EIGHT SESSION MINDFULNESS AND COMPASSION COURSES 

October 
18th 
Mindfulness Course over eight weeks 
October 18th @ 7:00 pm - December 6th @ 8:30 pm BST 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
 
Thursdays – October 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, December 6th 
 
PRICE: Full: £210.00 | Reduced fees: £155.00 
The course will be led by Suryacitta Malcolm Smith and Gaynor Quilter 
 
During the eight sessions there will be guided meditation sessions along with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Chairs and or mats and cushions are provided. 
 
Themes covered: 
 
Themes covered: 
 
The Jewel in the Ice – what mindfulness is and how to do it 
How to live in your body, not your head 
Living in the present 
Calming the chattering mind 
Dancing with dragons – working with difficult emotions 
The ABC of mindfulness - the secret to a happy life 
Compassion meditation for self and others 
Everyday mindfulness and what next 
 
The mindfulness for anxiety and stress is suitable for beginners and those wanting to refresh their meditation practice. If you are unsure in any way whether the course is suitable for you then give us a call – 07837866619. 
 
This course is suitable for any health professionals wishing to progress onto the teacher training programme. 
 
Between them, Gaynor and Suryacitta have over 40 years experience of mindfulness meditation and will show you how to bring mindfulness into your everyday life - your home, work and relationships. 
 
AFTER YOUR COURSE 
After the course, you will have access to and receive updates from Suryacitta. Alongside this, you will receive access to our app which contains a version of the eight-week course led by Suryacitta for helping to maintain and deepen your practice. 
 
There is also a monthly drop-in meditation evening which you can join in person or via a webinar which can be accessed from anywhere. 
November 
2nd 
Mindfulness Course for anxiety and stress – Over 3 days – Places available 
November 2 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 4:00 pm GMT 
Venue; Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire, LE60HH 
 
Mindfulness for anxiety and stress – Over 3 consecutive days Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November – 10.00am – 4.00pm 
 
PRICE: Full: £210.00 | Reduced fees: £155.00 
 
This three-day intensive mindfulness course is the GOLD STANDARD eight-week course but run over 3 days. It is ideal for those who live anywhere in the UK and want to learn mindfulness from experienced teachers or cannot commit to eight weeks. 
 
Local accommodation is available for those living at a distance. 
 
During the weekend there will be guided meditation sessions along with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Chairs and or mats and cushions are provided. 
 
Themes covered: 
 
The Jewel in the Ice – what mindfulness is and how to do it 
How to live in your body, not your head 
Living in the present 
Calming the chattering mind 
Dancing with dragons – working with difficult emotions 
The ABC of mindfulness - the secret to a happy life 
Compassion meditation for self and others 
Everyday mindfulness and what next 
 
The mindfulness for anxiety and stress is suitable for beginners and those wanting to refresh their meditation practice. If you are unsure in any way whether the course is suitable for you then give us a call – 07837866619. 
 
This course is suitable for any health professionals wishing to progress onto the teacher training programme. 
 
Between them, Gaynor and Suryacitta have over 40 years experience of mindfulness meditation and will show you how to bring mindfulness into your everyday life - your home, work and relationships. 
 
AFTER YOUR COURSE 
After the course, you will have access to and receive updates from Suryacitta. Alongside this, you will receive access to our app which contains a version of the eight-week course led by Suryacitta for helping to maintain and deepen your practice. 
 
There is also a monthly drop-in meditation evening which you can join in person or via a webinar which can be accessed from anywhere. 
November 
7th 
Applied Mindfulness self-management – six week course 
November 7th - December 12th Wednesday evenings  
@ 18:30 - 20.30 BST 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
Cost: £175 
 
This 6 week course is aimed at people who are interested in mindfulness or meditation, are looking to develop a way to take more control of their daily work, and aim to generate a greater sense of control, progress and self-development, through: 
 
Teachers: Dean Bennett and Gaynor Quilter 
 
This 6 week course is aimed at people who are interested in mindfulness or meditation, are looking to develop a way to take more control of their daily work, and aim to generate a greater sense of control, progress and self-development, through: 
• Feeling more in control of themselves and their work 
• Achieving outcomes 
• Having a better work and personal life integration 
• Enjoying work more 
 
Each week will have themes and applied practices. 
Week 1: How you work is a personal thing, there is no magic app. Mindfulness is about personal experience rather than having ways that are right and wrong per se. 
Week 2: Build attention as the core to both a mindful approach and to getting work done. 
Week 3: Workflow system - the technical approach to personal performance. 
Week 4: Develop tools and attitudes that enable focused work to take place. Ensuring work is completed and letting go of it, so it’s no longer taking attention. 
Week 5: Understand the impacts the internal and external environment can have on work and taking steps to maximise your work space. 
Week 6: Develop a range of effective and supportive personal practices and attitudes which work for you in your workplace and can be applied through everyday behaviours and practices at work  
Venue: The Kuti 12 Groby lane, Newtown Linford, Leicestershire. LE6 0HH 
 
November 
23rd 
Mindfulness for Health Care Professionals 
November 23 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 3:30 pm GMT 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
 
PRICE: Full: £250.00 
Price includes lunch and snacks 
 
Mindfulness for health professionals - Beating Burnout 
During this four-day mindfulness course for healthcare professionals, you will learn the art of mindfulness and compassion meditation from author and international mindfulness teacher Suryacitta and Dr Zahida Adam, GP and coach. 
You will learn a number of meditations during the course, be introduced to the evidence base for mindfulness and there will be time for discussion and reflection. You will be asked to practice meditation a little every day at home. You will be shown how to bring mindfulness into your work and everyday life, benefiting not only yourself but your patients too. 
 
Session 1: Spending time with ourselves 
Session 2: Being at home in our bodies 
Session 3: There is power in being present 
Session 4: Calming the Chattering Mind 
Session 5: Self Compassion – Dancing with Dragons; 
Session 6: The slow burner, how we transform. 
Session 7: Being in relationship to ourselves 
Session 8 Maintaining the momentum 
 
There will also be time to relax and walk in beautiful Bradgate Deer Park just two minutes walk away. 
 
This course on mindfulness for healthcare professionals is open to all, those of any faith and no faith. 
 
TESTIMONIALS 
 
Suryacitta 
“When a colleague of mine arranged a small group mindfulness meditation sessions with Suryacitta, I had no idea what to expect. As a medical professional, however, I was quite curious about what could be on offer to help with everyday life stressors. This continued weekly for further 6-8weeks and provided another perspective on my approach to life and other people around me. Each session lasted around 1 hour facilitated by himself who was open, non-judgemental and knowledgeable. He had written a book on the subject, which I found extremely honest and easy to read and follow. The sessions were unbelievably simple and practical consisting of discussion among the group and mental and physical practices.” 
Dr Reza Kiani, Consultant in learning disabilities 
 
“Suryacitta introduced us to how the practice of mindfulness leads to a quiet cumulative experience of inner peace, resilience and the first steps to finding the happiness we have buried within ourselves. Finding and living in happiness is a continuous life-long exercise, and only an effective and advanced teacher can instill the faith needed to sustain and enjoy the journey. Suryacitta was that teacher, and I am grateful for the experience. I would recommend Suryacitta’s course and book to anyone who has genuinely realised there is an immediate and important need for compassion and happiness to pervade their lives. May you be kind, and may you be happy.” 
Dr Avinash Hiremath, Psychiatrist Glenfield, Leicester 
 
Dr Adam 
“One of the main reasons I had for coming on the course was that I had struggled to learn from just reading books on the subject. Dr Adam’s careful, sympathetic and warm approach to introducing us to mindfulness has made all the difference for me. I look forward to continuing to practice daily.” 
Tony, NHS patient 
 
Dr Adam 
To be quite frank I have found these sessions with Dr Adam superb. The sessions are well thought through, relaxing and delivered in a positive manner. The combination of meditation and poetry has opened my mind to alternatives. I do find it helpful to meditate frequently and when I am having a “bad time” and cannot calm down quickly. The length of the course is appropriate to get tot he heart of the issue. A follow up session would be useful. I can’t think of any negatives as I have found this course very useful. NHS patient with Depression 

DAY / WEEKEND RETREATS 

November 
17th 
Who is living your life? The Critic? The Pleaser? Day Retreat 
November 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm GMT 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
 
This Voice Dialogue day retreat is run by Gaynor Quilter and Supported by Suryacitta. Both Gaynor and Suryacitta have trained in the wonderful technique of Voice Dialogue. 
 
Cost is £85 includes lunch and snacks 
 
The retreat will be a blend of Mindfulness and Voice Dialogue. Vegetarian Lunch and snacks included. 
 
Ever wondered why you are the way you are; 
Why for example you: 
Find it hard to relax 
Always trying to please others 
 
Have difficulty saying no 
Suffer from anxiety 
Don’t speak your mind 
Are critical of yourself and others 
Feel Driven 
Get into bad habits 
Get angry a lot of the time 
Feel a victim 
Find it difficult to trust 
Feel guilty 
Find it difficult to trust 
 
Each of us have what we can call Sub-personalities – Inner selves which can dominate our life, such as the people pleaser, the inner critic, the controller and the perfectionist and lots more. When these dominate, other sub-personalities which can bring balance to our lives can get banished and hidden away. Voice Dialogue is a wonderful and immediate way of accessing all these selves and bringing much-needed balance to our minds and our lives. 
 
We can each get a sense of how these dominant selves appeared in our lives, how they function and to become free of their tyranny. There is no preparation needed for Voice Dialogue, just a willingness to engage on the day. 
 
There will be meditation in the morning along with an introduction to this fascinating method. in the afternoon, you will have the option of doing the practice yourself. 
 
TESTIMONIAL 
“This two-day workshop was one of the best courses I have ever participated in. The skilful and excellent facilitation skills of Gaynor and Suryacitta enabled a true experiential introduction and practice into Voice Dialogue. I was amazed at how empowering this process is. Getting to know and hearing what my inner selves have been saying throughout my life’s journey was incredibly powerful. 
 
I think that everyone should know about and attend this course. It is simply fantastic! 
 
My journey continues with the use of Voice Dialogue at work and in my everyday life. I am now on the lookout for a buddy so i can get to know my other sub-personalities with compassion and kindness.” DR MARNIE ASTON 
 
December 
15th 
Meditation Day Retreat - Creating Calm at Christmas 
December 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm GMT 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
£75 includes lunch and snacks 
 
DESCRIPTION 
This meditation day will be led by Suryacitta. It is a day of meditation and rest in what is usually a busy time of year. Suryacitta will give teachings most of the day apart from those teachings and guided meditations will be in silence. 
 
Lunch and snacks will be provided. 
 
Numbers limited to 14 so please book early. 
January 
26th 
Mindfulness Retreat – One Day 
January 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm BST 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
 
Cost £85 includes lunch and snacks 
 
This mindfulness retreat day is suitable for anybody interested in learning the simple and transformative practice of mindfulness. It is also aimed at those with an existing practice who wish to deepen their meditation practice with Suryacitta who is one of the most experienced teachers in the UK. 
 
Cost is £85 includes lunch and snacks 
 
You will learn and further explore a variety of meditation poractices inlcuding: 
Mindfulness of Breathing, Compassion meditation and Choicless Awareness. Suryacitta and Gaynor will share tools and techniques for use in everyday life to help calm the mind and deal with difficult situations.  

NEXT TEACHER TRAINING RETREATS 

October 
13th 
Train to teach Mindfulness retreat – FULLY BOOKED 
October 13 @ 10:00 am - October 18 @ 4:30 pm BST 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
 
Train to teach mindfulness with confidence and ease and without cliches, and mindfulness jargon. 
 
The cost of this 6-day training retreat is £650 which includes all lunches along drinks and snacks. You can secure your place by paying £100 deposit today. 
 
Each day will consist of mindfulness and compassion meditation and the exploration of themes such as letting go, enquiry, trust, teaching from your own experience. There will be group work and the opportunity to teach a variety of practices. There will be a maximum of 12 participants. 
February 
2nd 
Mindfulness training – Places available 
2nd February 2019 @ 10:00 am - 7th February 2019 @ 4:30 pm GMT 
Venue: Sunnyside House, Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, LE60HH 
 
Train to teach mindfulness with confidence and ease. Teach without cliches, and mindfulness jargon. 
 
The cost of this 6-day training retreat is £660 which includes all lunches along drinks and snacks. You can secure your place by paying £100 deposit today. 
 
Each day will consist of mindfulness and compassion meditation and the exploration of themes such as letting go, enquiry, trust, teaching from your own experience. There will be group work and the opportunity to teach a variety of practices. There will be a maximum of 12 participants. 
Our Mindfulness training programme has two options. 
 
OPTION 1, You can attend the 6 (consecutive) day training retreat which will prepare you to teach mindfulness in the setting of your choosing. A lot of people choose this option as this training is all they need. You will receive a certificate of mindfulness skills from Mindfulness CIC 
 
THEMES COVERED ON THE TRAINING RETREAT INCLUDE
 
The history and roots of mindfulness 
The art of guiding meditations – why saying less is better 
Exploring the inquiry process 
Using metaphor, stories and images in teaching 
Teaching mindfulness in different settings 
Using silence and pauses in our own practice and as teaching aides 
Looking at guidelines for living – how we live each day matters 
Holding a group 
What is mindfulness – a look at the subtleties of this ancient practice 
 
Essential attitudes for a beneficial practice – sensitivity, courage, curiosity, warmth, kindness, receptivity…and lots more 
Why mindfulness works and why it doesn’t 
How to work with the tyranny of thoughts and difficult emotions 
Setting your students home practice 
 
There will be one full day of silent meditation practice during the mindfulness training retreat so we can focus on our own meditation practice. This day will also show you how to set up and run a day retreat of your own once you start teaching. 
 
The meditations which we will cover on the training retreat include: 
 
Each participant will get the opportunity to guide meditations and to receive helpful feedback about what worked and what didn’t. 
 
Mindfulness of Breathing 
Body Awareness/Scan 
Compassion Meditation 
Choiceless Awareness/Just Sitting 
Three Step Breathing Space 
Mindful Walking and Movement 
Self-compassion practice – how to be with difficult emotions 
 
Each day will begin at 10.00am and end at around 4.30. There will be breaks and lunch (which is provided) will be at 1.00pm 
 
The cost of this option is £650. This includes all snacks and lunches. There is local accommodation available for those who will be travelling. 
 
The 6-day comprehensive mindfulness training retreat will enable you to teach: 
 
• With more confidence 
 
• With a certificate in mindfulness skills from Mindfulness CIC 
 
• With the support and backing of very experienced teachers 
 
You will also be able to: 
 
• “Plug into” our network of mindfulness teachers 
 
• Deepen your practice with our courses for further development 
 
OPTION 2, After the six-day training retreat you can choose to enter into the 12-month training pathway which includes: 
 
Four group skype/webinar supervision sessions – every three months. 
Three individual sessions, these can be both supervision and advice on setting up a course – phone or skype 
The use of all our materials and course booklet 
The use of the mindfulness cic app (which includes full eight-week course and a selection of guided meditations) for yourself and to provide for your clients 
 
The cost of this 12 months pathway is £395 for the 12 months. 
Payable after the 6-day training retreat. Once your 12 months have passed you will be registered as a teacher of the Vision and Transformation Mindfulness and Compassion course. We will pass your details onto people who wish to attend a course in your area. 
PLEASE NOTE: Although Suryacitta co-designed and lecture on the MSc in mindfulness and compassion this mindfulness training is not academic in nature but is experiential. 
 
Venue: Sunnyside House, in the beautiful Leicestershire village of Newtown Linford. 
 
Booking: We require a deposit of £100 to secure a place and the remainder is to be paid eight weeks before the start of the training course. 
 
Please contact us if you are unsure if the training retreat is suitable for you. 
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Suryacitta Malcolm Smith 
 
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