Classes and events

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May 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion Course

“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. To insure safety, 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.

Registration

There will be a one week break on Wed 7 June.

Please don’t just purchase here, 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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3 May 2017

Dates: Wednesday 3 May 2017
Times: 6.30-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir, Belfast
Cost: £350 early bird or £370

May Namaste mindfulness practice class

This acclaimed and popular 1-hour mindfulness practice class has been running for nine years now. It sells out every time so please book asap 🙂

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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4 May 2017

Dates: Thursday 4 May 2017
Times: 8.15-9.15
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre
Cost: still only £48

Mindful Self-Compassion Luxury Day Retreat @ the Culloden Hotel

Following wonderful feedback from the previous two retreats in the wonderful Culloden Hotel I’ve decided to host a 3rd! (read on down for what they said….)

Please join me for a nurturing day of kind and compassionate practices to take care of body, mind and soul.

There will be lots of time to rest and relax, PLUS you will learn some helpful pratices to really take care of your wee self. And you will be nourished by wholesome food and treats.

BODY: nourishing food, treats, outdoor walking, mindful movement and time to SPA 🙂

MIND: meditation, silence, space, supportive surroundings, like minded people and inspiring teachings

SOUL:meditation, inspiration from the teachings and environment, connection with self and others on a intimate and meaningful level.

‘Complimentary Day Pass’ to use The Spa and Health Club included. The formal ‘teaching’ day will finish by 4pm and the Spa is open until 8pm. Please bring swimming costume if you wish to avail.

Culloden Website

What people said about the previous Culloden retreat in February (even before they went to the spa!).

“Brilliant day! I feel totally different to when I arrived this morning. This day has been perfect to get me back into the mindset for re-starting to incorporate mindfulness back into my life. Thanks Bridgeen.” Margaret McGarvey

“Friendly group. Welcoming teacher. I was a complete beginner not sure what to except – was best day of my year so far. Good techniques learnt to bring into my peronal and working life. Thank you.”

“It was a day treat for myself. Very enjoyable and will attend more.” Grainne

“Everything worked, I loved the mediation. Grateful to have a day of rest and relaxation. Thank you.”

“Love the mindfulness and spa mix and the range of different practices. Really enjoyed it.” Claire

“A great day – has had a powerful effect on me that hopefully I can keep up.” Niamh

“Excellent day – thank you Bridgeen.” Veronica

“Great teacher, great goup – location was fab! Many thanks.” Kerry

If you would like to pay by bank transfer, cheque or cash to avoid the booking fee for this day please email me directly on bridjeen@hotmail.com. Thanks.

As always tickets for Immeasurable Minds events are not refundable or transferable. Thank you.

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6 May 2017

Dates: Saturday 6 May
Times: 9.30 - 6pm
Location: Culloden Hotel and Spa
Cost: £120

May Lisburn Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop at Santosha

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 🙂

10% discount is available for Santosha Yoga Members – this is only through the centre directly. Please contact Paddy not Immeasurable Minds or Bridgeen. Link to Santosha website here.

Tickets are non-refundable or transferable. Thank you.

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13 May

Dates: Saturday 13 May 2017
Times: 10.30 - 12.30
Location: Santosha Yoga Studio
Cost: £25

May Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop @ Maitri, Belfast

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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14 May

Dates: Sunday 14 May 2017
Times: 10.30 - 12.30
Location: Maitri Studio, Belfast
Cost: £20