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Information for learning Mindfulness in Person and Online

This page expresses our wish to create a safe and comfortable environment, in person and online. Please check you agree with the following – and email us, if you have any queries or concerns.

 

In-person mindfulness classes

  • We ask you are willing to follow the protocol and requests of the venue, in respect of COVID safety measures, including social distancing, wearing of masks, etc..
  • For your information, class sizes will be between 12-25 participants, depending on venue.
  • Should you feel unwell before a class, please attend remotely, checking out the timetable: here
  • We will observe the University protocols for COVID safety, information is available here
  • We strongly encourage students to take part in the University asymptomatic testing programme, click here for more information and to sign up.
  • Due to increased airflow in the room, please come well wrapped and warm, with sufficient coats or extra wraps and scarves
  • While meditating, feel free to remove your mask to allow freedom from reading (if you are uncomfortable with this, please occupy the extra space allowed in the room for people to keep distance)
  • Should you experience a coughing fit while meditating, please do not assume you have a virus, as this is also a commonly experienced phenomenon as the nervous system settles and discharges excess stress.
  • In the event of fire, the Mindfulness teacher will point out fire exits
  • Please take care of yourself during the class, and feel free to catch the teacher before or after the class if you have any worries or concerns as you learn mindfulness.’

Note for disabilities and access:

  • Where classes are in person, we aim to hold them in venues with disabled access, but because of the nature of the older colleges, cannot manage this for every class. Please check to see whether the course you wish to attend has disabled access, and inform me, Dr Elizabeth English, by email of your particular needs
  • Please note: Some of the classes involve gentle movement, and moving around the room. If you wish to discuss this with me, please email in advance.

 

Mindfulness classes on ZOOM

  • Are you familiar with Zoom and your IT?
  • Can you be ready 2-3 minutes before the session starts?
  • Do you feel safe and comfortable in your chosen environment, with minimum disturbance from outside?

 

Zoom feedback

Please check:

  • You have informed the teacher or bookings team of any special requirements prior to the session
  • You know where to leave feedback (positive and/or constructive) online: here
  • If you experience discomfort or distress, you can end the session at any time and let the teacher know (so we know whether you are okay, or not)

 

MURAL for online classes

Are you willing to explore the online interactive platform, MURAL?

  • as a Visitor (one-off links given in Zoom chat by the teacher )
  • or by signing up as a Guest for access at any time: Link here.

 

Group etiquette, in person and on zoom

Please check you are willing and able to support a happy and respectful group atmosphere:

  • keeping everything confidential (out of respect and sensitivity to others)
  • sharing (only) what you are comfortable to share
  • occupying breakout spaces as set up by the teacher (in person)
  • making this session as enjoyable and productive as you wish
  • taking responsibility for your own screen fatigue and zoom fatigue, to maximise your learning
  • sharing any difficulties with your teacher, in the group or individually

On zoom:

  • staying visible in breakout groups, if IT allows
  • placing have light source in front of you
  • muting your microphone when needed for maximum peace and quiet
  • using chat function sensitively
  • keeping video on in a breakout room, where possible
  • using your video in the main group, at least a couple of times, or if requested (if IT allows)

 

Learning mindfulness online

Please check your own answers to the following:

  • “How can I support myself to learn mindfulness?”
  • “Can I arrive in good time?”
  • “Can I avoid stimulants beforehand?”
  • “I know what to do if I have doubts”
    On Moodle: Is Mindfulness right for me just now?
    Email Dr Elizabeth English, Mindfulness teacher: ee285@cam.ac.uk

 

General support

You know where to seek support: Student Wellbeing pages

Mindfulness Teacher
For meditation/mindfulness concerns 

Counselling Service
For emotional or mental health concerns

Medical, health
For concerns about your physical health

Online Q&A: see Timetables

1to1 support: email teacher

Arrange a counselling session (Including changes due to COVID-19)

The NHS and Healthcare

Disability Resource Centre