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Covid 19 - Public Health Emergency update. Courses and group meetings will resume as soon as social distancing restrictions are lifted. Please stay safe and well.


" I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to be more in touch with the present moment" "I am so pleased I have done this course, I am now looking forward to the future!"


"I have a calmness about me now that wasn't there before"


" The MBSR course with James has changed my life. I am more at peace in my body and mind"


"The course more than met my expectations. James really helped me see the benefit of daily meditation"


To apply for a place on these courses, please read the relevant  information carefully and then use the secure, Online Application Form or alternatively 'Contact' me for more information.

Coming soon:  Weekly 'drop in' sessions at The River Rooms in Bideford.

These sessions will cover the core  aspects of the full MBSR course but on a weekly, drop in basis.  Full details of how to book a place, dates and times will follow shortly.  Please use the Contact Form to request more information as it becomes available.

New for October and November 

Six Week, Live, Online, Face to Face Mindful Meditation Courses Commencing the weeks beginning Monday 26th October and Monday 23rd November. 

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New for  October 2020 - Covid 19 restrictions permitting.

Free taster sessions for anyone curious about Meditation and interested in joining a course 

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New for October & November - Covid 19 restrictions permitting.

A full Eight Week, Mindful Meditation (MBSR) Course will commence on Sunday November the 1st and Wednesday November 4th

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Six Week, Live, Online, Face to Face Mindful Meditation Courses Commencing the week beginning Monday 26th October and Monday 23rd November


As it is not possible to run courses at my usual venue of The River Rooms in Bideford until Sunday October 25th and Wednesday October 28th, I am offering a six week course, based on the MBSR programme, that will run over six, one and a half hourly sessions.  Depending on demand there may be two sessions a week, one in the morning and one in the evening to accommodate NHS and Care Worker shift patterns.


In these difficult times many people are finding the day to day uncertainties around coping with the Covid 19 emergency overwhelming.  Many are fearful for their health and the well-being of loved ones, from whom they may have been separated for months.  There may be anxiety around financial and work issues and the added pressures of having to be a teacher in a ‘home school’ environment.  Isolation and loneliness can also be added factors.   Through all this many are feeling the strain and are seeking a way to recentre themselves within this increasingly frantic world.



Mindful Meditation is an evidence-based method of relieving stress and anxiety. It is a way of regaining equilibrium by learning simple proven techniques that have been shown to rebalance our body chemistry and lesson the physical and emotional effects of an overly busy and distracted mind.


How much will it cost?

To reflect these difficult times I am offering the course for only £90.00.  However, if you are an NHS or Care Worker, I am offering a 50% discount.


What will I get? 

The course comprises of six, one and a half hour, live, on-line, face to face sessions via Zoom, in a small group of no more than six other participants.  You will receive a comprehensive course handbook and the Core meditations in mp3 format.  These guided meditations will be sent direct to your Mobile, Tablet or PC or alternatively supplied on a small flash drive.  CD’s are also an option.


What do I need?

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You will require an internet connection, ideally via Wi-Fi, broadband wired or wireless. Basically, if you can browse smoothly, do Internet banking and that sort of thing you should be OK.

You will need to use the Microphone and Web Cam built into your computer or a USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth Web Cam and microphone. Smartphones and Tablets usually have everything you need built in.

Even if your laptop or desktop or other device has speakers, it is best to use earphones so that the sound from the speakers does not cause an echo in the Zoom meeting.  



This is the important bit.  Mindful Meditation is not a quick fix. To get the full benefit of the course you should demonstrate as high a degree of commitment as you can.  As you progress through the sessions you will be asked to put aside at least 30 minutes each day for formal meditation practice. 


Like all acquired skills, Meditation takes practice; the more you practice, the more proficient you become and the greater the benefit you will feel.  It is possible you may need to re-organise your day or seek support from your partner to fulfil this requirement, especially where young children are involved.  There are also some ‘informal’ tasks you will be asked to complete, that are not arduous and are designed to slip seamlessly into your day.  If you live with other people, children or a partner, you will need a space that you can sit quietly and undisturbed in, for at least a half hour each day.



If you are interested in joining an on-line Meditation Group, please complete the secure Online Application Form or get in touch via the ‘Contact’ page and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  During our conversation I will ask you about yourself and your medical history, medications etc., with emphasis on your mental health.  Mindfulness may not be suitable for you if you are currently experiencing or are being prescribed medication for depression.  You will also be asked to complete an application form.  Any information you divulge is held in the strictest confidence, not shared with any third party, and destroyed at the end of the course.



Payment for the course, unless otherwise arranged, must be received in full one week prior to the starting date.  Your place will be secured with a 50% deposit, payable on return of the application form.


Starting dates and times

The courses will run with four or more participants.  Exact dates and times will be determined with consultation between applicants to determine the best outcome for everyone, although some compromise may be required.


Courses are scheduled to commence the week beginning  Monday 26th of October and Monday 23rd of November.


I look forward to hearing from you.

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  To apply for a place on this course please use the secure Online Application Form or alternatively, 'Contact' me.

Mindful Meditation ( MBSR) ‘Gold standard’ evidenced based courses


I am delighted to announce that Covid 19 restrictions permitting, the next full course is scheduled to run weekly at The River Rooms in Bideford for eight consecutive weeks commencing Sunday 1st of November until Sunday 20th of December from 10.00 - 1200 and on Wednesday evenings, commencing 1900 - 2100 from 4th of November until Sunday 23rd of December.  In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, there are only four places available at each session, so please book early to avoid disappointment.




Course information


The MBSR ‘Gold standard’ evidenced based courses run for eight weeks and comprise of one two-hour session each week.

I limit my courses to a minimum of four and a maximum of 8 participants and therefore prefer to introduce people to the course individually. This gives you an opportunity to speak to me privately, tell me a little about what is going on for you and ask any questions that you may have. This very informal process takes place via a phone call after you have returned your application form.

Honest and open communication with a mindfulness teacher at this stage also helps to manage expectations, thereby ensuring that the experience of the course will be as valuable and nurturing as possible.

There are no prerequisites for attending a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course. The course is ideal for those wishing to learn to meditate, or for those who are seeking to reduce the effects of stress, lessen tension or simply seeking a calmer approach to their daily lives, as well as for people who would like to revive their meditation practice.

There are some indications that the course is not ideal for people suffering from a current episode of depression.

The group size never exceeds 8 people, as this helps to maintain a small, trusting and intimate environment. However, the group format can at times be difficult for some people with social anxiety.

If you are suffering from one of these or any other mental health condition, you will be asked to declare it on the course application form, so together, via a telephone conversation, we can determine if this is the best time for you to enrol in a course.

The medical information you disclose is held securely and confidentially by Gentlemind in line with GDPR guidelines, and is not shared with any other party or retained beyond the conclusion of the course.


What will it cost?


The course fee is £150.00 and a deposit of £50.00 is required to secure a place. Once you are accepted onto the course this deposit is only refundable if the course is cancelled or if you wish to withdraw and your place can be filled.

Once your deposit is paid, I will contact you by phone to ensure this is the appropriate course for you and to answer any questions you may have.

The balance must be made no later than two weeks before the start of the course.

If for medical reasons we decide the course is not appropriate for you then your deposit will be immediately refunded.

Depending on your circumstances, you might be eligible for a concession if you are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit, Employment and Support Allowance  or with only a State Pension as your only source of income. More details are available on request so please don't hesitate to contact me.

As a course participant you will receive a comprehensive course handbook and the core guided meditations in a choice of digital formats. Ongoing support during and beyond the eight weeks is available if required.


Please note


If  for any reason the minimum number of four participants is not met by a week prior the commencement date, the course may be cancelled or postponed.  All monies paid as a deposit or payments in full will be returned immediately.




Please be aware that to get the most out of an MBSR course requires commitment on your part and each participant is encouraged to undertake at least a half hour of home practice a day over at least five days between classes. It requires a strong commitment to persevere through this gentle daily discipline of meditation and associated tasks, but it is a fact that the rewards can be life changing.


Evidence of success?


If you are curious about the scientific evidence around the ‘How and Why’ of Mindfulness Meditation, please follow this link to The Evidence. Here you will find a springboard for further inquiries that will take you from simple animated explanations to full blown peer reviewed academic journal-based articles.


Why not join a course?


Interested? Then just drop me an email via the contact link and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Alternatively, pick up the phone to have an informal chat on 01769 302007 or 07866545978.


How about hosting a course in your own home


If you have mobility issues or simply cannot get out and about, or would just like to join with friends who are interested in benefiting from the peace of mind, inner calm and the decrease in anxiety that Mindfulness Meditation can bring you, why not consider hosting a tutor led course in your own home? For more information see my Hosting page, here.

  To apply for a place on this course please use the secure Online Application Form or alternatively, 'Contact' me.

Free 'Taster' sessions at The River Rooms, 8A The Quay, Bideford. 

If you are curious about Mindful Meditation but are unsure about whether or not it is the right thing for you, or maybe you just want an opportunity to 'get a feel' for what is involved and would like to ask some questions to help yo decide, then dropping in on a taster session might be just what you need.


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Owing to Covid 19 restrictions and your safety, there can only be five people attending each session so        pre booking your place is essential.


Remember owing to restrictions on numbers, pre-booking is essential with a £5.00 deposit, fully refundable when you attend.
Unfortunately no Taster Sessions are scheduled for October 2020
Please contact me via the 'Contact' page for more information.

  To apply for a place on this course please use the secure Online Application Form or alternatively, 'Contact' me.

The Venues


The River Rooms, Bideford

Join us at the delightful River Rooms, 8A The Quay, Bideford, Devon , for an eight week 'Gold Standard' evidence based MBSR Mindful Meditation course.


Each course will run for eight consecutive weeks.  If you wish to express an interest in joining a course, please contact me for more information: Contact Form or complete an Online Application Form


April 2020 

I am sorry but due to the public health emergency this course has been cancelled.  Meditation courses will resume, subject to demand, as soon as possible at all venues. 


October 2020 - Two Courses 


Covid 19 restrictions permitting, these courses will commence on Sunday October 25th at 1000 hrs until 1200 hrs and  run weekly until Sunday  13th of December. 


A weekday course will run, commencing Wednesday October 28th 1900-2100hrs and run weekly until Wednesday December 16th.   Places will be limited to five participants, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


The course fee  is £150.00 but concessions may be available so if you are in receipt of a State Pension or benefits then please don't hesitate to inquire.  Please see:   What will it cost?


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Be Function Fit
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Function Fitness, Great Torrington

If you are a bit further South than the Bideford area then why not join us at Function Fitness.


Courses will run at Function Fitness subject to sufficient expressions of interest. Dates as yet to be confirmed.  If you wish to express an interest in joining a course, please contact me for more information using the Contact Form.


The course fee is £150.00 but concessions may be available so if you are in receipt of benefits then please don't hesitate to inquire.



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Moose Hall, Crediton

If you are in the Crediton area then why not join us at the beautiful Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton.


Courses will run at Moose Hall subject to sufficient expressions of interest with dates as yet to be confirmed.  If you wish to express an interest in joining a course, please contact me for more information using the Contact Form.


The course fee is £150.00 but concessions may be available so if you are in receipt of benefits then please don't hesitate to inquire.