Mindfulness for Health

We have weekly 8 step recovery meetings and run Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery courses, see below for details of both.

Eight Step Recovery Meeting - Sunday evenings

We run Eight Step Recovery meetings every Sunday evening.
Doors at 18:30 for a cuppa and the meeting will take place 18:45-20:00.
A group for those in addiction recovery and interested in using the 8 steps.

Please join us whatever addiction you are in recovery from. The meeting explores recovery through the lens of the Buddhist teachings, and Buddhism throught the len of recovery. We usually read from the book Eight Step Recovery - Using The Buddha's Teaching to Overcome Addiction.

If you are attending twelve-step meetings, this can be your expression of the 11th step and if you aren't in a twelve-step program, it can be another way to approach your recovery. This is an extra meeting to complement your recovery, whatever that looks like.

If you are a regular at the centre you can ask Caroline de Max for details, or email: ipswicheightsteorecovery@gmail.com

Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery - 8 week programme

MBAR is a mindfulness-based approach to preventing relapse and promoting recovery from addiction.

We hope to run another course in 2017, please email the centre or speak to Lynne, Paul or Caroline de Max to express your interest.

The course was developed by co-authors of Eight Step Recovery Dr Paramabandhu Groves, and Valerie Mason-John, who has trained the centre's course facilitators.

The course fee is £100 waged /£60 low income/ or for further concessions please speak to Lynne, Caroline de Max or Paul, we don't want anyone in need to be kept away due to financial worry.

It is designed to help identify and understand the nature of addiction and compulsive behaviours, and to learn skills to aid recovery.

The MBAR course will cover mindfulness and meditative techniques including three minute breathing space, four basic needs of the heart, body scan, and working with difficulties within a context of mindfulness. It will also cover MBAR models such as the vicious cycle, also fact and interpretation, triggers and high risk situations will be introduced.

Who is the MBAR 8-week programme for?

The training is for anyone who would like skills to help them with their recovery. The techniques will help with recovery from any addiction including alchohol, drugs, cigarettes, food, sex etc.

Speak to Lynne, Paul, or Caroline de Max for details.

Our centre facilitators

Our MBAR facilitators: (Paul, Lynne, Caroline de Max, Amoghavajra) have all attended the MBAR Trainers' course with Dr Valerie Mason-John (Vimalasara), and those facilitating the Eight Step Meetings are all in recovery.

Our 8 step recovery facilitators: Paul and Caroline de Max.)