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Peter has been teaching and facilitating mindfulness groups and individuals since 2006. He is previously an actor and musician working in that field for over a decade, before re-training as a mindfulness practitioner. Initially training in a monastic setting and later in the community completing the MBSR teacher training course.

There will be no mindfulness drop-in sessions for two weeks from Monday 13 until Friday 24 May.  Sessions will  recommence from Wednesday 29 May at 12pm.

Please visit our Mindfulness and resources page for some short recorded mindfulness sessions. 


  • 10am to 11am
  • 12pm to 12.30pm (lunchtime session)


  • 12pm to 12.30pm (lunchtime session) 


  • 3pm to 4pm

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Meeting ID: 832 8721 1894
Passcode: 710832

It will also be possible to book one to one or team group sessions both within and outside of clinic hours, contact Peter at Peter.helmer@nhs.net. The hour long sessions will consist of guided practices of mindfulness relaxation, Q&A, and a chance to check in with the group.

Join Peter Helmer, our NHS mindfulness practitioner for an eight week MBSR programme free to all health and social care staff.

What is MBSR?

MBSR is based on a form of meditation known as mindfulness. Originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the late 1970s, it includes components of the related Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme that explicitly address the negative thought patterns that can perpetuate stress and lead to depression and anxiety.

Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in your life. Allowing you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly.

How to join?

The current group is at full capacity. If you are interested in joining the next future cohort, please get in touch with Peter for more details.

For more information and to sign-up email peter.helmer@nhs.net and you will receive the joining information. 

What is included in the eight week MBSR course?

  • Recognising the present moment
  • Perception and creative responding
  • Stress reactivity: the ways we often cope by escape or denial
  • Stress response techniques to situations and experiences
  • Applying mindfulness
  • Practicing mindfulness in everyday life

Read what previous participants had to say:

“I really looked forward to joining each week because Peter is such a good teacher with a lovely soft and perfect voice . Relaxing to listen.”

“Peter was really calm and supportive, made it a really positive environment.”

“Clear and calming voice, clear instructions, good communicator, knowledgeable and empathetic.”

Are you an NHS or care worker in North West London and find yourself taking longer to recover from Covid-19? Keeping Well is here to help.

You may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others. Peter Helmer with Keeping Well North West London is running a support group for NHS and care staff in North West London affected.

The group takes place every third Wednesday of the month at 3pm to 4pm.

Join via Zoom:


Meeting ID: 862 3350 1034

Passcode: 553340

If you're looking for more Long Covid resources to support your recovery, click here.

If you're looking for more mindfulness and relaxation resources, click here.