Penny Brohn UK and the National Centre for Integrative Medicine have teamed up with Macmillan Cancer Support to offer a mindfulness course specially adapted for people experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood following a cancer diagnosis. 

The free course, led by qualified and experienced teachers, can help participants develop a wiser and kinder way to manage the challenges of their experience, moving towards improved quality of life and greater wellbeing.

What does it involve?
Over eight weekly two-hour sessions you’ll learn a range of meditation, gentle movement and daily living exercises that guide you step by step towards:

  • Being more fully aware in the present moment, rather than being caught up in worries about the future or regrets about the past,
  • Recognising your own unique pattern of stress or anxiety,
  • Developing ways of ‘being with’ difficult or challenging internal experiences with greater calm, kindliness and equanimity, rather than avoiding or denying these experiences in a way that increases suffering,
  • Developing coping skills to manage the challenges that you may face following a cancer diagnosis.

In addition to the session times, you’ll need to be prepared to set aside time for personal practice at home (up to an hour a day), and will be provided with the materials and support to help you do this.

Who should attend?
Anybody who has been diagnosed with, and is living with cancer. We’re also planning further courses which will include, or be aimed at, friends or family members supporting someone with cancer. We would not recommend the course at this time if you are currently experiencing acute, overwhelming distress.

In order to ensure that the course is right for you, you’ll be invited to attend a face-to-face or telephone assessment with the course tutor prior to being accepted on the course.

What is the cost?
There is no cost for this course as it is supported by charitable funding from Macmillan Cancer Support.

How to register your interest 
Please get in touch with the National Centre for Integrative Medicine to find out more or to register your interest and arrange a meeting with the course tutor: call 0117 370 1875 or email


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