Mindfulness, Meaningfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness Training with Dr Gareth Burr


Please email for more information, directions & booking
email: info@disscourse.co.uk

Next MBSR 8-Week Mindfulness course starts: THUR Oct 7th 2020

  • Cambridge: Thursday at 6:00pm to 8:00pm


The cost of the Mindfulness course is £180.00 - concessions available, so please ask

The 8 Week Mindfulness course is for those who are prepared to commit to daily mindfulness practice & this can be an element that we struggle with, so a theme of the next series of courses is 'engaging the resistance - and exploring change'

About Gareth

Dr. Gareth Burr

Dr. Gareth Burr (Bsc;PhD/DPhil) registered Mindfulness Teacher and listed with BAMBA -British Assoc of Mindful Based Approaches https://wwww.bamba.org.uk and also listed with www.bemindful.co.uk (for the listing of registered mindfulness teachers). Gareth offers 8-Week Mindfulness Courses; one-day retreats & the annual mindfulness retreat (May 1st-3rd). Gareth's courses, classes and sessions are highly recommended for all stages - both beginners and advanced.

Gareth is with BAMBA as well as The Independent Mindfulness Teachers Guild (IMTG), an East-anglian group of Mindfulness Teachers, now scheduling weekend 'Mindfulness in Nature' silent-led retreats for 2020 - please email for more info.

Gareth trained in the Mindfulness teacher training program with the Centre for Mindfulness Research & Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University, completing to level TTL3 (Teacher Training Level 3). He teaches the 8-week Mindfulness course in Cambridge, and first engaged with the formal mindfulness training in 1997 during doctoral studies at the University of Oxford. He is currently running an active farm and outdoor woodland retreat centre in South Cambs & follows the UK good practice guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers. Gareth welcomes all opportunities to engage on the subject - including the nature of the paradox that may arise on the path of 'trying' too hard to achieve it.


If you are interested please email Gareth at: info@disscourse.co.uk
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What is mindfulness?

During mindfulness sessions we practice sitting still, cultivating the subtle art of watchfulness, wakefulness and resting in awareness and relaxing with interest in the nature of being and knowing and paying close attention to all the qualities and types of sensations in direct experience including feelings and thoughts.

The training involves noticing our natural cycles of both willingness and unwillingness (to practice) and paying attention to our moods (and modes) of being and noticing the qualities of different kinds of sensations and feelings and thoughts. This kind of listening and watching and learning involves inquiry into the nature of experience itself.
During mindfulness practice we notice our forgetting and our remembering and the practice is gradually and increasingly enhanced as we develop, by including and encompassing into the practice what is unfolding in and around us and we also learn to include the various ways that we relate to 'what is happening' within and around. And with practice and patience we gain insight into ourselves and discover natural capacities and capabilities for resting in (& as) ever-present awareness.
The mindfulness training involves curiosity, courage, and kindness. We practice and develop skills and attitudes that enable and support insights into various aspects of experience: including all the levels and layers of our common human inter-existence. We learn to notice, and attend, to what we don't normally pay attention to -or notice- during the busy-ness ('business') of our day-to-day lives: ever watchful for the familiar forms of thought and feelings that arise in awareness.


if you are looking for a place to engage in some regular research and practice - this course could be for you

And what we come to notice in the important space of our practice will become invaluable: transforming and enriching life in relation to self, others and the world that we all share. With commitment to practice comes the wonders of exploration, adventure and discovery.

Mindfulness involves training the mind to notice the qualities of direct and immediate experience: recognising important aspects of human nature, with emphasis on knowing how we are -and what we are- (rather than 'who' we think we are): with entangled attachments & habitual tendencies seen in new light.

The mindfulness course includes meditation practices and mind-body exercises with plenty of opportunities in the class to discuss and reflect upon the nature of experience. An important element of this course is home practice. This can be quite a big challenge, as participants are asked to practice at home as part of a daily routine, and, like learning any new skill: practice is the key.

There will be options of retreat days to stabilise and develop our daily practice, with day retreats and meet-ups, and seminars, and w/e silent-led retreats as well as the annual silent led retreat


Mindfulness is now the subject of many scientific studies. Due to its track record it is widely used in the NHS as an effective treatment for stress, anxiety and depression. The mindfulness training has been shown to improve the functional connectivity of the brain, improving attentional focus and enhancing sensory awareness. The Centre for Neurobiology of Stress at the University of California School of Medicine in Los Angeles has a substantial corpus of evidence to show how the human brain's connectivity networks associated with attention and sensory processing show training-related changes after the 8 Week training.

Other wellbeing outdoor activities organised in association with the wider community, include: walking in the woods; working on the farm; Autumn apple-picking days; wild food foraging and raw food nutrition; fungi foraging; green woodworking; willow weaving; coppicing and charcoal making, and, ..the art of simply just being: where the qualities of mindfulness can be more fully integrated: investing in our human 'being' - alongside our human 'doing'