Mindfulness Courses and Workshops

A variety of mindfulness courses, workshops and retreats are offered.

If you are new to mindfulness or your time is limited, the Finding Peace in a Frantic World course is an ideal place to begin. It is based on the renowned Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course and teaches the core skills with shorter meditation practices, making it more accessible for busy people. It offers simple yet powerful practices that can be more readily incorporated into your daily life.

Home practice is an important part of mindfulness courses. It can be challenging to make time for home practice in our lives, however many people find learning mindfulness within a group supports them in establishing a regular practice.

It is important to note that the benefits of mindfulness can only be gained through practicing it regularly.

Finding Peace is a skills based course and is not therapy. It is not suitable for individuals who have significant mental health difficulties, who are currently suicidal or who have substance abuse issues. If you have had a recent bereavement it may not be the best time to embark on this course, but please do make contact to discuss this further.

Upcoming Introduction to Mindfulness Course

Finding Peace in a Frantic World

8 Weekly Classes on Wednesday Evenings

Dates: 26th September, 3rd October, 10th October, 17th October, 24th October, 31st October, 7th November and 14th November.

Time: 7 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Location: Archview Physiotherapy Clinic, 49 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Course Fee: €220 

Facilitator: Helen O’Neill, Clinical Psychologist, M.A. Teaching Mindfulness

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course – MBSR

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an internationally recognised and evidence based 8-week programme developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, and later adapted by Mark Williams to form the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) programme for people with depression.

The MBSR course is a practical and experiential introduction to a variety of mindfulness meditation practices and exercises. Sessions consist of guided meditation practices, presentation of weekly themes (e.g. the stress reaction, self-care), and group discussion.

The benefits of the MBSR course are largely dependent on participant’s commitment to engaging in daily home meditation practice. Participants are supported in their home practice with guided meditations in addition to discussion during classes.

” Excellent course, life enhancing if not life changing ” – AnitaB

What does the course include?

  • 8 x 2.15 hour weekly classes
  • Day of mindfulness practice
  • An orientation to ensure this is the right time for you to engage in MBSR
  • Course materials – 2 guided meditation CDs and a workbook
  • Yoga mats are provided though you are welcome to bring your own
  • To fully benefit from MBSR participants need to engage in daily home practice.

 

I really enjoyed the course, even the parts I struggled with as they helped me to understand myself better and be kinder towards myself and others” – AnnC.

 

What skills will I learn on the course?

  • Awareness of the nature of the mind;
  • A new way of being with experience;
  • How to re-connect with yourself and the present moment;
  • How to savor life more;
  • Acceptance of yourself as you are;
  • Cultivation of kindness, patience and acceptance;
  • How to respond to stress rather than react out of habit.

 

“Excellent course and great facilitator; I would recommend the course to others as I found it very beneficial” – JonathanW.

 

Feedback from previous MBSR participants:

  • More awareness of myself and reactions to situations
  • Better understanding and acceptance of myself
  • More aware and accepting of thoughts and emotions
  • Feeling calmer and happier
  • Enhanced ability to deal with stressful situations
  • New more positive focus in life.

 

Helen has an aura of calmness. She was a confident teacher and put everyone at ease. She personifies what mindfulness is about” – MarieH.

 

Background of MBSR

Mindfulness practice originated within Buddhism over 2,500 years ago as a way to reduce self induced suffering caused by the habitual ways we tend to react to our experience – i.e. how we attempt to cling to “pleasant” experiences and avoid or resist “unpleasant” experiences.

In the late 1970s, Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn based at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, developed an 8-week structured mindfulness skills training programme accessible to everyone, regardless of their belief system. This programme came to be known as MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). It is currently being used in a wide range of contexts including communities, hospitals, prisons, education, and businesses.

MBSR was later adapted by Segal, Williams and Teasdale (2002) to form Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a way to prevent relapse in recurrent depression. Like MBSR, MBCT is structured into 8 weekly sessions that teach a range of meditation practices and exercises.

The main difference between the two programmes is that MBCT includes a cognitive therapy component with a focus on supporting individuals with depression.

Research on the Effectiveness of MBSR & MBCT

Information about the research on the effectiveness of MBSR and MBCT can be found on the following websites:

https://www.bangor.ac.uk/mindfulness/

https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/mindfulness-based-programs/

https://www.oxfordmindfulness.org/

Mindfulness Taster Sessions

These taster sessions are an experiential introduction to a variety of mindfulness meditation practices. They are ideal for individuals or groups who are curious about mindfulness and would like a taste of what is involved in mindfulness courses. 

Fee: €25 per person
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Mindfulness Practice Days

The mindfulness practice days are for individuals who have completed an 8-week mindfulness course. It takes place in silence which affords an opportunity to deepen your meditation practice. I facilitate retreat days at Clonlea Yoga Studio in Blackrock on Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 3pm.

Guided meditations include the body scan, gentle movement, sitting practices and mindful self-compassion.

What is included: guided practices, tea & coffee, use of yoga mats

What to bring: Lunch to share. Please bring your own meditation cushion, blanket and yoga mat if desired.

Fee:  €50
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One to One Mindfulness Sessions

For people who would prefer to learn mindfulness individually rather than in a group, I offer one to one sessions at Rathgar Consultancy Centre, Dublin 6. The fee for an hour long session is €70. Please enquire for further information.