Free mindfulness course to tackle Covid-19 and climate anxiety

| , | By Norfolk & Waveney Mind
Free mindfulness course to tackle Covid-19 and climate anxiety
Norfolk and Waveney Mind is offering free and low-cost places on a new course showing how mindfulness techniques can help us cope with the challenging times we’re living through.
The six-week online course and virtual retreat, ‘Mindfulness in Challenging Times’, starts on February 1. It uses mindfulness – meaning to pay attention and live in the present moment – as a way to face issues that impact on mental health, including anxiety around Covid-19 and climate change, as well as social justice issues such as racism and unconscious bias.
The course draws on techniques from the book ‘Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy’ by ‘eco-philosopher’ Joanna Macy and psychologist Dr Chris Johnstone.
The full-priced course costs £115 but thanks to funding from the Pears Foundation Department for Media, Culture and Sport Emergency Fund, ten free places are available to people who are experiencing long-term physical and emotional health issues.
Norfolk and Waveney Mind also offers low-cost subsidised places for those who are unwaged or in financial hardship.
Ruth Taylor, Mindfulness Manager at Norfolk and Waveney Mind, said: “We’re delighted to offer free places on this new and exciting course which is the first of its kind.
“We have been offering mindfulness courses for over 11 years now to support people to ‘surf the waves’ of the difficult issues in their lives. However, given the events of the last 12 months and the concerns our participants were raising about the impact of the pandemic, climate change, and social justice issues on their mental health, we wanted to address these more specifically.”
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