Cultivating presence

Foundational principles of meditation

An online meditation course including short lectures, guided meditations and bonus material that you can work through in your own time and revisit as often as you like.

Cost: £39

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This online course is designed to offer you a foundational understanding of what meditation is, help you establish and deepen your own practice, and guide you towards a better understanding of yourself and the world around you.

It consists of 4 main modules, plus additional resources and bonus material – about 3.5 hours of material. Each module builds on the last. You can explore each module for a few days before moving on to the next, or you can move back and forth between modules at your own self-guided pace.

The course explores some of the central elements of meditation, such as:

What meditation is and isn’t

Why you should bother with practice in the first place

Clearing up some common myths

How we benefit from meditation in our modern lives

Different approaches to meditation including concentration, mindfulness and heart-based

Different meditation techniques

Different postures and how to work with them

Typical obstacles to practice you may encounter

Reflection through self-inquiry and optional journaling

7 video lectures

5 – 15mins in length

7 guided meditations – downloadable audio

7 – 22mins in length

Self-inquiry

Prompts for journaling
or self-reflection

What else will you get

10min video tutorial: How to set up a sitting posture

Resources for additional reading

Bonus: a 30min deep guided relaxation practice (yoga nidra) 

Email me to ask questions

Longterm access to course recordings

Around 3.5 hours of recorded material 

Who is it for?

This course is particularly suitable for complete beginners without prior experience to meditation. However it also works well as a tool to deepen understanding in a methodical as well as experiential way for more experienced practitioners.

With the guided meditations as a basis you can start to establish your own personal practice. It can be helpful to commit to a 10 – 15 minutes several times a week or even every day.

Cost: £39

 

Including unlimited course access, around 3.5hrs of video and audio material, and email support for questions – just get in touch with me.

Concessions available on a sliding scale: please get in touch.

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Different things work for different people. Meditation is a beneficial tool for self-development for many, but doesn’t work for everyone. If you have any concerns, please speak to a health care professional before signing up to the course.

Here are some voices from previous course participants:

Isabell's courses are so valuable and provide teaching and tools that I continue to use in my daily life. Her thoughtful, compassionate approach and wise teachings are something special to look forward to each week.

Meditation course participant

Lots of immensely useful advice on building resilience and guided practical sessions. Works very well as an online course. Isabell creates an atmosphere that is welcoming and safe for all. Her understanding of the topics she organizes her courses around is admirable. A really good introduction and insight into mindfulness based practices to build resilience tools.

Resilience course participant

What an enriching and worthwhile thing to do. I'm so so pleased I found your work, Isabell, your no-nonsense approach to this stuff has made me push myself and turn a real corner with my approach to life. Whilst I don't meditate everyday it's something I can tap into confidently when I need to. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Resilience course participant

I feel very privileged to have had the chance to carve out some time and space to reflect on life's important questions. Being able to notice, even fleetingly, the narrative in the mind as life dances before us, is a profoundly useful tool.

3 characteristics of life - meditation course participant

Meditation is often a journey into the unknown that can be daunting. But with Isabell's expert guidance I was unintimidated and just wanted to go further and deeper; to explore more. This is a brilliant foundation on which to build a regular practice. I'm truly grateful to have such an inspirational teacher.

3 characteristics of life - meditation course participant

A perfect introduction to the four foundations of mindfulness, taught and understood in a way I never have before. Thank you Isabell for guiding us effortlessly through this course and for sharing the amazing resources/practices for us to use ourselves. I have been doing the practices regularly since finishing the course and experience something new every time!

4 foundations of mindfulness - meditation course participant
My practice and teaching

My meditation practice and teaching draws from my background in Vipassana (Insight) – a Buddhist approach to meditation based on the Theravada lineage, but universally valid independent of any religious believes. Developing mindful awareness and a calm abiding in the present moment are central to the practice

In addition to my own home practice, I’ve done many retreats: Usually I spend 3 weeks per year on silent retreats, mainly at Amaravati monastery in Hertfordshire (a Theravada Buddhist monastery in the Thai forest tradition) with Ajahn Amaro or Ajahn Sundara, or with my teacher Burgs.

They have definitely been my strongest influences, but I’ve also been influenced by the teachings of S.N. Goenka (and his vipassana retreat), and other teachers, particularly Tara Brach, Rick Hanson and Jack Kornfield.

I teach meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion, as part of my regular classes, in dedicated courses over 4-8 weeks – both in-person and live online, and as part of my yoga and mindfulness retreats. Classes and courses cover a range of subjects including eastern philosophy, modern psychology, neuroscience and more.