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.


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
8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course
Learning to truly love and befriend ourselves takes time, this course is the gateway to a new loving relationship with yourself and others.
Tuesday 21 January 6.30-9.30pm
8-week Mindfulness for life (MBSR & MBCT)
This course changes lives. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to become more centered, calm and happy.
Wednesday 22 January 7-9pm
2020 mindfulness experience class
6-weeks to a calmer mind and heart
Thursday 23 January 8.15-9.15pm
2020 Retreat to Reflect, Recharge, Renew
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

February 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
Self-Love Sunday Workshop
Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all, its also a lifetime journey. This workshop will help you on your way x
Sunday 9 February 2-4pm

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 🙂

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.

8 December

Dates: Sunday 8 December
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Belfast
Cost: ÂŁ20

Charity Christmas Mindfulness Class

Now a yearly tradition my last evening mindfulness class of the year before Christmas is for charity.

This is a FREE class but I will be asking for donations.  This year the Charity is ‘Headway’ – the brain injury association.  All proceeds will go directly to Headway services in Northern Ireland – helping adults living with brain injury and their carers.

Brain injury can challenge every aspect of your life – walking, talking, thinking and feeling – and the losses can be severe and permanent. It can mean losing both the life you once lived and the person you once were.

We all think ‘it will never happen to me’, but every year around 350,000 people are admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury.

That’s one every 90 seconds.

A brain injury can happen to anyone, at any time. When it does, they’re here to help.

As a mindfulness and meditation teacher who has studied neuroscience works with power of the mind I think this is a very appropriate cause.

Last year in the Charity Meditation class we raised ÂŁ236 for Action Cancer, in 2017 ÂŁ294 for Hospice UK and in 2016 we raised ÂŁ240 for Syria Relief – let’s make it a record total this year!

The class will be a ‘Christmas special’ with some mindful chocolate eating!

OPTIONAL INVITE – we will be going for a ‘chinese’ at 6.30pm in Macau (downstairs from Namaste) before the meditation, your invited to join if you like. You must register with me by 12 December to let me know if your coming for food as I need to book a table – thank you.

Christmas jumpers are welcomed to add to the spirit 🙂 Get your wear out of them!

As ever this event is supported by Namaste Yoga Centre and everyone is welcome, please mark it in your diary.

You do not have to donate through this website you can donate directly with cash on the night.

Suggested donation is £10. Thank you.

19 December

Dates: Thursday 19 December
Times: 8.15-9.15pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Belfast
Cost: Donation based

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: ÂŁ20

8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 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 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 23 January 2019), 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.

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.

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

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

21 January

Dates: Tuesday 21 January
Times: 6.30-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir Belfast
Cost: ÂŁ350-ÂŁ370

8-week Mindfulness for life (MBSR & MBCT)

This 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 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 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.

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

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

22 January

Dates: Wednesday 22 January
Times: 7-9pm
Location: Lagan Weir Belfast
Cost: ÂŁ330-ÂŁ350