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Mindfulness Courses 2017: Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland

8 week course Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Newcastle upon Tyne

January 2018

Course teacher: Gwennie Fraser

Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8.45 pm

Next course starts: JANUARY 2018 (dates to be confirmed shortly)

The Grainger Suite, Mercure Newcastle County Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DF (immediately opposite Central Station)

Cost: £250 (£180 concessions)

 Places available on this course

Includes a day of mindfulness practice after week 6 in the tranquil, rural setting of Newton and Bywell Community Hall, Newton, near Stocksfield (15 miles from Newcastle). See course information for a full list of dates.

The aim of this course is to develop a strong personal foundation of mindfulness practice in daily life, and to learn new ways of handling challenging physical sensations, thoughts, emotions and life situations by helping us move towards greater balance, resilience, self-care and kindness.

Mindfulness meditation practices, including gentle movement and stretching, will be taught in a supportive group learning environment. The course is completely secular and no previous meditation experience is required. The course fee includes a set of guided practice CDs or MP3 files, course handbook, in between session support if required, and the opportunity to deepen and integrate learning from the course with an experiential day of practice after week 7.  See link below for full course information.

To apply, please click on the link to the Application Form below and fill in the form. Once complete, then click on the “submit” button and your form will automatically be sent to me.

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Application Form.


Autumn Day of Mindfulness Practice


with Gwennie Fraser, Susannah Crump and Elaine Young

Saturday 18th November 2017, 10 am to 3.30pm

Newton and Bywell Community Hall, Newton, near Stocksfield, NE43 7UL

Cost per day: £38 (£22 concessions)

A silent day of practising together with our growing mindfulness community. A day suitable for all those who have completed an 8 week MBSR or MBCT course, however recently or long ago.  The day will offer space to renew and deepen the process of ongoing personal practice, in a supportive group environment and in the tranquil, rural setting of Newton and Bywell Community Hall. A chance to experience new beginnings and refresh perspectives.

To book, please click on the link to the booking form below and fill in the form.

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Places available on this day.

Staying Mindful : Mindfulness Practice Support Sessions



Course teacher: Gwennie Fraser

Dates: Thursdays, 6.30 pm to 8 pm




The Grainger Suite, The County Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DF

Cost per session: £10/ ( £6 concessions)

These sessions are open to anyone who has completed an 8 week MBSR or MBCT course, however recently or long ago and in all stages of mindfulness practice. The sessions offer an opportunity to  support and refresh your practice, to help keep motivated, inspired and encouraged, and to meet  in a friendly group environment to share practice in the supportive company of others. There will be time for guided practice, and also to discuss the experience of developing and sustaining practice at home.

Please email me in advance of the session to let me know if you wish to attend and with a mobile contact number.

The Attitudinal Foundations of Mindfulness

Course teacher: Gwennie Fraser

6 week course

Dates for next course: to be announced


The Grainger Suite, Mercure Newcastle County Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DF


The seven attitudinal foundations of mindfulness are described by Jon Kabat-Zinn as the “major pillars of mindfulness practice” (Full Catastrophe Living, 2004). Non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting go are qualities of mind and heart which bring an essential attitudinal approach to  practice, and which are  naturally developed through practice itself. They can also be cultivated consciously as a way of reinforcing and deepening mindfulness practice and integrating it in daily life.

This six week course is an opportunity to deepen and enliven our  practice through exploring and  developing these qualities, and  applying them in our  lives. The course sessions will involve guided practice and  reflection on our experience in a supportive group environment. Guidelines and suggestions will be given for home practice in between sessions, and course materials to assist with reflection. The course is suitable for all those who have completed an 8 week MBSR/MBCT course.



Five Day Silent Mindfulness Reatreat Northumberland


Retreat leaders: Gwennie Fraser and Susannah Crump

Retreat date: Sunday 2nd December to Friday 7th December 2018

Retreat venue: Shepherds Dene Retreat Centre, Riding Mill, Northumberland 

 A 5 day  silent, residential mindfulness retreat for experienced mindfulness practitioners. Shepherds Dene offers a spacious, comfortable, tranquil and supportive environment for retreat. All participants can be accommodated in single occupancy rooms. There is a fully accessible bedroom for wheelchair users. (Note to mindfulness teachers: this retreat will fulfil the UK Network’s Good Practice Guidelines regarding attending an annual retreat).

Further details to follow soon.

To register interest, please contact me by email.

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Application Form


You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

Jon Kabat-Zinn