Mindfulness for Runners

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Fri 31May
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Sun 02Jun

RunZen

Facilitator: Stuart McLeod & Cesare Saguato

Bringing mindful awareness to our experience can help us move beyond engaging with the world on autopilot as we learn to meet the present moment with openness, joy and curiosity.

Running in its purest sense is a fully integrated body-mind experience, and over the weekend we will explore a range of mindfulness techniques, supported by group inquiry, and learn how to integrate these new skills with our running on the beautiful trails in the surrounding area.

Event time: Fri 31st May at 4:00pm - Sun 2nd Jun at 4:00pm

Participants will gain

  • Bringing more joy to our running through cultivating gratitude, awareness and presence
  • Learning good posture and technique to help prevent run-related injuries
  • Learning new mindfulness skills to apply in everyday life
  • Learning to work with our mind’s habits on the run and in our life with more wisdom and kindness
  • Understanding the difference between “doing” mode and “being” mode while running and in life

Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the UK. Studies suggest a range of benefits for the health of our body and mind when we run. These include helping prevent obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, and boosting sleep quality and mood.

In recent years, there has also been a growing interest in mindfulness. Research is linking a regular and sustained mindfulness practice with a decrease in the incidence of depression, anxiety and stress. It can also improve the ability to regulate our emotions and help increase our focus and attention.

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Our Mindfulness for Runners workshop integrates mindfulness meditation methods with movement through running thereby offering the combined benefits of mindfulness practice and cardio-vascular exercise.

Our two course leaders, Stuart and Cesare, have many years’ experience between them of mindfulness and meditation practice, developed alongside their own journeys in endurance sports. Through these experiences, they have learnt for themselves that the integration of mind-body awareness can improve mental health and our running simultaneously for greater all-round wellbeing. These benefits can then be brought back into our everyday life.

Price Options

£215 Non-Residential
£255 Non-Residential
£295 Residential Single

Tickets

14 available
Deposit£100.00

Practical Information

Please bring:
• Loose clothing for mindfulness meditation practices
• Suitable clothing for running including a waterproof jacket in case of rain. Off-road running shoes would be preferable
• Yoga mat

Please note that prices are listed per person. Residential options are fully inclusive with all meals provided. Non-residential options include suppers, lunches and all refreshments and exclude B&B.

Stuart McLeod

Stuart took up triathlon in 2005, before specializing in duathlon (run/bike/run). He went on to represent Great Britain as an age-group athlete at several international Championships.

He holds a UK Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness coach’s license and is a founder member of MedwayTri. His final competitive season in 2016 focussed on long distance racing, including ultra-marathons and the 290km Dragon Duathlon, running and cycling from Anglesey to Cardiff Bay.

Stuart has been practicing meditation in the Chan (Chinese Zen) Buddhist tradition for over two decades. He has participated in a variety of mindfulness programmes and completed a seven-day professional training retreat with Bangor University’s Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice. He also holds a postgraduate certificate in Buddhist Studies.

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Cesare Saguato

Cesare Saguato is a meditation instructor in the Buddhist tradition, a secular mindfulness teacher and psychotherapist. His personal and professional interest in physical and mental health, including running and the application of the mind-body connection span many years.

Cesare is a registered teacher on the UK Mindfulness Network and has completed a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Retreat with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre of the University of Oxford. He has completed further training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project and in Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living with the Sussex Mindfulness Centre (NHS). He has been delivering mindfulness retreats, courses, training and workshops for the general public and a range of organisations since 2015. Cesare is also qualified as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (BACP) with Inter-Psyche (NHS), as a Teacher with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Institute of Education, UCL and holds a Degree in Western Philosophy from King’s College, London.

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Testimonials

"I have learned how to connect my mind with my body and this has helped me release tension in problem areas."

“I will be reflecting more on my habitual ways of thinking and how this affects my experience. I am going to continue to try to apply the skills we learnt to running and life in general.”

“Restored a sense of joy to my running. Feel now i can just run for the joy of it and not be constantly beating myself up for not performing / doing as well as i think i should be.”

"Cesare is amazing, not only during each session, but in between sessions too when I have had need to make sense of what has come up for me."