A dedicated workshop for patients, relatives and carers living with and beyond cancer

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Workshop aims

  • Learn about mindfulness and compassion
  • Experience it for yourself through reflection, meditation and effective practical exercises
  • Develop your ability to live more in the present, and respond to yourself and difficulties with compassion

Workshop details

  • 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 – staff-only session
  • Wednesday, 9 October, 2019 – patients, relatives and carers
  • Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 – patients, relatives and carers
  • @ Cancer Support Yorkshire, Daisy House Lane, 44 Smith Lane, Bradford, BD9 6DA

What will the workshop involve?

The workshop will include teaching, group discussion, short meditations and reflective exercises to help people to begin building the skills of mindfulness and compassion.

The workshop will last three hours and will include the opportunity for a break.

Who is it for?

This workshop is ideal for people who have reached the end of treatment (of any cancer) and are looking for ways to take care of their emotional wellbeing. It would be suitable at any stage during a person’s cancer treatment if they feel well enough to attend a workshop.

Relatives and cares who want to cultivate a more compassionate approach to themselves and in their caring relationships are also welcome to attend.

What can the workshop offer?

Mindfulness compassion offers a way of responding to the difficult emotions that can arise from experiencing cancer and its treatment. It involves learning to notice and acknowledge our experience non-judgmentally, and responding with friendliness and in ways that move us towards wellbeing.

We hope the workshop will help to develop your ability to live more in the present, and respond to yourself and your difficulties with compassion.

The workshop will be facilitated by two experienced clinical psychologists.

How will I know if the workshop is right for me?

This session is intended as an introduction to mindfulness and compassion-based practices, drawing on evidence and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and compassion-focused therapy. It is not intended as a substitute for individual therapy or more intensive eight-week mindfulness or compassion-focused therapy courses.

People who wish to take this learning further could explore recommended resources independently or attend an eight-week mindfulness course.

While this is not a therapy group, individuals need to be able to handle a group situation well. It is important that individuals have sufficient emotional stability and resources to participate in this workshop.

It would not be appropriate for people who are currently experiencing severe depression, are actively suicidal, have significant PTSD problems, significant cognitive impairment, current or recent addiction to drugs or alcohol or any other ongoing life events which may disrupt their ability to take part in the session.

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact us on 01274 776688 and leave your details so that we can get in touch.

Useful links

Workshop partners

Macmillan Cancer Support
Cancer Support Yorkshire

Views of past participants

“It made me more aware of the fact that I need to take care of me.”

“It allowed me time to stop and think and made me realise that it’s OK to stop, take a breath and think about yourself. The benefits of this will improve my health and wellbeing indefinitely.”

“It’s OK to be kind to yourself. You need to care for yourself before you can care for others.”

“Learning to switch off. Learning to be compassionate to myself.”

How to book

To book a place on a workshop please call 01274 776688. Places are limited to 15 per workshop so please book as soon as possible.

Resources

This is by no means a full list of resources! Feel free to explore the web, listen to different teachers and practitioners and find out what is useful for you.  There are so many different ways to explore mindfulness and compassion, from secular to faith based, those with emphasis on mindfulness and others which are focused on compassion. We hope that these resources provide a starting point if you want to learn more about how to bring mindful compassion into your life.

Mindful Compassion (Paul Gilbert and Choden)

Mindfulness-based approaches (which include compassion)

Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer (Trish Bartley)
Finding Peace in a Frantic World (Mark Williams and Danny Penman)
Mindfulness for Health (Vidyamala Birch and Danny Penman)
Full Catastrophe Living: How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Compassion-focused approaches (which include mindfulness)

The Compassionate Mind (Paul Gilbert)
The Compassionate Mind Workbook (Chris Irons and Elaine Beaumont)
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion (Christopher Germer)
Self-Compassion (Kristen Neff)

Useful apps

We can’t endorse particular apps, and people have different needs and preferences; however, below are some apps people have told us they find useful.

  • Headspace – subscription
  • Insight Timer (look for the above mindfulness and compassion teachers) – free
  • Buddhify – one-off fee
  • Calm – subscription
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