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February 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
Self Love Special Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
As Whitney sang: 'learning to love yourself, is the greatest love of all.' This workshop will help find ways of doing that more often and more easily.
Sunday 17 February 2-4pm

March 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
Day of Mindfulness in Drumalis
Day to rest and restore with silence and gentle mindfulness practices.
Saturday 16 March 2019 9.30-4.30pm
March Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Perfect to treat mum as a mother's day (31 March) gift, this workshop provides space for calming, resting and healing - we have a bit of fun too.
Sunday 24 March 2019 2-4pm
Mindful Self-Compassion Luxury Retreat @ the Culloden Hotel
A luxury retreat day - go on treat yourself and someone you love :)
Saturday 30 March 2019 9.30am-6.30pm

April 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
If you really want to practice self-care and learn how to love yourself and others well, this course is a must.
Tuesday 9 April 6.30pm-9.30pm
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.
Wednesday 10 April 2019 7-9.30pm
Easter Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
Rise and shine this Easter by giving yourself a wee boost for the Easter break.
Sunday 14 April 2019 2-4pm

May 2019

Event Day and Date Time Book
May Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop
May you be happy, May you be well, May you live with ease. These words come from the meditation you will learn during this workshop.
Sunday 12 May 2019 2-4pm

Day of Mindfulness in Drumalis

Enjoy some time away from the stresses and strains of your busy life.  This day will give you time to relax and just be with no agenda or outcome necessary. Enjoy some peace and quiet in the beautiful, nurturing surroundings of Drumalis Retreat Centre as we spend a day together in silent mindfulness practice.

All refreshments and lunch included.

Everyone is welcome; however this day is part of the MBSR curriculum for those currently completing the 8-week programme with me, so it is particularly suited to those of you who have some previous mindfulness experience.

Please get in touch with me directly if you are unsure about booking.

16 March

Dates: Saturday 16 March 2019
Times: 9.30-4.30pm
Location: Drumalis Retreat Centre
Cost: £80

Self Love Special Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

As Whitney sang: ‘learning to love yourself, is the greatest love of all.’ This workshop will help find ways of doing that more often and more easily.

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 over four years and people regularly reattend. 🙂

Sometimes it will be possible to transfer your ticket – subject to availablity. Workshops in Winter months tend to sell out so transfer is limited, summer workshops usually have more availablity.

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.

17 February

Dates: Sunday 17 February
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre
Cost: £20

March Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

Perfect to treat your mum as a mother’s day (31 March) gift, this workshop provides space for calming, resting and healing – we also have a bit of fun too xx

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 over four 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 March

Dates: Sunday 24 March 2019
Times: 2-4pm
Location: Namaste Yoga Centre
Cost: £20

Mindful Self-Compassion Luxury Retreat @ the Culloden Hotel

This is Immeasurable Minds 4th year of offering day retreats in the fabulous Culloden.

Please join me for a nurturing day of kind and compassionate practices to take care of body, mind and soul.

There will be lots of time to rest and relax, PLUS you will learn some helpful practices to really take care of your wee self. And you will be nourished by wholesome food and treats.

BODY: nourishing food, treats, outdoor walking, mindful movement and time to SPA 🙂

MIND: meditation, silence, space, supportive surroundings, like minded people and inspiring teachings

SOUL:meditation, inspiration from the teachings and environment, connection with self and others on a intimate and meaningful level.

‘Complimentary Day Pass’ to use The Spa and Health Club included. The formal ‘teaching’ day will finish by 4pm and the Spa is open until 8pm. Please bring swimming costume if you wish to avail.

Culloden Website

What people said about my previous Culloden retreats:

“The mindfulness day at the Culloden was a delight to attend. From the tranquil setting and gentle teachings to the delicious food that Bridgeen had organised, it was the perfect antidote for the troubled mind.” William Culloden day on 2 June 2018.

“Brilliant day! I feel totally different to when I arrived this morning. This day has been perfect to get me back into the mindset for re-starting to incorporate mindfulness back into my life. Thanks Bridgeen.” Margaret McGarvey

“Friendly group. Welcoming teacher. I was a complete beginner not sure what to except – was best day of my year so far. Good techniques learnt to bring into my personal and working life. Thank you.”

“It was a day treat for myself. Very enjoyable and will attend more.” Grainne

“Everything worked, I loved the mediation. Grateful to have a day of rest and relaxation. Thank you.”

“Love the mindfulness and spa mix and the range of different practices. Really enjoyed it.” Claire

“A great day – has had a powerful effect on me that hopefully I can keep up.” Niamh

“Excellent day – thank you Bridgeen.” Veronica

“Great teacher, great group – location was fab! Many thanks.” Kerry

The day is suitable for absolute beginners and experienced practitioners.

If you would like to pay by bank transfer, cheque or cash to avoid the booking fee for this day please email me directly on bridjeen@hotmail.com. Thanks.

As always tickets for Immeasurable Minds events are not refundable or transferable. Thank you.

30 March

Dates: Saturday 30 March 2019
Times: 9.30am-6.30pm
Location: Culloden Hotel and Spa
Cost: £120

8-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

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

“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 3hour workshops and 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 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.

You will receive course material, a file and a notebook.

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.

9 April

Dates: Tuesday 9 April
Times: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Location: Lagan Weir
Cost: £350 early bird