Mindfulness for Everyday Living

An eight-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course

Dates for 2021

Wednesday evenings: 7.15pm – 9.30pm

3rd February – 31st March (Break: 3rd March)

Course orientation session: Wednesday 27th January 7.30 – 8.30pm.

Half-day practice session: Sunday 14th March 10am – 1pm.

Due to the developing situation with Covid-19, this course will take place online via Zoom. (updated 22nd December 2020)

Eight-week course

An eight-week course that teaches the art and practice of mindfulness in a safe, supportive, small-group environment. You will learn simple meditation techniques and practical skills that will allow you to be more present to your experience, to live with more joy and purpose, and manage thoughts, emotions and body sensations more effectively.

What is MBCT?

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is one of the gold standard courses recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). This course is an enhanced version of the generic MBCT programme and is taught by an experienced mindfulness instructor and therapist.
The course comprises eight two-and-a-quarter hour sessions, which are largely experiential. Each session combines mindfulness practices (e.g. body scans, sitting meditations and gentle movement), guidance and input from the instructor, and discussion on core themes. You are encouraged to develop your own daily practice throughout the course. A course book and recorded exercises offer guidance tailored for each session.

Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness has been rigorously researched in the field of health over recent decades. Mindfulness-based approaches were originally developed in healthcare settings to help people suffering with chronic pain. There is now an extensive evidence base to indicate that mindfulness is highly effective in alleviating common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Other known benefits include improved sleep, enhanced resilience and greater mental focus.  Practitioners also frequently report renewed ability to handle stress, a greater appreciation of the richness and vibrancy of life, and improvements in interpersonal relationships.

What can I expect?

  • learn and practise meditation and other practical skills with expert guidance
  • cultivate a greater awareness of our bodies through contemplative practices and mindful
  • movement exercises (suitable for all ages and abilities)
  • investigate how our tendency to live on ‘auto-pilot’ can inhibit our capacity to live with awareness
  • learn to develop kindly, open attitudes of mind that allow us to skilfully handle difficulties and live more in our flow
  • explore how we might limit ourselves and our potential through our thinking and acting, and how we can better take care of ourselves in meaningful ways
  • a supportive group to share experiences and develop our potential to live with vitality and ease.


£160 individuals / £180 organizations. Paid in advance in full (when you book your place).
Fee is fully inclusive (all practice sessions, mp3 material and course book).

Who is our facilitator?

Richard Gilpin mindfulness coursesRichard Gilpin is a mindfulness teacher, counsellor and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. He has trained extensively in mindfulness-based practices since the 1990s and has been facilitating regular Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses since 2007. He is registered with the British Association for Mindfulness-based Approaches which regulates a directory of teachers who adhere to the UK Good Practice Guidelines. He is the author of two self-help books: Mindfulness for Black Dogs and Blue Days (2012) and Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety (2016). His academic research on MBCT was published in 2008. You can find more information about Richard on his website: www.richardgilpin.co.uk.

 Our Room


All our rooms at BTC have been designed to create a warm and comfortable environment for our practitioners and clients. We have windows in each room allowing plenty of light to come in with double glazing and central heating for the winter and ventilation for the summer. Mindfulness for Everyday Living Course is run in Room A2 which is on the 1st floor or our building.


To apply or enquire, please call  01273 626444 email info@brightontherapycentre.org.uk including your name, contact number and a convenient time we can call you.

Your booking will  be confirmed on receipt of the application form and course fee paid in full.

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“I feel it’s been a great support showing ways of being mindful and positive daily. Course book and MP3s were both very good. Dropbox was great for communicating meditation practice material. I feel very positive and skillful now when difficult situations arise. I also notice that I notice.  I would just like to thank Richard. I have taken away so much from this course. Skills I will treasure and use forever! Thank you.”

” The course book is such a useful utility resource to have at hand and it’s very good to have MP3s in such a convenient format. Richard is very helpful and concise and clearly very knowledgeable. The course helped very much in overcoming bad habits & addictions.”

“I found the course tremendously helpful and found it useful to explore my own attitudes/perception of myself with the guidance of facilitator and feedback from the rest of the group.”

“I am no longer scared of being by myself or spending time with my own thoughts. I don’t seek to distract myself so much. I have even booked a week end away by myself which I never would have done before the course.”