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.


March 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
6-week Mindfulness Experience Class
Invite a rainbow of peace and joy into your life this spring with a 6 week course in mindfulness x
Thursday 12 March 8.15-9.15pm
March Mothering Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Perfect to treat your mum as a mother's day - we will reflect on the compassionate mother in ourselves and have a bit of fun too xx
Sunday 29 March 2020 2-4pm

April 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
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

Marine Hotel Ballycastle Yoga Break

A heart opening, energising yoga weekend to nourish mind and body

Step on the mat, breathe, and rediscover your flow. This yoga weekend will suit every need and lifestyle, it offers an opportunity for meditation, physical exercise plus relaxation and set in a location with calming natural surroundings.

Yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.

To book please call 02820762222 or by emailing reception@marinehotelballycastle.com

Click here to book directly via the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle Website

31 Jan - 2 Feb

Dates: Friday 31 January - Sunday 2 February
Times: 3.30pm
Location: Marine Hotel, Ballycastle
Cost: from £255

2020 Retreat to Reflect, Recharge, Renew

It is possible to pay offline contact me via mindfulmind@outlook.com 

Start the new year with a deeper vision of how you want to live your ‘one wild and precious’ life. Sometimes we get so busy and caught up that we have no time to reflect on where we are and where we are going, we need to take time out.  Preferably in a peaceful beautiful place, like Drumalis Retreat Centre, Larne, Co. Antrim.

This retreat is going to be different from my previous new years retreats. There will be lots of space, time and silence and kind restorative body based practice. There will be time to read, reflect and ease our way into 2020.

We will start with a tea on arrival from 6pm on the Friday evening and finish with a cup of tea at 4pm on Sunday.

It’s a real chance to deep your practice, to reflect, recharge and renew. The schedule includes meditation, outdoor mindful walks and deep relaxation practices incorporating self-compassion and mindfulness throughout.

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

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

What people said about my previous MSC 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. My room was beautiful.  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 rooms were well appointed and comfortable. 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.

24-26 January

Dates: Fri-Sun 24-26 January 2020
Times: 6pm Fri - 4pm Sat
Location: Drumalis, Larne
Cost: from £250

SOLD OUT 2020 mindfulness experience class

This popular 1-hour, 6-week mindfulness practice class sells out everytime – advance booking is necessary.

* Please note there is no class on, on 13 February.  So we will skip Thursday 13 February but there will be 6 class nights up to and including 5 March.

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 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.

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

Thank you.

23 January

Dates: Thursday 23 January
Times: 8.15-9.15pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Belfast
Cost: £54

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: £330-£350

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: £350-£370