Mindfulness for Runners events

Our 2018 activities have drawn to a close, and we will be announcing an expanded programme for 2019 soon. As well as our one-day and multiple-week workshop formats, we are very excited about our plans to offer our first weekend residentials. For now, you can get a feel for the content of our workshops from the descriptions below.

Mindfulness for Runners: one-day introductory workshop

Whether you are still fairly new to running or a more experienced athlete, our one-day workshops are designed to cater for runners of varying levels of fitness. We ask that you should be able to run for up to 25 minutes without the need for frequent stops. You don’t need any prior experience of mindfulness meditation practices, just a willingness to give it a go.

The day is structured around three short, easy-paced runs, and in between these we give instruction in a range of mindfulness techniques. The invitation for the whole day is simply to be curious about our experience. Each practice is followed by an opportunity to share as a group what we may have discovered.

The mindful running instruction has two components: the foundation and focus. To run with mindfulness requires that we establish and maintain a foundation based on good posture, relaxation and body awareness. As the day progresses we will introduce you to the different aspects of focus for mindful running and consider when these should be applied.

Mindfulness for Runners: one-day introductory workshop – key themes

Mindful running: foundation and focus  ~  Mindfulness of the breath and body
Mindful walking  ~  Doing and being modes of mind  ~  Mindfulness in the everyday

Mindfulness for Runners: four-week course

Whether you are still fairly new to running or a more experienced athlete, our four-week course is designed to cater for runners of varying levels of fitness. We ask that you should be able to run for up to 25 minutes without the need for frequent stops. You don’t need any prior experience of mindfulness meditation practices, just a willingness to give it a go.

Our four-week course fully immerses participants in a range of mindfulness skills and practices. We then apply these skills to our experience when running. The invitation is to take an attitude throughout the course of simply being curious about our experience. Each taught practice is followed by an opportunity to share as a group what we may have discovered.

The mindful running instruction has two components: the foundation and focus. To run with mindfulness requires that we establish and maintain a foundation based on good posture, relaxation and body awareness. As the course progresses we introduce different aspects to the focus of mindful running and consider when these should be applied.

To get the most from the course, participants are required to commit to a programme of home practice between sessions to support their learning. Session notes are provided at the end of each meeting including links to recordings of guided meditations.

Mindfulness for Runners: four-week course programme

Week One: Anchoring our attention – from autopilot to presence
Practising the basic skills to help us place our attention where we choose

Week Two: Integrating body and mind – from stillness to movement
Developing our focus on awareness in our bodies when running and through mindful movement

Week Three: Opening our awareness – from content to context
Working with our thoughts and emotions as mental events – broadening our awareness while running

Week Four: Applying mindfulness in the everyday
Reviewing the skills learnt during the course and connecting these to our daily lives