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October 2018

Event Day and Date Time
Winter 8-week Mindfulness for life (MBSR & MBCT combined course)
This course changes lives. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know about mindfulness.
Tuesday 16 October 7-9.30pm
Winter 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
If you really want to practice self-care and learn how to love yourself and others well, this course is a must.
Wednesday 17 October 6.30pm-9.30pm
Namaste mindfulness practice class
The original, most popular class, still going over 10 years!
Thursday 18 October 8.15-9.15pm
Mindful Self-Compassion Luxury Retreat @ the Culloden Hotel
Luxury Mindful Self-Compassion retreat day
Saturday 20 October 2018 9.30am-6.30pm
October Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
For a wee change this month's MSC workshop is on Saturday afternoon - come chill with us.
Saturday 27 October 2-4pm

November 2018

Event Day and Date Time
November Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Kind and compassionate practices to reflect on all month.
Sunday 11 November 2018 10.30-12.30

December 2018

Event Day and Date Time
Christmas Special Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Catch a break from the Christmas madness with this special workshop x
Sunday 9 December 2018 10.30-12.30

January 2019

Event Day and Date Time
New Year Special Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Get your head and heart right for new year ahead.
Sunday 20 January 2019 10.30-12.30
New Year Retreat: Mindfully envision 2019
Make 2019 your best year yet, this retreat is fun, refreshing and life-enhancing.
Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 January 2019 10am

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

This course uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, mindful movement and resarched 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. 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 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 – it is very similar to the 8-week course I’ve been teaching for the past seven years – but it has been updated via the latest research and best practice via the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. I am also teaching this new program as part of the Oxford MYRAID research study involving schools across the UK including Northern Ireland.

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.

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 with lunch in Drumalis, Larne on 25 November. 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 – you can pay by bank transfer cheque or cash also.

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.

You can find out more and download application form here.

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

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16 October

Dates: Tuesday 16 October
Times: 7-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir
Cost: £330 early bird

Winter 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

“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 3hour workshops and a day retreat with lunch on Sunday 2 December in Drumalis, Larne. 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.

You will receive course material, a file and a notebook.

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.

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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17 October

Dates: Wednesday 17 October
Times: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir
Cost: £350 early bird

Namaste mindfulness practice class

This wonderful and popular 1-hour mindfulness practice class sells out everytime as there hasn’t been a class in a few months it will go quickly so book now!

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. Come join us for an experience of peace in the middle of your week.

Still only £48 for 6 weeks which is £8 per class the Eventbrite fee goes direct to Eventbrite.

You can buy the ocurse as a gift for someone – just ask them to give your name on the first night.

Payment is non-refundable.

Thank you.

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18 October

Dates: Thursday 18 October
Times: 8.15-9.15pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Ormeau Road, Belfast
Cost: £48

Mindful Self-Compassion Luxury Retreat @ the Culloden Hotel

This will be my 6th Culloden retreat – it’s just a wonderful day.

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 my previous Culloden retreats:

“The mindfulness day at the Culloden was a delight to attend. From the tranquil setting and gentle teachings to the delicious food that Bridgeen had organised, it was the perfect antidote for the troubled mind.” William Culloden day on 2 June 2018.

“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. Grateeful to have aday 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

The day is suitable for absolute beginners and experienced practioners.

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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20 October

Dates: Saturday 20 October 2018
Times: 9.30am-6.30pm
Location: Culloden Hotel and Spa
Cost: £120

October Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

Please note – as one off this workshop is Saturday afternoon – not Sunday morning.

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 over four years and people regularly reattend. 🙂

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

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.

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27 October

Dates: Saturday 27 October
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Maitri Studio, Belfast
Cost: £20