Couples Compassion Course – 8 weeks in London
Learn to show compassion for yourself as a well as your partner, to deepen connection and let love flow.
“This course was terrific. I’d highly recommend it. Michaela ran each session with patience, care and focus, allowing me, my partner and all the other couples to take the necessary time to understand the concepts and principles involved. It was not intimidating or waffly at all, not like any preconceived ideas I had about what such programmes might be like. Taking the lessons from the course into my life going forwards has been challenging but tremendously worthwhile for both me and my partner. I’ve become stronger, more driven and better able to handle daily life since taking this course.” – Greg, previous participant on the Couples Compassion Course
When? | Starting Thursday 24th of October 2019, for eight Thursdays – 18.30-20.30
Where? | Cuckooz nest, 24 Ray Street, EC1R 3DJ
Who? | Any couple who wants to strengthen their relationship by understanding compassion for themselves and their partner in this workshop format with other couples
Do you beat yourself up when you make mistakes? Do you find yourself getting stuck in loops of thinking, or struggle with motivation at times? Do you struggle to understand why we do what we do, think like we do and feel the emotions we feel? Would you like to be more in the present moment? Do you have an inner critical voice? Do you find yourself short-tempered with others? Have you experienced difficult events in your life which ‘block’ you from expressing kindness to yourself or others? If yes to any of these questions, then this course based on mindfulness and compassion techniques for couples might be for you, to help you become more gentle with yourself and others and make wiser decisions for how you act in your life.
What is Compassionate Mind Training?
Compassionate Mind Training helps us facilitate compassion for ourselves and others, through learning more about how the human mind works. This course focuses on understanding how we just find ourselves here, in a complex world, with brains flawed from how we have gone through evolution. How we think, feel and act is not our fault, but rather a function of our genetic makeup and how our past and present experiences have shaped us.
On this course, you will learn how to use mindfulness techniques to be more anchored in the present moment, and use visualisation and breathing techniques to develop more a compassionate mind, both to yourself and to others. There will be a mix of theoretical teaching about the mind, body and the brain, and plenty of practical exercises to help you grow your compassionate mind. Also, doing this practice in an intimate group helps you feel safe to be vulnerable in front of others, forming a deeper connection with yourself and your partner.
The course is run over 8 sessions, lasting 2 hours each and includes audio files for practise between the sessions, as well as weekly handouts to keep. Although set up in a group format for supportive discussions, this teaching is a not a group therapy, but rather done in a workshop style format.
What will it give me?
The space to reflect on your relationship with your partner and with yourself on a weekly basis, together with a couples expert and a small group of other couples. The ability to step back from your thoughts, feelings and actions and figure out who is in the driving seat before you take action – being able to step into the shoes of the best version of you, a more compassionate self. All this set in a nourishing space at Cuckooz Nest, with hot and cold drinks and healthy snacks to keep your energy up. This is an investment in the wellbeing of both you and your relationship, to help you let love flow and build a lasting connection.
Who will guide us in developing compassion?
Michaela Thomas, founder of The Thomas Connection, is a Clinical Psychologist and experienced couples therapist, with 15 years of experience of psychology and mental health. She helps couples and individuals go from chaos to clarity, developing the best versions of themselves so they can live a fulfilling life without the pressure of perfection. She helps couples go from surviving to thriving and has her upcoming book, The Lasting Connection, coming out Autumn 2020.
Ready to connect?
To see if this is for you, arrange a free no obligations chat by booking a slot here. If you feel that this is for you, you can get booked onto the course straight away, or take time to think about it with your partner. Both of you will have to be willing to try this, we can’t drag our partners along to events they do not choose to experience.
Early bird rate (until the 24th of September): £698 per couple
Normal ticket price: £798 per couple
“The course was a great introduction to compassion and to learning more about yourself and your partner. It gave us a shared language to speak about things such as how we can take care of ourselves, each other and how to communicate in a more helpful way. I really enjoyed sharing the experience with the other couples!” – Hanna, previous participant on the Couples Compassion Course