LIving Well with Pain and Illness

How does mindfulness help?

Mindfulness is not so much a technique as a particular stance or attitude to life (and therefore to suffering) that we can all develop. This stance helps people with long-term conditions to come to terms with their situation, not by changing the condition itself but by changing their relationship to it. In a sense what this means is that the person becomes larger than their condition, with its pain and/or other unpleasant symptoms. The condition may remain just as intensely unpleasant, but it is held within a bigger container of awareness, with kindness and acceptance rather than harsh rejection and resistance. (For more information on this course, go to article).

The founder of mindfulness in medicine, Jon Kabat-Zinn, calls mindfulness work ‘participatory medicine’. People who attend mindfulness courses do not sit passively while  ‘experts’ treat them. Instead they participate in their own healing by practising mindfulness. In doing so they tap into their own inner resources, their own wisdom, and discover how to live well, even with a painful condition.

who is the course for?

People we have helped so far include those with chronic back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, post-operative pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis, CFS/ME, neuropathies, Parkinson’s disease, and many other types of pain and illness. Each week on this eight-week course you will learn new strategies and approaches within a warm and friendly group setting.

Download an overview of the course


the next course

Course starting Wednesday 28 March 2018, at the Manchester Buddhist Centre, 16-20 Turner Street, M4 1DZ.

Led by: Anjali Chatterjee

DatesThis course is covered over eight sessions – dates and times below:

  • 28 March- 1 – 4pm
  • 4 April – 1.30 – 4pm
  • 11 April 1.30 – 4pm
  • 18 April – 1.30 – 4pm
  • 25 April – 1.30 – 4pm
  • 2 May – 1.30 – 4pm
  • 9 May – 1.30 – 4pm
  • 16 May – 10am – 4pm

The course costs £220, which includes a handbook and four audio CDs or a flash drive.

There are a limited number of concessionary places at £175, which are available to people in financial hardship.  As a guide we suggest this applies to people with an income of £17,000 per year or less. If your annual income is higher than this and would like to discuss your eligibility for a concessionary place for other reasons, please contact us.

To book please click on the link below. At the end of the form, on clicking submit, you will be directed to a secure payment site to pay the course fee which will confirm your booking.

Book Your Place on the Breathworks Main Site

Alternatively, you can download a booking form from the link below and post it to Breathworks CIC, 16-20 Turner Street, Manchester, M4 1DZ with a cheque made payable to Breathworks Ltd

download booking form

additional dates

For additional dates please go to this page.

help from your employer

We have found that some employers will release people from work to attend our courses, and in some cases will pay for them. If you wish to approach your employer for time off or for funding, we will be happy to provide a letter to verify your course arrangements and attendance, and arrange suitable payment arrangements if required. Please note that if paid by an organisation the price of the course is £360.