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Mindfulness and Creativity are combined to create a dynamic set of workshops, designed to develop, presence of mind, self-compassion and creative response. Experience a Creative approach to developing Mindfulness ...&... a Mindful approach to developing Creativity. Become a Peaceful, Perceptive, Playful Participant in life.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) 8-week course uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and mindful yoga, to assist people coping with Stress related to pain, anxiety, overwhelm, burnout and a range of life issues.Read more
Highly Recommend the MBSR Course !!!
"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."
Highly Recommend the MBSR Course !!!
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.
A Transformative Course !!!
I have meditated on and off all my adult life, but this course was transformative for me. It took meditation out of the still quiet spaces I used to retreat to from my daily life, and instead brought it into the very heart of what I do and how I am, every day. Una provided me with a skill set that prevents me having to either try avoid or become unwittingly immersed in stressful situations and instead allows me to let life happen around me while staying centred; I am now in control of my situations rather than being controlled by them.
Very Professional & Practical … I Learnt A lot !!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 week course I have just finished with Una. She is very professional and practical in her teaching. She helped me to really see things from the creative side and use meditation to keep that door open. I learned a lot from Una in just a short space of time. Highly recommend any of these Classes, I'm looking forward to doing more myself.
Skilled and Compassionate Instructor !!!
Una’s course is transformative. No background in art or meditation is necessary. Una is proficient in both areas and a skilled and compassionate instructor. This course has altered my daily life. Meditation is now an active part of my daily life, not something I step away from my life to do occasionally. It is now a tool I utilise to get the best out of each situation that presents itself to me – which makes me more aware of what’s happening in my life and opens me up to unexpected opportunities every day.
Just Amazing !!!
The morning mindfulness and art course was just amazing. It’s only when I started doing it, that I realised how much we all spend thinking about the negative or the future and worrying ourselves into a ball of anxiety, instead of learning to practice being in the moment and taking a breath for ourselves! It has really opened my eyes and I’ve met some lovely people on the course. Highly recommend it !!!
Enjoyed Every Moment !!!
Thoroughly enjoyed every moment of Una's Art & Meditation course. She gave us so many good resources and ideas. The discussions and art projects were very interesting every week. I would highly recommend this course.
Amazing Experience, Should Be Compulsory !!!
I have just completed a 3 week course with Una, a wonderful facilitator, and I am truly grateful for this amazing experience. I am incorporating mindfulness more in my daily routine now and also in my work as a Sound therapist. Find the confidence to navigate your life from within, trusting your inner knowing and connecting with your BREATH. This course should be compulsory for each and everyone! It was too short and I hope to join you again soon Una. Thank you to the wonderful group of people who shared their experiences and talents! Blessings in Light and Laughter.
Amazing Retreats …!!!
Recently I participated in a one-day Mindful Create retreat. Una creates such a safe space for people to become present in themselves and feel relaxed to explore new territory creatively. Through her gentle guidance and focused intuition, her generous and stimulating materials, her imaginative and spontaneous activities the day's events moved seamlessly and effortlessly. Una is a skillful facilitator who applies such effective resources to the practice of both disciplines. I came away with an understanding and better knowledge of what mindfulness is and gained clarity on how many blocks I stack in the way of my creativity.There was a real sense of non-judgement and support from Una and within the group and I think we all felt nurtured and minded to continue on our journey of awareness and expressing our unique selves. Thank you, Una and Mindful Create.
It really had an Impact on me…!!!
I did the 6 week morning Mindfulness & Creativity course with Una and have to say, it's really had an impact on how I view my life and my thought processes. I am definitely more present in everything I do and more mindful and aware. Una is a fantastic teacher, very kind, gentle and patient, it's a really open class, very comfortable and informal. The ladies who were on my course were all lovely and every week you can talk openly about your weeks experience. It's a non-judgemental space and a very kind respectful atmosphere. You learn about the main principles of mindfulness and also create and paint towards the end of class combining what you've learned through mindfulness into whatever you are creating. It's very informative and a wonderful experience. After my last class there, I had a very strong desire to CREATE and was singing all the way home in my car!! I learned a lot about mindfulness and incorporate it into my daily life and others around me too!
So relaxing and enjoyable…!!!
Attended Una’s Mindfulness and creativity workshop today. It was so relaxing and enjoyable. Una creates such a safe space for you to feel free to explore your creative side, that for me are lying dormant, but found myself being able to locate that childlike creativeness. It felt so nurturing for for me.. Thank you Una for a lovely day and to all the other participants, It was lovely to meet you all.
Enormous Help Dealing with Anxiety !!!
"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 inspiration facilitator and I would highly recommend this 8week course. What you practice and learn will stay with you and help you in your day to day life. Thanks, Una.."
A Fresh Start, Loved The Meditations !!!
Mindfulness was new to me but I'm so glad I tried it. Concepts and techniques gently awaken a healing within your mind. It feels like a reboot - restoring and reconnecting and a mind shift to deal with negative thoughts. A fresh start, loved the meditations.
Highly Recommend !!!
Una has been working with us for the past 8 weeks (a group of HSE managers) I’ve loved each session with Una and it’s given me the opportunity to learn skills to help my overall wellbeing both in and outside of work. Highly recommend Una !
Definitely Recommend the Course !!!
"I recently participated on Una Keeley’s 8 weeks MBSR 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!!."
Absolutely Invaluable !!!
I found the 8 week MBSR 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
It’s A Beautiful Process !!!
I would highly recommend this course to everyone, it’s so much more than creating art it’s about living creatively whatever you do or whoever you are, it’s a beautiful process, it rekindled my love of life of colour and of nature. What interested me most was realizing that creativity flows through every aspect of life it’s a way of living being open to and aware of the many different choices we have at any given time to respond to our environment instead of just reacting in our usual habitual ways.
Highly Recommend !!!
I recently attended a Mindfulness Through Art and Meditation course with Una and enjoyed every minute. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn and develop skills to just 'Be'. Skills you can take home and practice. Through meditation, creativity and just listening to Una brought new ways of seeing things.
Highly Recommend for Teachers !!!
Just a couple of hours … to be in a lovely space with some great people from different backgrounds who simply want to learn to 'be'. This course … uses creativity as a vehicle to understanding mindfulness and how it can be put to good use in everyday circumstances. Can't recommend the course and Una's ability to teach/convey the concepts enough.... highly recommend it for teacher summer training/ development, but to be honest I recommend it to anyone who needs some time out.
I Feel Less Stressed now… than Before The MBSR Course..!!!
"I have just completed an 8 week MBSR course, in Mindfulness, with Una Keeley. I would highly recommend this course to anyone. Una makes it so easy to do this course and is very supportive. I feel a better person now, and less stressed than i was before the course. Thanks a millon Una."
Thoroughly Enjoyable !!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Una is an inspiring teacher and in each of the classes she created a welcoming, safe and nurturing environment in which I felt motivated and comfortable enough to allow myself to reconnect with my creative side, which had been a bit neglected! I have been practicing mindfulness for a number of years and was very familiar with the concepts and theories behind it but this course helped me to gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation for it as the concepts were taught in a hands on, visual and practical way. The tasks we were set were enlightening, motivational and fun and they have each left a lasting impression on me. The course helped me to find my creativity again, for which I am so very grateful. Everyone in the group was so lovely and a really relaxed atmosphere of encouragement and support developed over the 6 weeks. Each lesson was planned out so carefully and we all took so much from each session. I really looked forward to going each week. Thanks so much Una. I will most definitely be back again soon!
Fantastic I Learnt So Much !!!
Just finished a course with Mindful Create and it was fantastic. Una obviously practices what she preaches as you can feel that from her. Her attention to detail is lovely and I learnt so much. Hope to be back for more learning and art and practice. Una really listens and explains things really well. Can't say enough good things about this course. Delighted I got to do it and thanks Una
It’s Had A Massive Positive Impact on my Life !!!
Over the past, nearly, 4 weeks I have meditated everyday. I have found I am much more alert, aware of my surroundings and my body. This would not have been possible without completing the Mindfulness through Art 3 week taster course. It was a wonderful experience sharing with everyone the creative things you do every week and especially listening to everybody's individual unique experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it really has had a massive positive impact on my life. Thank you Una, your course has really helped me and I would highly recommend it.
My Creativity was so Heightened!!!
I did the evening course at Gorey school of Art. I showed up with no expectations other than to give myself the gift of time out and do something that would bring up my joy. I guess I was worried about the "Art" bit having only ever done a wee bit of colouring.... Una was great, she made us feel relaxed and at ease from the beginning, encouraging us to be non-judgmental and gentle with ourselves, this created a lovely atmosphere for all of us and I looked forward to going every week. I enjoyed all the evidence based hand outs on mindfulness and the practice and homework to keep us focused. For me I was blown away by the inspiration I received to write. I enjoy writing poetry and dip in and out of it when inspired, however my creativity was so heightened during the 3 weeks I wrote 8 poems. Delighted with that and so grateful. Una creates a welcoming space for everyone to just arrive and be present, she was just as excited for us as we were for the work we produced, she is an inspiration and a wonderful tutor. I have continued to dabble away with drawings and feel less fear around just giving something a go...I would highly recommend this course, Its a lovey nourishing gift to yourself and it will bring your inner child back to life again... Thank you, Thank you, Thank you X ... Can't wait for follow up...!!!
I feel relaxed, energized & recharged…!!!
I feel relaxed, energized & recharged after Una's one day mindfulness & creativity course. Having not done anything with mindfulness before, I didn't know what to expect but found the whole day just flowed with Una's simple guidance and non-intrusive manner. I really enjoyed learning how to meditate & the playful creativity exercises. No art experience necessary and it is completely non-judgmental!! Thank you for a really lovely day.
Thoroughly Enjoyed it…!!!
I was at the Mindfulness and Creativity retreat on Saturday and I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.. It awakened once more my creative side and because I tend to live in my head a lot, I felt grounded and uplifted leaving.. Una comes from a place of gentleness and her passion for what she does shined through on the day.. I'd highly recommend her and this workshop .. Thank you Una.
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