Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living

Completed a mindfulness training course such as MBCT or MBSR? Thinking of taking the next steps on your mindfulness journey?  

This 8-week group programme has been designed specially for mindfulness course graduates who have an interest in deepening their mindfulness practice. 

MBCL will introduce you to powerful new meditations and exercises to explore the compassionate heart of mindfulness in formal meditation and everyday life.

Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living: 

A course for graduates

Background to MBCL

Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living was developed by Erik van den Brink and Fritz Koster as a graduates course for people who wish to deepen their mindfulness practice. It is a powerful combination of meditations and exercises that draw upon a wide range of traditional meditations and contemporary evidence-based psychotherapeutic models. 

Building on the foundation of MBCT and MBSR, MBCL uses a number of different approaches to help you deepen the heart qualities of mindfulness. The result is a wonderfully varied programme with many new practices. These include visualisation and imagination practices from Professor Paul Gilbert's Compassion Focused Therapy, and Buddhist meditations on loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. The course also draws in elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindful Self Compassion, positive psychology, and interpersonal mindfulness; all to broaden your repertoire of practice and take you further on your mindfulness journey. You can read more about the programme on Erik's website here.

What happens on the course

We meet as a group on Thursday evenings between 6:15 - 8:45pm. Sessions are 2.5 hours with a short break. There are nine sessions in total; one each week over 8 weeks, plus a day of practice on a Saturday after session 6. It is a complete course - not designed as a drop in, and attendance at all the sessions is recommended.  

Each session will use a combination of guided meditations, personal reflections, group discussion and interactive exercises to explore key themes of - friendliness, appreciative joy, compassion, and equanimity. We will investigate the ways that these qualities can support your mindfulness practice, further aid you in times of distress, and support your wellbeing.

Like the MBCT programme, this course is an experiential training, and aims to help you deepen your skills of attention, intention, awareness, and conscious action by infusing them with these boundless qualities of heart. This course will go further into other methods and tools for meditation - including imagination, visualisation, and mindful reflection. 

As before, an important part of your learning will be in doing the home practice. Therefore, you will be invited to keep a daily mindfulness meditation practice, and do other brief exercises in the week to support your learning. The home practice will follow on from the end of the MBCT course where you are making choices about your own practice. There will be several meditations to choose from, and you are welcome to work with the ones you are drawn to. 

Who the course is for

This course has been designed for people who have kept their mindfulness practice going after completing a secular mindfulness course, such as MBCT or MBSR. If you haven't already completed a mindfulness programme, or have lost touch with your practice and are looking for something to help you reconnect, it may be better to consider applying to the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy course. If you would like to discuss course suitability, feel free to get in touch.

Course materials

Guided meditations are provided as audio files which can be downloaded and played on a computer, an MP3 player, or smartphone. Handouts are given each week with worksheets and summaries of session themes.

Learning outcomes

Building on your experience mindfulness meditation, you will learn how to reflect in a focused way on themes that help you deepen your mindfulness and connect profoundly to qualities that bring a richness to your meditation practice and your life. 


  • deepen your mindfulness practice

  • cultivate kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity 

  • enrich your mindfulness practice with these transformative attitudes

  • explore blocks and resistances to opening to kindness, compassion and joy

  • learn new meditation skills, including imagination, visualisation, and focused reflection

  • ultimately deepen the heart qualities of mindfulness and develop a steadiness of heart that is less troubled by the ups and downs of life

Please note this is a skills training course, and you will get more from the training if you are able to make time for the daily meditation practice.


Please take time to consider the commitments involved. You are welcome to get in touch to arrange a telephone call to discuss this further if you wish.

Who teaches the course

The course is taught by Jim Clark, a UK Network Listed mindfulness teacher and cognitive behavioural psychotherapist. Jim began meditating in 2000 and teaching meditation in 2007. He has a masters in MBCT from Oxford University, and has taught over 30 mindfulness courses to different clinical and general public groups. He is a trained supervisor, and mindfulness teacher trainer. Click here for more information about Jim's experience and training.

After the course

On completion of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance. 


To support your ongoing mindfulness practice you will be warmly welcome to join the monthly mindfulness drop-in session to practice with others. 

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