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Group Safety Guidelines

The following group guidance is to be considered when partaking in reflective feedback of mindfulness practice.


Keeping information confidential within the group

Being cognisant of your environment when sharing online

Takeaway what is learnt but not the identity of who shared it

If you want to follow up something that is said respect their wishes by direct messaging the teacher first


Listening without judgement

Listen with your whole self

Respecting different opinions and viewpoints

Avoid planning what to say as you listen to others

Try to avoid inner comparison or commentary


Speaking from your own experiences

Are you speaking over someone?

Are you speaking for the whole group?

Freedom to talk or not, without pressure

If you tend to speak often or first, consider waiting or listening more

If often quiet, try speaking up sooner


How are you reacting internally to any sensitive discussion?

Awareness of own nonverbal facial expressions

Attending to your own responses without judgement

Consider whether you are expressing assumptions about others

Self-compassion, patience and kindness is encouraged

Fixing or advice giving to others is discouraged

Curiosity to learn with authenticity, honesty and integrity

Responsibility for your own health and wellbeing

Seeking out self support as necessary

Courtesy of Hunter, G. (2020) 'MBCT for Depression-Group Safety Rules' and Southsea Sangha/ Vision Inc. (2021) 'Agreements for Group Interactions'.


Practice Ethics

Below are the nine recognised Attitudes of Mindfulness, key to upholding the ethics and integrity of the practice. These were formulated by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the most well-known scientists to bring mindfulness into mainstream Western medicine and society. He is also the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) treatment.

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