Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) 8-week course uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga, to assist people coping with Stress related to pain and a range of life issues.
When : Monday 9th April – Monday May 28th
- Plus One Full Day Retreat (Sunday 20th May- 10am – 4.30pm, Gorey)
Day: Monday Evenings (Starting 9th April)
Time: 7 pm to 9.30 pm (2 hours 30 mins )
Venue : Bodhi Health & Wellness Clinic, 14 Main street, Gorey, Wexford (2nd floor / above Roches Pharmacy)
Early Bird Fee: € 260 (Book Online before 12th February to avail of Early Bird Fee)
DEPOSIT: €85 (deposit of €85 secures a place – non refundable )
FEE INCLUDES: 8 x Workshops, Full One Day Retreat in Gorey Hotel, Training Manual & Guided Meditation CD’s
Number of Places: 8 participants Max (Adults)
Instructor: MBSR Mindfulness Instructor Una Keeley (For reviews from her previous students, see Home page)
What is an MBSR Course?
MBSR was originally developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre in the 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn in response to the needs of patients dealing with chronic pain.
It’s a specific 8-week group program that focuses upon the progressive acquisition of mindful awareness through meditation and body exercises. Weekly 2hr 30 mins group classes are held, with a one-day retreat (six-hour mindfulness practice) between sessions six and seven. Participants commit to a 45 minute daily practice at home, throughout the course. Instruction in three formal techniques: mindfulness meditation, body scanning and simple yoga postures are given.
Body scanning is a formal mindfulness technique taught during the first four weeks of the workshop, it entails quietly lying on one’s back and focusing one’s attention on various regions of the body, starting with the toes and moving up slowly to the top of the head. This technique is supported with the use of a Guided CD for home use.
MBSR is based on the following tenets: non-judging, non-striving, acceptance, letting go, beginner’s mind, patience, trust and non-resistance.
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Mindfulness, Meditation and Simple Yoga poses are practiced in class and also practiced at home.
Which conditions does MBSR help ?
In addition to MBSR’s preventative and supportive role in helping us cope with everyday Stress at work and at home, scientific studies have shown that it can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms and psychological distress of a range of conditions. These include
- Chronic Pain,
- Cardiovascular diseases (eg. High blood pressure),
- Sleep disorders,
- Depression and anxiety,
Pre Interview / Conversation
It is an important part of the journey to have a pre interview with the instructor prior to attending the course. This is in order to ascertain whether the course is suitable for you at this time, and to identify any specific needs you may have. This involves a friendly informal conversation with the instructor. Please contact Una on (0879819821)
Commitment Needed to Achieve Results
This 8 week course is designed to help you achieve very concrete and long lasting results. Therefore it requires a level of commitment in order to allow you to achieve these. A commitment to attend each weekly class, as well as the full day of Mindfulness in between week 6 and 7 is needed.
Participants will also need to consider adjusting their daily routines to allow for a daily home practice of 45mins for the duration of the course.
Certificate of Completion
All participants receive an official MBSR certificate of completion. This course is a prerequisite for Primary and Secondary Teachers intending to access further professional training in mindfulness for schools and who want to teach the official Dot .b and Paws .b training courses.
Watch this short introduction to MBSR with Jon Kabat Zinn.
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