Mindfulness based programme

Mindfulness based programme - finding peace in a frantic world

Trainer: Mr James Formosa
Target Audience: All members of staff at UM.
Course duration: 12 hours  

Course Overview

Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage. 

Finding Peace in a Frantic World is a modified version of MBCT, developed by Professor Mark William and Dr Danny Penman. It is aimed at people who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. It teaches the practitioner to become aware of patterns of one’s behaviour which contribute to unhappiness, stress, anxiety, and mental exhaustion. It focuses on promoting genuine joie de vivre, teaching joy and peace rather than banishing unhappiness. It is precisely focused to help people boost their happiness and confidence levels whilst also reducing anxiety, stress, and irritability.   


Course structure and learning outcomes

The course is spread over eight weeks with sessions being 1 and a half hours long.  


1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the course, the participant will be able to: 

  • distinguish between the being mode of mind and the doing mode of mind.
  • identify the moments when the mind is on automatic pilot.
  • recognise patterns of (negative) behaviour.

2. Skills:

By the end of the course, the participant will be able to: 

  • use techniques to allow oneself to be in the ‘being’ mode. 
  • evaluate one’s habits.

Unit Material

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutor/s during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though the tutor/s may recommend appropriate manuals to students who would like to take their work in this area further. 

Interested participants may purchase the companion book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World for further reading in this field.