Tuesday Evening Online Course: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness with Dr Alistair Wilson

6:00 pm
8:00 pm
8 Weeks
Dr Alistair Wilson
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The course will now take place from 5th March to 30th April 2024 with a week's break for Easter, on 2nd April.  

This delay is happening because Alistair has had a relapse of lymphoma and needs some time to recover the energy required to run the course.  Alistair and the Mindfulness Centre team are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we are also sure that you will understand.

Who is  for?

For mindfulness teachers, teacher trainees and others with an interest in Buddhist Psychology and how it intersects with neuroscience and Western psychology. Alsitair will examine the core text of the Buddha's on the Foundations of Mindfulness - the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta.- in the light of what we now know about the mind through neuroscience.  This text is the main teaching of the Buddha's underlying the modern mindfulness movement.  It is sometimes called the Four Establishments of Mindfulness or more recently it has been referred to as the Four Fields of Mindfulness and consists of all of our experience as embodied human beings.

Draft Course Outline:

Week 1: Introduction to the Buddha's  on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness - the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta.

Week 2: Mindfulness of the body, including the neuroscience of somatic awareness

Week 3. Mindfulness of feeling tone, the affective aspect of all of our experience as embodied beings

Week 4. Mindfulness of mind and heart - the dopamine story

Break (2nd April 2024)

Week 5. Mindfulness of thoughts & the nature of self

Week 6. Mindfulness of the Hindrances - how we create our prison

Week 7.  Mindfulness of the Awakening Factors - finding liberation

Week 8. Conclusion

More information will follow.



Dr Alistair Wilson

Consultant Psychiatrist

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Dr Alistair Wilson

Alistair is a consultant psychiatrist and fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatry in Scotland. He has worked as a Consultant Community Psychiatrist within the National Health Service for almost thirty years.  

During this time, he completed his training in Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University and graduated with a MSc in Mindfulness Based Approaches with the University of Bangor in 2011. He has also trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, Sensory-Motor Psychotherapy and Eye Movement De-Sensitisation Rationale in order to deliver care for those experiencing symptoms of trauma.  Alistair works with Combat Stress, a charity providing support to UK veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

His MD is on evoked potentials and his clinically researched programme was on activation patterns of the amygdala using fMRI in trauma and response to treatment.  

Alistair has a long history of delivering MBCT within mental health services in and around Glasgow. He has delivered mindfulness sessions to medical staff and workshops on Mindful Approaches to Trauma in London, Dublin and at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, where Jon Kabat-Zinn founded MBSR. He is currently engaged in a series of research projects evaluating the feasibility of Mindfulness Based Approaches in a variety of settings including Oncology, Addiction and Trauma.