Classes and events

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.


July 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
July Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Give yourself a mental holiday come along to this lovely July afternoon workshop.
Sunday 28 July 2019 2-4pm

August 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
6-week Mindfulness Experience Class
A 6-week course in mindfulness practice, and hour of peace in the midst of the city.
Thursday 15 August 8.15-9.15pm
August Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Give yourself a mental holiday come along to this lovely August afternoon workshop.
Sunday 18 August 2019 2-4pm

September 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
September Mindful Self-Compassion
Give yourself a some love, come along to this lovely September afternoon workshop. This month's specific theme is self-care.
Sunday 15 September 2-4pm

October 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
8-week Mindfulness for life (MBSR & MBCT combined course)
This course changes lives. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn about the power of mindfulness.
Tuesday 15 October 2019 7-9.30pm
8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Learning to truly love and befriend ourselves takes time, this course is the gateway to a new loving relationship with yourself and others.
Tuesday 16 April 2019 6.30-9.30pm
October Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
This month's specific theme is letting-go.
Sunday 27 October 2-4pm

November 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
Nov-Dec 6-week Mindfulness Experience Class
A 6-week course in mindfulness, an hour of peace in the midst of the busyness.
Thursday 7 November 8.15-9.15pm
November Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
This month's theme is sailing through the storm. Life isn't always easy but mindfulness and self-compassion practices can help us through.
Sunday 24 November 2-4pm

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.
Thursday 19 December 8.15-9.15pm

January 2020

Event Day and Date Time Book
Mindful Self-Compassion Retreat: envision 2020
A fabulous weekend retreat to set you on track to make 2020 your best year yet! xxx
Sat/Sun 25/26 January 2020 9.30am-4.30pm
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 5 January 2-4pm

8-week Mindfulness for life (MBSR & MBCT combined course)

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

his 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 prerequisite for any mindfulness teacher training you are interested in, including mindfulness for children.

See what previous particpants thought here: https://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.

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

15 October

Dates: Tuesday 15 October 2019
Times: 7-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir
Cost: £320-£350

8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

“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 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 and a day retreat. 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 do starting on 18 January), 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.

The day retreat, including lunch takes place on Sunday 20 May in Drumalis, Larne.

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.

There are other ways to pay – let me know what suits you best. Other ways do not have fees.

You can book directly on a separate page with this link also.

16 October

Dates: Tuesday 16 April 2019
Times: 6.30-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir Belfast
Cost: £350-£370

October Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

Give yourself a some love, come along to this lovely October afternoon workshop. This month’s theme is letting-go.

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.

27 October

Dates: Sunday 27 October
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Belfast
Cost: £20

Nov-Dec 6-week Mindfulness Experience Class

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

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.

7 November

Dates: Thursday 7 November
Times: 8.15-9.15pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Belfast
Cost: £54

November Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

Give yourself a some love, come along to this lovely November afternoon workshop.  This month’s theme is sailing through the storm. Life isn’t always easy but mindfulness and self-compassion practices can help us through.

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.

24 November

Dates: Sunday 24 November
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre, Belfast
Cost: £20