8-Week Mindfulness and Racial Awareness Course (MBCT)

8-Week Mindfulness and Racial Awareness Course (MBCT)

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Last year saw a renewed social awakening on the impact of racism and the monumental harm and suffering it is causing. This 8-week mindfulness course invites participants to become more aware of race and racism, and explore their experiences through the supportive tool of mindfulness. This course is open and welcome to all.

The course has been developed by Dr Tina Basi and is based on the University of Oxford’s Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme. As well as developing the essential skills of mindfulness practice, the course will include invitations throughout for participants to reflect on their experiences of race, racism, racial inequality, institutional racism and white privilege. Ruth King tells us that, "racism is a heart disease, and it’s curable". 

The course is a chance to explore racial awareness in an embodied way. Some of the core themes will be:

  • How to cultivate a sense of being with discomfort or unease as we lean into new knowledge and new experiences of race awareness;
  • Understanding whiteness and white privilege as conceptual and linked to systems of power we all inhabit;
  • Exploring the subject of embodied anti-racism and allyship; and
  • Mindfully exploring and engaging with grief and trauma of others and our own.

As well as the above, the course will teach the essential skills of mindfulness practice, and support participants integrating mindfulness into their daily life throughout and beyond the course. At the end of the 8-week course, participants will feel better equipped to face life’s difficulties with self-compassion instead of self-criticism, using the tools and skills they have learned.

The course is open and welcome to all. No prior mindfulness experience is required.

Course Format

The course is being held online, via Zoom, and consists of a one-hour orientation session, eight, two-hour sessions, and a full-day retreat. The course sessions will be highly experiential and include mindfulness meditation practices, gentle stretching and movement, reflection exercises and group dialogue and discussion. There will also be practices and guided audio files given to do at home, in between the sessions so that we can begin to bring mindfulness and embodied racial awareness into our daily lives.

Notes:

  • This class will be held on Zoom.
  • The teacher and participants will be live and visible at various times. There will be group and one-to-one interaction as you would expect in a traditional classroom setting. Do contact us (friend@londonmindful.com) if you'd like to check out/test the online platform & your internet connection beforehand.
  • No prior mindfulness experience is required.
  • There is up to 45 minutes per day of home practice of mindfulness and self-compassion exercises recommended during the course.
  • Please note we do not allow participants to miss the first session for this course.

Zoom/Computer Requirements:

You will need: