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Welcome to this web-site. You may have found your way here because you have bought my recent book, SEE, LOVE, BE which bravely mentioned this web address on the back way before I had actually set up the site. Or you may have navigated here because you are interested in Mindfulness, spirituality or the connection between the two.

What I offer (books, courses, retreats etc.) can be found under other sections on the site. But my main interest is what might be called Mindful Living i.e. actually living it all out. How do we live a life marked by awareness (SEE), compassion (LOVE) and ease of being (BE) in this modern (in my case urban) world?

Practising some form of meditation will be part of it but we are not here to become good meditators but good humans. And there are many facets to being a good human with all its shades of light and dark all of which are equally valued parts of the picture.

Mindful Living will be about how we spend our time, what food we eat and how we travel as well as our engagement with the rest of humanity and the rest of nature. I am interested in it all.

If you are a fellow traveller on this journey then it’s great to be in contact. I have been writing monthly blogs on the theme and you can sign up to receive these in a newsletter. But do browse the rest of the site for other material – and if you haven’t bought my book yet then for goodness sake what are you waiting for!

About

INTRO

This is Tim Stead’s personal web-site. I am an accredited mindfulness teacher having trained with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. I operate as a freelance mindfulness teacher and writer running 8 week courses, residential retreats and quiet days. I also offer spiritual direction/accompaniment. I am based in Oxford, UK. I follow the Mindfulness teachers good practice guidelines and am a listed teacher with the British Association for Mindfulness-based Approaches (BAMBA):

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WHAT I DO: COURSES, RETREATS, QUIET DAYS, TALKS. 

See Love Be. This course is based on my book of the same name and I run it both as an eight week course and also as a residential retreat. It is aimed at people who have done some mindfulness and want to explore how to bring a mindful approach to the whole of life. We explore spirituality in its widest sense with no fixed agenda and valuing the insights and applications of participants from different faiths and philosophies. See ‘coming events’ page for updates.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This is the evidence based course which was first found to be a significant support for people with chronic recurrent depression. But it has also been found to be beneficial for people with all sorts of mental and physical health issues as well as people struggling with the simple challenges of ordinary life. I am accredited teacher of this eight week course and teach for the Oxford Mindfulness Centre through the year. If you want to learn mindfulness through this course format then please see the Oxford Mindfulness Centre web-site.

Finding peace in a frantic worldThis is the course we teach to Oxford University students and staff. It is is a lighter, ‘entry level’ course in mindfulness aimed at the non-clinical populations – in other words, people in ordinary life situations who may want to better manage stress & anxiety or find greater focus in a high pressure life. It is based on the best selling book, ‘Mindfulness – a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’ by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. We use the book as the course guide and the group comes together once a week for a 90 minute session to practice the meditations together, reflect on our experience and engage in some key cognitive exercises. In between sessions participants are invited to use the audio meditations at home on a daily basis ready to come back the next week and reflect on our experience of having done this. I have no course dates set at the moment but if you are within striking distance of Oxford and would be interested in joining with such a course then do register your interest through the contact section of this site.

Residential retreats. I have also taught the above ‘Finding Peace’ course as a three day residential retreat. The advantage of this format is that we stay together exploring mindfulness for a sustained period of time. The disadvantage is that there is no time between the sessions for people to practice the meditations on a daily basis – which is the key way change takes place in our lives. However this format does serve as a very strong introduction to mindfulness and participants can go home with the course book to develop their own practice if they choose.
More details of these retreats will appear as I arrange them but do register your interest through the contact section. Alternatively if you have a group which would like to set up such a retreat I am very happy to be booked in for this.

Quiet days. I have also run single ‘taster’ mindfulness days for both church and other groups. These days would run from around 10am to 4.00pm. If you are interested in setting one up please get in touch. All that is needed is a room or hall big enough to sit the participants in a circle on upright comfortable chairs (anything from 15 to 25 is possible). People can bring their own lunch but you might want to provide tea and coffee.

Talks. Finally I am open to giving talks about mindfulness. This can be about how mindfulness supports well-being or how it might link with spirituality. I prefer such sessions to be at least 90 minutes so that there is time to experience a bit of mindfulness practice and for participants to respond to the experience.

Blog

Living the mindful life

SABBATICAL/RETREAT This will be my last blog until September or October since I am now beginning a summer of sabbatical/retreat which I had planned for some time. The idea for this sabbatical came last autumn when I suddenly realised that, having left a fairly frantic career 18 months previously in order to live a different …

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