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.


April 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
Morning meditations #3 15 minutes for 5 days 6 – 10 April
A morning meditation every week day this week - to start the day right.
Mon 30 March - Fri 3 April 2020 8.00-8.15am
Evening meditation #2 15 minutes for five days 6-10 April
An daily evening meditation to calm and de-stress x
Mon 6 - Fri 10 April 2020 08.00 - 08.15pm
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 14 April 2020 6.30pm-9.30pm
April Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Learn mindful self-compassion practices to help cultivate freedom in our mind and heart.
Sunday 19 April 2020 2-4pm
ZOOM 6-week mindfulness experience class
join me for my weekly group meditation class - now online x
Thursday 23 April 2020 8.30-9.30pm

May 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
May Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Explore Loving Kindness. 'May you be happy, May you be well, May you live with ease'
Sunday 17 May 2-4pm
Yoga Retreat in Ballycastle
A heart opening, energising yoga weekend to nourish mind and body.
Friday 31 May - Sunday 1 June 4pm on Friday- lunchtime Sunday
To book go to Marine Hotel Website https://marinehotelballycastle.com/yoga/

June 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
June Mindful Self-Compassion
Sunday 14 June 2-4pm

July 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
July Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Sunday 26 July 2-4pm

August 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
August Mindful Self-Compassion
Sunday 23 August 2-4pm

November 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
Deepening Your Practice Retreat
A lovely winter weekend retreat to deepen your mindfulness practice.
Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 November 9.30am - 4.30pm
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Morning meditations #3 15 minutes for 5 days 6 – 10 April

This is a daily check-in, a morning mindfulness meditation to set us up for the day and help us all stay calm and centered during these challenging Coronavirus times.

Please register at the start of the week or before the week begins and then you get access to all 5 live group meditations. We go through the week together as a group.
 
You need to register a new each week as each week it may be a new group of people. It’s only 15 minutes (allow 20 minutes and please arrive on time because I can’t let you in once the meditation starts…) and it’s worth it. I’ve had amazing feedback every day so far…
 
People say things like ‘thank you so much this has set me up for the day’, ‘thank you this really helps’ or ‘thank you that was lovely’
 
This daily 5 day event is FREE especially for those affected by the current corona circumstances and those on low incomes.

I also free YouTube videos here: Immeasurable Minds YouTube Channel

And other longer more in-depth workshops for sale here, plus articles and tips on mindfulness: Immeasurable Minds Website

This daily 5 day event is FREE especially for those affected by the current circumstances and those on low incomes etc, if you can you are welcome to give a donation.

I know Eventbrite take a fee on your donations, there’s nothing I can do about it – they don’t take fees on free tickets 🙂

As with all my events you can avoid the fee by paying via Paypal or Bank Transfer – just email me on mindfulmind@outlook.com for the details.

Thank you and see you in the morning!

These classes are delivered via Zoom. I have people in their 70s now in my online classes so you can do it!

When you buy a ticket you will be sent a confirmation email with all the details you need to join the class at the appointed time. I will have an electronic record of everyone who has bought a ticket and will welcome you to the online class on arrival.

Here is an explanatory video from Zoom showing how to join – it is pretty intuitive and once you’ve done it once you will be grand 🙂
 
https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1
 
You can use Zoom from a web browser or from the zoom app which you can find on the iPad, iPhone or Android app stores. I believe the zoom app provides best experience…

30 March - 3 April

Dates: Mon 30 March - Fri 3 April 2020
Times: 8.00-8.15am
Location: Your own space
Cost: Donation based

Evening meditation #2 15 minutes for five days 6-10 April

This is a daily check-in, a morning meditation to help us all stay calm and centered during this challenging Coronavirus days.

Please register at the start of the week or before the week begins and then you get access to all 5 live group meditations. We go through the week together as a group.

You need to register a new each week as each week it may be a new group of people. It’s only 15 minutes (allow 20 minutes and please arrive on time because I can’t let you in once the meditation starts…) and it’s worth it. I’ve had amazing feedback every day so far…

People say things like ‘thank you so much this really helps’, ‘Slept so much better last night after our meditation, thank you’

From a local GP: ‘This is an amazing way to truly connect with others at a time when social distancing needs to mean closer connections. If medical backing would help in any way let me know. I’m sad to say this but breathing meditations will help those with more severe symptoms to cope.’

I also free YouTube videos here: Immeasurable Minds YouTube Channel

And other longer more in-depth workshops for sale here, plus articles and tips on mindfulness: Immeasurable Minds Website

This daily 5 day event is FREE especially for those affected by the current circumstances and those on low incomes etc, if you can you are welcome to give a donation.

I know Eventbrite take a fee on your donations, there’s nothing I can do about it – they don’t take fees on free tickets 🙂

As with all my events you can avoid the fee by paying via Paypal or Bank Transfer – just email me on mindfulmind@outlook.com for the details.

Thank you and see you in the morning!

These classes are delivered via Zoom. I have people in their 70s now in my online classes so you can do it!

When you buy a ticket you will be sent a confirmation email with all the details you need to join the class at the appointed time. I will have an electronic record of everyone who has bought a ticket and will welcome you to the online class on arrival.

Here is an explanatory video from Zoom showing how to join – it is pretty intuitive and once you’ve done it once you will be grand 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

You can use Zoom from a web browser or from the zoom app which you can find on the iPad, iPhone or Android app stores. I believe the zoom app provides best experience…

6 - 10 April

Dates: Mon 6 - Fri 10 April 2020
Times: 08.00 - 08.15pm
Location: Your own space
Cost: Free or by donation

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 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

This program fulfils one of the prerequisites for becoming a mindfulness 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.

14 April

Dates: Tuesday 14 April 2020
Times: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir
Cost: £350 early bird

April Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

The theme this month is cultivating freedom in the mind and heart.

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.

19 April

Dates: Sunday 19 April 2020
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Belfast
Cost: £20

ZOOM 6-week mindfulness experience class

In normal times this class happens in the Namaste centre on the Ormeau Road, where I’ve been teaching it for over 10 years, now it’s online via zoom.

As well as learning about what mindfulness is and the benefits of it you will also experience:

  • how to practice mindfulness,
  • how to sit in meditation,
  • tips to practice in daily life,
  • how to do walking meditation,
  • mindful movement,
  • gratitude practice,
  • loving kindness practice,
  • mindfulness singing,
  • inspirational stories

Most importantly you’ll receive an hour of peace and tranquility in a virtual group of other local, like-minded people. You will be surprised how lovely and easy it is to connect and build a community online in this way, and for this reason numbers are limited. This will be the second weekly programme I’ve run like this. The previous one was wonderful success.

AND especially at this exceptional time for the whole world we will focus on practices to calm our nervous system and work with fear and anxiety. Also sending compassion to those struggling – including ourselves.

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.

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

I have lots of free material that you can access via my social media pages.

YES you can save the Eventbrite fee – you can pay via paypal and bank transfer – just email me on mindfulmind@outlook.com for details. Once payment has been received I will send you the joining instructions.

Thank you.

Here is an explanatory video from Zoom showing how to join – it is pretty intuitive and once you’ve done it once you will be grand 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1&cc_load_policy=1

You can use Zoom from a web browser or from the zoom app which you can find on the iPad, iPhone or Android app stores. I believe the zoom app provides best experience…

When you buy a ticket you will be sent a confirmation email with all the details you need to join the class at the appointed time. I will have an electronic record of everyone who has bought a ticket and will welcome you to the online class on arrival.

23 April

Dates: Thursday 23 April 2020
Times: 8.30-9.30pm
Location: comfort of your own home
Cost: £48