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Mindfulness based compassionate living course in Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Our Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) course presents a new way of learning how to face the pressures of modern living by teaching us how to cultivate kindness and compassion – starting with being kind to ourselves. 

Compassion involves both sensitivity to our own and others’ suffering and the courage to deal with it. This course integrates the work of experts in the field such as Paul Gilbert, Kristin Neff, Christopher Germer, Rick Hanson and Tara Brach.  Erick van den Brink and Frits Koster developed this eight step MBCL training programme which is supported by practical exercises and free audio downloads. Grounded in ancient wisdom and modern science, this course demonstrate how being compassionate shapes our minds and brains, and benefits our health and relationships.

All course participants will receive handouts, an audio download of 24 guided meditations, certificate of attendance and 22 hours face to face training with MBCL mindfulness teacher, Teresa Lewis.

The course is delivered over 8 weeks with the option of attending a silent practice session to embed your practice. 

The Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (MBCL) course is a post graduate course for anyone who has already completed an 8 week accredited mindfulness course such as:

  • Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress (MFS)
  • Breathworks Mindfulness for Health (MFH)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) 
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

It is expected that you have an established mindfulness practice and would like to deepen your experience of compassion based practices within a solid scientific framework. 

If you have not completed one of the above courses and you would like to learn more about mindfulness please visit our Mindfulness For Stress page. 

A Lewis Psychology certificate of attendance will be provided on completion of the Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living course.

What is covered each week?

Week One: The Three Emotional Regulation Systems

  • Understand why we need compassion
  • Learn about the evolution of our brain and our capacity to be compassionate
  • Recognise how compassion can have a restorative effect by strengthening the soothing system
  • Practice guided meditation in a small group setting (meditations may include: The Safe Place; The Breathing Space with Kindness)

Week Two: Stress Reactions And Self Compassion

  • Understand why the fight, flight and freeze response is important to our survival
  • Learn the importance of the tend and befriend response 
  • Learn how to develop self compassion and how we can use our imagination to aid this
  • Explore the pitfalls and misunderstandings in the process of developing compassion including the ‘backdraft’ phenomenon 
  • Practice guided meditation in a small group setting (meditations may include: The Compassionate Companion; Compassionately Dealing With Resistance; The Breathing Space With Compassion; The Self Compassion Mantra)

Week Three: Inner Patterns

  • Explore the inner bully and self-conscious emotions such as shyness, guilt and shame
  • Investigate the inner patterns that dominate us and how we can recognise, name and compassionately deal with them
  • Practice guided meditation in a small group setting (meditations may include: Compassionately Dealing With Desire; Kindness To Onself And A Benefactor)

Week Four: The Compassion Mode

  • Explore the attributes and skills of compassion using the model ‘The Circle of Compassion’
  • Understand how we can cultivate our inner helper 
  • Practice guided meditation in a small group setting (meditations may include: The Compassion Mode; Kindness For The Body; Kindness Meditation To A Good Friend; Kindness Meditation To A Neutral Person)

Week Five: Self And Others

  • Explore the relational aspects of compassion practice
  • Practice compassionate letter writing as a tool to develop compassion for oneself
  • Practice guided meditation in a small group setting (meditations may include: Kindness To A Difficult Person or Inner Difficulty; Compassionate Breathing) 

Week Six: Happiness For All

  • Explore the theme of common humanity and how this is linked to ‘The Four Friends for Life’
  • Discover what contributes to happiness and learn exercises for sustainable happiness
  • Practice guided meditation in a small group setting (meditations may include: Savouring And Revisiting The Good; Kindness meditation To All Beings)

Week Seven: Silent Practice Session

  • Optional silent practice session  

Week Eight: Compassion In Daily Life

  • Learn how we can practice kindness and compassion for different parts of ourselves 
  • Explore how to move from formal to informal compassion practices
  • Practice guided meditation in a small groups setting (meditations may include: Equanimity; Kindness For The Body; Mindful Movement With Kindness)

Session Nine: The Healing Power Of Compassion


  • Explore inner learning and next steps
  • Practice guided meditation in a small group setting (meditations may include: The Stream Of Awareness; The Compassionate Body Scan)

Course dates and venue

All mindfulness courses are held at our training rooms at Lewis Psychology, Deansgate, 62-70 Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4TH.

There are no courses planned due to COVID-19.  

Your trainer

Teresa Lewis is a Senior Accredited psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr. Accred). Qualified in 1995, Teresa has been providing counselling and psychotherapy treatment for 23 years. Teresa holds a masters degree in counselling and psychotherapy and is a qualified EMDR practitioner having completed training accredited with EMDR Europe.

Teresa is a qualified adult educator and has lectured extensively in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy and mindfulness. She has completed the Breathworks three year mindfulness teacher training programme including their advanced teacher training retreat. More recently, Teresa has been inspired by the work of Fritz Koster and Erik van den Brink and the development of their Mindful Based Compassionate Living course (MBCL).  Having personally trained with Fritz Koster and Erik van den Brink Teresa is one of the first trained UK based mindfulness teachers to offer the MBCL course.

Teresa has delivered mindfulness training to groups and senior individuals in a wide range of organisations including Ricoh, Assa Abloy, Wolverhampton Academy Trust and The Crown Prosecution Service.  She has also trained NHS clinicians and other psychotherapists in mindfulness skills and runs courses for the general public.

Teresa meets the requirements of the Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness-Based Courses, which is published by the UK Network of Mindfulness Teacher Training Organisations.

Find out what to look for when choosing a Mindfulness Teacher.

Course fee

The cost of attending the MBCL course is £250 which incluces the MBCL course handbook, USB with guided meditations and a certificate of attendance.

To book your place on our Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living course please telephone our Wolverhampton practice on 01902 827808 to request a booking from. Alternatively fill out our online contact form.

Initial telephone discussion

You are welcome to contact us for an initial telephone discussion.  This will be with our mindfulness teacher, Teresa Lewis, who will use this time to gain an understanding of how you could benefit from the Mindfulness course.  There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about the course itself.  At this time you can decide whether you would like to book a place however the discussion is conducted entirely without onbligation to book.