Classes, trainings, workshops & retreats

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If you can’t afford a class I have 13 free meditations on the FREE app Insight Timer, available on android, iPhone or web browser. 

I appreciate your interest in my mindful training. x


June 2024

Event Day and Date Time Book
Mindful Summer Solstice
Join us for a beautiful online gathering to welcome the summer solstice with mindfulness and intention!
Thursday 20 June 8.30 - 10pm

August 2024

Event Day and Date Time Book
Buddhist Book Club: ‘The Energy of Prayer’
The shortest book we have read yet, but sure to be very powerful, we will take five weeks to study Thich Nhat Hanh's 'The Energy of Prayer'
Tuesday 6 August 2024 7.30-9.30pm
Nourishing Summer Day Retreat
Join us for a relaxing day retreat filled with nourishing activities to revitalise your mind, body, and soul this summer!
Saturday 17 August 9.30 - 4.00pm

September 2024

Event Day and Date Time Book
Buddhist Book Club: Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘Anger: Buddhist Wisdom for Cooling the Flames’
Let's dive into Thich Nhat Hanh's 'Anger: Buddhist Wisdom for Cooling the flames' together in our 11 week book club.
Tuesday 10 September 2024 7.30-9.30pm
8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course via zoom
More than ever we need to practice mindfulness, self-compassion and self-care. I look forward to sharing this special course with you.
Wednesday 11 September 2024 6.30pm - 9.30pm

October 2024

Event Day and Date Time Book
Fifty days of meditation
I'm turning 50 on 8 July 2024, so I'm offering 50 days of meditation for £50 - come meditate with me xx
Tuesday 8 October 2024 7.30am

November 2024

Event Day and Date Time Book
Silent Retreat @Drumalis
A retreat is the best way to deepen your mindfulness practice and give your self a wee break xx
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 November 4.30 Fri - 4pm Sun

Mindful Summer Solstice

Welcome to our Mindful Summer Solstice Ceremony!

Join us on Thursday 20 June 2024 at 20:30 BST for a virtual gathering to celebrate the longest day of the year.

In summary his event is all about connecting with our true selves, setting intentions, and embracing the energy of the summer solstice. Prepare to relax, meditate, and reflect on the beauty of the season. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to mindfulness, this ceremony is open to all. Let’s come together to honour the sun and welcome the abundance of summer! See you there!

In 2024 the summer solstice will occur on Thursday 20 June at 21.51 BST (20.51 GMT) so we will be together at the exact moment of the solstice!

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year when the light is at the very peak of its power. Why not use this energy to make the changes necessary to allow for the new growth that wants to live through you. The summer solstice holds the energy for fulfilling your potential, which requires a renewed commitment to yourself.

It is interesting to reflect for a moment on the solstice. The summer solstice marks the moment in time when the sun’s path is at its longest northernmost ascent in the sky. Midsummer (as this season is known) is a time to celebrate light, to give thanks for the clarity and insights that may come to us in this ‘shining’ moment. It’s a time to honour inner power and brightness, and to also just laze about for a bit and daydream, an essential activity that helps us grow and deepen.

People from cultures all over the world have held summer solstice celebrations in celebration of the light of the sun for thousands of years. Summer Solstice is one of the four solar festivals that fall within the Wheel of the Year

The solstice marks the astronomical beginning of summer on the Gregorian calendar, and after a long winter, there’s nothing better to celebrate!

Traditionally, people gather with family and friends to celebrate the return of light, sunlight, life, fertility, and the potential for a good harvest at midsummer. Today, people worldwide still celebrate summer’s arrival with outdoor feasts and festivities, including singing, dancing, musical performances or concerts, bonfires, and enjoying delicious food and drinks.

We may not be doing all these things in our virtual session, but it is really good to mark important points in our year, reflect on where we are now at this year’s midpoint, and re-commit to our goals and values. We will be asking the key self-compassion question: ‘What do I need right now?’

Come and join us for time to connect, reflect, and meditate. We will also be evoking and thanking the helping spirits! You are invited to leave behind your ordinary thoughts and concerns and fully join in, not just observe.

This Zoom gathering includes a short talk and reflection on the natural and cultural significance of this time, a guided meditation, and time to reflect and share. How is your year unfolding? Are there plans or dreams that are coming to fruition, or that you’re leaning into? In what areas of your life would you like to shine more light? If you wish, bring something that ‘enlightens’ you—a candle, a flower, some honey, a piece of jewellery, a piece of sunstone or citrine—whatever resonates with you as a symbol of abundance, hope, and radiance.

Also, please bring a pen and paper or journal with you so you can write your own reflections.

When you purchase a ticket, please text me at 07981 623 566 and I will add you to the special ‘whats app’ group (created just for this particular event) so you can receive the confirmed zoom code and information on how to prepare for the ceremony.

Thank you. I look forward to seeing you!

Bridgeen xx

20 June

Dates: Thursday 20 June
Times: 8.30 - 10pm
Location: Your own space
Cost: £15

Buddhist Book Club: ‘The Energy of Prayer’

Welcome to the Buddhist Book Club! In this course, we will be discussing and studying Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘The Energy of Prayer.

Come join us online for a thoughtful discussion on how to how to deepen your spiritual practice. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to Buddhism, this course is open to all who seek to explore the teachings of this renowned Zen master. Let’s come together to learn, share, and grow on our life journey. Each 2-hour class includes a half hour meditation.

This is a 5-week course every Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm from Tuesday 6 August to Tuesday 3 September via zoom.

Normally, for the book clubs you need to purchase your own copy of the book (in any format), however for this one I will be reading the chapter each week plus using the recommended guided meditations from teh book, so purchasing the book is not strictly necessary! 🙂

You must be able to use Zoom and ‘Whats App’. All course communication is via a group ‘Whats App’.

Payment of the course fee is also accepted via Paypal.

Please email Bridgeen at mindfulmind@outlook.com if you have any questions.

This is what the people who completed the Inner Child Buddhist Book Club said about their experience of the classes:

“The fact that this is a zoom class does not take away from the feeling of connection with others. It has really improved my mental well-being- I’d highly recommend it to anyone.”

“Bridgeen in her bookclub’s creates a space for people to learn experientially what cannot be taught.”

“The book club isn’t just an opportunity to explore the teachings from the book but it is an opportunity to connect with like minded people who you can call your friends!”

“Being part of Bridgeen’s Buddhist Bookclub has been a truly wonderful experience, I have found it to be a very supportive environment for learning and sharing. The teachings within are truly transformative and it’s been amazing to have the opportunity to study some of the Buddhist teachings in greater depth. Have met some wonderful human beings along the way!”

“The support and insights of the group members are what transform the reading of these books into an invaluable life lesson.”

“..gr8 group and gr8 teacher..”

The Buddhist Bookclub had been one of the most life changing experiences I’ve ever had. Both books reviewed have not only helped me to change my perspective on life but they’ve also helped me to live a calmer, peaceful life, which has helped me to exude presence. That is the best gift that anyone could give you. Thank you Bridgeen.”

“Wonderful, relaxed way access Buddhist teachings maintain your meditation practice.”

“I really recommend this book club. It’s great to share views about the book which I may not have thought of myself. It’s good to connect with people who want to work on themselves and I really enjoyed the meditation every week.”

“The bookclub has given me the structure I need to read the book, and I have learnt so much from sharing within the group. It has helped me understand the many benefits of mindfulness, not just for me but for everyone I interact with.”

“Sharing and developing a new insight is a unique approach to self development.”

“The bookclubs are an amazing, safe environment to read, listen, share and discuss all aspects of the book and feel and know the wisdom, support, energy and wisdom of the group. An amazing experience for nurturing the practice and inner contentment, compassion, joy and growth.”

Exceptionally professional, experienced, present and kind, Bridgeen’s leading of the group creates an oasis with nourishment for my personal development. Thank you 😊.”

“I have found the book club to be an absolutely brilliant experience. I have learnt so much and gained great healing. I can’t thank you enough xx”

Bridgeen’s first Buddhist book club started last November 2021 with ‘the heart of the Buddha’s teaching’. It was a great success with 14 attendees who really enjoyed the opportunity to study the book together. This is what they said:

“BBBC was a transformative experience which has helped me to become more mindful in so many unexpected ways. Bridgeen holds such a loving space for you to explore the inner workings of your mind and improve your mindful practices. This is such a worthy club which truly enriches your life experience. I would recommend it to everyone.”

“A wonderful way to come to these teachings.”

“Bridgeen is an amazing person with a wealth of information which I am so lucky to have shared with her since beginning of lockdown. Much Gratitude to you Bridgeen x”

“A perfect book to start with, wonderful open and insightful online community, feel good factor. Bridgeen is an uplifting’ fun and wise facilitator/leader :)”

“Learning, meditation, discussion connecting with others. What is not to love.”

“Bridgeen’s Buddhist bookclub is a truly wonderful thing! An opportunity to delve a little deeper into the Buddhist teachings. Having the opportunity to share thoughts and experiences with a group of like minded practitioners has been both enlightening and uplifting and I am looking forward to the next chapter! Namaste🙏”

“An opportunity to learn with like minded people.”

“Expand your dharma with like minded people, its all good. :-)”

“There is nothing like active shared learning to transform our emotions.”

“Very helpful to read as a group. Being read sections also helped make points clearer. Sometimes hearing it read made it just click in my understanding. I also was comfortable not fully understanding, my need for learning and understanding became clear. I never felt this was a negative in fact the group supported me to accept that and enjoy the process of learning. Smaller groups also a nice way to get to know each other and to hear each other. It gave an opportunity to deepen the discussion and I felt it lead to an even deeper discussion afterward. The meditations were a great way to start and overall the experience and learning has been a very nice way to spend a winter evening.”

Refunds are not available. Thanks for your understanding.

6 August

Dates: Tuesday 6 August 2024
Times: 7.30-9.30pm
Location: Your own space
Cost: £75

Nourishing Summer Day Retreat

“From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a day of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Join us on Saturday 17 August from 9:30am for tea, coffee and scones a full day of self-care and self-compassion.

Our retreat will be held in the Dunadry Hotel’s ‘Garden Room’ which, as the name suggests, is in the beautiful gardens of the hotel, which has its own set of peacocks roaming about!

Life can get hectic for all of us, we can all get so busy and caught up that we have no time to reflect on where we are, what we’re doing, and where we are going. We need to take time out. Preferably in a peaceful, beautiful place, like the Dunadry Hotel, where all our needs will be catered for.

This will be a true day of rest. We will be served sandwiches and wraps (all vegetarian) for lunch. There will be lots of space, time, and silence with guided self-compassion practices to support your restoration. And we will end the day with a nice cup of tea/coffee and some gratitude practice.

Throughout the day, Bridgeen will guide you through various mindfulness and self-compassion practices and exercises that will help you cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance. You’ll learn how to be kinder to yourself, and how to let go of negative self-talk.

It’s a real chance to deepen your practice. The schedule includes meditation, a mindful sense and savour outdoor walks and deep relaxation practices incorporating self-compassion and mindfulness.

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

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with yourself and others in a supportive and nurturing environment. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

What people said about my previous 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. 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 meditaion/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 nuturing and supportive, thank you Bridgeen.” Julie

“I loved all of it. It came at really opportune time in my life, the loving kindess was especially great. 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.

17 August

Dates: Saturday 17 August
Times: 9.30 - 4.00pm
Location: Dunadry Hotel, Antrim
Cost: £95

Buddhist Book Club: Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘Anger: Buddhist Wisdom for Cooling the Flames’

Welcome to the Buddhist Book Club! In this course, we will dive into Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘Anger: Buddhist Wisdom for Cooling the Flames’. Join us online for a thoughtful discussion on how to embrace and transform anger through mindfulness and compassion. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to Buddhism, this event is open to all who seek to explore the teachings of this renowned Zen master. Let’s come together to learn, share, and grow on our life journey. Each 2hour class includes a half hour meditation.

Speaking about this new book club offering, Bridgeen said:

“It’s great to come back to the wisdom of Thay and Plum Village Tradition with this very important book. Over the years leading my meditation classes and Buddhist Book Club, anger has been an often discussed topic. Anger is a natural, often justified human emotion, but the thing is that we all need some help, support, and guidance in handling it, so it doesn’t become the destructive and dangerous energy that it can be. There is no one better than the father of mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh to guide us. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to study and practice this very special book.”

This is an 11-week course every Tuesday 7.30-9.30pm from Tuesday 10 September to Tuesday 19 November via zoom.

You need to purchase your own copy of the book (in any format).

There are some prerequisites.

1. You must already be familiar with basic mindfulness and meditation practices and ideally have completed a 6 or 8-week mindfulness course with a teacher.

2. You must be able to use Zoom and ‘Whats App’. All course communication is via a group ‘Whats App’.

Please read to the end of Chapter 1, in preparation for the first night. We will read a couple of chapters a week. A timetable of reading will be issued via the What’s App group. Please note that there is a commitment to read the book each week.

Payment of the course fee is also accepted via Paypal.

This is a 3-month course; you can pay in installments until the start of the course on 10 September 2024. A full course fee is required by the first night. Thank you.

Please email Bridgeen at mindfulmind@outlook.com if you have any questions.

This is what the people who completed the Inner Child Buddhist Book Club said about their experience of the classes:

“The fact that this is a zoom class does not take away from the feeling of connection with others. It has really improved my mental well-being- I’d highly recommend it to anyone.”

“Bridgeen in her bookclub’s creates a space for people to learn experientially what cannot be taught.”

“The book club isn’t just an opportunity to explore the teachings from the book but it is an opportunity to connect with like minded people who you can call your friends!”

“Being part of Bridgeen’s Buddhist Bookclub has been a truly wonderful experience, I have found it to be a very supportive environment for learning and sharing. The teachings within are truly transformative and it’s been amazing to have the opportunity to study some of the Buddhist teachings in greater depth. Have met some wonderful human beings along the way!”

“The support and insights of the group members are what transform the reading of these books into an invaluable life lesson.”

“..gr8 group and gr8 teacher..”

The Buddhist Bookclub had been one of the most life changing experiences I’ve ever had. Both books reviewed have not only helped me to change my perspective on life but they’ve also helped me to live a calmer, peaceful life, which has helped me to exude presence. That is the best gift that anyone could give you. Thank you Bridgeen.”

“Wonderful, relaxed way access Buddhist teachings maintain your meditation practice.”

“I really recommend this book club. It’s great to share views about the book which I may not have thought of myself. It’s good to connect with people who want to work on themselves and I really enjoyed the meditation every week.”

“The bookclub has given me the structure I need to read the book, and I have learnt so much from sharing within the group. It has helped me understand the many benefits of mindfulness, not just for me but for everyone I interact with.”

“Sharing and developing a new insight is a unique approach to self development.”

“The bookclubs are an amazing, safe environment to read, listen, share and discuss all aspects of the book and feel and know the wisdom, support, energy and wisdom of the group. An amazing experience for nurturing the practice and inner contentment, compassion, joy and growth.”

Exceptionally professional, experienced, present and kind, Bridgeen’s leading of the group creates an oasis with nourishment for my personal development. Thank you 😊.”

“I have found the book club to be an absolute brilliant experience. I have learnt so much and gained great healing. I can’t thank you enough xx”

Bridgeen’s first Buddhist book club started last November 2021 with ‘the heart of the Buddha’s teaching’. It was a great success with 14 attendees who really enjoyed the opportunity to study the book together. This is what they said:

“BBBC was a transformative experience which has helped me to become more mindful in so many unexpected ways. Bridgeen holds such a loving space for you to explore the inner workings of your mind and improve your mindful practices. This is such a worthy club which truly enriches your life experience. I would recommend it to everyone.”

“A wonderful way to come to these teachings.”

“Bridgeen is an amazing person with a wealth of information which I am so lucky to have shared with her since beginning of lockdown. Much Gratitude to you Bridgeen x”

“A perfect book to start with, wonderful open and insightful online community, feel good factor. Bridgeen is an uplifting’ fun and wise facilitator/leader :)”

“Learning, meditation, discussion connecting with others. What is not to love.”

“Bridgeen’s Buddhist bookclub is a truly wonderful thing! An opportunity to delve a little deeper into the Buddhist teachings. Having the opportunity to share thoughts and experiences with a group of like minded practitioners has been both enlightening and uplifting and I am looking forward to the next chapter! Namaste🙏”

“An opportunity to learn with like minded people.”

“Expand your dharma with like minded people, its all good. :-)”

“There is nothing like active shared learning to transform our emotions.”

“Very helpful to read as a group. Being read sections also helped make points clearer. Sometimes hearing it read made it just click in my understanding. I also was comfortable not fully understanding, my need for learning and understanding became clear. I never felt this was a negative in fact the group supported me to accept that and enjoy the process of learning. Smaller groups also a nice way to get to know each other and to hear each other. It gave an opportunity to deepen the discussion and I felt it lead to an even deeper discussion afterward. The meditations were a great way to start and overall the experience and learning has been a very nice way to spend a winter evening.”

Refunds are not available. Thanks for your understanding.

10 September

Dates: Tuesday 10 September 2024
Times: 7.30-9.30pm
Location: Your own space
Cost: £165

8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course via zoom

More than ever we need the practices of mindfulness, self-compassion and self-care.

“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 well-being, 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 discussions, and home practices. MSC consists of 8 weekly workshops (with an optional ‘in-person’ day retreat with lunch on Saturday 19 August.) 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), 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 try to attend every session and be prepared to practice mindfulness and self-compassion homework for about 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

“I loved it and want to do it again.” Roisin Loughran, People Manger

“I am shocked at just how powerful this course is.” Annie Campbell, retired director

Prerequisites

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is required to attend MSC. However, it is beneficial to have completed a mindfulness programme. Participants are asked to provide background information when they register for the program.

You must have an MSC Workbook (written by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. You can buy it here on Amazon and at all good booksellers.

It is recommended (but not necessary) 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

The course includes an optional day retreat from 10.30am – 4pm on Saturday …*The price of the course does not include an optional self-compassion day retreat which you are encouraged to attend as helpful part of the course. Details TBC. You are welcome to book this separately

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.

Please note this course is online via zoom in the comfort of your own space. The course is will be 3 hours every Wednesday night 6.30-9.30pm (UK time) with a half hour break at 8pm.

Registration

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.

11 September

Dates: Wednesday 11 September 2024
Times: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Location: your own cosy space
Cost: £250