Introduction

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a practice that is thousands of years old. It has been introduced into healthcare over the past thirty years. Mindfulness is a way of being that can be developed.

Have you ever been driving and arrived at your destination with no recollection of your journey at all? Have you picked up a cup of tea to have a drink and realized its all gone and you haven’t tasted any of it?  We’ve all done things like this, been on Autopilot. Mindfulness is the opposite to this

Mindfulness training enables us to develop our natural capacity for awareness and to notice without judging more of the thoughts, feelings and sensations that make up our lives day by day. This can help us relate differently to our experience and improve anxiety, depression and many other emotional and physical health concerns.

It can increase our wellbeing through deepening our appreciation of our lives.

Mindfulness information

What different about Valleys Steps Mindfulness For Everyday course?

Our course is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT).

ACT is made up of 6 components of which 3 are aspects of Mindfulness. The course teaches these mindfulness skills which can be used in everyday life. It can be helpful for managing stress, for combating low mood and dealing with anxieties. It can also help boost general well-being.

We focus on using mindfulness in daily life and start with short mediation practices building up over the 6 weeks to practicing for longer periods

The course was developed from a smaller scale course used by Cwm Taf University Health Board since 2004. It has been accessed by hundreds of people and consistently gets excellent feedback.

Mindfulness Benefits

What happens in the sessions?

The class is split into 2 parts. During the first hour there is usually a short meditation, then the presenter will talk about that week’s lesson, we’ll practice another mediation and will then tell a story.

We will learn about the stress reaction. We discuss the different components of mindfulness and how we can develop these. We also practice ways of developing this formally via short meditations and also informally through bringing mindfulness to everyday tasks.  Each week we discuss and practice a different meditation. During the last part, there will be a longer meditation exercise. Participants remain seated throughout.  Nobody is judged as to how well they are doing. Everyone learns at their own pace.    

Each session builds on the last so it is most effective when all 6 sessions are attended. Frequent attendance is also advisable for developing a full understanding of what Mindfulness is and how it can be helpful.

The management of difficult emotions and thoughts is considered in the last two sessions.

We run courses throughout the year across the region. All of our courses are free and involve weekly sessions for 6 weeks. Browse the course locations and start dates below.

Mindfulness Courses

Find a course

We run sessions at locations across the Valleys, all of our are free to attend and last 6 weeks.

Mindfulness Courses

Cynon Valley

Below you'll find all the mindfulness courses running in Cynon Valley over the coming months.

Aberdare - 15th March, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Green Street Methodist Church
28 High Street
Aberdare
CF44 7AA

The sessions are run in the Church Hall and you'll find the entrance around the side of the Church.

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 15/03
Session 2 -22/03
Session 3 - 29/03
Session 4 - 05/04
Session 5 - 12/04
Session 6 - 19/04

Abercynon - 6th April, 10:00am - 11.30am

Abercynon Library
Ynysmeurig Road
Abercynon
CF45 4SU
Upstairs Room

The sessions are run in the upstair room

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 06/04
Session 2 -13/04
Session 3 - 20/04
Session 4 -27/04
Session 5 - 04/05
Session 6 - 11/05

Aberaman - 15th May, 6:00pm - 7.30pm

Abercwmboi RFC
Aberaman
CF44 6AX

The sessions are run in the upstairs conference room

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 15/05
Session 2 -22/05
Session 3 - 05/06
Session 4 - 12/06
Session 5 - 19/06
Session 6 - 26/06

Aberdare - Thursday 18th May, 10.00am - 11.30am

Green Street Methodist Church
28 High Street
Aberdare
CF44 7AA

The sessions are run in the Church Hall and you'll find the entrance around the side of the Church.

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 18/05
Session 2 -25/05
Session 3 - 01/06
Session 4 -08/06
Session 5 - 15/06
Session 6 - 22/06

Mountain Ash - Wednesday 7th June, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Darran Las Community Building,
Aberdare Road,
Mountain Ash,
CF45 3PT

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 07/06
Session 2 -14/06
Session 3 - 21/06
Session 4 -28/06
Session 5 - 05/07
Session 6 - 12/07

Mindfulness Courses

Taff Ely

Below you'll find all the mindfulness courses running in Taff Ely over the coming months.

Pontypridd - 16th March, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Hawthorn Leisure Centre
Fairfield Lane
Pontypridd
CF37 5LN

Sessions will be run in 2nd floor Meeting Room

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 16/03
Session 2 -23/03
Session 3 - 30/03
Session 4 -06/04
Session 5 - 13/04
Session 6 - 20/04

Pontypridd - 17th March 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Pontypridd Museum
Bridge Street
Pontypridd
CF37 4PE

Sessions will be run in the downstairs room

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 17/03
Session 2 -24/03
Session 3 - 31/03
Session 4 -07/04
Session 5 - 21/04
Session 6 - 28/04

Talbot Green - 4th April 6:00pm - 7.30pm

Talbot Green Community Centre
93 Clos Springfield
Talbot Green,
Pontyclun
CF72 8FE

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 04/04
Session 2 -11/04
Session 3 - 18/04
Session 4 -25/04
Session 5 - 02/05
Session 6 - 09/05

Llantrisant - 27th April 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Caerlan Hall
Newbridge Rd,
Llantrisant,
Pontyclun
CF72 8EA

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 27/04
Session 2 -04/05
Session 3 - 11/05
Session 4 -18/05
Session 5 - 25/05
Session 6 - 01/06

St Dyfrigs - 8th June 6:00pm - 7:30pm

St Dyfrigs Church Hall
Broadway
Treforest
Pontypridd
CF37 1DB

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 08/06
Session 2 -15/06
Session 3 - 22/06
Session 4 -29/06
Session 5 - 06/07
Session 6 - 13/07

Pontypridd - 16th June 2:00pm - 3.30pm

Pontypridd Museum
Bridge Street
Pontypridd
CF37 4PE

The sessions will be run in the Downstairs room.

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 16/06
Session 2 -23/06
Session 3 - 30/06
Session 4 -07/07
Session 5 - 14/07
Session 6 - 21/07



Mindfulness Courses

Rhondda Valley

Below you'll find all the mindfulness courses running in the Rhondda Valleys over the coming months.

Treorchy - 7th April, 10.00am - 11.30am

Treorchy Library
Station Road
Treorchy
CF42 6NN

The sessions will be run in the Community Room

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 07/04
Session 2 -21/04
Session 3 - 28/04
Session 4 -05/05
Session 5 - 12/05
Session 6 - 19/05

Please note there will be no session on 14/04 due to it being Good Friday

Ferndale - 26th April 6:00pm - 7.30pm

The Arts Factory
Trerhondda
The Strand
Ferndale
CF43 4LY

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

 Session 1- 26/04
Session 2 -03/05
Session 3 - 10/05
Session 4 -17/05
Session 5 - 24/05
Session 6 - 31/05

Porth - 16th May 6pm-7.30pm

The Pop Factory
Jenkin Street
Porth
CF39 9PP

The sessions are run in the ground floor room, accessible from the front entrance, off carpark.

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 16/05
Session 2 -23/05
Session 3 - 30/05
Session 4 -06/06
Session 5 - 13/06
Session 6 -  20/06

Mindfulness Courses

Merthyr Tydfil

Below you'll find all the mindfulness courses running in Merthyr Tydfil over the coming months.

Pontmorlais - 25th April, 6:00pm - 7.30pm

Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil
89-90 High Street
Pontmorlais
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8UH

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

Session 1- 25/04
Session 2 -02/05
Session 3 - 09/05
Session 4 -16/05
Session 5 - 23/05
Session 6 - 30/05

Dowlais - 8th May, 10:00am - 11.30am

Dowlais Library
Church Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF48 3HS

The sessions will be run in the community room

Each course runs for 6 weekly sessions, the full range of dates is provided below:

 Session 1- 08/05
Session 2 -15/05
Session 3 - 22/05
Session 4 -05/06
Session 5 - 12/06
Session 6 - 19/06

Please note - There will be no session on  29/05 due to it being a  Bank holiday.

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