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.


Join either in person/face to face or via Zoom

The entire 8 Week MBSR Mindfulness course is delivered in person, face to face but you can also join via video (Zoom) conferencing if preferred. The in person groups are limited to 7 participants.

You can join this course either via Zoom or in person, face to face, via a small group setting in our Bournemouth office. We adhere to the UK Government guidance and the safety and wellbeing of our course students, as well as our trainers has always been our top priority. Our face to face sessions are fully Covid secure. All our trainers are tested regularly using rapid lateral flow test.

The 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.



What is the 8-Week Mindfulness for Life MBSR course?

Our 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 or Dr Julia Forster our Educational Psychologist and mindfulness teacher.

Our course is based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) as developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School . Our course is also Compassion Focused and Trauma Sensitive which means that we are incorporating cutting edge discoveries in neuroscience as well as Self-compassion giving each course participant a safe space in which to explore mindfulness.

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.

You do not need any previous experience in mindfulness or meditation to join this course as this course is 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.



After only 3 weeks of attending the mindfulness course I achieved a lower blood pressure than I have had in a long 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.


This course is for you if you want to:

tickEnhance your sense of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

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.

tickLearn how to respond rather than react.

tickReduce self-judgement and enhance a sense of creativity, emotional intelligence as well as self-compassion.

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.


Your mindfulness trainers


The training is delivered by Robert Gebka and or Dr Julia Forster. Robert is a Qualified MBSR Mindfulness Teacher with the University of California San Diego Medical School, USA and the director of training for this programme. He is former Buddhist monk who lived, worked and trained for five years at the Nan Hua Zen Buddhist monastery before joining the NHS. Robert has been practicing mindfulness for 20 years and taught over 30 MBSR 8-Week courses. He is also an accredited counsellor and the author Managing Depression with Mindfulness for Dummies. Robert studied the neuroscience and physiology of mindfulness with Neuragy UK. Julia is an Educational Psychologist and MBSR Teacher with a Ph.D. in 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. Julia is a former director of training at Bournemouth and Poole College and has extensive experience in delivering

Robert is a member of: National Counselling Society, British Neuroscience Association, Association of Contextual Behavioural Science and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies

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What is included in the mindfulness course?

This in person, face to face to face (You can also join via Zoom if preferred)  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.

The course includes:

An optional 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 in person classes – 2.5 hour sessions, with mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement (easy to do Yoga), followed by interactive 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 resource and 100 page workbook – To support you in your mindfulness practice and learning, offering an opportunity for reflection of your experiences.

In person Self-compassion and Mindfulness Day Retreat,approximately mid way through the course. 

Whenever you feel the need for extra support in between classes, or would just like to talk some things through, you can contact us by phone or email.

If joining the course via Zoom you will need

A PC/Laptop/Macbook or Tablet with a stable internet connection as well as a webcam and microphone. (this is usually build into the device so no need for an external one)

A private space where you can be undisturbed and were you can enjoy the sessions feeling safe.

Please note that there is no cost to download Zoom. You can check the operating requirements of Zoom here

We are more than happy to assist you with this if needed. We are also more than happy for you to have a “test ride” and connect with you via zoom prior to the course to ensure that all is working as it needs to.

I loved the course especially the neuroscience behind it all. Joining this journey with a group of other open-minded people and with Robert guiding was simply fantastic. The course was the perfect foundation for mindfulness in general – that books, audio or the internet cannot do alone. I now see the world with ‘fresh eyes’, fuller consciousness and awareness of how everything is connected, thank you, I enjoyed it deeply. – David Snell, entrepreneur




Course fees & payment details

As a way of supporting people’s wellbeing, the Dorset Mindfulness Centre will sponsor 25% of your course price. This means that the course now only costs £165 instead of the usual £220 price. The fee reduction also covers any parking cost.

We are aware that people’s financial circumstances might be affected due to the current world-wide heath crises. We try our best not to turn people away if they are unable to pay the sponsored course fee.

Please contact us for more information about our concessions and we will support you if are in a position to do so.

Alternatively: £100 deposit to secure your place followed by £65 by 10 January 2022
Payments can be made via bank transfer, or paypal. Contact us for paypal link option if preferred


I’d like to join, what do I do next?

If you feel ready to book then please contact us requesting a booking form.


For more information please contact us

Email us on info@dorset-mindfulness.co.uk or give us a call on

01202 585 505 for a no obligation telephone chat
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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