Classes and events

To get more information or to book a place, email me on bridjeen@hotmail.com or use the online contact form.

Click the Book online now link to pay directly for the course you want or visit my Eventbrite page to choose and book the event you want.

September Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

Kind and compassionate practices to reflect on all month.

Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing—being aware in the present moment when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions—fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt—and ourselves, in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering. And as the Dalai Lama says, self-compassion is the first step toward compassion for others.

The workshop is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced practitioners 🙂

Tickets are non-refundable or transferable. Thank you.

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17 September

Dates: Sunday 17 September 2017
Times: 10.30 - 12.30
Location: Maitri Studio, Belfast
Cost: still only £20

8-Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a cognitive and behavioral program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  It uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement to help you become more mindful.

In recent years this course has been the subject of controlled clinical research which has found beneficial effects, including stress reduction, relaxation, and improvements to quality of life. While MBSR has its roots in spiritual teachings, the program itself is secular.

This substantial program is shown to improve emotional wellbeing and be an effective treatment for anxiety or low mood difficulties. It is not only about elevation of low-mood it’s actually life enhancing practice for everyone that increases confidence, focus and happiness.

Mindfulness helps us to; open to life rather than struggle against it, respond to challenges rather than react, show compassion towards ourselves rather than judgement and appreciation rather than negativity – allowing us to feel more connected, open, and more deeply alive.

This is a certified course with 27 hours CPD for those of you who need that sort of thing! It is also a pre-requiste for any mindfulness teacher training you are interested in, including mindfulness for children.  It is a combination of MBSR and MBCT as taught by Bangor University, Wales.

See what previous particpants thought here: http://www.immeasurableminds.co.uk/info/testimonials/

N.B – as well as the 8 weekly 2.5hour sessions this programme also includes an all day retreat with lunch on Saturday 28 October in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar. It also includes a comprehensive, supportive 94 page file and 3 audio tracks for home practice.  Home practice is an integral part of the course – the more you practice outside of the course – the more the course will benefit you.

Please note before you pay a deposit for this course you must communicate with me and fill out an application form – thank you. Email directly on mindfulmind@outlook.com – you can pay by bank transfer cheque or cash also.

You can find out more and download application form here.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Thank you.

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19 September

Dates: Tuesday 19 September 2017
Times: 7.00 - 9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir, Belfast
Cost: £330 early bird- £350 after 25 Aug

8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Programme

“If your compassion doesn’t include yourself, it is incomplete.” Jack Cornfield

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we unwittingly inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-isolation, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others, and be more authentically ourselves.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. And it’s easier than you think.

After participating in this 8-week course, you’ll be able to:

  • Practice self-compassion in daily life
  • Understand the empirically-supported benefits of self-compassion
  • Motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
  • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
  • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
  • Manage caregiver fatigue
  • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation

What To Expect

Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. MSC is 8 weekly workshops and a day retreat. The goal is for participants to directly experience self-compassion and learn practices that evoke self-compassion in daily life.

MSC is primarily a compassion training program rather than mindfulness training (like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – which I also teach and you might like to do starting on 18 January), although mindfulness is the foundation of self-compassion. MSC is also not psychotherapy insofar as the emphasis of MSC is on building emotional resources rather than addressing old wounds.  Positive change occurs naturally as we develop the capacity to be with ourselves in a kinder, more compassionate way.

It is said that “love reveals everything unlike itself.” While some difficult emotions may arise when practicing self-compassion, I am committed to providing a safe, supportive environment for this process to unfold, and to making the journey interesting and enjoyable for everyone.

Prior to registering, participants should plan to attend every session and practice mindfulness and self-compassion at least 30 minutes per day throughout the program.

What previous participants on my MSC said:

“This is the best course I’ve ever done.” Sheila McAlornan, Yoga Teacher age 67

“I loved it and want to do it again.” Roisin Loughran, Corporate Manger

“I am shocked at just how powerful this course is.” Annie Campbell, retired organisational director

Prerequisites

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC.  However it is beneficial to already have a mindfulness programme or even better to have completed and 8-week MBSR. Participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

It is recommended that participants read one or both of following books before or during the program:

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer

This program fulfills one of the prerequisites for becoming a MSC teacher. For more information on MSC and MSC Teacher Training, please visit www.CenterForMSC.org.

Retreat day is Sunday 29 October in Tobar Mhuire, Crossgar.

Registration

Please don’t just buy a ticket without filling out an application form.  To ensure your place on the MSC programme please contact Bridgeen on mindfulmind@outlook.com for an application form.

There are other ways to pay – let me know what suits you best. Other ways do not have fees. 

As always payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.

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20 September

Dates: Wednesday 20 September 2017
Times: 6.30 - 9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir, Belfast
Cost: £350 early bird - £370 from 25 Aug

Namaste mindfulness practice class

This acclaimed and popular 1-hour mindfulness practice class has been running for nine years now. There’s been a long summer break so this class is sure to sell out

You will learn what mindfulness is, what the benefits of it are, how to practice it, how to sit in meditation, how to meditate yourself and how to do walking meditation and mindful movement.

Most importantly you’ll experience an hour of peace and tranquility in a group of other local, like-minded people. 🙂

Suitable for all: from beginners to experienced practitioners with a beginners mind.

Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Thank you.

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5 October

Dates: Thursday 5 October
Times: 8.15-9.15pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre
Cost: £48

October Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

Kind and compassionate practices to reflect on all month.

Mindful self-compassion is the foundation of emotional healing—being aware in the present moment when we’re struggling with feelings of inadequacy, despair, confusion, and other forms of stress (mindfulness) and responding with kindness and understanding (self-compassion). Mindful self-compassion also means holding difficult emotions—fear, anger, sadness, shame and self-doubt—and ourselves, in loving awareness, leading to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Mindful self-compassion can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering. And as the Dalai Lama says, self-compassion is the first step toward compassion for others.

The workshop is suitable for everyone from complete beginners to experienced practitioners 🙂

Tickets are non-refundable or transferable. Thank you.

Book online now

8 October

Dates: Sunday 8 October 2017
Times: 10.30 - 12.30
Location: Maitri Studio, Belfast
Cost: still only £20