Information and Booking

Trainer: Dr Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Affinity
Cost: Internal, no charge.
External not available
Duration: Introduction session: 2 hours; Full programme: 2 x 3.5 hours sessions
Format: Online/In Person (see details below)
Dates: 
2023:
31 January - Online (14:00-16:00) + 16 & 23 May - In person (09:30-13:00)

Booking Imperial Staff

Introductory session and two-half-day programme

Introduction

Some of our greatest joys and many of our greatest challenges arise in our relationships with other human beings. Practising mindfulness and meditation can help us become more aware and present in our lives and enhance our capacity to manage stress.

Relational Mindfulness (RM) takes this a step further by bringing our practice of mindfulness right into the moment of interaction with others. This can help us be more present, aware and resourceful in our relationships, thereby enabling us to build quality relationships and deal more effectively with the stresses that arise when relating with others.

This programme, consisting of an introductory two-hour session and a two-half-day programme, will enable you to experience and explore RM and its potential for building collaborative and insightful relationships in the workplace and elsewhere.

Aims

The aims of this programme are for you to experience RM practice and how it can help us:

  • Bring present moment and non-judgemental awareness to speaking and listening
  • Build moment-by-moment awareness of our own and others’ relational patterns
  • Develop supportive, collaborative relationships with a greater understanding of and kindness towards each other
  • Establish more resilient ways of being in relationships and more flexible ways of dealing with challenging moments with other people
  • Explore how to bring greater wisdom to our interactions with other people.

Courses format

1.Experiential Introduction

This introduction session will help you understand what Relational Mindfulness (RM) is and how it can support quality relationships; in particular, it will give you a chance to practice RM so that you understand its experiential learning.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand what RM is
  • Explore how RM can support quality relationships through bringing greater awareness and receptivity to speaking and listening, being more resilient in relationships and bringing greater wisdom into interactions with others
  • Experience RM and appreciate the experiential learning possible when we bring moment-by-moment awareness into speaking and listening.

Session format:

The two-hour online session will combine experiential activities, particularly guided individual mindfulness and RM practices, with group discussion and information input. In RM practice, you will engage in mindful dialogue in pairs or small groups, with each pair/group practising in a separate Zoom breakout room.

Pre-and post-session materials:

Before the session, to help you prepare, you will be provided with an article about RM to read and guidance on how to get the most from the session. After the session, you will receive a further article and other resources to support follow-up.

 

2.Building quality relationships

This two-half-day programme will build on the experience of the introduction session, deepening your understanding of Relational Mindfulness (RM) and enabling you to look at your own and others’ relational patterns and establish new ways of being in relationships.

Learning objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding and experience of RM so that you can bring present moment and non-judgemental awareness to speaking and listening
  • Build moment-by-moment awareness of your own and others’ relational patterns
  • Explore more resilient ways of being in a relationship and more flexible ways of dealing with challenging moments with other people
  • Understand how to develop more supportive, collaborative relationships and bring greater kindness, understanding and wisdom to interactions with other people.

Programme format

The two half-day in-person sessions will combine experiential activities, particularly guided individual mindfulness and RM practices, with group discussion and input on relevant frameworks and models. In RM practice, you will engage in mindful dialogues in pairs and small groups, with each pair/group practising in a different part of the room.

The two sessions will take place a week apart, and you will be invited to buddy up with at least one other participant to engage in RM practice during the intervening week. You should set aside time in your diary to allow you to do this. Guidance will be provided to support you with this buddy practice.

Programme materials provided before, during and after the programme

Before the first session, to help you prepare, you will be provided with a reflection questionnaire to complete and return, an article about RM to read and guidance on how to get the most from the session. After the first session and advice to support you with RM buddy practice, you will be provided with reading and home practice ideas designed to support learning. After the second session, you will receive further resources to support ongoing learning and practice.