8 Week Mindfulness Course (MBSR) Online

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This is course aimed at those who wish to take MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Course but may find it difficult to find one near by or wish to take the course from the comfort of their home or office.

It may suit those who travel regularly as you can access the course online each week using your laptop from anywhere where you have a good connection to the Internet.

The course will be offered LIVE online each week using Zoom, a very easy to use Video Conferencing Facility that you can access for free on your computer. 

 

The Course includes

A Pre Course Information / Orientation Session with your Teacher the week before beginning the Course begins. All participants must attend this.

8 weekly Sessions, 2.5-hour per session

One Silent Day of Mindfulness Practice (6th Sunday of the Course)

Daily Home Practice for all Non Class Days ( 40-45 mins)

Course Handbook & Guided Meditations provided for Home Practice

 

What is MBSR ?

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The world renowned Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) was founded in 1979 by Dr Jon Kabat- Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Boston, USA.  Since its beginnings,  it has supported thousands of people from across the globe develop skills that support them be an active participant in their own wellness The Centre for Mindfulness in Boston is the global home of the MSBR Programme , The MBSR Teacher Training Institute Oasis and a leader in scientific research showing the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation and the MBSR Programme. You can read more here.

 

Details of the ONLINE 8 Week MBSR Course

 

Mindfulness Course content:

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Each week, participants will be introduced and guided through a range of Mindfulness Meditation Practices including breath awareness, body awareness and some gentle stretching,  hatha yoga & mindful movement exercises.

We will in engaging in sharing reflections about our own experiences & noticings from practicing and what is being learnt during home practice from week to week.

Take time for Personal Reflection & Group Discussion about particular topics.

 

Each week of the course of the course has a particular theme including:

Week One:  What is Mindfulness?

Week Two:  Seeing Clearly & challenging and understanding our perceptions

Week Three: Pleasure and Power from being in the Present Moment

Week Four:  Understanding Stress and our automatic stress reactions

Week Five:   Learning to pause and respond to stress with greater awareness

Week Six:    Mindfulness in Communication - learning to listen deeply

Week Seven: Mindfulness in daily life

Week Eight:  Endings and Beginnings

 

Your Commitment involves:

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  • Completing the Pre Course Information Session
  • Attending all weekly classes
  • Attending the day of Mindfulness
  • Engaging with 40-45mins of daily home practice

 

IMPORTANT:

It is wise to take the course at a time in your life where you can really dedicate time to yourself & to this process of awareness & self discovery.

With busy lives,  it can be a challenge for most of us to find extra time in the day so it is important & wise to check in with yourself if this is a good time for you to take the course?

Knowing that you will be able to give yourself this time and commitment to the course and commitment to daily home practice.

 

If you have questions about the course before bookinG:

 

What are the benefits from taking this MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Course ONLINE?

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The benefits of Mindfulness are unique for each participant. It is a journey of self discovery, a waking up in one’s life.  Participants usually find the course a very enriching and nourishing experience with its challenges at times and surprises too.

Participants report following completion of the course that they experience:

  • An increased ability to relax, slow down and ‘BE’ more in their lives.
     
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stressful situations
     
  • Improved self-esteem, self awareness and willingness to care for self. A greater sense of ‘ okayness’ in one’s own skin and willingness to rest more easily in one’s own good company.
     
  • Increased resilience and capacity to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions and work more compassionately with oneself and in turn relate to others with a greater sense of understanding, care and kindness.
     
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life.
     
  • Increased sense of balance and well being as one learns to make and take more personal responsibility in making more conscious nourishing choices about one’s life.
     
  • Increased ability for living in the present moment and awareness of when one isn’t and how to come back.
     
  • Greater appreciation and acceptance for oneself and one’s life as it is right now and greater understanding & wisdom of the nature of change, growing and learning.

 

What is Mindfulness?

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Mindfulness is way of being in the present moment.  Mindfulness is about learning how to cultivate moment to moment awareness without judgement in our lives so we begin to awaken more fully to ourselves as we are moment by moment and to life as it is moment by moment.

Cultivating Mindfulness supports you create a greater sense of kindness, compassion and understanding towards yourself and with this to others.

Mindfulness is a powerful tool for self care and healing, supporting you to take better care of yourself and to improve your health and well being.

Cultivating Mindfulness allows you to look at your stressors and habitual ways of responding to stress and exploring new approaches and ideas that help you respond more skillfully supporting you to live with a greater sense of ease, calm and peacefulness.

 

What Mindfulness is not about?

Relaxation - although one may feel more relaxed after practicing

Positive Thinking - Only having ‘ nice’ thoughts or having no Thoughts - Mindfulness is about seeing our thoughts as they are.. thoughts , coming and going.

Feeling only nice things, being calm and peaceful - Mindfulness is about being awake to our experience however it is.. and being gentle, kind and understanding with yourself in that.

 

Testimonials from 8 Week MBSR Course Participants

Read what some course participants have to say.. In their own words:

Each week was so meaningful for us as individuals. The course was so well prepared and catered for all our needs in a very natural and calm manner. One of the gifts of learning for me is the connecting with my breath and learning how to use it as an essential resource in every moment of my life
— Ruth, Co. Cork (Course Participant)
What I found most useful was the different aspects of mindfulness practices we explored, mindful eating, walking, movement etc. suggestions were also given for home practice. The CDs and tracks given each week were a great way to get started. I enjoyed going to the course each week. Each session was well thought out, planned and facilitated. Thank you Clodagh for a wonderful and very enjoyable 8 Weeks. You have a lovely presence and way about you.
— Mark, Co. Tipperary (Course Participant)

 

Scientific Research on Mindfulness for Stress Reduction:

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There is extensive scientific research showing the effectiveness of MBSR in supporting a broad variety of Medical Conditions and Illness such as Cancer, Psoriasis, Depression , Anxiety and Stress. 

For more information , please check out the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston. Read more here .

 

Who will benefit from taking the course ?

The MBRS Programme benefits everyone and people take the course for many different and very personal & professional reasons including experiencing

Stress – Including work, school, family, financial, illness, grief, uncertainty about the future and feeling ‘ Life is just too busy, I want to learn to stop and pause abit ’

Medical Conditions – Chronic Pain & Illness, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease , asthma, and more many conditions

Psychological Distress- including feelings of anxiety, panic attacks, fatigue and sleep problems

Maintaining Wellness & Prevention – Supporting to create balance and a greater sense of wellness in all areas of your life with the emphasis on self empowerment and self directed learning.

Professional and Personal Development – For those who wish to bring this into the professional lives or who may wish to complete the MBSR Teacher Training Pathway,  the 8 Week MBSR Programme is usually the first step.  The programme has been approved for CPD for GP’s, Nurses and is also a Prerequisite for Teachers if they wish to complete further Teacher Curriculum Training with the Mindfulness in Schools Project or the Eline Snel Method. A certificate of completion is given to all participants at the end of the course.

Upcoming Course Dates:

The next 8 Week Course will be offered in late Spring 2018