Mindfulness in simple terms means awareness. Sometimes, in life we can be faced with worrying situations and difficulties. In an attempt to make sense of these difficulties we often and naturally so experience stress and unhappiness. At times we get stuck in these reactive mental states and need support moving forwards. Mindfulness is an ancient approach applicable to modern day living. It is an approach rooted in non-judgmentally befriending our situation with more awareness, self-compassion and skill. It is this unique befriending that gives us the opportunity to foster a more positive and meaningful relationship with our very own lives.

tickThe NHS and the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) now endorses Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as an effective treatment for various health conditions including depression.

Dorset Mindfulness Centre Sue

I completed the 8-Week MBSR mindfulness course in September 2015 and was left with the benefits of feeling healthier and happier. After only 3 weeks of attending the mindfulness course I achieved a lower blood pressure than I have had in a long time despite the perils that were going on in my personal life at the time. In summary, I feel healthier and happier, have more energy but at the same time feel more connected with the environment and the people I share it with” – Sue Robathan, Registered nurse & exercise specialist.




Our 8-Week Mindfulness for Life course:

This course is backed by modern Neuroscience and ancient meditation practice. We teach mindfulness in a light hearted and practical way applicable to daily life. All courses are led by Robert Gebka – international author of Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies and Dr Julia Forster and Certified Mindfulness Practitioner.

Our Mindfulness for Life 8-Week course is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School . We also combine this with elements derived from Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). The course is well suited for people who might have specific health conditions such as stress, high blood pressure etc and or low mood as well as for people who do not have any related health conditions and simply want to learn mindfulness to enhance their sense of wellbeing. The course also includes very basic mindful body movement exercises such as yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress.

Our courses do not require any previous experience in mindfulness or meditation and are suitable for new-comers as well as experienced practitioners who wish to refresh and or expand on their practice. Mindfulness training is useful for people of all backgrounds, ages, interests and levels of well-being.

What people say about our courses – participant reflections



About your mindfulness trainers, Robert and Julia


The courses are taught by either Robert and or Julia. Robert Gebka is a Qualified MBSR Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA. He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. It is during this time that he was fortunate enough to meet HH the 14th Dalai Lama. He is an accredited psychological counsellor and has completed a two year project in Mindfulness Based Interventions in an NHS psychiatric hospital with a clinical population. He is also the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. Robert studied the neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness with Neuragy UK and is a registered member of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. He abides by their Good Practice Standards for teaching mindfulness-based courses. Read about Robert’s mindfulness journey and qualifications HERE.

Dr. Julia Forster is a Certified Mindfulness Practitioner with a doctor’s degree in educational psychology. She started her career in mental health nursing during which time she became very interested in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as an empowering tool for those with anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Moving on to teach nurses and then into further education and teacher training, Julia’s interest in CBT extended to consider how such approaches could be adapted to support professionals in managing the emotional complexities of their roles. In 2013 Julia completed a Ph.D. at Southampton University investigating the impact of a CBT toolkit for supporting trainee teachers to more effectively manage challenging student behaviour. Julia has a deep passion for exploring how mindfulness can be used to support people in their efforts to enhance their sense of happiness and wellbeing.

Robert and Julia are members of:

NCS AccredUSA Cogntive AssociationMABNAFENS
Listen to Robert on soundcloud below.


This course is for you if you want to:

tickLet go of limiting beliefs and create happiness and success in your life.

tickLearn how to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and pain.

tickCreate more head space, free from chattering thoughts.

tickEnhance your sense of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

tickEnhance your creativity and emotional intelligence as well as self-compassion.

tickLearn how to respond rather than react.

tickReduce self-judgement and enhance a sense of self appreciation and self compassion.

tickDiscover your true sense of purpose, meaning and happiness.

tickMBSR is highly respected within the medical community. Offered as a supplement to medical and psychological treatments, not as a replacement, it is proven effectively support the treatment of:
Anxiety Gastro-intestinal (GI) Distress, Work, Family, and Financial Stress, Grief, Asthma, Headaches, Chronic Illness and Pain, High Blood Pressure, Panic Attacks, Eating Disturbances, Post-traumatic Stress (PTSD)
Fatigue, Skin Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Depression and Sleep Problems.


Taking part in the course – We offer full support

This course is highly experiential and requires reasonable commitment. Learning a new skill takes time and patience before a greater sense of ease can emerge. However we offer all the support you need at all stages of the course. It is however important to remember that the course is not a form of therapy. You need to be able to commit to at least 40 minutes a day of self practice. This usually includes a 30 minutes of guided body scan mindfulness practice, some mindful movement as well as keeping of a simple personal log diary.

It is important to note that If you have a history of severe or major depression and are in doubt about taking part in the course, that you discuss this with your chosen health professional or GP. Mindfulness courses Bournemouth




David Snell

I completed the MBSR Mindfulness course in October 2014 & still meditate daily. My highly-pressurised job was one motivation and I loved the neuroscience behind it all. Joining this journey with a group of other open-minded people and with Robert guiding was simply fantastic. It provided such a conducive environment for improving overall well-being. The course was the perfect foundation for mindfulness in general – that books, audio or the internet cannot do alone. I’ve since had some wonderful experiences resulting from approaching the world with ‘fresh eyes’, fuller consciousness and awareness of how everything is connected, thank you, I enjoyed it deeply. – David Snell, entrepreneur


Course content & structure/what do you get for your money
  • Initial no obligation telephone chat A 15 minute interview to answer any questions you may have, and discuss whether the course is right for you at this time.
  • 8 Weekly Classes – 2.5 hour sessions, with mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement (easy to do Yoga), followed by group exercises and discussions.
  • Home Practice – 30 minutes every day, doing mindfulness meditations or gentle mindful movements, as well as mindful daily life activities.
  • Mindfulness Audio CD and Workbook – To support you in your mindfulness practice and learning, offering an opportunity for reflection of your experiences.
  • Day Retreat – Approximately mid way through the course we will meet for a full day retreat in at our of our sea side Bournemouth hotel where we will practice mindfulness together,
  • Trainer Support – Whenever you feel the need for extra support in between classes, or would just like to talk some things through, you can contact Robert by phone or email


Course themes & dates

Bournemouth evening-time course: Thursday, 21 MAY 2020 – Click here for dates

Course fees & payment details

The cost includes the informal telephone chat, 8 weekly 2.5 hour meetings, a full mindfulness retreat day between week 5 & 6, two mindfulness audio CDs and a 100 page course workbook. Mindfulness courses Bournemouth.
SUPER EARLY BIRD special: £170 until 1 APRIL 2020 if paid in full
EARLY BIRD special: £185 until 1 MAY 2020 if paid in full.
STANDARD PRICE: £195 thereafter
Alternatively: £100 deposit to secure your place followed by £95 by 21 MAY.


I’d like to join, what do I do next?

Once you have read all the information about the 8-week course and feel you would like to join then download the booking form below. You can also email us and request the form in that way. Alternatively if you have more questions you may wish to arrange a free (15 minute max), no obligation telephone callback.

If you feel ready to book then please fill in the form and email or post it back to us before making payment. We will review the form and if needed we shall contact you to arrange a quick telephone chat. This is to ensure that the course is the best possible experience for you.



For more information or an application form please contact Clare Clements

Hello, my name is Clare and I am here to help you in whatever way I can. Whether you have a question about our mindfulness courses or simply want to know whether mindfulness could help you, I will be delighted to be of support.

Feel free to email me on info@dorset-mindfulness.co.uk or give me a call on

01202 021 063 for a no obligation telephone chat


Or click here to use our CONTACT FORM

APCTC Awards Finalist Logo 1

NHS-OSCARSWe are the winners of both the Runner Up CEO Award for Innovation at the NHS OSCARS for our contribution to NHS staff wellbeing and finalists at the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants awards ceremony in London.


Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
– M. Scott Peck