Mindfulness for Parents and Carers


We adapt the standard eight week MBSR/MBCT course tailor it to the

needs of parents in order to support parents, children and schools

develop mindful communities.

We aim to: 

  • Raise awareness of the benefits of mindfulness with families and the communities in which they live. With a particular focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged families without the means to access ‘mainstream’ mindfulness courses in their localities.

  • Support parents in managing stress, and difficulties in their lives in order for them to become more resilient, to parent more effectively and engage more positively within their communities. 

  • Deliver a range of mindfulness training courses, workshops and information for parents and for professionals working with families and children in the Bristol and Avon area.


Our Mindfulness for Parents Course is evidence based and was developed by Susan Bogels, a professor of Developmental Psychopathology and Kathleen Restifo, a Clinical Psychologist and mindfulness teacher.

It is a 10 week course pioneering a toolbag of mindfulness practices and parenting skills that support parents manage difficult emotions, stressful family situations and develop healthier relationships with those around them.


Through learning and practicing the techniques taught on our Mindfulness for Parents courses, you can learn how to:

  • Develop strong attachment bonds with your children.

  • Identify your emotions and be accepting of them.

  • Respond mindfully to each situation as it arises rather than react automatically.

  • Live in the moment through breath awareness and be more present for your children.

  • Discover that thoughts are not facts and so see situations in a new light therefore relating more appropriately to everyday stresses.

  • Nurture yourself through different mindfulness techniques that bring about better relaxation and better sleeping.


This course has Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the foundation and is grounded in scientific evidence to teach and support parents to develop stronger bonds with their children and take care of themselves better. Having gone through childbirth and all of the beauty, wonder, stress, exhaustion and chaos that this can bring, we sometimes miss the 'true nature' and joy of our children when they express themselves in different ways. To book a place, please book online.

We also have bespoke courses for Adoptive Parents and Adoptive Social Workers.