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“I was very sceptical at first but found the course really beneficial.  It surpassed my expectations and I would recommend it to work colleagues and friends.  As mindfulness can support staff development improving relationships and communication and possibly reducing the number of staff suffering from stress reactions.  I would also recommend it to friends that lead busy, stressful and hectic lifestyles and who need to reduce their cognitive load and relax”

MBSR course participant


"This course (MBSR) should be made part of the national curriculum for children, be an essential part of any degree course and be provided every 3 years by employers to their employees. It should be developed by the prison service and armed forces. In short, it teaches life skills essential for society to continue to function"

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Mindful Employer promotes awareness of mental health at work and supports organisations to respond positively and effectively to mental health matters. Over 1000 employers have signed the Mindful Employer Charter as a commitment to their staff's mental well-being since the initiative began in 2004. 

We are delighted to be working with Mindful Employer to offer mindfulness training as an effective means of supporting employers in taking a proactive approach to mental health.






Why Consider Using Mindfulness in the Workplace?


Neuroscientific evidence is increasingly supporting the beneficial effects of mindfulness on our mental health and general well-being; highlighting amongst other benefits its role in helping with stress management, cardiac disease, high blood pressure, anxiety, worry and depression. 

What is also becoming evident is that mindfulness skills develop and enhance inter and intra-personal skills such as emotional intelligence, leadership, decision-making, creativity, communication, collaboration and team work. 

Transport for London, employing a workforce of more than 20,000 introduced a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme into their workplace and achieved significant long lasting benefits that:

  • Reduced employee absence caused by stress, anxiety and depression by 71% over three years
  • Decreased absence for all conditions by 50% over the same time and
  • Promoted 53% increase in happiness and engagement.

Mindfulness training offers significant potential benefits to employers both in terms of improved physical and mental health and also improvements in employee engagement, resilience, creativity and productivity.


Some Misconceptions...

Mindfulness is NOT Mindfulness IS
  • Emptying our minds
  • Becoming emotionless
  • Escaping pain
  • Withdrawing from life
  • Seeking blissful states
  • Attention training
  • Understanding the impact of stress on our bodies, thoughts, emotions and relationships
  • Befriending our minds and our emotions
  • Working with pain
  • Living life to the full


Introducing Mindfulness to Staff

Interest in mindfulness meditation is at an all time high.   The international best seller “Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world” has spent over 6 years in Amazon's top 100 books.  There is however a lot of misundertanding about what mindfulness is and what attending an 8 week mindfulness course would entail.  We have therefore developed an Information Sheet for those interest in attending an mindfulness course, which addresses some of the common misconceptions and also highlights the level of personal commitment required.

Please see http://www.yorkmbsr.eventbrite.co.uk/ for details of forthcoming course dates and further information.  If you click attend and then scroll down you will find further course information.

For anyone who would like to find out more before committing to an 8 week course we would recommend one of the following books

            • Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Prof Mark Williams and Danny Penman
            • Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

If you would like copies of mindfulness flyers either to display in your organisation or as a means of introducing mindfulness to patients then please get in touch.


In-House Training

Introductory Workshops are an important first step for organisations wishing to offer mindfulness training.  

We offer the following half-day introductory workshops

  • Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing
  • Mindfulness for Personal and Professional Change
  • Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Care
  • Insight-based Human Resources
  • Insight-based Leadership
  • Compassionate Leadership
  • Mindfulness and Leadership (full day)                                                                                                                                        

For those wishing to offer mindfulness training we offer the following courses

  • Workplace Mindfulness Training (WMT®)

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR - workplace adaptation)
  • Mindfulness for Personal and Professional Change
  • Mindfulness-Based Compassionate Care
  • Mindfulness-Based Creativity



The vast majority of over 80 (NHS) Finance Professionals felt that mindfulness training would benefit managers (82%) and staff (87%) after attending a Northern Centre for Mindfulness and Compassion Introductory Workshop. 

Feedback from delegates included:-

  • “Excellent would like to learn more”
  •  “Probably needs to be grounded in wider organisational culture”
  •  "The benefit of this in the NHS for both staff and the population at large could be great"


95% of the 70 people who attended a CIPD Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop scored the workshop as "excellent" or "good"


Feedback from delegates included:-

  • “This was the best event I have attended in my 23 years with the CIPD.  What Sally did was bring a genuineness, passion  and knowledge which allowed us to experience mindfulness from a fresh perspective”
  • "A very worthwhile evening"
  • "Brilliant event"


Further Information

To find out more or book your place on one of our public ourses or events please visit: YorkMBSR.eventbrite.co.uk

If you would like any further information about workplace mindfulness please contact Sally Roberts, either through relax@yorkmbsr.co.uk or by calling 01904 634710.










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Examples of our experiences of working with local organisations are shared as contributory authors in Chapman-Clarke’s 'Mindfulness in the Workplace: An evidence-based approach to improving wellbeing and maximising performance'. For a 20% discount please use code ''HRMWF'


New Publication: Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace

Following on from the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group's 'Mindful Nation UK' report below, 'Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace' offers a wonderful resource for anyone wishing to make the business case for Mindfulness in the Workplace.




'The Mindful UK Report, the first policy document of its kind, seeks to address mental health concerns in the areas of education, health, the workplace and the criminal justice system through the application of mindfulness interventions. The recommendations in this report are evidence-based, sourced directly from experienced implementers, who report notable success in their respective fields and urge policymakers to invest resources in further pilot studies and increase public access to qualified teacher trainers'.




In 2014 an All Party Parliamentary Group for Mindfulness was formed to help ensure that public policy was able to keep abrest of developments in the field of neuroscience.

The group identified the following key areas for consideration

  • mindfulness as a way to improve resilience, reduce stress and anxiety, and develop creativity in the workplace
  • mindfulness in schools to improve classroom behaviour, attention and focus, as a strategy to raise educational standards and supporting social mobility, and to develop young people’s tools for lifelong well-being
  • expanding the provision of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy within the NHS as a treatment for depression and other mental and physical health problems


  • mindfulness as a way to reduce stress and improve care, attentiveness and compassion amongst healthcare workers


  • mindfulness as a way to tackle depression, anxiety and stress in the criminal justice system (both staff and those in custody)


  • mindfulness as a way to cultivate overall health and well-being








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