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 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
Silent Day Retreat – online via zoom
Give yourself permission to really SLOW down, rest and relax. This is a day of silent mindfulness practice, including meditation, body scan, mindful movement and loving kindness practice
Saturday 17 October 10am - 4.15pm

November 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course
A deep dive into self-compassion - you'll learn at least 24 ways to practice and discover more about yourself and learn how to be kind to yourself too.
Tuesday 3 November 2020 6.30-9.30pm
November Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Spend a cosy saturday morning giving your wee self some love. X
Saturday 14 November 10
Virtual Deepening Your Practice Retreat
A lovely winter weekend retreat to deepen your mindfulness practice.
Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 November 9.30am - 4.30pm

December 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
Christmas peace mindful self-compassion workshop
Give yourself the gift of Christmas peace
Saturday 12 December 10-12.30pm
Sunday Christmas Mindful Self-Compassion
Practice cultivating Christmas joy in the here and now
Sunday 20 December 10-12.30pm

January 2021

Event Day and Date Time Book
Saturday January Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
New Year, New Me
Saturday 9 January 2021 10-12.30pm
New Year, Fresh Start self-compassion workshop
The theme this session is cultivating freshness in the here and now and beginning anew.
Sunday 17 January 10-12.30pm
NEW YEAR Envisioning Retreat – Make 2021 GREAT
Start the new year with a deeper vision of how you want to live your life, lets move into this new year and new world with confidence and optimism.
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 January 4.30pm
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Silent Day Retreat – online via zoom

Give yourself permission to really SLOW down, rest and relax.

This is a day of silent mindfulness practice, including meditation, body scan, mindful movement and loving kindness meditation.

As its online you will need to set up your home environment to support you in the practice. I will send you an information sheet to help with this when you book.

Testimonial from previous day retreatant: ‘I am absolutely blown away, I never thought i would be able to do it and I have enjoyed it SO much, I don’t want it to end’.

It is useful to have some experience of mindfulness to really enjoy this retreat.

Don’t miss out – book now 🙂

17 October

Dates: Saturday 17 October
Times: 10am - 4.15pm
Location: Your own space
Cost: ÂŁ55

8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course

Now more than ever we need to practice mindfulness, self-compassion and self-care. I look forward to sharing this 8-week course with you. Please note this course is now online via zoom which includes the retreat day.  The course is will be 3 hours every Tuesday night 6.30-9.30pm with a half hour break at 8pm from the comfort of your own home. Includes a day retreat from 10.30am – 4pm on Sunday 13 December.

“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 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 consider starting on Tuesday 5 January 2020), 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 have  completed 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

MSC Workbook In addition to these two optional books you must have an MSC Workbook (written by both authors)– if you buy the workbook there is a ÂŁ12.50 discount on the fee – I will send the workbook to your house. You are free to order the workbook yourself. If you want me to send it to you to ensure you have it by the course start date 3 November you will need to have booked the course my mid October. x

Course includes a day retreat from 10.30am – 4pm on Sunday 13 December.

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

Don’t 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. 

Please Note: you can also pay for this course by bank transfer, PayPal (conditions apply), cheque or cash and save the Eventbrite fee.

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

3 November

Dates: Tuesday 3 November 2020
Times: 6.30-9.30pm
Location: Your own space
Cost: ÂŁ350-ÂŁ370

November Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

The theme this month is

 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.

Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one and a blanket to stay cosy during deep relaxation.

Thank you, I look forward to seeing you.

14 November

Dates: Saturday 14 November
Times: 10
Location: Your own space
Cost: ÂŁ20

Virtual Deepening Your Practice Retreat

It’s been quite the year and it not over yet… As you are already a practioner you KNOW that practice supports our resilience and helps us stay well in body and mind.  This weekend is an opportunity to do just that, to go deeper into  a practice as community online – connected but socially distant.  In 2020 is the only way we can retreat.

It will be beneficial if you can set your space up in such a way as to facilitate silence and peace in your own home in order get the full benefit.

We will devote time to mindfulness and self-compassion practice, deep- relaxation, mindful movement, mindful walking, guided meditation and discussion.

In my experience with zoom meditation since March 2020 I believe we can still benefit ALOT from a retreat like this. Despite not being physically present we support each other spiritually and emotionally.  It will be a special weekend to be remembered.

It is advised that you should have previous mindfulness experience before booking this weekend, there will be lots of silence.

Yes you can pay by bank transfer, PayPal, cheque or cash to avoid the Eventbrite fee, however payment must be in advance of the retreat and is not refundable from 1 November 2020.

21-22 November

Dates: Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 November
Times: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Location: Your own space
Cost: ÂŁ155

Christmas peace mindful self-compassion workshop

The theme this month is Christmas peace.

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.

Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one and a blanket to stay cosy during deep relaxation.

Thank you, I look forward to seeing you.

12 December

Dates: Saturday 12 December
Times: 10-12.30pm
Location: Your own space
Cost: ÂŁ20