Classes, trainings and events in Belfast, Northern Ireland

For more information or to book a place, email Bridgeen: mindfulmind@outlook.com or use the online contact form.

Click the Buy Tickets link to pay directly for the class you want or visit my Eventbrite page.  For some classes, particularly the 8-week programmes it is possible pay in other ways to avoid the booking fee. All classes in Belfast. Retreats and trainings across Northern Ireland.


October 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
October Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
This month's specific theme is letting-go.
Sunday 27 October 2-4pm

November 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
November 6-week Mindfulness Experience Class
A 6-week course in mindfulness, an hour of peace in the midst of the busyness.
Thursday 7 November 8.15-9.15pm
November Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
This month's theme is sailing through the storm. Life isn't always easy but mindfulness and self-compassion practices can help us through.
Sunday 24 November 2-4pm

December 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
Christmas Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
The run-up to Christmas can be a stressful time, this workshop will help you to manage the madness! It will be practical and fun - with Chocolate meditation included! The theme is mindful celebration :)
Sunday 8 December 2-4pm
Charity Christmas Mindfulness Class
Come chill before the big day and get into the spirit by donating to this year's chosen charity Headway.
Thursday 19 December 8.15-9.15pm

January 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
New Year Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Help ensure 2020 turns golden, this workshop will help you to set your mind and heart for the year ahead.
Sunday 12 January 2-4pm
Entering the new year fully alive
A wonderful deepening your practice retreat to set you on track to make 2020 your best year yet xx
Fri-Sun 24-26 January 2020 6pm Fri - 4pm Sat

New Year Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

Help ensure 2020 turns golden, this workshop will help you to set your mind and heart for the year ahead.

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. It fun, practical and experiential. I’ve been running this workshop for five years and people regularly re-attend. 🙂

Sometimes it will be possible to transfer your ticket – subject to availability. Workshops in Winter months tend to sell out so transfer is limited, summer workshops usually have more availability.

It is possible to buy a ticket as a gift, the person just needs to give the name the ticket was booked under when they check in with me on the day.

Thank you, I look forward to seeing you.

12 January

Dates: Sunday 12 January
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Belfast
Cost: £20

Entering the new year fully alive

Start the new year with a deeper vision of how you want to live your ‘one wild and precious’ life. Sometimes we get so busy and caught up that we have no time to reflect on where we are and where we are going, we need to take time out. Preferably in a peaceful beautiful place, like Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne, Co. Antrim.

This retreat is going to be different from my previous years retreats. We won’t be making vision boards but we will be deepening our practice. There will be lots of space, time and silence and kind restorative body based practice.

We will start with a bowl of soup on arrival at 6pm on the Friday evening and finish with a cup of tea at 4pm on Sunday.

Some experience of meditation, mindfulness and/or yoga is desirable.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

What people said about my previous MSC retreats: “Great experience! Peaceful setting, couldn’t have been better! You really helped me understand mindfulness and ‘come home’. Edith Doran
“It was really lovely, I genuinely enjoyed all of it. It helped me relax completely. I want to explore this way of being more. My room was beautiful. The views over the garden were stunning.” Melissa Joyce
“Really appreciated the whole experience which was very calming and meditative. I liked the peaceful room, gardens and staff.” Eric Morrison
“I liked the mixture of style of meditation/mindful practice, the permission to opt out, no pressure, no judgement. Loved the whole programme options and choices. Private room, very clean, lovely location. It was wonderful nurturing and supportive, thank you Bridgeen.” Julie
“I loved all of it. It came at really opportune time in my life, the loving kindness was especially great. The rooms were well appointed and comfortable. The surroundings very beautiful.” Terri
“I liked the space and time to stop and be and to remember who I am and what I have.Beautiful setting, calm and peaceful. It was wonderful, calming, steading, space, time, self-care, lovely group, lots of variety and chance to come home.” Pauline

“I enjoyed the guided meditations as it helped me to ‘switch off’, it has inspired me to get back to this practice. The setting and grounds were beautiful. The rooms were very comfortable.” Clare

“I liked all of the program, loved the time given to walking and private time. I found the silence difficult at the start during meals but felt it was beneficial. I liked the food and the clean tidy room and peaceful ambiance. Enjoyed the experience, it helped me to relax and taught me to love and be kind to myself so I can do this for others.” Tracey Sproule.

It is possible to pay offline contact me via mindfulmind@outlook.com

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

24-26 January

Dates: Fri-Sun 24-26 January 2020
Times: 6pm Fri - 4pm Sat
Location: Drumalis, Larne
Cost: from £250

Past Events

Below are previous Immeasurable Minds events

 

8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

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

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, People Manger, Tesco

“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.

The day retreat, including lunch takes place on Sunday 20 May in Drumalis, Larne.

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.

You can book directly on a separate page with this link also.

16 October

Dates: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Times: 6.30-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir Belfast
Cost: £350-£370

8-week Mindfulness for life (MBSR & MBCT combined course)

Please Note: you can also pay for this course by bank transfer, paypal cheque or cash and save the Eventbrite fee.

his course uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, mindful movement and researched wellbeing tools and techniques to help you become happier, more mindful and less stressed.

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.

This substantial program is shown to improve emotional wellbeing and be an effective treatment for anxiety or low-mood difficulties. It can also be helpful for those looking for an ‘edge’ in their work or creative performance. 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.

I am delighted to be offering this MBCT for life course as it has been updated via the latest research and best practice via the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

This is a certified course with 27 hours CPD. It is also a prerequisite for any mindfulness teacher training you are interested in, including mindfulness for children.

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

N.B –  as well as the 8 weekly 2.5 hour sessions this programme also includes an all-day retreat in venue TBC. It also includes a comprehensive, supportive 125 page file and audio tracks for home practice.  Home practice is an integral part of the course. 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

It is very important that the mindfulness and wellbeing teacher you choose follows UK best practice guidelines and is registered and accredited. See Bridgeen’s listing on bemindful.org here and on the Irish Mindfulness Teachers Network here.

You can find out more and download application form here.

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

15 October

Dates: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Times: 7-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir
Cost: £320-£350