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. The course can be offered in person and online.

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.

Who might want to attend?  The below course dates are open to any interested individuals wishing to develop a mindful approach to life.

Organisations and employers may wish to commission the course for their service users or staff. Special sensitivity can be taken in cases of groups with particular needs. Please email info@stmts.co.uk to enquire.

It provides a good foundation for those who wish to go on to train to teach mindfulness.

The structure of the course:


There 8 sessions, led by tutor Lucy Trend. Each session is two hours long. There is a free 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 can be included, usually between sessions 6 and 7.

The weekly themes:

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 (also open to public see info below)
Session 7 – Self-acceptance
Session 8 – A Mindfulness Based Life
Follow Up Session – The Rest of Your Life

Next dates available 2022:

Next course runs on Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am from January onwards and is held online.

Cost: 8 sessions course £160 full price, sliding scale – minimum payment £120. If you cannot pay even the minimum amount please contact the info@stmts.co.uk to discuss possibilities. Day of Mindfulness – £75 (or pay from the heart – minimum £50) open to all (you don’t have to be attending the MBLC course)

Day of Mindfulness: This day of practise, 10.00am – 4.00pm is both online and in person in Glasgow. It is suitable for those who already have a little experience of Mindfulness or are attendees of the MBLC course. It’s an opportunity to take some time out from day to day life, and includes periods of guided meditation, mindful movement, silence and inquiry. It is useful for consolidating the practices, experiences and insights from the MBLC training. Suggested cost £75 (or pay from the heart – according to your means, minimum £50)  Click Here to Book

Teacher training pathway: 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/

“The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


“Thank you so much for your guidance this week. I felt so settled and calm after the meditation you skillfully guided. It really was nourishing and exactly what I needed. I had a training assessment afterwards and I was able to stay settled and grounded and completed it with ease. Thank you for the sharing.” Sharon McCafferty, Family Support Worker

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Emerging into Spring

At last spring has come and across all our different cultures and traditions similar themes arise as it brings hope. We celebrate renewal of the green, and re-emergence of all creatures great and small after the winter of lockdown and hibernation. From worms and frogs to caterpillars and……massage therapists!

In Impossible Darkness

Do you know how the caterpillar turns?

Do you remember what happens inside a cocoon?

You liquefy.

There in the thick black of your self-spun womb, void as the moon before waxing, you melt (as Christ did for three days in the tomb) conceiving in impossible darkness the sheer inevitability of wings

by Kim Rosen

We have plenty of reason to celebrate spring here at Shiatsu and Thai Massage Training Scotland (STMTS). Firstly, we therapists sharing the space are able to return to close contact services and THE DIARY IS OPEN! Also Ruth, Lesley and I are pleased to welcome our colleague Freya of Rowan Therapies to the team of therapists in residence, she will be working on Thursdays.

Secondly – just like schools throughout the world, STMTS has adapted to change and our students have responded with incredible resilience. This year’s TYM Diploma cohort had only two weekends in person training before transferring to Zoom but all through

the winter they have hung on with open hearts and determination, and with the generosity of their family members giving themselves up for endless massages (!) the students have made it through! I am so delighted and amazed at their professionalism. Watch this space there is a group of amazing therapists just about to hit the market!

…even our school mascot Frankie was on duty for the observed assessments! Along with tutors Lesley and me, and our dedicated assistant who has nipped out for a second….

FHT Accreditation

Last year we gave ourselves a big pat on the back for becoming an accredited training provider with Federation of Holistic Therapists. This year I am pleased to be invited to represent STMTS and Well Mother with a specialist Pregnancy Massage workshop at the Virtual Congress. I had a blast making the video during lockdown and my past history as a performer and digital film maker came in handy! You can see the end product (edited in iMovie with great sophistication) in June at FHT Virtual Congress

And finally, we have something to ask from you…. Thanks to you all for your support and interest, we celebrated reaching 100 subscribers on Youtube thanks to you! Marketing is an ever-changing landscape and now we are turning our attention to other Social Media. Could you help us by kindly take a moment to subscribe to us on Facebook and perhaps even leave a review? If you are interested you will then more easily see our regular updates, so please, click on!
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Here’s wishing you renewed strength and vitality this spring season, and asking for two more things from you, if you are able:
1. Be kind to each other
2. Be part of the Solution.

Lucy Trend 05/04/21

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