About the Courses

The courses on offer are designed to teach you how to begin to experience your life in the present and learn ways to live a calmer, more joyful life through mindful practice and meditation.

WHAT WE OFFER

8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme:

MBSR is a blend of meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement: learning through practice how your body handles, and can resolve, stress.

The MBSR course originated in 1979 with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the Center for Mindfulness at UMassMemorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.

What will taking an MBSR programme do for me?

Through this MBSR course, you will learn skills that can increase your ability to:

  • Cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life
  • Deal with disturbing events with grace and composure
  • Be fully present and alive in this moment

While MBSR is not a “cure” for serious medical conditions and should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, research indicates that mindfulness training can have a significant therapeutic effect for those experiencing stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, depression, chronic pain, migraines, heart conditions, diabetes and other ailments. In addition, participants typically report feeling more alive, more “in-tune” with themselves and others.

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OTHER OFFERINGS

One-to-one mindfulness coaching

I am available for one hour coaching sessions that will introduce you to mindfulness and give you an oasis of calm in your busy life. I can also do this with a group of friends or family if that is of interest.

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Mindfulness in the Workplace

In the busy, fast paced and highly charged lives many of us lead there has never been a more pressing need to find ways to de-stress. Research shows that practicing meditation and mindfulness can be a successful route to this.

We aim to enable individuals within a group setting to begin to understand their own stress and how it impacts their life. They can then begin to learn ways to manage their stress, and their lives, in more skilful ways.

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Mindfulness for Parents

Parenting kids of any age is like being on a rollercoaster.

It can be an extremely rewarding experience, but at times, it can be extremely frustrating and challenging.

We all want to do the best we possibly can to nurture our kids, so they grow up to be healthy, happy and confident young adults, but in this age of social media, sometimes the pressures they face at school and college are unprecedented, and we, as adults are left stressed out and struggling to know how to help them.

This course will show you how using Mindfulness to support your own health and wellbeing can help strengthen your inner resources as parents, teach you ways to manage stress, and give you the tools for better communication so that you can help enrich your relationships with your kids.

This course will be the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme but the group will consist of parents which allows for parenting issues to be openly discussed. The focus will be on how we can best take care of ourselves in order that we be the best version of ourselves for those we love. It will include an all-day retreat.

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All-day silent retreat

This silent day long retreat is an opportunity to deepen your practice, or simply reconnect with it.

This day is ideal for those who have completed an 8-week MBSR programme or if you simply have a regular practice and just want to have the space to practice in silence. It will give you a chance to return back to the practices taught during the programme, as well as a few new ones.

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Weekly Drop-In Session

Every Monday From 9.45-10.45am

This drop-in session is available to anyone who would like to meditate in a group setting. Every week we cover a different topic and lightly discuss it, then use it as a focus for that week's meditation practice. The meditation is usually around 30 minutes and guided by Jo.

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The importance of practice

Your body/mind is the most complex instrument in the universe. It takes time and practice to use it effectively and harmoniously.

The 8-week courses are highly experiential, and the daily practice in between the weekly session are perhaps the most important part of it. You wouldn’t expect to learn to surf by reading a book about surfboards and waves, and learning a mindfulness practice is no different than any other skill that involves both mind and body. You may know from your own experience in learning to play an instrument, or a sport, or any complex skill whatsoever, that practice is important.

For this reason, to do this course effectively, you will be expected to attempt around 45 minutes a day for practice. This may be the most difficult hurdle you face in getting started because one of the very issues you are facing may be not having enough time for all that needs to get done in a day – how are you going to find an extra 45 minutes? Previous participants have said that after a few weeks of practice, although their time to “do things” is technically 45 minutes less, there can be a feeling of having more space and time, even in the middle of a very busy day.  But don’t take our word for it, why not see for yourself?


Our Courses

We offer classes for everyone
from individuals to corporates.

Why Mindfulness?

Meditation is scientifically proven
to change how you experience stress.

About me

Find out how and why Jo Kaye
started The Breathe Academy.

"I really enjoyed it and was so impressed with you.
You were amazing and so calming.
I could have carried on meditating, listening to your voice for ages!"

VikkiAttended Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

"This programme has the potential to transform your life. As a facilitator, you blended knowledge, insight, humour and a deep care and commitment to the work itself."

DannyParticipant of MBSR Programme

"Just to let you know, you were amazing!
I didn't know what to expect. I love the fact that you are so genuine and real, not pretending to be perfect after using the mindfulness sessions , your voice is calming and you are very nice and likeable."

HelenAttended Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

"I really enjoyed the session and felt like I came away feeling relaxed and yet energised!"

CarlaAttended Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions

“The programme has enabled me to make positive changes in my day to day life and being made more self aware and kinder to myself enables me to be kinder to
those I am close to. Have really enjoyed my 2 hours a week."

PhilParticipant of MBSR Programme

“Excellent course and you were very knowledgeable about the material.
Thank you, it was an amazing course and I got so much out of it."

EmilyParticipant of MBSR Programme

“The knowledge was invaluable, all info supplied was very clear.
Sessions always started and ended on time, always open to everyone’s experiences and listened attentively to all.
Jo has helped make mindfulness a part of my life."

LauraParticipant of MBSR Programme

"Jo is non-judgemental in her approach and is accepting with whatever everyone has done in the week as practice. A great listener."

SusannaParticipant of MBSR Programme

“Within a couple of weeks I could feel the difference - husband and colleagues noticed a shift too. Much calmer, in control, confident, resilient - all things that I believe came from being able to breathe, pause and see things differently, which ultimately led to more cautious and conscious responses."

Lital, TeacherParticipant of MBSR Programme

“The outstanding part, in addition to weekly practice and form,
was the day retreat. It was absolutely amazing to consider six hours
of silence. It was busy but phenomenal and i would like to explore it again. My son commented three days later that he could visually see the calmness."

GlendaParticipant of MBSR Programme

“Scored high marks for me on knowledge of material, clarity, time management and responsiveness to questions."

PaulParticipant of MBSR Programme

"The course has totally helped me feel grounded, alive, grateful and happy. Opportunities have happened during the past 8-weeks and I am sure this all goes hand in hand."

Lucy, DirectorParticipant of One-One MBSR Programme

"Wish I did this years ago - it's changed the way I see myself and everything around me!"

Jen, Palliative Care NurseParticipant of MBSR Programme

"Jo has been an amazing facilitator. Not only does she really listen but she perceives several layers below what I am saying, some of which I am not aware of. her guidance is firm but kind, always at a pace that is appropriate to me."

Robert, Political EconomistParticipant of One-One MBSR Programme

"Jo is kind, sensitive, thoughtful and knowledgeable.
She is reassuringly unscary and patiently explains everything."

VinceParticipant of MBSR Programme

"It has helped me to take a step back from my life - to pause and to decide:
'in this moment, do i want to carry on as before?'. That perspective is really valuable. And the ‘retreat’ day was very powerful and revealing."

VinceParticipant of MBSR Programme

"I though Jo was very warm, friendly and very non-judgemental which enabled me to feel at ease with my honesty and openness. She had a very calming effect on me."

Anita, Speech and Language Therapist Participant of MBSR Programme

"The course gave me the opportunity to reflect, assess, action and improve my ability to process my thoughts and feelings, in order to move forward in a positive direction."

Ben, Restaurant ManagerParticipant of Couples MBSR Programme

"[the course] is really inclusive and just welcomes you as you are. The timing is achievable and the duration very good as you can learn a lot in 8-weeks, without it being a massive long-term commitment."

Cat, Marketing ExecutiveParticipant of MBSR Programme

"Jo had a lot of wisdom to impart and a really non-judgemental and supportive way of listening and guiding us to develop insight."

Talia, BarristerParticipant of MBSR Programme

"I have learnt many valuable lessons about myself, the way I interact with others, the way I parent and the type of parent I want to be. You have taught me practices which will keep me grounded when times are challenging; to help me be mindful and appreciate the little joys in everyday life which I often take for granted; and to feel ok about taking care of myself and showing myself daily kindness. I hope to be able to take what I've learnt and develop my practice further, not only for myself but with my son also, and with the families I work with as part of my role as a Social Worker."

Nichola, Social WorkerParticipant of Mindful Parenting Programme