Education & trainingBlythe House staff facilitate education and training workshops and retreats for healthcare professionals and the general public on a regular basis and these cover a range of subjects. Like many other hospices, we believe that it is part of our role to educate others in the areas we know about. We have a strong learning culture and good training facilities. People find our venue comfortable and feel welcome. They also value the chance to network with others working in their field.
"A brilliant and informative day."
"Thoroughly enjoyed the course. I hope to attend more in the future."
"It helps me to be a robust practitioner."
"I now have more confidence and clarity."
Open Access Support Groups and Retreats
Various Groups make use of Blythe House as a venue. This includes groups for those affected by prostate cancer, those concerned with breast care, and those interested in walking for health, meditation or meeting with others who are bereaved. We also host mindfulness retreats, which are popular with our patients, former patients and health care professionals and are open to the general public.
A series of one-day retreats each with its own theme. Download an information leaflet here.
Saturday 24th February: 'An Introduction to Mindful Compassion
This day will introduce some of the theory, science and practices of mindful compassion. Ideal for beginners and also for more experienced practitioners who may wish to revisit and refresh their own practices.The retreat that follows in May will be a way of continuing to develop practices.
Saturday 19th May: ‘Deepening Mindful Compassion’
This day builds on the previous retreat and introduces ways that can deepen our practices of mindful compassion for ourselves and others. Although useful, it is not essential to have attended the previous retreat.
Saturday 28th July: ‘A Day of Joy’
This day will explore how we can cultivate more moments of joy in our lives and continue to develop those to bring more joy into our life and our experiences; with theory and practices that can help us to achieve this.
Saturday 29th September: ‘Touching Peace’
This retreat helps develop our practice of stillness in meditation to achieve a more peaceful way of being in our lives. We all have the ability to create more peace within ourselves which we will explore and also recognise any obstacles we may have to ‘touching that peace’.
Saturday 1st December: ‘Letting Go and New Beginnings’
A retreat to focus both on the aspects of our experiences that we may wish to let go of and looking at how this may influence our chosen way forward in our lives.
All the retreats will focus on our personal meditation practice and how we can continue to develop this within the themes of the retreats and allow time to reflect on our own personal experiences of the practices.
David Oldham, Facilitator
David is an experienced counsellor and meditation teacher, and leads retreats at Blythe House and other venues. David has developed his own unique style and approach, having trained with many different teachers, traditions and organisations, and uses his knowledge and experience to demonstrate an innovative way of developing mindful self-compassion.
- £65 per retreat
- Retreats begin at 10am and end at 5pm
- Vegetarian lunch and light refreshments are included
- Places are limited, so early booking is recommendeds
- Please wear comfortable clothing
- A certificate of participation can be provided on request.
Booking & Confirmation
For more information or to book a place, please contact Nicki Theaker: 01298 875086 (24-hour voicemail) or contact us here.
Places are limited to 30 participants for each retreat. Completion of a booking form and full payment is required at the time of booking.
Mindful Compassion Facilitator Training
April 2018 - April 2019
This programme consists of four weekend training sessions at Blythe House plus a five-day residential retreat. Download an information leaflet here.
- 21st - 22nd April 2018
- 14th - 15th July 2018
- 27th - 28th October 2018
- 26th - 27th January 2019
- Residential Retreat April 2019 Date t.b.c.
16 places are available on this training programme, which provides the opportunity to learn how to be a facilitator of the eight-week Mindful Compassion programme, developed at Blythe House, which can be used across a variety of healthcare and public settings.
- gain a deeper level of understanding into a very practical way of developing self-care and learning to adopt a more mindful and compassionate way of living
- develop understanding and experience of the theory, science and practices of Mindful Compassion
- gain experience in the facilitation and management of Mindful Compassion groups.
Requirements to access this training:
- Completion of the 8-week Mindful Compassion programme at Blythe House
- Attendance at a Macmillan Mindful Compassion training weekend
- Evidence of training with other Mindful Compassion approaches.
- David Oldham, Counsellor; Mindful Compassion teacher and practitioner
- Ann Burgoyne, RN, Mindful Compassion practitioner and facilitator
Programme cost: £950
Payment can be made in three instalments:
- £450 when booking a place
- Two further instalments of £250
- Final payment must be made no later than 1st September 2018
- All profits from this programme will go to Blythe House Hospice
Cancellations & Refunds
If a participant cancels their booking a refund will be offered as follows:
• Cancellation with more than 8 weeks’ notice: full refund of event /programme fee
• Cancellation with 2-8 weeks’ notice and a replacement found: 85% refund
• Cancellation with 2-8 weeks’ notice: 50% refund
• Cancellation with less than 14 days' notice: no refund except in exceptional circumstances where supporting evidence e.g. medical certificate may be required
• Cancellation where training has commenced: no refund.
Where the decision is made to cancel an event e.g. where there are insufficient participants for it to be viable, Blythe House will advise everyone booked to attend of the decision as soon as possible and offer a full refund.
To book your place on any of the above, please contact Nicki Theaker on 01298 875086 or contact us here.
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