The MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week Course.
The course on which all the Mindfulness studies are based, recommended by Doctors & Counselors and known as the Gold Standard of Mindfulness Courses.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) 8-week course uses a combination of mindfulness skills including, meditation, body awareness, mindful yoga / movement, mindful communication, awareness of emotions, and regulation of stress triggers and reactions, to assist people coping with Stress related to pain, anxiety, overwhelm, burnout and a range of life issues.
Pre-Course Interview / Orientation Conversation
It is an important part of the journey to have a Pre-Course interview / orientation conversation with the instructor prior to booking and attending the course. This is in order to make sure 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 before you book a place on (0879819821).
Who is the MBSR Course for?
This course is designed for adults of all ages and backgrounds. It is suitable for both professionals and NON-professionals. (See participants reviews of the course below)
When : Monday 6th APRIL- Monday 25th MAY (2020)
- Plus One Full Day Retreat (Sunday 17th MAT- 10am – 5.00pm, Gorey)
Day: Monday Evenings (Starting 6th 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 Roche’s Pharmacy)
Early Bird Fee: € 285 (Book Online before 17th FEB to avail of Early Bird Fee)
DEPOSIT: €85 (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 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 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.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) 8-week course uses a combination of mindfulness skills including, meditation, body awareness, mindful yoga / movement, mindful communication, awareness of emotions, and regulation of stress triggers and reactions, to assist people coping with Stress related to pain, anxiety, overwhelm, burnout and a range of life issues. 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.
(Book ) Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness.(Kabat-Zinn ),
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
- Cardiovascular diseases (eg. High blood pressure),
- Sleep disorders,
- Depression and anxiety,
- Chronic Pain,
Pre-Course Interview / Orientation Conversation
It is an important part of the journey to have a Pre-Course Interview / orientation conversation with the instructor prior to booking and 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 Certificate is needed if you are intending to do further professional training in Mindfulness.
Attending this MBSR course is also prerequisite for anyone intending to do further training in Mindfulness .
This course is a prerequisite for anyone intending to do further training in Mindfulness. It gives participants a complete foundation in Mindfulness. It also sets up within participants a solid personal practice of Mindfulness.
Primary and Secondary Teachers intending to access professional training in mindfulness for schools, HAVE TO have completed this course, if you want to apply to do the official Dot .b and Paws .b training courses.
MBSR COURSE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
“I would highly recommend the 8 week MBSR course with Una Keeley. The simple strategies help to train the mind to focus and concentrate by bringing oneself back to the present moment resulting in a calm response to situations as opposed to an habitual reaction. Una gently and kindly encouraged us to make mindfulness a daily habit. The gradual build up of practice which involved mindful movement and body awareness has equipped me with tools to reduce stress and anxiety and increase concentration , awareness and mental clarity by being more present. This moment-to-moment awareness and daily practice has helped me to observe my thoughts and feelings in a non judgmental way. The practice of self compassion and compassion for others has enhanced my capacity for overall well-being.”
Sandy Power (Secondary School Teacher)
ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE !!!
I found the 8 week mindfulness & meditation course with Una a fantastic and essential course for anyone who needs time out from a life of chaos or who just need to slow down. With the pressures of daily life at the moment we don’t look after ourselves at all and this course made me realise things about myself that I was doing automatically without thinking about them. I have learned to pause take stock of what I need from life. It’s been invaluable to me in learning how to manage stressful moments and change old habits. I am forever in your debt Una. Thank you so much and I will continue to practice. X
Gillian Haslam (Beauty Therapist)
HIGHEST PROFESSIONAL STANDARD BY AN EXCELLENT FACILITATOR !!!
I have recently completed the Mindfulness-Based stress reduction course with Una. I would highly recommend this course for everyone in all walks of like. This MBSR course is delivered to the highest professional standard by an excellent facilitator. It has given me an insight and awareness of my sense of self and sense of being in the present moment. It has equipped me with strategies and tools that will stay with me forever in the challenges of life today and tomorrow. Thank you Una.
Carmel Smyth (Palliative Care Nurse)
DEFINITELY RECOMMEND !!!
“I recently participated on Una Keeley’s 8 weeks mindfulness course through work. I didn’t know when I started the course if I’d like it and I have to say I really enjoyed the experience. I thought I understood what mindfulness meant but this gave me an even deeper sense of it and how to transfer that knowledge to my client base. I really am very grateful for the experience and would definitely recommend the course to anyone out there who wants to know more about it and how to live it in your life!! A very worthwhile experiential course!!”
Zoe Dixon ( Social Care worker / Family Therapist)
HIGHLY RECOMMEND !!!
“I have just finished an 8wk course in Mindful Based Stress Reduction. (MBSR) with Una and seven other participants. This has been an enormous help to me dealing with Anxiety and low mood. Una is an inspirational facilitator and I would highly recommend this 8 week course. What you practice and learn will stay with you and help you in your day to day life.”
Mitzie Murphy (Psychotherapist )
HIGHLY RECOMMEND !!!
“I thoroughly enjoyed the 8 week MBSR reduction course. I found it gave a great introduction to using mindfulness in your everyday life. The course was really well structured and great resources were provided. I would highly recommend this course to anyone trying to be more present and mindful in their day to day lives.“
Jennifer Allen ( Secondary School Teacher )
FANTASTIC INSTRUCTOR, ETERNALLY GRATEFUL !!!
In short, Una’s MBSR course has changed the meaning of my life indefinitely. Una has been a fantastic instructor and has allowed me to go on a deep internal exploration of my mind, my emotions, my senses, my body and my soul. I cannot recommend this course highly enough because it has opened up a new world of applying mindfulness to every possible moment and living in full awareness. Without mindfulness, we are not living at all. And now after this course ? I am fully alive and stronger than ever. Thank you Una for transforming my quality of life. I will be eternally grateful.
Olive Power (Engineer)
HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE TO EVERYONE !!!
“The MBSR course I have just completed with Una was wonderful. I attended in the hope that I would learn to manage stress a little better than I had. I am now doing this successfully and more. This course has had such a knock on effect in all areas of my life from over eating to other unhealthy coping strategies I was using to manage stress. I have implemented the meditation practice into my everyday life and will continue to do so. I highly recommend this course to everyone not just those struggling to deal with stress but anyone who wishes to live a more present, content life.“
Erin Murphy ( SNA Secondary School Assistant)
THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE WITH UNA !!!
I thoroughly recommend the MBSR course and in particular, I would recommend the course with Una. She is a wonderfully experienced and intuitive facilitator and embodies the attributes that mindfulness espouses. The course is so well put together, and brings participants from the theory of why and how, to developing a daily practice.
Claire O Donnell ( Primary School Teacher)
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE !!!
I totally enjoyed the MBSR course with Una and our small intimate group. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, who is looking for positive changes within themselves and their relationships. For me, I discovered I was projecting my pain onto my partner, and that I hadn’t actually dealt with my past (which I genuinely thought I had). I learned I was being the victim, and through that I have learned to accept all my past experiences and become present to my emotions and thoughts, by becoming the observer of them, and by knowing I am not them. I love the body scan now ( I struggled with it for 4 weeks) but now I am catching myself when I start judging myself. The concept is so simple, but not easy to allow whatever is there to be there without judgement. Feeling into the sensations in the body, with a child like sense of curiosity, is transformational and I am so grateful for this method. Last but not least, there’s such ease in knowing with confidence, that our thoughts are part of our mindfulness meditation ‘practice’; becoming aware of them and then bringing our attention back to the breath or body part is, well it just is … Thank you Una
Michelle Cooper ( Yoga Teacher)
Watch this short introduction to MBSR with Jon Kabat Zinn.
NEW BOOK NOW AVAILABLE
The originator of the much studied, and much proven, eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, Jon Kabat-Zinn, outlined a simple yet powerful approach to help anyone coping with the stress of a variety of psychological and physiological challenges. The authors of this new book, are two of the leading MBSR teacher trainers in Europe. Practices that have been studied and proven effective, include mindfulness meditation, walking meditation, eating meditation, Yoga, and Body-Scan.
Practicing mindfulness helps us meet life’s challenges with gentleness and clarity. By fully engaging in the present moment as best we can, we nurture our capacity to approach difficulties with less judgment and water the seeds of wisdom and open heartedness in ourselves.
This book offers a concise and thorough immersion in the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. It features straightforward instruction in the main exercises of MBSR.