Mindfulness Teachers. For full information see https://www.mindfulnessassociation.net/ma-courses/8-week-mblc/

Why practise mindfulness? Practicing mindfulness results in an unfolding of our potential. This helps us to make choices about how we live in connection with ourselves and our world. Whatever it is that brings us to take our first steps on the journey of becoming more mindful, we recognise that present-moment compassionate living is the journey of a lifetime.

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Blog 3: Gratitude in the time of Coronavirus: Mindfulness and Transitions

Ah, to dwell on the positive moments of my day! This has been one of the joys that my mindfulness practice has brought, and particularly during lockdown which has offered so many more peaceful moments in my environment, despite the difficulties of these times. These words are from the head of my MSc course at Aberdeen Uni, Studies in Mindfulness. Thank you Graeme!

TCELT-International Network of Transitions Researchers

Graeme Nixon

Coronavirus has brought with it anxiety, stress, fear, suffering and bereavement. It has also brought many to reflection, new perspectives, altruism and common humanity. All of us are in a moment of obvious transition. The students and young people of this moment are entering a time of huge uncertainty about how their education will proceed. Many are living alone, isolated from families and friends, in some cases distant from their homeland. For many of our students, beyond the remaining few course assignments, they are looking down the barrel of a long summer with little prospect of work or holiday.

For the last 6 weeks I, and my colleague Ingrid Stanyer, have been offering drop in mindfulness sessions for student teachers at the University of Aberdeen. I wanted to share how these have been going and what benefits may result, with particular focus on the claim that we can…

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