Staff Mindfulness Course May 2017

An eight week mindfulness training course for staff of the University run by the Chaplaincy from May to June 2017.

Mindfulness refers to ‘kind-awareness’.  It is about living fully in the present moment.  This means paying deliberate attention to what you are doing, as you do it, without judging or trying to change the experience.  Mindfulness increases moment-to-moment awareness so that we can notice and change these ingrained automatic reactions.  This enables the individual to respond creatively to the stress and difficulty with more choice.



Mindfulness and Compassion based training courses offer an excellent foundation for understanding and practicing mindfulness and kindness meditation both in a direct practical way and also within a group setting.  It can offer an insight for many in cultivating a different kind of relationship with oneself and others, and enhance your experience of living and being.


Led by: Dr Avinash Bansode (Honorary Mindfulness Chaplain) and Rev Ali Newell (Associate Chaplain)

Venue: Room 1 Chaplaincy Centre, 1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh University, EH8 9AL

Course Donation: £100

Registration: Please register via Eventbrite at:

Time: 12pm to 2pm (2 hours) each Thursday

Dates: Starting with Taster/Introduction on Thursday 4th May with the course completing on Thursday 29th June 2017

  • Taster/Introduction Session: Thursday 4th May
  • Session I: Thursday 11th May
  • Session II: Thursday 18th May
  • Session III: Thursday 25th May
  • Session IV: Thursday 1st June
  • Session V: Thursday 8th June
  • Session VI: Thursday 15th June
  • Session VII: Thursday 22nd June
  • Session VIII: Thursday 29th June
  • All Day Session: Dates and times for the day session will be provided on week one


This Basic Foundation Course helps you to systematically develop the skill of being present with your experience.  The eight week course aims to assist you in dealing with what can be stressful for you and helps you to take better care of yourself and get the most out of your life.  The majority of people completing this programme report lasting physical and emotional/psychological benefits including; an increased ability to relax, greater energy and enthusiasm for life, heightened self-confidence, an increased ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term busyness and stressful situations and  balance and resilience in life and work situations.


Educators are interested in the calming and focusing qualities of mindfulness that help students and staff reduce stress and become more patient and present in the learning environment, but they are also interested in how that calm stability can positively affect cognitive functions like attention and memory, and lead eventually toward greater understanding and wisdom.  Educators are also interested in how mindfulness can assist the work of the academy in the need to plan, set goals, set priorities, and move back and forth among tasks.