The core of the week has been adapted from the best-selling book – Mindfulness: Finding Peace in Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman – and seeks to teach mindfulness skills so they can be used to navigate the ups and downs of daily life and respond with more awareness and compassion. It is appropriate for people new to mindfulness, anyone who has tried mindfulness apps or perhaps read a book and wants the structure of a course led by an experienced teacher.
St Beuno’s is an Ignatian Spirituality Centre where people often go to step back from a ‘frantic world’ for a while so we will be exploring how mindfulness and Ignatian spirituality work together. This week is therefore also appropriate for people wanting to explore ways into praying or refreshing their prayer life or searching and yearning for something more.
Ignatian spirituality might be summed up as ‘Finding God in all things’. We will connect mindfulness with experiences of silence, guided meditations, prayer and conversation; drawing on nature, words, images and more. During these days there will be opportunities for silent time alone and together as well as sociable time with others.
The week will be led by mindfulness teacher Liz Lord and Spiritual Director Inge Wilson.
Liz Lord is currently a teacher, trainer and supervisor for the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre. She also works for the Dept of Psychiatry as a senior researcher for a Wellcome Trust funded research project ‘MYRIAD’ which has been investigating mindfulness skills for young people and school staff. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in schools at all levels.
Inge Wilson is part of the St Beuno’s Team.