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Impington Village College

General Interest Courses

DYNAMIC MINDFULNESS - BASIC

Thursday 28 September for 5 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£50 / £40

Brief Description:

Dynamic Mindfulness is mindfulness training that focusses on your 'here and now' mindful actions, challenges, needs & opportunities, rather than focussing on academic, or only the "chilling-out", aspects of mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ultimate way to reduce stress, explore your inner world and open the door to inner peace, creativity and insight - a mind-body awareness based approach that helps people change the way they think and feel about their experiences - especially stressful, frustrating or miserable experiences.

Whether you want to learn new techniques for coping with stress in the workplace or at home, manage anxiety or depression or improve your concentration, energy levels, career prospects and enjoyment of life, Mindfulness brings a fresh approach to your stuck situations.

'Mindfulness training' is about awakening our awareness of mind, body and emotions to the full truth of what we are feeling and choosing in the present moment, so that we can make wiser, more self-empowered choices, rather than be a prisoner of unconscious habits. It's about being fully alive 'HERE and NOW', rather than 'splitting off' into brooding about the past, or unhelpfully worrying about future possibilities that might never happen.

Living life on autopilot or "constantly stressed-out" is bad for our health, our wellbeing, our success and our relationships. "MINDFULNESS" training is the tool-kit for turning our life around - for breaking out of the cycle of self-sabotaging negatives and creating the positive-cycle uplifting life experiences that we really want - a life that works for us and nourishes us!

More about Mindfulness:  www.fullyalive.me.uk

More about your Tutor:  www.stress-counselling.co.uk/ADMIN/mikemeredith.htm

Please contact the Office for a more detailed course description.

Course Aims:

You will learn how to:

  • Slow your mind when it is over-active
  • Walk with health & wellbeing - mindful of your posture & body language
  • Be more aware of your feelings, mood & energy level
  • Transform the way you feel & behave in stressful or self-sabotaging situations

Extra Costs:

None

What you need to bring to the first session:

An open mind, curiosity, and willingness to explore new experiences.  There is a lot of group discussion in this course and you will need to feel comfortable in this setting.

Unsuitable for learners with very restricted mobility – contact tutor for an alternative.

The course includes some internet-based training so access to the internet and an email address will be needed between classes.

Notebook and pen

Mat or similar to lie on in the relaxation sessions.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

28 September

5, 12, 19 October (No class on 26 October due to Half Term break.)

2 November

 dynamic mindfulness - intermediate

Thursday 9 November  for 5 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£50 / £40

Brief Description:

An advanced course for those who have completed our Dynamic Mindfulness - Basic course and wish to further develop their range and application of mindfulness techniques for holistic enrichment of personal and / or workplace life.

Every class includes intermediate level, body-grounded meditation practices. A certificate is provided for everyone who completes the course successfully.

More about Mindfulness:  www.fullyalive.me.uk

More about your Tutor:  www.stress-counselling.co.uk/ADMIN/mikemeredith.htm

Please contact the Office for a more detailed course description.

Course Aims:

  • Provide experience of more advanced mindfulness tools and training exercises
  • Provide more experience of working interactively with others, including facilitating & coaching role, on intermediate level tools for mindful living i.e. feeling 'at home' & living fully & fulfillingly in the present moment
  • Gain familiarity with the use and value of 4-Phase Breath Mindfulness
  • Develop heart-centred awareness
  • Gain experience of managing upsetting incidents by opening-up awareness rather than closing it down
  • Gain experience of a structured approach to Mentoring for home or workplace

Extra Costs:

None.  The course requires a commitment to half an hour of home practice per day.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An open mind, curiosity, and willingness to explore new experiences.

The course includes some internet-based training so access to the internet and an email address will be needed between classes.

Notebook and pen

Meditation stool or cushion if you have one.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

9, 16, 23, 30 November

7 Dec

 INDIAN COOKING

Wednesday 4 October for 4 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£40 / £32

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

This course will give you an introduction to Indian cookery.  Learners will make amazing Indian meals using locally sourced ingredients. You will learn all about commonly used spices and their significance in dishes, as well as how best to use and store them.   You will learn how combining spices and herbs can produce great tasting food using simple everyday ingredients.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to make:

Week 1: Mixed Vegetable Curry and Cucumber and Onion Raita

Week 2: Saffron Rice and Tadka Dall

Week 3: Mixed Veg Pakoras and Tomato Dip

Week 4: Paratha and Alu Chole (Chick Pea and Potato Curry)

There is flexibility in the weekly plan if learners are keen to cook a particular dish or have allergies.

Suitable for all levels, no cooking experience required.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about Indian cooking and commonly used spices
  • Learn how to use spices and how to store them
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients. Most ingredients will be available from local supermarkets.  Tutor is also willing to bring in certain spices and charge Learners per teaspoon used.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

4, 11, 18 October (No class on 25 October due to Half Term break.)

1 November

 INDIAN COOKING

Wednesday 15 November for 4 weeks

7.00pm – 9.00pm

£40 / £32

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients.

Brief Description:

This course will give you an introduction to Indian cookery.  Learners will make amazing Indian meals using locally sourced ingredients. You will learn all about commonly used spices and their significance in dishes, as well as how best to use and store them.   You will learn how combining spices and herbs can produce great tasting food using simple everyday ingredients.

You will acquire the skills and knowledge to make:

Week 1: Mixed Vegetable Curry and Raita

Week 2: Biryani

Week 3: Samosas and Tomato Dip

Week 4: Paratha and Tadka Dall

There is flexibility in the weekly plan if learners are keen to cook a particular dish or have allergies.

Suitable for all levels, no cooking experience required.

Course Aims:

  • Learn about Indian cooking and commonly used spices
  • Learn how to use spices and how to store them
  • Develop culinary skills and knowledge
  • Build confidence in the kitchen

Extra Costs:

Learners are required to bring their own ingredients. Most ingredients will be available from local supermarkets.  Tutor is also willing to bring in certain spices and charge Learners per teaspoon used.

What you need to bring to the first session:

An ingredients and equipment list will be sent when the course is confirmed.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

15, 22, 29 November

6 December

 PET BEHAVIOUR & TRAINING - BASICS

Thursday 5 October for 8 weeks

7.00pm – 8.00pm

£50

Brief Description:

If you have or are thinking of getting a pet and want to know a little more about why they act the way they do or are having problems and would like a little more insight into behaviour and training methods then this theory course is for you.

Course Aims:

You will learn about:

  • Canine and feline domestication
  • Origins of different training methods
  • How different animals learn
  • Natural behaviours of dogs and cats
  • How to find the best pet for you
  • Learn how and why training is important for modern pets
  • Develop your own practical skills

Extra Costs:

There are no extra costs however the tutor will be recommending various book and resources where you can gain additional information.

What you need to bring to the first session:

You will need to bring a good notebook, A4 size is recommended, and a pen to take notes.

Location:

Impington Village College

Class Dates:

5, 12, 19 October (No class on 26 October due to Half Term break.)

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November