Mindfulness for Runners

RUNZEN offers a new brand of ‘Mindfulness for Runners’ workshops and events. Our courses introduce participants to mindfulness and meditation practices, then integrate these skills with running and other activity. We are continuing to add to our 2019 programme which includes new half-day modules, courses for beginners to running, and a six-week course.  The longer courses are designed to build learning through regular home practice for a more immersive experience. Most of our events are currently in Kent, but our offer has expanded to include events elsewhere in the UK.

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:
on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the UK. Studies suggest a range of benefits for the health of our body and mind when we run. These include helping prevent obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, and boosting sleep quality and mood. In recent years, there has also been a growing interest in mindfulness. Research is linking a regular and sustained mindfulness practice with a decrease in the incidence of depression, anxiety and stress. It can also improve the ability to regulate our emotions, and help increase our focus and attention.

Our Mindfulness for Runners events have a particular focus on combining mindfulness meditation methods with movement through running. Our two course leaders, Stuart and Cesare, have many years experience between them of mindfulness and meditation practice, developed alongside their own journeys in endurance sports. Through these experiences, we have learnt for ourselves that the integration of mind-body awareness can improve mental health and our running simultaneously for greater all-round wellbeing. These benefits can then be brought back into our everyday life. View our testimonials to see what our course participants have been saying about our Mindfulness for Runners events. As well as offering our own events, we can also come to you! If you would like a session exclusively organised for your club or group, or perhaps for your workplace, then please get in touch to discuss options. For all others queries and to subscribe to our newsletter, please use the contact form.

Our next events

Mindfulness for Runners – Module 1: Foundation and focus
Sunday 24 March 2019, 10.00 – 13.00: Fort Amherst, Chatham

 

Mindfulness for New Runners – Beginning to run mindfully
Saturday 4 May 2019, 13.00 – 17.00: Fort Amherst, Chatham

 

Mindfulness for Runners – One day workshop
Saturday 11 May 2019, 10.30 – 16.30: Vibrant Life Centre, Braunton, Devon

 

Mindfulness for Runners – Six-week course
Mondays 20 May, 27 May, 3 June, 10 June 2019 19.00 – 21.30, Saturday 15 June 10.00 – 16.00, Monday 24 June: Fort Amherst, Chatham

 

Mindfulness for Runners – Cotswolds weekend retreat
Friday 31 May – Sunday 2 June 2019: Hawkwood College, Stroud

 

Mindfulness for Runners – Module 1: Foundation and focus
Saturday 8 June 2019, 13.00 – 16.00: Fort Amherst, Chatham