"Go inside and listen to your body because your body will never lie to you. Your mind will play tricks, but the way you feel in your heart, in your guts, is the truth". Don Miguel Ruiz
MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR) The MBSR programme is considered Gold Standardin reducing and managing physical, mentaland emotionalstress. Some people say they reconnect with the joy in their life and that it feels like 'coming home'.
Designed as an eight-week programme, MBSR is evidence based, highlypractical and supportive throughout. The programme is arranged so that you can being to incorporate Mindfulnessinto your daily life straight away. Each week hasbeen carefully crafted tobuild on the previous week and bring more aspectsof Mindful Living into yourlife, so you can feel the benefit as the weeks go by.
Mindfulness Begins in the Body Each week we practice bothFormaland Informal Mindfulness.
Formal Mindfulness simply means we intentionally 'stop' and take time out to meditate. Over the eight weeks different meditations are explored and there is a commitment to practice these at home each day between classes. Meditations are approximately 35 to 40 minutes.
Informal Mindfulness is exploring our everyday experiences through the filter of Mindfulness. For example,Mindful Eating, MindfulListening, Mindful Communication, Mindful Movement, stressful situations and more.
We explore how we react and to stress and how instead we can respond when stressful situations arise. Over the eight weeks we have the opportunity to build our personal practice toward a more Mindful way of living as we practice the 9 principles of MBSR, Non- judging, Acceptance, Patience, Beginner's mind, Trust, Non-Striving, Letting Go and Gratitude.
Over time the embodied experience of being Mindful in our daily routine fosters awareness of the true value of Mindfulness in bringing us home to ourselves. Instead of being on autopilot and stuck in old habits it becomes easier to be awake and aware to the many aspects of our lives and we find the joy and beauty in life. And of course we have some fun along the way. Having the structure of the eight weeks meansthere is plenty of time for feedback and input.
This programme was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and works within specific guidelines. Below are the themes we cover each week.
Week 1 Simple Awareness Week 2 Perception and Responding Week 3 Cultivating the Art of being Present Week 4 Effective ways of Responding to Stress Week 5 Acceptance, allowing, letting be and what that means Week 6 Don’t believe everything you think/communication Week 7 Mindfulness and Compassion Week 8 Conclusion and Developing your own practice going forward
Day of Integration: This is a day of silence where we integrate Mindfulness Practices learned, this typically takes place on Saturday or Sunday, between week 6/7 or 7/8.
The MBSR Programme, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at The University of Massachusetts Medical Centre, is highly valued andrecommended by healthcare professionals worldwide,providing techniques forself-care in health, self-compassion and self-empowerment, while being a gentleand caring process at its core.
If you are interested inknowing more about this course and wouldlike to avail of afree 15 minute phone conversationcontact me and I am happy for us to talk further.
Autumn Dates: Tuesday 14th September - Tuesday 9th November. Time: 7pm - 9pm each evening. (26th October is school half-term and there will be no session on that date) There is an integration day on Sunday 7th November from 10am to 3pm.
Winter Dates: Tuesday evenings 7 to 9pm - 18th January to 8th March 2022. There will be an integration day on Sunday 6th March. Cost:€350
This programme will be held on Zoom (with the possibility of in house training also, depending on Covid19 restrictions.)
This programme may be used for Continued Professional Development and is a pre-requisite for those wishing to go on and teach Mindfulness.
To really benefit from this programme, there is a level of commitment required and reading the course description is recommended. If you have any questions you are happily invited to a free 15 minute phone conversation by arrangement. Teachers and others employees may include this programme as part of your Professional Development Hours (depending on your employer.)
Testimonial: I participated in Freada's Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course at Ananta Yoga studio over six months ago. I meditate regularly and thought it would be interesting to explore this view of quietening the mind. And yes, as I trained in the techniques of keeping my focus/awareness, my meditation practice flowed with greater ease. I also become aware of the opportunities "to slow down, to take a breath, and pay attention to my life as it is unfolding in the moment" Freada conveys her wisdom with the deep understanding, fun and freedom of one who lives her teachings: a humble model of her message. I highly recommend this course. _ Orlaith.