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.b Foundations is an 8-week course for staff and other adults working in educational contexts to learn about mindfulness.
Through experiential group learning and discussion participants explore how mindful awareness can support their health and wellbeing. The training includes twenty minutes daily practice following guided mindfulness meditations at home.
The curriculum is founded on the core mindfulness principles found in MBSR (Mindfulness-based stress reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness- based cognitive Therapy).
In addition .b Foundations has been tailored to make the course accessible and effective for adults in schools. To raise awareness and stimulate demand, the training includes a carefully crafted taster session, along with shorter sessions than usual (90 minutes). .b Foundations also differs in that key attitudes and concepts are introduced visually and kinaesthetically.
Aspects of the .b (age 11-18) and Paws b (age 7-11) are included in the course which help build a shared mindfulness language within school.
Through the training staff should:
learn practical ways to feel calmer and more present in their work and in their communication with others
cultivate compassion for self and for others
develop together as a ‘mindfulness staff group’ in school and feel that their wellbeing is valued by the school
Is there evidence for the impact of .b Foundations?
A recent published study showed significant reductions in stress and increases in wellbeing. This supports the wider evidence base for mindfulness with teachers and adults generally, as set out by Professor Katherine Weare
The cost of the course is £170 per person.